Mark Memmott http://wfae.org en Take A Break For Something Cute: Two Kittens Who Traveled Far http://wfae.org/post/take-break-something-cute-two-kittens-who-traveled-far After so many stories this month about <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/179200897/accidents-and-disasters" target="_blank">accidents and disasters</a>, we needed something completely different and hopefully cute.<p>This would seem to fit the bill:<p>"Kittens accidentally packed in box, shipped from Los Angeles to San Diego." (<a href="http://www.10news.com/news/kittens-packed-in-box-shipped-from-los-angeles-to-san-diego-041614" target="_blank">San Diego's ABC10 News</a>)<p>"Two kittens are recovering after they were found inside a box that was shipped from the Los Angeles area to a Cox Communi Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49253 at http://wfae.org Take A Break For Something Cute: Two Kittens Who Traveled Far Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying http://wfae.org/post/heres-what-putin-didnt-tell-snowden-about-russias-spying "Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?" former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304057289/putin-tells-snowden-that-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance" target="_blank">asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday</a>.<p>"We don't have a mass system of such interception, and according to our law it cannot exist," the Russian leader responded.<p>Well, <a href="https://twitter.com/tgjelten/status/457169455101902848" target="_blank">as NPR's Tom Gjelten tweets< Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:32:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49245 at http://wfae.org Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden http://wfae.org/post/pakistani-madrassa-names-its-library-osama-bin-laden A sign now outside the small library at a religious school for girls in Pakistan's capital says the room has been named for a martyr — Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaida terrorist network was responsible for the Sept. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49240 at http://wfae.org Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine http://wfae.org/post/deal-doubt-separatists-refuse-budge-ukraine "Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding," <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/18/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3A1B520140418" target="_blank">Reuters reports</a>.<p>What's more, "the separatists' spokesman <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27076226" target="_blank">told the BBC</a> that the Kiev government was 'illegal,' so they would not go until the Kiev government ste Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49237 at http://wfae.org Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 http://wfae.org/post/tragedy-atop-world-everest-avalanche-kills-least-12 At least 12 Sherpa guides died Friday on Nepal's side of Mount Everest when an avalanche buried them on the world's tallest mountain.<p>The death toll may go higher: <a href="http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=At+least+12+killed+in+Everest+avalanche&NewsID=412101" target="_blank"><em>The Himalayan Times</em> reports</a> that while 12 bodies have been recovered, an additional body "has been sighted buried in the snow," and that as the day ended another five Sherpas were still missing. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49235 at http://wfae.org Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 Captain Of Korean Ferry Arrested As Vessel Sinks Below Surface http://wfae.org/post/rescue-efforts-continue-korean-ferry-sinks-below-surface The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank earlier this week in the Yellow Sea, leaving at least 28 dead and hundreds missing, has been arrested, along with two other crew members, South Korea's <a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2014/04/19/0200000000AEN20140419000500315.html">Yonhap news agency says</a>.<p>The 69-year-old captain, Lee Jun-Seok, faces five counts including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law, Yonhap says.<p>Lee, who was taken into custody on Saturday (local time), was reportedly among the first to leave the stricken vessel, but he made a public apo Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49231 at http://wfae.org Captain Of Korean Ferry Arrested As Vessel Sinks Below Surface One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water http://wfae.org/post/one-mans-pee-pushes-portland-flush-38-million-gallons-water <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wXnTtKKSrg</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49172 at http://wfae.org One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain http://wfae.org/post/fate-girls-abducted-nigeria-now-uncertain This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. ET.<p>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that Nigeria's defense ministry has retracted its earlier claim that they missing schoolgirls were free.<p>"[A] report was filed in from the field indicating that a major breakthrough had been recorded in the search," the ministry said in a statement. <p>"There was no reason to doubt this official channel, hence the information was released to the public immediately," it said. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49162 at http://wfae.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://wfae.org/post/ukraine-crisis-diplomats-meet-putin-admits-russias-role-crimea <h6>This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.</h6><p>Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.<p>"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49161 at http://wfae.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low http://wfae.org/post/jobless-claims-stay-near-7-year-low There were 304,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up just 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 302,000, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday</a>.<p>The scant increase means claims continued to run near their lowest pace since May 2007 — seven months before the economy slipped into its latest recession. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49160 at http://wfae.org