Scott Neuman http://ualrpublicradio.org en Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ex-city-manager-caught-calif-salary-scandal-gets-12-years Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who pleaded no contest to conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public records, has been ordered to serve 12 years in state prison and repay nearly $9 million.<p>Rizzo, who was city manager of Bell until 2010, apologized during sentencing, telling Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy that he "[breached] the public trust" and that "I am so sorry for that. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21894 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/holy-bible-could-become-louisianas-official-book The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a bill sent to the state's Legislature passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.<p>The Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee of the <a href="http://house.legis.state.la.us/">Louisiana House of Representatives</a> voted 8-5 last week to forward <a href="http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=877881&n=HB503%20Original">a measure that would make the Holy Bible the state's official book</a>. It's a symbolic designation similar to choosing a state bird or state flower. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21883 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/judge-overturns-north-dakotas-strict-abortion-law A federal judge has struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, calling the law "invalid and unconstitutional."<p>The law, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/15/174453025/north-dakota-legislature-oks-bill-banning-abortions-after-heartbeat-is-found">passed by lawmakers in the state just over a year ago</a>, bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and is considered the most restrictive in the country.<p>U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who is based in Bismarck, cited the 1973 <em>Roe v. Wade</em> decision by the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21879 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/washington-state-mudslide-death-toll-rises-39 The death toll in last month's fatal mudslide in Washington state <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-usa-mudslide-washingtonstate-idUSBREA3F07920140416">has risen to 39</a>, officials say, after two more bodies were recovered from the debris.<p>Search efforts following the mudslide, near the community of Oso in the Cascades foothills, have been hampered by rain and the difficulty in recovering victims from the mudslide on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22.<p>Last week, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21875 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/iraqs-infamous-abu-ghraib-prison-temporarily-closed Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison that became the center of a 2004 prison-abuse scandal during the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21871 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://ualrpublicradio.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 23:19:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21857 at http://ualrpublicradio.org NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/saturn-might-have-new-baby-moon-named-peggy It's not like Saturn needs another moon to look after — it's already got 53 officially, with nine more labeled as "provisional" (and those are just the ones we know about). But the tiny, icy object nicknamed "Peggy" could prove hard to resist.<p>NASA's <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/cassini-huygens/">Cassini spacecraft</a> spotted evidence of Peggy, which is believed to measure just a half-mile across, as its slight gravity was disturbing the edge of Saturn's ring system. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21843 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video http://ualrpublicradio.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 16:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21833 at http://ualrpublicradio.org WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K. http://ualrpublicradio.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 16:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21835 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K. Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement http://ualrpublicradio.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 21:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21801 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement