Scott Neuman http://kplu.org en NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://kplu.org/post/nypd-shuts-down-controversial-unit-spied-muslims The New York Police Department said Tuesday it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups.<p>The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:16:37 +0000 Scott Neuman 16054 at http://kplu.org NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video http://kplu.org/post/watch-israels-new-low-cost-airline-has-catchy-safety-video El Al, Israel's national airline, wants you to get down when you fly UP, its budget carrier that took to the skies just two weeks ago. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:52:42 +0000 Scott Neuman 16039 at http://kplu.org WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K. http://kplu.org/post/giant-south-american-bird-run-uk An ostrich-size South American <a href="http://sfzoo.businesscatalyst.com/Default.aspx?PageID=15676198&A=SearchResult&SearchID=6397964&ObjectID=15676198&ObjectType=1">rhea</a> that's reportedly capable of "seriously injuring humans" escaped from a farm in Hertfordshire, U.K., last month and has been on the lam in the English countryside ever since.<p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10767553/Dangerous-giant-bird-on-the-loose-in-Hertfordshire-countryside.html">The Telegraph describes</a> the flightless bird, <a href="http://www.wonders-world.com/2010/07/top-9-most-dangerous-bi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:44:35 +0000 Scott Neuman 16034 at http://kplu.org Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K. Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement http://kplu.org/post/swimming-superstar-michael-phelps-emerges-retirement Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete in history, is coming out of retirement.<p>Patrick Sandusky, the U.S. Olympic Committee public affairs officer, tweeted this morning: "It is official, Michael Phelps is back.... competing next week in Arizona."<p>Phelps, who will be 29 in June, has already competed in four Olympic Games, winning 22 medals, including 18 gold. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:04:37 +0000 Scott Neuman 16016 at http://kplu.org Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement French Police Deploy DNA Dragnet To Solve Rape Of Teen http://kplu.org/post/french-police-deploy-dna-dragnet-solve-rape-teen Police in France are taking DNA samples from more than 500 male high school students in western France in hopes of identifying the person who raped a 16-year-old girl.<p>The assault reportedly occurred at a private Roman Catholic school in La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast on Sept. 30. Investigators are trying to match DNA found on the victim's clothing, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27020933">the BBC says.</a><p>Prosecutor Isabelle Pagenelle is quoted by The Associated Press as saying that since authorities began taking samples early Monday, no one had refused. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:24:59 +0000 Scott Neuman 16000 at http://kplu.org Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future http://kplu.org/post/dutch-test-glow-dark-road-future There's a half-kilometer stretch of road in the Netherlands that looks a bit like something out of the movie <em>Tron</em>, thanks to new luminescent markings that glow green in the dark.<p>The photoluminescent paint, a sort of amped-up version of what is found on many wristwatches, charges up during daylight hours and then emits the green hue at night along the short test patch of N329 highway in Oss, according to Dutch companies <a href="http://www.studioroosegaarde.net/info/">Studio Roosegaarde</a> and Heijmans, a road construction firm.<p>"It's almost radioactive," says artist Daan Roosega Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:20:33 +0000 Scott Neuman 15991 at http://kplu.org Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds http://kplu.org/post/millennials-talk-god-fewer-rely-religion-survey-finds Barely half of millennials say they look to religion for guidance, but a higher percentage "talk to God," suggesting that the 18-to-34 demographic is more spiritual than sectarian, according to a new survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.<p>The survey of 2,000 U.S. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:02:15 +0000 Scott Neuman 15959 at http://kplu.org Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America http://kplu.org/post/total-eclipse-moon-next-week-throughout-north-america If you're willing to stay up late and the skies are clear early next week, you can catch the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years that's visible throughout North America.<p>The total eclipse, the first visible throughout the U.S. since December 2012, will peak <a href="http://www.space.com/25447-moon-observing-tips-total-lunar-eclipse.html">at about 3 a.m. