Bill Chappell http://delmarvapublicradio.net en After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/after-just-two-years-huge-atlantic-city-casino-shuts-down After operating for only two years, the Revel Casino Hotel has closed down, part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September. It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel facility.<p>"It's a tragedy," massage therapist Lori Bacum, who worked at the resort's spa, tells <a href="http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/revel_casino_closes.html">NJ.com</a>. "There were some warnings, but none of us thought it would happen. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:48:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 60488 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'More That Could Have Been Done' To Help Foley, His Brother Says http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/more-could-have-been-done-help-foley-his-brother-says Faulting the U.S. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59963 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Coming Soon To A Pole Near You: A Bike That Locks Itself http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/coming-soon-pole-near-you-bike-locks-itself Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks. Two projects — one based in Chile, another in Seattle — are promising to provide peace of mind without the fuss of carrying a separate lock.<p>Like security-minded Transformers, the bikes can be manipulated to use their own parts as a lock. Fans of the approach say that if a thief breaks a lock that's part of the bike itself, it can't be ridden away. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:11:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59959 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Coming Soon To A Pole Near You: A Bike That Locks Itself Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/who-owns-monkeys-selfie-no-one-can-us-says The question of who owns a striking image taken by a crested black macaque may be closer to being settled, as the U.S. Copyright Office says the photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by any other entity — because it wasn't taken by a human.<p>The remarkably photogenic monkey won fans by capturing her own smiling image back in 2011, after a group of macaques in Indonesia appropriated British wildlife photographer David Slater's equipment. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59953 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says Hamas Executes Suspected Informants After Deadly Israeli Strike http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/hamas-executes-suspected-informants-after-deadly-israeli-strike <em><strong>Updated at 3:25 p.m. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59949 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Hamas Executes Suspected Informants After Deadly Israeli Strike U.S. Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Broke The Law, GAO Says http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/us-prisoner-swap-bergdahl-broke-law-gao-says The Pentagon didn't give enough notice to Congress and misused nearly $1 million when it swapped Army Sgt. <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/125938957/bowe-bergdahl">Bowe Bergdahl</a> for five senior Taliban members, the Government Accountability Office says. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59943 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net U.S. Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Broke The Law, GAO Says U.S. Won't Rule Out Attack In Syria To Hit Islamic State http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/us-wont-rule-out-attack-syria-hit-islamic-state American aircraft have carried out more strikes against the Islamic State, after the extremist group <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/20/341836683/video-purports-to-show-beheading-of-u-s-journalist-by-militants">beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley</a>. The attacks come despite threats to kill other hostages; a White House official says the U.S. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:59:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59884 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Hamas Says Israeli Airstrike Killed 3 Senior Commanders http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/hamas-says-airstrike-killed-three-senior-commanders An Israeli attack on a house has killed three military commanders in Gaza, Hamas says, including one of the group's most senior leaders. Thursday's strike follows what Hamas says was a failed attack on its top military leader earlier this week.<p>From Gaza, NPR's Philip Reeves reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The attack happened overnight and targeted a residential house in Rafah close to Gaza's border with Egypt.<p>"The three men were commanders in the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. Hamas named one as Raed al Attar, their most important commander in southern Gaza. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59879 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Hamas Says Israeli Airstrike Killed 3 Senior Commanders 'I Am Thrilled To Be Alive': American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/american-ebola-patients-will-leave-atlanta-hospital The two U.S. patients who were treated for Ebola have been discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where they had been in an isolation ward since returning from Liberia early this month. They are the first patients treated for Ebola on American soil.<p>Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol have been released after "a rigorous course of treatment and thorough testing," Emory's Dr. Bruce Ribner said. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59866 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'I Am Thrilled To Be Alive': American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital Beheading Video Sets Off Debate Over How — Or Whether — To Portray It http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/beheading-video-sets-debate-over-how-or-whether-portray-it A video that shows an American journalist being beheaded by extremist militants has sparked outrage, along with arguments over whether the images should be restricted online.<p>On one side of the issue are those who believe the images give publicity to the Islamic State, the Sunni group <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/20/341836683/video-purports-to-show-beheading-of-u-s-journalist-by-militants">that killed James Foley</a>, an American who had been held captive since 2012. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59832 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly' http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/president-obama-says-militants-who-beheaded-american-are-cowardly The extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts of violence" and "has no place in the 21st century," President Obama said Wednesday, referring to the videotaped execution carried out by militants with the Islamic State.<p>Obama also said the group attacks women and minorities, "for no other reason than they practice a different religion."<p>The president delivered a short address about the killing just hours after U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:17:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59829 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly' Israel's Netanyahu Vows 'A Continuous Campaign' Against Hamas http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gaza-violence-resumes-hamas-military-chief-targeted <strong><em>Update at 2:41 p.m.</em></strong><p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today his country's offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip is "a continuous campaign," a day after a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/19/341591066/israel-palestinians-resume-indirect-talks-in-cairo" target="_blank">cease-fire between the two sides collapsed</a>, leading to the resumption of both rocket fire against Israel and Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip.<p>The comments, in a nationwide address, signal that Operation Protective Edge, as Israel is calling the military campa Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59822 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Israel's Netanyahu Vows 'A Continuous Campaign' Against Hamas A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/different-dynamic-ferguson-47-arrests Tear gas and Molotov cocktails were absent from the streets of Ferguson, Mo., last night, as protesters and police avoided the clashes that have marred demonstrations over the death of an an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a white police officer last weekend in the St. Louis suburb.<p>Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59821 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests U.S. Authenticates Video Of Militants Beheading American Journalist http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/video-purports-show-beheading-us-journalist-militants <strong>This post was updated at 2:25 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A video that was released online Tuesday in which the extremist group the Islamic State claimed to behead American journalist James Foley is authentic, according to U.S. intelligence analysts. Foley was abducted in Syria in 2012.<p>The video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday afternoon and later removed; since then, it has resurfaced elsewhere online. The images show Foley kneeling next to a masked militant and reciting comments against the U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59813 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net U.S. Authenticates Video Of Militants Beheading American Journalist Brita Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Over Risk Of Cutting http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/brita-recalls-kids-water-bottles-over-risk-cutting Some Brita water bottles made for children pose a possible danger due to lids that can break apart into pieces with sharp edges, says Brita, which has announced a safety recall. The bottles have white lids with fold-up straws and filters that sit inside the bottle.<p>"Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking," the <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/BRITA-Recalls-Childrens-Water-Bottles/">Consumer Product Safety Commission</a> reports. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:35:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59766 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Brita Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Over Risk Of Cutting Castro's Niece Casts Rare 'No' Vote In Parliament, Citing Gay Rights http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/castros-niece-casts-rare-no-vote-parliament-citing-gay-rights Cuba's parliament isn't big on dissent. Most legislation that makes it to a vote is endorsed unanimously, as a matter of course. But Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro — and the niece of Fidel Castro — is making waves by voting "no" on a workers' rights bill, saying it didn't protect people with unconventional gender identities.<p>It seems that before the December 2013 vote was publicized recently in a Cuban blog, no one could recall anyone voting against a measure in Cuba's legislature. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59762 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Castro's Niece Casts Rare 'No' Vote In Parliament, Citing Gay Rights Paris Heist: Gunmen Take $335,000 From Saudi Motorcade http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/paris-heist-gunmen-take-335000-saudi-motorcade The motorcade of a Saudi prince was hit by thieves Sunday night, as armed men burst from two BMWs and carjacked a vehicle that contained 250,000 euros (about $335,000). The motorcade had been headed from a luxury hotel in Paris to an airport; police suspect the gunmen had inside knowledge.<p>"It's quite an unusual attack. They were obviously well-informed. It's true that it's quite a rare way of operating," a police source tells <a href="http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/gunmen-attack-saudi/1318536.html">Agence France-Presse</a>. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:42:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59705 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Paris Heist: Gunmen Take $335,000 From Saudi Motorcade Forensic Experts Discuss 6 Bullets That Hit Michael Brown http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/forensic-experts-discuss-six-bullets-hit-michael-brown At least six bullets hit Michael Brown, 18, when he was shot to death by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, according to a preliminary private autopsy report. Only one of those wounds — to the top of the teenager's head — was deemed not survivable by former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59703 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Forensic Experts Discuss 6 Bullets That Hit Michael Brown Ferguson Update: National Guard Deployed, School Postponed http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ferguson-update-national-guard-deployed-school-postponed Members of the National Guard have arrived in the St. Louis area, one day after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he would deploy troops to prevent violence in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb that's been wracked by outrage and looting over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager last weekend.<p>"Members of the National Guard are arriving in South St. Louis," local TV news KMOV reports, in a tweet this morning. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:59:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59697 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Ferguson Update: National Guard Deployed, School Postponed Ukraine: Reports Of Attack On Civilian Convoy Near Luhansk http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ukraine-reports-attack-civilian-convoy-near-luhansk Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists are blaming one another for an attack that reportedly hit at least one bus carrying people who were fleeing the fighting near the eastern city of Luhansk. Ukraine made gains in that area over the weekend; it's not known how many people might have died in Monday's attack.<p>The attack used both mortars and missiles, Ukraine says. The government held a news conference about the strike Monday; NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says that so far, it's unknown how many casualties might have been caused. