Bill Chappell http://upr.org en 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://upr.org/post/i-love-your-country-new-house-member-tells-us-officials Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:08:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44539 at http://upr.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://upr.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44526 at http://upr.org Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://upr.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44442 at http://upr.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://upr.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44438 at http://upr.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://upr.org/post/gm-recalls-nearly-718000-vehicles-varying-safety-issues Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.<p>GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44419 at http://upr.org Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors http://upr.org/post/plane-crash-taiwan-kills-dozens-leaving-some-survivors A domestic flight in Taiwan that was attempting to land in bad weather brought on by <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-matmo-taiwan-china-recap-20140723" target="_blank">a strong typhoon Wednesday night</a> crashed near the runway, killing as many as 47 of the 58 people aboard, according to multiple media outlets.<p>About a dozen survivors have reportedly been taken to local hospitals; the plane reportedly had 54 passengers and a crew of four.<p>From Kuala Lumpur, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The Transasia Airways turboprop plane took off from the Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44422 at http://upr.org Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart http://upr.org/post/flight-mh17-us-builds-its-case-plane-wreckage-reportedly-cut-apart American analysts say they've verified several pieces of evidence that show pro-Russian separatist rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters Tuesday.<p>Here's a quick rundown of the officials' updates on what U.S. investigators have found, from notes taken by NPR's Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman:<p><ul><p><li>A U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44380 at http://upr.org Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart 9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report http://upr.org/post/911-commission-issues-update-anniversary-report Ten years after its landmark report on terrorism, the 9/11 Commission has released an update in which it notes continued problems. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44361 at http://upr.org Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape http://upr.org/post/montana-judge-publicly-censured-over-30-day-sentence-rape Less than a year after his lenient jail sentence for an admitted rapist stirred outrage, a Montana judge was publicly reprimanded today. In giving a former high school teacher <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/26/226450112/montana-rapist-being-freed-after-30-day-sentence">only a 30-day jail sentence</a>, District Judge G. Todd Baugh said the man's victim, a student, seemed older than her age, 14.<p>The case drew national attention last fall. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44359 at http://upr.org Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape Hospital Settles Lawsuit By Thousands Of Women Over Exam Photos http://upr.org/post/hospital-settles-lawsuit-thousands-women-over-exam-photos The Johns Hopkins Health System will pay $190 million to former patients of a gynecologist who used a small camera to secretly film examinations, in one of the the largest sexual misconduct settlements involving a physician.<p>The Baltimore-based hospital is settling a class-action lawsuit that includes more than 7,000 women and at least 62 minors; more women will likely register with the suit.<p>From member station WYPR, Christopher Connelly reports:<p><blockquote><p>"Dr. Nikita Levy saw more than 12,000 patients over the decades he spent working at Hopkins. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44322 at http://upr.org