NPR Blogs http://wunc.org en U.S. Had Heads-Up Over Destruction Of 'Guardian' Hard Drives http://wunc.org/post/us-had-heads-over-destruction-guardian-hard-drives The National Security Agency knew the British government would oversee the destruction of hard drives held by the <em>Guardian</em> newspaper that contained information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, though at that time the agency distanced itself from the action. That's according to emails <a href="http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/us-given-heads-about-newspaper-data-destruction">obtained by The Associated Press</a> through a Freedom of Information request.<p>The AP story notes that senior intelligence officials were given a heads-up about Britain's intent. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 38820 at http://wunc.org U.S. Had Heads-Up Over Destruction Of 'Guardian' Hard Drives Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego http://wunc.org/post/border-patrol-ceases-flying-migrants-san-diego Migrants from Central America who enter the U.S. illegally in Texas will no longer be flown to San Diego for processing, the U.S. Border Patrol says. The practice came under fire last week, when opponents led protests against it in Murrieta, Calif.<p>In announcing the change, the agency didn't mention the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/02/327738660/protesters-turn-back-buses-of-immigrant-detainees-near-san-diego">fierce local opposition</a>. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38821 at http://wunc.org Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers http://wunc.org/post/lebron-james-will-reportedly-return-cleveland-cavaliers The Miami experiment is over: LeBron James will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The NBA star opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami, where he won two championships.<p>James, 29, played for Cleveland for seven seasons before leaving the town, and his home state of Ohio, for Miami. Speculation about his next move heated up after James and the Heat were trounced in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.<p><strong>Update at 12:45 p.m. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38813 at http://wunc.org LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers Kurds Seize 2 Oil Fields Amid Rising Tensions With Iraqi Government http://wunc.org/post/kurds-seize-2-oil-fields-amid-rising-tensions-iraqi-government Kurdish forces have seized two oil fields near the disputed city of Kirkuk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/10/330375977/kurdish-leaders-boycott-iraqi-government-meetings">a day after their ministers</a> withdrew from all Cabinet meetings in Baghdad, moves that further imperil Iraq's already tenuous unity.<p>Peshmerga forces took over the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields, expelling local workers, Iraq's Oil Ministry confirmed. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 editor 38814 at http://wunc.org Kurds Seize 2 Oil Fields Amid Rising Tensions With Iraqi Government Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll http://wunc.org/post/kerry-pushes-audit-disputed-afghan-presidential-poll Calling it a "critical moment" in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a partial recount in the country's presidential elections amid alleged vote fraud.<p>"We are in a very, very critical moment for Afghanistan," Kerry told reporters. "Legitimacy hangs in the balance. The future potential of the transition hangs in the balance. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38811 at http://wunc.org Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos http://wunc.org/post/fly-eagle-site-picks-best-aerial-drone-photos An eagle soars above a national park in Bali, Indonesia. A waterfall in Mexico is seen from above its shelf of cascading water. Those are the top two finishers in a contest held to find the best images captured by cameras mounted on aerial drones. The winners were recently unveiled by the site <a href="http://www.dronestagr.am/">Dronestagram</a>.<p>The website chose winners by two methods: a juried competition, and the images' popularity among the site's visitors (see the <a href="http://www.dronestagr.am/contest/rewards/">top three images</a> in each category). Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38810 at http://wunc.org Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers http://wunc.org/post/elephant-featured-film-alexander-killed-thai-poachers Poachers in Thailand killed a 50-year-old elephant who appeared in Oliver Stone's 2004 film <em>Alexander</em> before crudely hacking off the animal's giant tusks, according to <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/420052/famous-elephant-slain-killers-ivory-thieves-hunted"><em>The Bangkok Post.</em></a><p>The Asian elephant, named <a href="http://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=7146">Phlai Khlao</a>, was used in scenes from the movie starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38808 at http://wunc.org Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million http://wunc.org/post/liverpool-unloads-biter-sending-suarez-barca-128-million Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker who became headline news in the U.S. after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/24/325226445/living-up-to-his-past-suarez-apparently-bites-italian-opponent">biting an Italian player</a> during the World Cup, is moving to a new club. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38807 at http://wunc.org Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million Top Stories: Ukrainian Attacks; Israel-Palestinian Violence http://wunc.org/post/top-stories-ukrainian-attacks-israel-palestinian-violence Good morning, here are our early stories:<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/11/330657324/dozens-of-ukraine-s-troops-reportedly-killed-by-militants"><strong>-- Dozens Of Ukraine Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants.</strong></a><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/11/330652494/israel-and-hamas-keep-up-attacks-ignoring-calls-for-peace"><strong>-- Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace.</strong></a><p><strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/10/330538734/mississippi-child-thought-cured-of-hiv-shows-signs-of-infection">-- Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:18:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 38805 at http://wunc.org Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S. http://wunc.org/post/germany-calls-honest-foundation-relations-us Germany's foreign minister said his government's decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave was inevitable given recent allegations of spying, but he said he wants to renew the friendship between the two countries based on an "honest foundation."<p>Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the decision to expel the U.S. intelligence official "is the right decision, a necessary step and a fitting reaction to the break of trust which has occurred."<p>"Taking action was unavoidable, in my opinion. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38806 at http://wunc.org Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S.