Bill Chappell http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-us-forces-wont-return-combat-iraq-crisis President Obama says the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help it cope with the Sunni extremist group ISIS, which has won several key battles in recent days.<p>Obama said Americans won't be taking up combat roles in the conflict — and he said the U.S. won't take actions "that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another."<p>The president spoke Thursday about the situation in Iraq, where officials have been requesting American military help in the face of advances made by ISIS. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 37346 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/va-chief-eric-shinseki-resigns-post-obama-announces Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.<p>President Obama said Friday that the decision was made so Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/16/312978077/shinseki-pressed-by-senate-panel-on-va-hospital-delays">wide-ranging problems</a>.<p>The agency will be led on an interim basis by Sloan Gibson, its deputy secretary who was confirmed by the Senate in February. Fri, 30 May 2014 15:27:07 +0000 Bill Chappell 36594 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces NPR Names Jarl Mohn As Its New CEO And President http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/npr-names-jarl-mohn-its-new-ceo-and-president Media industry veteran Jarl Mohn will be NPR's new CEO, the organization's board of directors has announced.<p>Mohn, 62, currently sits on the board of directors at several media organizations, including Scripps Networks Interactive and Web analytics company ComScore. Fri, 09 May 2014 16:39:57 +0000 Bill Chappell 35992 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org NPR Names Jarl Mohn As Its New CEO And President 'Crazy' And 'Surreal': Figure Skater Jason Brown's Road To Sochi http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crazy-and-surreal-figure-skater-jason-browns-road-sochi <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzlcVKFVWVI</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:28:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 33297 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Crazy' And 'Surreal': Figure Skater Jason Brown's Road To Sochi Cardinals Get A Walk-Off World Series Win On Bizarre Play http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cardinals-get-walk-world-series-win-bizarre-play Game 3 of the World Series ended in unusual fashion Saturday night, as a ninth-inning obstruction call on Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks resulted in umpires awarding a base to St. Louis' Allen Craig — bringing the winning run home and putting the Cardinals ahead in the series, 2-1.<p>It's reportedly the first time an obstruction call has ended a World Series game. And it brought an end to a nearly four-hour contest in which the Red Sox had twice rallied from two-run deficits — most recently in the eighth inning.<p>The game's final score was 5-4. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 15:41:02 +0000 Bill Chappell 30965 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cardinals Get A Walk-Off World Series Win On Bizarre Play 'A $34 Million Waste Of The Taxpayers' Money' In Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/34-million-waste-taxpayers-money-afghanistan "On a recent trip to Afghanistan, I uncovered a potentially troubling example of waste that requires your immediate attention."<p>That's one of the opening lines of a letter the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction sent to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel this week. In it, Special Inspector General John Sopko detailed how a contract worth $34 million was used to build a facility U.S. troops will never use.<p>It's the latest in a string of reports on waste from Sopko, who recently detailed how the U.S. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28157 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'A $34 Million Waste Of The Taxpayers' Money' In Afghanistan Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To 30 Federal Counts In Boston http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-pleads-not-guilty-30-federal-counts-boston Appearing in the same Boston federal courtroom as many of the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts Wednesday, during an arraignment hearing.<p>Tsarnaev <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/27/196282662/boston-bombing-suspect-charged-with-killing-4">has been indicted on charges</a> that he used a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 260. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:13:01 +0000 Bill Chappell 28121 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To 30 Federal Counts In Boston Egypt's President Morsi Is Ousted From Power By Military http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/egypts-president-morsi-no-longer-power-military-says (<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/03/198282481/showdown-in-egypt-wednesdays-developments/#0700" target="_self">Click here for most recent update: 7 p.m. ET</a>.)<p>A huge celebration has begun in Egypt's Tahrir Square, after army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi proclaimed that Mohammed Morsi is out as president and the country's constitution has been suspended. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:24:16 +0000 Bill Chappell 27931 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Egypt's President Morsi Is Ousted From Power By Military Descending Into The Mariana Trench: James Cameron's Odyssey http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/descending-mariana-trench-james-camerons-odyssey At nearly seven miles below the water's surface, the Mariana Trench is the deepest spot in Earth's oceans. And the site north of Guam is where director and explorer James Cameron recently fulfilled a longtime goal of reaching the bottom in a manned craft.<p>For the dive, Cameron designed a 24-foot submersible vehicle, the Deepsea Challenger — "this kind of long, green torpedo that moves vertically through the water," as he tells <em>All Things Considered's</em> Melissa Block. Thu, 23 May 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 26676 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Descending Into The Mariana Trench: James Cameron's Odyssey Play Ball: Little Leaguers Get Assist From 'Pitch In' Charity http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/play-ball-little-leaguers-get-assist-pitch-charity This year's Little League baseball and softball season is under way — and in the Northeast, some teams and players have taken the field again, despite losing vital equipment to Hurricane Sandy. Many donations were handled by <a href="http://www.pitchinforbaseball.org/html/">Pitch In For Baseball</a>, which gathered used and new gloves and helmets for the players.<p>In February, the organization announced it would provide equipment worth $150,000 to baseball and softball players in the New York region. Wed, 15 May 2013 16:26:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 26418 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Play Ball: Little Leaguers Get Assist From 'Pitch In' Charity