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59692 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net WikiLeaks' Assange Says He'll Leave Embassy In London http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wikileaks-assange-says-hell-leave-embassy-london Citing health concerns, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he'll leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has lived in diplomatic asylum for more than two years. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59680 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net WikiLeaks' Assange Says He'll Leave Embassy In London Ferguson Police Release Name Of Officer Who Shot Michael Brown http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ferguson-police-release-name-officer-who-shot-michael-brown Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last Saturday is Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force who has no disciplinary actions on his record with the department.<p>The release of Wilson's name comes after Jackson said he wouldn't identify the man out of concerns for his safety, citing death threats made to Ferguson police and on social media. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:07:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59563 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Ferguson Police Release Name Of Officer Who Shot Michael Brown 'They're Talking To People': Tensions Ease In Ferguson As Police Change Tactics http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/theyre-talking-people-tensions-ease-ferguson-police-change-tactics Ferguson, Mo., saw more protests last night — but instead of meeting demonstrators with tear gas and armored vehicles, police walked with them, and posed for photos. The shift came after days of clashes sparked by the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.<p>From <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/">St. Louis Public Radio</a>, Rachel Lippmann reports:<p><blockquote><p>"There was no line of armored trucks or police in riot gear blocking traffic Thursday night. The few police officers spotted in the crowd were wearing regular uniforms. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59557 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'They're Talking To People': Tensions Ease In Ferguson As Police Change Tactics New Scrabble Champ: Oregon Man, 24, Wins Title http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-scrabble-champ-oregon-man-24-wins-title Conrad Bassett–Bouchard of Portland, Ore., is the 2014 National Scrabble Champion, taking the title after a tournament that unseated Nigel Richards, who had won the previous four years in a row. Words used in the final round included "barf" and "florigen."<p>The championship went to Bassett-Bouchard, 24, after he drew both a blank wild-card tile and an S on his first rack of tiles. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:58:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59506 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Scrabble Champ: Oregon Man, 24, Wins Title How People In Ferguson See The Police In Ferguson http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/how-people-ferguson-see-police-ferguson A police officer's killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Mo., has ignited racial tensions in a town whose population is two-thirds black — and whose police force reportedly has three black members. Some black residents say that long before Brown's death, they saw the police as a potential threat.<p>"It's the constant pressure of every time a police officer gets behind us, we're gripping the steering wheel," Anthony Ross, 26, of neighboring Berkeley tells NPR's David Schaper. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59498 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net How People In Ferguson See The Police In Ferguson Mo. Highway Patrol Takes Over Security In Ferguson, Governor Says http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tear-gas-and-arrests-ferguson-police-and-protesters-faceoff <strong>This post was updated at 5 p.m. ET.</strong><p>The Missouri State Highway Patrol will now supervise security in Ferguson, Gov. Jay Nixon announced at a news conference Thursday. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59488 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Mo. Highway Patrol Takes Over Security In Ferguson, Governor Says Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A Stay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gay-marriages-may-begin-virginia-next-week-after-court-denies-stay A federal court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage to be recognized in Virginia, denying a motion to stay its own ruling against a ban on the unions. That means same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses in Virginia next week, state officials say.<p>The ruling came from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, which had taken up the case after a district court <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/276807609/virginias-same-sex-marriage-ban-is-ruled-unconstitutional">struck down Virginia's ban</a> on same-sex marriage in February. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59447 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A Stay Brazilian Presidential Candidate Campos Dies In Plane Crash http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/brazilian-presidential-candidate-campos-dies-plane-crash Eduardo Campos, an economist who was running for Brazil's presidency as the leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party, has died in a plane crash near the coast southeast of Sao Paulo.<p>Brazil's <a href="http://oglobo.globo.com/brasil/eduardo-campos-morre-apos-acidente-aereo-em-santos-13586260">O Globo</a> says Campos was a passenger on a Cessna business jet that crashed in the city of Santos Wednesday morning with seven people aboard, including the candidate's wife and son. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59445 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Brazilian Presidential Candidate Campos Dies In Plane Crash And Now For Something Completely Different: Spider Invades BBC Telecast http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/and-now-something-completely-different-spider-invades-bbc-telecast <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpS0rTy3pws</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:32:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59436 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net And Now For Something Completely Different: Spider Invades BBC Telecast In A Shift, China Allows Pope Francis To Use Its Airspace For Asia Trip http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/shift-china-allows-pope-francis-use-its-airspace-asia-trip Pope Francis is flying to South Korea today — and that means he'll be able to address China's leaders, as well. In what's seen as a sign of thawing relations, China is allowing the pontiff to use its airspace. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59430 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net In A Shift, China Allows Pope Francis To Use Its Airspace For Asia Trip