Bill Chappell http://nhpr.org en Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area http://nhpr.org/post/video-haboob-huge-dust-storm-hits-phoenix-area A dust storm reported to be more than 3,000 feet high hit Phoenix Friday, limiting visibility and threatening to reshape landscapes and leave a coating of grit in its wake. Striking photos show a wall of dust pushing its way across neighborhoods and streets in the Phoenix metro region in the Valley.<p>The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:22:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 52617 at http://nhpr.org 12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza http://nhpr.org/post/israel-and-hamas-reportedly-agree-12-hour-truce <em><strong>Updated 3:03 a.m.</strong></em><p>A humanitarian cease-fire went into effect on Saturday, a plan agreed to hours earlier by Hamas and Israeli leaders. The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it's needed, and would last for 12 hours, officials say.<p>The Associated Press reported that the Israeli military warned that it "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops or civilians.<p>News of the truce came after prolonged U.S. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:08:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 52616 at http://nhpr.org 12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://nhpr.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 52615 at http://nhpr.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://nhpr.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 52607 at http://nhpr.org Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly 2 Hours http://nhpr.org/post/arizona-execution-inmate-takes-nearly-two-hours Another U.S. execution has gone awry, as Arizona officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood to death today instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour after the mix of lethal injection drugs was administered, Wood's attorney says.<p>Nearly two hours after the execution began at 1:52 p.m. local time Wednesday, Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.<p>"Joe Wood is dead, but it took him two hours to die," said Troy Hayden of KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, who served as a witness. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 52483 at http://nhpr.org Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly 2 Hours Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://nhpr.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 52481 at http://nhpr.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://nhpr.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 21:37:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 52477 at http://nhpr.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://nhpr.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 52464 at http://nhpr.org Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors http://nhpr.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 52447 at http://nhpr.org Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores http://nhpr.org/post/fruit-recall-hits-trader-joes-costco-wal-mart-stores Fears of possible listeria contamination have led to a national recall of whole peaches, nectarines and other fruits packed by a California company. No illnesses have been reported, but the Wawona Packing Co. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 52410 at http://nhpr.org Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart http://nhpr.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 52409 at http://nhpr.org Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart 9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report http://nhpr.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 52379 at http://nhpr.org Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape http://nhpr.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 52375 at http://nhpr.org Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape North Korea Is Not Pleased: Dance Video Features Kim Jong Un http://nhpr.org/post/north-korea-not-pleased-dance-video-features-kim-jong-un <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUgEmezpS_E</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:04:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 52336 at http://nhpr.org North Korea Is Not Pleased: Dance Video Features Kim Jong Un Hospital Settles Lawsuit By Thousands Of Women Over Exam Photos http://nhpr.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 52333 at http://nhpr.org