Bill Chappell http://northernpublicradio.org en Former Captive Bergdahl Will Return To Regular Duty In Army http://northernpublicradio.org/post/former-captive-bergdahl-will-return-regular-duty-army The Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose freedom from the Taliban was gained by a prisoner exchange, has been cleared for active duty and assigned to a unit in Texas. When he was released in May, Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years.<p>Responding to questions from NPR's Tom Bowman about his status, the Army issued a statement:<p><blockquote><p>"Sgt. Bergdahl has completed the final phase of the reintegration process under the control of U.S. Army South and is currently being assigned to U.S. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50595 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sweet Deal? Chocolatier Lindt Buys Russell Stover http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sweet-deal-chocolatier-lindt-buys-russell-stover In a push for greater prominence in the American market, Swiss chocolate company Lindt & Sprungli has reached a deal to acquire Russell Stover, the company whose products include the time-tested Whitman Sampler box of chocolates, a product featured in the 1994 film <em>Forrest Gump</em>.<p>The deal would make the combined company the No. 3 chocolate maker in North America, Lindt says in a news release announcing the deal. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:59:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50594 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sweet Deal? Chocolatier Lindt Buys Russell Stover Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues http://northernpublicradio.org/post/israel-shoots-down-drone-clash-hamas-continues Exchanges of rockets and airstrikes continue between Israel and militants in Gaza, one week after violence broke out in the area. The Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.<p>From <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.604898">Haaretz</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Since the start of the operation, more than 700 rockets have fallen within Israel. Only a fraction landed in urban regions. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50589 at http://northernpublicradio.org Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After Two Years http://northernpublicradio.org/post/costa-concordia-cruise-ship-floats-again-after-two-years More than two years after it ran aground off the Italian coast, the cruise ship Costa Condordia is floating again. Salvage workers managed that feat Monday by expelling water from large caissons, the pontoons that are attached to its sides.<p>"Six hours after the refloating began, the 115,000-ton vessel had cleared its custom-made platform by one meter," reports NPR's Sylvia Poggioli. "The ship is to be raised another meter today. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50581 at http://northernpublicradio.org Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After Two Years Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego http://northernpublicradio.org/post/border-patrol-ceases-flying-migrants-san-diego Migrants from Central America who enter the U.S. illegally in Texas will no longer be flown to San Diego for processing, the U.S. Border Patrol says. The practice came under fire last week, when opponents led protests against it in Murrieta, Calif.<p>In announcing the change, the agency didn't mention the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/02/327738660/protesters-turn-back-buses-of-immigrant-detainees-near-san-diego">fierce local opposition</a>. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50495 at http://northernpublicradio.org Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lebron-james-will-reportedly-return-cleveland-cavaliers The Miami experiment is over: LeBron James will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The NBA star opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami, where he won two championships.<p>James, 29, played for Cleveland for seven seasons before leaving the town, and his home state of Ohio, for Miami. Speculation about his next move heated up after James and the Heat were trounced in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.<p><strong>Update at 12:45 p.m. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50488 at http://northernpublicradio.org LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos http://northernpublicradio.org/post/fly-eagle-site-picks-best-aerial-drone-photos An eagle soars above a national park in Bali, Indonesia. A waterfall in Mexico is seen from above its shelf of cascading water. Those are the top two finishers in a contest held to find the best images captured by cameras mounted on aerial drones. The winners were recently unveiled by the site <a href="http://www.dronestagr.am/">Dronestagram</a>.<p>The website chose winners by two methods: a juried competition, and the images' popularity among the site's visitors (see the <a href="http://www.dronestagr.am/contest/rewards/">top three images</a> in each category). Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50485 at http://northernpublicradio.org Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million http://northernpublicradio.org/post/liverpool-unloads-biter-sending-suarez-barca-128-million Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker who became headline news in the U.S. after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/24/325226445/living-up-to-his-past-suarez-apparently-bites-italian-opponent">biting an Italian player</a> during the World Cup, is moving to a new club. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50482 at http://northernpublicradio.org Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dozens-ukraines-troops-reportedly-killed-militants Separatists in eastern Ukraine reportedly used a rocket-launching system in an attack Friday that a Ukrainian official says might have killed as many as 30 government troops. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:54:51 +0000 Bill Chappell 50480 at http://northernpublicradio.org Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace http://northernpublicradio.org/post/israel-and-hamas-keep-attacks-ignoring-calls-peace <strong>This post was updated at 1 p.m. ET.</strong><p>The number of Palestinians killed in Israel's aerial offensive that began this week has surpassed 100, according to health officials in Gaza. More than 600 people have been wounded in the ongoing exchange of airstrikes and rockets between Israel's military and the militant group Hamas.<p>"Since Israel launched its offensive four days ago it has attacked at least 1,100 sites in Gaza, half of them rocket launchers, the army says," Daniel Estrin reports for NPR from Jerusalem. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50470 at http://northernpublicradio.org Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace