KERA News http://keranews.org en Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy? http://keranews.org/post/putins-chess-moves-ukraine-brilliant-tactics-bad-strategy The game of chess is a national pastime in Russia. And you might say that Vladimir Putin is playing a high-stakes game of geopolitical chess when it comes to Ukraine.<p>Western leaders are plotting how to counter Putin's latest moves with economic sanctions. So to get some insight into what might come next, we talked to an economist who knows Russia — who is also extremely good at chess.<p><strong>Putin Playing From A Weak Position</strong><p>Kenneth Rogoff is a world-renowned economist and professor at Harvard. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:34:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 48394 at http://keranews.org Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy? The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet http://keranews.org/post/price-war-over-cloud-has-high-stakes-internet This week, our tech reporting team is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/21/305666363/searching-the-planet-to-find-power-for-the-cloud">exploring cloud computing</a> — the big business of providing computing power and data storage that companies need, but which happens out of sight, as if it's "in the cloud."<p>It's a timely topic, since <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/technology/google-takes-on-amazon-and-microsoft-for-cloud-computing-services.html">there's a price war</a> going on as tech titans aim to control the cloud market. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Elise Hu 48395 at http://keranews.org The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? http://keranews.org/post/subminimum-wages-disabled-godsend-or-exploitation The president recently signed an <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/12/executive-order-minimum-wage-contractors">executive order</a> raising the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for workers employed by federal contractors — including those with disabilities.<p>That's a victory for disabled workers who can make just pennies per hour at so-called sheltered workplaces.<p>While some call sheltered workshops a godsend, others say they are examples of good intentions gone wrong.<p>Sertoma Centre, located in Chicago's south suburbs, is one such organization. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 48396 at http://keranews.org Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In http://keranews.org/post/race-unearth-civil-war-era-artifacts-developer-digs About a dozen or so archaeologists in downtown Columbia, S.C. are focused on a 165-acre sliver of land that used to be a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. Last summer, the property was sold and the group is trying to recover as many artifacts as they can before a developer builds condos and shops in its place.<p>"We're out here to salvage what we can in advance of that development," says Chester DePratter, a University of South Carolina archaeologist.<p>The site used to be a Union officer prisoner-of-war camp and as they work, time is running out. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 48398 at http://keranews.org Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon http://keranews.org/post/citizen-volunteers-arm-themselves-against-crime-rural-oregon It's after 10 p.m. as Sam Nichols slowly cruises through the tiny town of O'Brien, Ore., shining superbright spotlights into the shadows.<p>"We're just checking this commercial building here, just to make sure there's no one hiding around it or anything," Nichols says.<p>Nichols' King Cab pickup has a yellow flasher on top and signs on the doors identifying it as a Citizens Against Crime patrol. Riding with Nichols is fellow volunteer Alan Cress.<p>"We're not trying to take the place of law enforcement," Cress says. "In fact, we have a great deal of respect for what law enforcement does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 48399 at http://keranews.org Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips http://keranews.org/post/supreme-court-gives-police-new-power-rely-anonymous-tips The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip.<p>The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority and Justice Antonin Scalia penning the dissent.<p>In August 2008, an anonymous 911 caller in California phoned in a report that a pickup truck had run her off the road. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg & Katie Barlow 48393 at http://keranews.org U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test http://keranews.org/post/us-says-its-monitoring-possible-north-korea-nuclear-test The United States is urging North Korea to refrain from a new nuclear test amid indications of "heightened activity" at Pyongyang's Punggye-ri test site.<p>"We have certainly seen the press reports ... regarding possible increased activity in North Korea's nuclear test site," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48392 at http://keranews.org U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place' http://keranews.org/post/green-gop-group-caught-between-rock-and-hard-place On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being green in the Republican Party. Just ask <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/116465826066559765877/about">Rob Sisson</a>, president of <a href="http://conservamerica.org/">ConservAmerica</a>.<p>ConservAmerica is a membership organization created in 1995 to keep the environmental spirit of GOP President Theodore Roosevelt alive in his party. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:18:00 +0000 Frank James 48391 at http://keranews.org Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place' Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death http://keranews.org/post/soldier-speaks-decade-after-pat-tillmans-friendly-fire-death Ten years after the friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan that killed U.S. Army Ranger and former NFL star Pat Tillman, one of the soldiers who mistakenly pulled the trigger says he's still haunted by demons from the night of April 22, 2004.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/305960157/ex-ranger-recalls-the-friendly-fire-that-killed-pat-tillman">Steven Elliott tells NPR's All Things Considered</a> that on the night of the incident, he could see only "shadowy figures" and had every reason to believe that when his squad leader, Sgt. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48387 at http://keranews.org Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign http://keranews.org/post/knuckleball-no-more-world-cup-soccer-ball-gets-redesign John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. The Adidas Brazuca is expected to perform better than the version used in South Africa in 2010. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48389 at http://keranews.org