Mark Memmott http://ualrpublicradio.org en Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 http://ualrpublicradio.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 21968 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 As Rescue Efforts Continue, Korean Ferry Sinks Below Surface http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/rescue-efforts-continue-korean-ferry-sinks-below-surface As darkness fell Friday in the Yellow Sea off South Korea's southern coast, there was still no good news to report about efforts to determine if any of the nearly 270 people missing since a passenger ferry capsized Wednesday might still be alive inside the sunken ship.<p>The overturned ship's keel, which had been floating just above the surface of the water, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/04/18/transcript-shows-ferry-captain-delayed-evacuation/" target="_blank">disappeared below the waves at day's end</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 21967 at http://ualrpublicradio.org As Rescue Efforts Continue, Korean Ferry Sinks Below Surface One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water http://ualrpublicradio.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 21927 at http://ualrpublicradio.org One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain http://ualrpublicradio.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 21920 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://ualrpublicradio.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 21917 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low http://ualrpublicradio.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 21916 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/putin-tells-snowden-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1yH554emkY</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 21914 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/no-sign-yet-hundreds-missing-after-south-korean-ferry-disaster <h6>This post will be updated as news comes in.</h6><p>A second day of dangerous efforts to reach any survivors has ended with still no sign of the nearly 300 people — most of them high school students — believed to be trapped aboard a South Korean ferry that has capsized in the Yellow Sea.<p>South Korean coast guard authorities said Thursday that divers have not been able to get into any of the cabins aboard the overturned ship, the Sewol. Bad weather and rough seas are said to be hampering the search efforts. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 21912 at http://ualrpublicradio.org No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/boston-bombing-defendant-can-see-victims-autopsy-photos-judge-says A federal judge said Wednesday that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may see autopsy photos of the three people who died after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177378595/boston-marathon-explosions" target="_blank">explosions near the finish line of last year's race</a>.<p>District Judge George O'Toole "rejected a claim by the government that Tsarnaev should not see the photos because it would disturb the families of the victims," <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/boston-bombing-anniversary/tsarnaev-can-view-victim-autopsy-photos-judge-n81996" target="_blank">NBC Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 21880 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says Most Of The Dozens Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Reportedly Free http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/dozens-girls-abducted-nigeria-militants-blamed <strong>9:45 a.m. ET, April 17:</strong> The latest developments have changed this story. We've put up a news post with this headline: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304072807/fate-of-girls-abducted-in-nigeria-now-uncertain" target="_blank">Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain</a>.<p><strong>Our post from April 16:</strong><p>Most of the 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped have been freed, Nigeria's military reports. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 21870 at http://ualrpublicradio.org