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:31:48 +0000 Scott Neuman 15950 at http://kplu.org Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America 'God' Files Suit In New York To Resolve Credit Dispute http://kplu.org/post/god-files-suit-new-york-resolve-credit-dispute As the saying goes, "In God We Trust, all others pay cash."<p>But in the case of Russian immigrant and businessman God Gazarov, cash may be the only option.<p>That's because, <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/04/11/man-with-first-name-god-runs-into-credit-rating-issues/">according to The New York Post</a>, credit reporting agency <a href="http://www.equifax.com/about_equifax/newsroom/en_us">Equifax</a> has refused to acknowledge that he has any financial history whatsoever, despite having high scores with two other major credit agencies.<p>According to the <em>Post</em>:<p><blockquote><p>"Despit Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:40:29 +0000 Scott Neuman 15938 at http://kplu.org U.S. Denies Visa To Iran's Controversial U.N. Envoy http://kplu.org/post/congress-votes-bar-entry-irans-un-ambassador The United States has told Iran that it won't issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's controversial choice for the United Nations.<p>Aboutalebi acknowledges that he served as an interpreter for a group of radical students who seized the U.S. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:52:33 +0000 Scott Neuman 15920 at http://kplu.org U.S. Denies Visa To Iran's Controversial U.N. Envoy Judges Appear Divided In Case On Utah's Gay Marriage Ban http://kplu.org/post/judges-appear-divided-case-utahs-gay-marriage-ban A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared divided on Thursday as they listened to arguments in a case on whether Utah's same-sex marriage ban is constitutional.<p>The ban, approved by Utah voters in 2004, was struck down by a lower court in the wake of the U.S. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:10:02 +0000 Scott Neuman 15916 at http://kplu.org Judges Appear Divided In Case On Utah's Gay Marriage Ban What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860 http://kplu.org/post/whats-it-worth-breath-fresh-air-china-about-860 It's a classic example of supply and demand: How much would you pay for a bottle of fresh air in one of the world's most polluted cities?<p>When Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned home from a vacation in France, he brought with him a jar of clean air he had collected from Provence. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:27:46 +0000 Scott Neuman 15907 at http://kplu.org What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860 GM To Take $1.3 Billion Charge Linked To Recall http://kplu.org/post/gm-take-13-billion-charge-linked-recall General Motors said on Thursday it will take a charge of $1.3 billion in the first quarter to cover its recall of more than 2 million vehicles, primarily for ignition switch problems.<p>The announcement comes on the same day that the Detroit automaker said it would need to make additional fixes to the ignition switch mechanism on some of the 2.2 million cars it has already recalled. GM also said it was suspending two engineers with pay in a disciplinary move related to the problem.<p>The write-off includes a $750 million charge announced earlier. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:19:51 +0000 Scott Neuman 15897 at http://kplu.org GM To Take $1.3 Billion Charge Linked To Recall Justice: Albuquerque Police Show 'Pattern Of Excessive Force' http://kplu.org/post/justice-albuquerque-police-show-pattern-excessive-force The Justice Department says it has found "patterns of excessive force" in the Albuquerque Police Department.<p><a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/April/14-crt-364.html">Justice said</a> it found "reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:38:50 +0000 Scott Neuman 15887 at http://kplu.org Justice: Albuquerque Police Show 'Pattern Of Excessive Force' 'Gospel Of Jesus's Wife' Papyrus Not A Forgery, Harvard Says http://kplu.org/post/gospel-jesuss-wife-papyrus-not-forgery-harvard-says A fragment of an ancient Egyptian papyrus known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," unveiled in 2012, shows no evidence of being a modern forgery, as some critics had charged, according to an article published in the <a href="http://gospelofjesusswife.hds.harvard.edu/testing-indicates-gospel-jesuss-wife-papyrus-fragment-be-ancient">Harvard Theological Review.</a><p>The scrap of papyrus sparked controversy when it was presented at a conference in Rome some 18 months ago by Harvard professor of divinity <a href="http://gospelofjesusswife.hds.harvard.edu/karen-l-king">Karen L. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:08:18 +0000 Scott Neuman 15882 at http://kplu.org 'Gospel Of Jesus's Wife' Papyrus Not A Forgery, Harvard Says