Scott Neuman http://wfpl.org en Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions http://wfpl.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-overall-limits-political-contributions The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down an overall cap on the amount that large campaign donors can give to parties and candidates in a two-year election cycle.<p>In a 5-4 decision split between <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx">conservatives and liberals on the high court</a>, the court said the limits were a violation of the First Amendment.<p>However, the ruling affects only aggregate donations on the total amount that a contributor can hand out to multiple candidates and political action committees, which is currently set at $123,200. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9041 at http://wfpl.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan Gay-Marriage Ban http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-strikes-down-michigan-gay-marriage-ban A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, making the state the latest to see such a prohibition overturned on constitutional grounds.<p>The Associated Press reports:<p><blockquote><p>"[U.S. District] Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Friday, two weeks after a trial. Two Detroit-area nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:04:06 +0000 Scott Neuman 8946 at http://wfpl.org Health Care Enrollments Up, But Still Well Short Of Goal http://wfpl.org/post/health-care-enrollments-still-well-short-goal Another 940,000 people signed up for health insurance in February under the Affordable Care Act, bringing the total to 4.2 million since the troubled <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a> website was launched, the Department of Health and Human Services reports. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:46:04 +0000 Scott Neuman 8844 at http://wfpl.org Health Care Enrollments Up, But Still Well Short Of Goal Creation Museum: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle' http://wfpl.org/post/creation-museum-bill-nye-debate-sparked-funding-miracle Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum who <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271648691/watch-the-creationism-vs-evolution-debate-bill-nye-and-ken-ham">last month debated TV personality Bill Nye</a> "The Science Guy" pitting his Biblical literalism against Darwinian evolution, says the highly publicized showdown has been like manna from heaven for a foundering $73 million Noah's Ark theme park.<p>"It was a challenging time, one that on a human level required a miracle to overcome," Ham, who heads the Answers in Genesis ministry, said in a statement of the near collaps Sun, 02 Mar 2014 12:27:20 +0000 Scott Neuman 8750 at http://wfpl.org Creation Museum: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle' Russia's Parliament Approves Putin's Call For Troops In Ukraine http://wfpl.org/post/russias-parliament-approves-putins-request-troops-ukraine <strong>This post was updated at 4:50 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Russia's parliament has unanimously approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to authorize the intervention of Moscow's forces in Ukraine until "the normalization of the political situation" there. In response, Ukraine put its own forces on alert and warned that a Russian invasion would spark war between the two countries.<strong> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:43:02 +0000 Scott Neuman 8747 at http://wfpl.org Russia's Parliament Approves Putin's Call For Troops In Ukraine Forget The Local Cold: Worldwide, It Was Another Hot January http://wfpl.org/post/forget-local-cold-worldwide-it-was-another-hot-january January will go down in the weather history books as the fourth-warmest on record.<p>That's right.<p>No matter how brutal the winter was in North America, especially the Eastern half, it was balanced by warm temperatures elsewhere on the planet.<p><a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/">The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climate Data Center</a> says that last month marks the 38th consecutive January and the 347th consecutive month (almost 29 years) that global temperatures have been above the average for the 20th century.<p>The last time the average temperature was Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:51:31 +0000 Scott Neuman 8672 at http://wfpl.org Forget The Local Cold: Worldwide, It Was Another Hot January 1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says http://wfpl.org/post/1-4-americans-thinks-sun-goes-around-earth-survey-says A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/">National Science Foundation</a>.<p>The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF in 2012 and released on Friday at an annual meeting of the <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind14/content/chapter-7/c07.pdf">American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.</a><p>To the question "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Sat, 15 Feb 2014 12:25:01 +0000 Scott Neuman 8605 at http://wfpl.org 1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says Iran: Warships Will Steam Close To U.S. Waters As 'A Message' http://wfpl.org/post/iran-warships-will-steam-close-us-waters-message An admiral of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.573131">said warships under his command have been dispatched to skirt U.S. maritime borders</a> for the first time, in tit-for-tat move aimed at protesting the U.S. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 00:04:28 +0000 Scott Neuman 8526 at http://wfpl.org Iran: Warships Will Steam Close To U.S. Waters As 'A Message' Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46 http://wfpl.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-oscar-winner-found-dead-46 Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar for the title role in the 2005 film <em>Capote</em>, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 46.<p>A New York Police Department spokesman tells NPR that authorities are "investigating Hoffman's death as a possible drug overdose."<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626804579358943360702878?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories%20"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a> quotes a police official as saying the actor was found dead in the bathroom of his West Village apartment late Sunday morning.<p><a href="h Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:22:14 +0000 Scott Neuman 8448 at http://wfpl.org 3 Dead In Shooting At Baltimore-Area Shopping Mall http://wfpl.org/post/ems-officials-active-shooter-suburban-baltimore-shopping-mall <strong>Updated 9 p.m. ET</strong><p>Three people are dead after an assailant armed with a shotgun entered a suburban Baltimore shopping mall on Saturday and shot two store employees before killing himself, police said.<p>"We were able to identify three victims at an upper level store," Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon told reporters. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:26:18 +0000 Scott Neuman 8362 at http://wfpl.org 3 Dead In Shooting At Baltimore-Area Shopping Mall