Scott Neuman http://northernpublicradio.org en Ebola Outbreak Emerges In Central Africa http://northernpublicradio.org/post/ebola-outbreak-reportedly-spreads-central-africa Two Ebola-related deaths have emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country's health ministry says. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52722 at http://northernpublicradio.org Ebola Outbreak Emerges In Central Africa Al-Qaida's Syrian Affiliate Frees U.S. Journalist Held Since 2012 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/al-qaidas-syrian-affiliate-frees-us-journalist-held-2012 <em><strong>Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET</strong></em><p>A week after the gruesome beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, another extremist group, the official al-Qaida affiliate operating in Syria, has quietly freed another U.S. journalist held for nearly two years.<p>Peter Theo Curtis, 45, originally from Boston, has been handed over to a United Nations representative. He was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in Oct. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52721 at http://northernpublicradio.org Al-Qaida's Syrian Affiliate Frees U.S. Journalist Held Since 2012 Rap Mogul 'Suge' Knight Shot At West Hollywood Nightclub http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rap-mogul-suge-knight-shot-west-hollywood-nightclub Marion "Suge" Knight, the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and co-founder of Death Row Records, whose artists included Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, was reportedly shot multiple times at a West Hollywood nightclub.<p>NPR's Nathan Rott reports that Knight is out of surgery, but there were no other immediate details of his condition.<p>The gunshots rang out at the 10AK nightclub about 1:30 a.m. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52720 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rap Mogul 'Suge' Knight Shot At West Hollywood Nightclub British Ambassador: 'We Are Close' To Identifying Foley's Killer http://northernpublicradio.org/post/british-ambassador-we-are-close-identifying-foleys-killer The U.K.'s ambassador to the United States says that Britain is close to being able to identify the Islamic State militant who carried out last week's beheading of American journalist James Foley.<p>"We are close," Peter Westmacott <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/24/world/meast/isis-james-foley/">tells CNN</a> today.<p>Foley's murder was shown in a video released by the Islamic State, an al-Qaida-inspired group that is also referred to as either ISIS or ISIL. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52719 at http://northernpublicradio.org British Ambassador: 'We Are Close' To Identifying Foley's Killer Ukraine Celebrates Independence Day, Pledges $3 Billion For Army http://northernpublicradio.org/post/ukraine-celebrates-independence-day-pledges-3-billion-army Ukraine is marking its independence day with a military parade in Kiev intended to send a symbolic message to Russia, which annexed Crimea earlier this year and has actively supported separatist militias.<p>As part of the parade in the Ukrainian capital, which marks the country's 23rd anniversary since breaking away from Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet Union, President Petro Poroshenko announced nearly $3 billion in new spending to re-equip the arming after what he called an "exhausting" campaign against the rebels.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28916768">According to Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:54:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52714 at http://northernpublicradio.org Ukraine Celebrates Independence Day, Pledges $3 Billion For Army Iceland Lowers Volcano Warning http://northernpublicradio.org/post/iceland-lowers-volcano-warning Iceland is lowering the threat level on its Bardarbunga volcano. As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/23/342689132/iceland-ups-aviation-warning-as-volcano-rumbles">we reported on Saturday</a>, the warning had been raised to its highest level — red. Now, scientists in the island nation have ratcheted it down to orange.<p>Reuters reports:<p>"The decision came after the office said on its website earlier on Sunday that there were no signs of ongoing volcanic activity at Bardarbunga. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52713 at http://northernpublicradio.org Iceland Lowers Volcano Warning State Of Emergency Declared After Quake Rocks Northern Calif. http://northernpublicradio.org/post/early-morning-quake-rocks-san-francisco-area <em><strong>Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET</strong></em><p>Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has made an emergency declaration after a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked northern California, causing dozens of injuries, damaged buildings and power outages. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. PT, the <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nc72282711#summary">U.S. Geological Survey</a> says.<p>"The declaration means we've exhausted our resources and need help from the outside," Napa City Manager Mike Parnass told reporters at a news conference. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52712 at http://northernpublicradio.org State Of Emergency Declared After Quake Rocks Northern Calif. Obama Orders Review Of Transfers Of Military Surplus To Local Police http://northernpublicradio.org/post/obama-orders-review-transfers-military-surplus-local-police President Obama has ordered a review of federal programs that supply local law enforcement agencies with military weapons and equipment after concerns over how the police handled unrest in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown.<p>A senior Obama administration official says the president "whether state and local law enforcement are provided with the necessary training and guidance; and whether the federal government is sufficiently auditing the use of equipment obtained through federal programs and funding."<p>The official also says the review would include inpu Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman & Steve Mullis 52699 at http://northernpublicradio.org Obama Orders Review Of Transfers Of Military Surplus To Local Police WATCH: Shark Vs. Grouper. Shark Loses. http://northernpublicradio.org/post/watch-shark-vs-grouper-shark-loses <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O37HI_AX9nY</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52694 at http://northernpublicradio.org WATCH: Shark Vs. Grouper. Shark Loses. Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/veteran-space-shuttle-astronaut-steven-nagel-dies-67 Astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions in the 1980s and 90s, including two as mission commander, has died after a long battle with cancer, NASA confirms.<p>Nagel, an Air Force pilot who had logged many hours in fighter jets and as a test pilot, joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 in the first crop of trainees selected for the space shuttle program.<p>Although trained as a shuttle pilot, Nagel's first mission, aboard <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archives/sts-51G.html">STS-51G</a> (Discovery) in June 1985, was as a mission specia Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:42:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52693 at http://northernpublicradio.org Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67