Scott Neuman http://wncw.org en Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says http://wncw.org/post/isis-beyond-anything-weve-seen-hagel-says Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel describes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/20/341997009/recent-u-s-mission-aimed-to-rescue-foley-other-hostages-in-syria">a failed U.S. mission into northern Syria earlier this summer to rescue Americans</a> believed held there — including a journalist who was executed earlier this week — as "flawless" despite not recovering the hostages.<p>"This was a flawless operation, but the hostages weren't there," Hagel told journalists at a Pentagon briefing with Gen. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38830 at http://wncw.org Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says U.S. Diplomatic Cable Puts Chill On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge http://wncw.org/post/us-diplomatic-cable-puts-chill-als-ice-bucket-challenge Don't expect Secretary of State John Kerry to accept the ALS "<a href="http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html">Ice Bucket Challenge</a>" anytime soon: Lawyers at the State Department have banned high-profile U.S. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:54:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38816 at http://wncw.org U.S. Diplomatic Cable Puts Chill On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Thailand's Parliament Hands Prime Minister Post To Coup Leader http://wncw.org/post/thailands-parliament-hands-prime-minister-post-coup-leader The man who <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/22/314780439/coup-in-thailand-military-seizes-control-of-country">toppled Thailand's democratically elected government in May</a> has been <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/427925/prayuth-unanimously-voted-pm">chosen as the country's interim prime minister</a>.<p>Not surprisingly, junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's hand-picked legislature voted 191-0 with three abstentions to legitimize the coup leader's role as head of government. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38811 at http://wncw.org Thailand's Parliament Hands Prime Minister Post To Coup Leader Bank Of America Reaches Record Settlement Over Mortgage Meltdown http://wncw.org/post/bank-america-reaches-record-settlement-over-mortgage-meltdown Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion in a settlement with federal regulators over allegations that it misled investors into buying risky, mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial meltdown.<p>The Department of Justice, which announced the $16.65 billion deal today, describes it as "the largest civil settlement with a single entity in history."<p>BofA, the second-largest U.S. bank, will pay a $9.65 billion penalty and provide $7 billion in relief to troubled borrowers, Reuters reports. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38807 at http://wncw.org Bank Of America Reaches Record Settlement Over Mortgage Meltdown After Night Of Calm, National Guard To Be Withdrawn From Ferguson http://wncw.org/post/night-calm-ferguson-follows-days-unrest <strong>Updated at 3 p.m. ET</strong><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from the city of Ferguson after a night of relative calm in the wake of days of unrest surrounding the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.<p>Guard members were first deployed on Monday to help restore order in the St. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38803 at http://wncw.org After Night Of Calm, National Guard To Be Withdrawn From Ferguson Capt. Ron Johnson: 'I Am Sorry' For Brown's Death http://wncw.org/post/capt-ron-johnson-i-am-sorry-browns-death Capt. Ron Johnson, the Missouri Highway Patrol officer in charge of security in Ferguson, Mo., told a thousand-strong audience gathered in a local church that he has a "heavy heart" over the violence and anger in the city in the wake of the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.<p>Johnson, who is black, was handed security in the volatile St. Louis suburb by Gov. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38656 at http://wncw.org Capt. Ron Johnson: 'I Am Sorry' For Brown's Death Israel, Palestinians Still Far Apart As Truce Nears End http://wncw.org/post/israel-palestinians-still-far-apart-truce-nears-end With the clock ticking on the expiration of the latest cease-fire in Gaza, representatives of Israel and Hamas resumed talks in Cairo today but appeared divided over an Egyptian proposal to ease the closing of the territory.<p>As NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Jerusalem, at the heart of the talks is the seven-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38652 at http://wncw.org Israel, Palestinians Still Far Apart As Truce Nears End Kurds: U.S. Air Power Backing Operation To Retake Mosul Dam http://wncw.org/post/kurds-us-airpower-backing-operation-retake-mosul-dam <em><strong>Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET</strong></em><p>Kurdish forces say they've retaken areas near the country's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic separatists, a day after U.S. officials acknowledged conducting airstrikes in the region.<p>The Associated Press, quoting Kurdish peshmerga leader Gen. Tawfik Desty, said his fighters, backed by Iraqi and U.S. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38649 at http://wncw.org Kurds: U.S. Air Power Backing Operation To Retake Mosul Dam Kenya Shuts Borders To Ebola-Hit West African Countries http://wncw.org/post/kenya-shuts-borders-ebola-hit-west-african-countries <strong><em>Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>The Kenyan government has taken the step of closing its borders to travelers from West African countries affected by the growing Ebola outbreak.<p>The suspension applies to Kenyan ports of entry for people traveling from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the country's Health Ministry says. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38648 at http://wncw.org Kenya Shuts Borders To Ebola-Hit West African Countries Ukraine Claims Gains On The Ground, As Rebels Down Warplane http://wncw.org/post/ukraine-claims-gains-ground-rebels-down-warplane <em><strong>Updated at 3:05 p.m. ET</strong></em><p>Ukrainian officials acknowledge that one of the country's <a href="http://airheadsfly.com/2014/04/05/ukrainian-air-force-mig-29-back-action/">MiG-29</a> fighter jets has been shot down by rebels, but they say the incident follows a major push in the east against pro-Russia separatists that could prove a breakthrough in the four-month conflict.<p>An official Ukrainian Facebook page posts that after a "successful" operation destroying a group of rebels and their vehicles, the MiG-29 was shot down over Luhansk. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38647 at http://wncw.org Ukraine Claims Gains On The Ground, As Rebels Down Warplane