Bill Chappell http://kvnf.org en Wham! McIlroy Tees Off, Reaches Green On 436-Yard Hole http://kvnf.org/post/wham-mcilroy-tees-reaches-green-436-yard-hole Golfer Rory McIlroy had an outstanding first day at the Scottish Open, finishing with a seven-under-par 64 to break the Royal Aberdeen course record Thursday. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28614 at http://kvnf.org Wham! McIlroy Tees Off, Reaches Green On 436-Yard Hole HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations http://kvnf.org/post/hbo-and-game-thrones-haul-most-emmy-nominations Cable network HBO has received 99 nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards, running its streak as the network with the most Emmy nods to 14 years. HBO's <em>Game of Thrones</em> got 19 nominations, one ahead of the FX miniseries <em>Fargo</em>.<p>NPR's Neda Ulaby reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"HBO also got nominated for its movie <em>The Normal Heart</em>, for its drama <em>True Detective</em> and, in a surprise, for its comedy <em>Silicon Valley</em>.<p>"Other winners included Netflix, with 31 nominations. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28605 at http://kvnf.org HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations U.S. Willing To Facilitate Gaza Cease-Fire, White House Says http://kvnf.org/post/no-cease-fire-gaza-netanyahu-says-un-calls-calm <em><strong>Update at 6:31 p.m. ET</strong></em><p>The U.S. is prepared to facilitate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the White House said Thursday, as Israel continued its campaign of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, and rockets fired by Hamas and other groups kept raining down on Israel.<p>The Israeli airstrikes have hit more than 700 targets in Gaza, killed at least 89 people and wounded more than 600. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:38:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28604 at http://kvnf.org U.S. Willing To Facilitate Gaza Cease-Fire, White House Says Kurdish Leaders Boycott Iraqi Government Meetings http://kvnf.org/post/kurdish-leaders-boycott-iraqi-government-meetings A dispute between Iraq's Shiite-led central government and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region is boiling over, as Kurdish ministers withdrew from all Cabinet meetings. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28597 at http://kvnf.org Kurdish Leaders Boycott Iraqi Government Meetings Hackers In China Reportedly Targeted U.S. Federal Workers http://kvnf.org/post/hackers-china-reportedly-targeted-us-federal-workers Chinese hackers successfully accessed U.S. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:26:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28593 at http://kvnf.org What Happens When Israeli Mourners Visit A Palestinian Family http://kvnf.org/post/what-happens-when-israeli-mourners-visit-palestinian-family The family of slain Palestinian teenager <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/06/329156809/israel-arrests-6-in-teens-death-holds-victims-u-s-cousin">Mohammed Abu Khdeir</a> received condolences from an unlikely source Tuesday: Israelis who had asked to come and mourn with them.<p>The scene was predictably awkward, even painfully so. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28556 at http://kvnf.org What Happens When Israeli Mourners Visit A Palestinian Family Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup? http://kvnf.org/post/flop-life-what-if-we-all-acted-we-were-world-cup <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvsuYssoTw0</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28552 at http://kvnf.org Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup? As Deadline Nears, Snowden Seeks To Extend His Stay In Russia http://kvnf.org/post/deadline-nears-snowden-seeks-extend-his-stay-russia Edward Snowden remains a fugitive from U.S. authorities over leaking secret documents about its surveillance programs. Now he's asking Russia to extend the one-year term of asylum the country granted the former NSA contract worker last summer.<p>Snowden's asylum, which was granted last August, is set to expire at the end of this month. His lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, says they've filed papers for an extension.<p>"We have gone through the course of receiving temporary asylum. On July 31, this term ends. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28547 at http://kvnf.org 5,000 Years Old: Ancient Yew Tree Identified In Wales http://kvnf.org/post/5000-years-old-ancient-yew-tree-identified-wales It might be the oldest tree in Britain. A yew tree that sprawls over a churchyard in Wales is more than 5,000 years old, according to experts. While it's not exceptionally tall, the tree has a wide canopy. And it dates back to the era of Egypt's pharaohs.<strong> </strong><p>From NPR's London bureau, Rich Preston reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The 60-foot-wide yew tree sits in the grounds of St Cynog's churchyard near Swansea in Wales. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28546 at http://kvnf.org Defending Tour De France Champ Froome Quits Race http://kvnf.org/post/defending-tour-de-france-champ-froome-quits-race Chris Froome, who raced to the top of the podium in Paris last July, is out of this year's Tour de France after falling in treacherous conditions on today's stage of the bicycle race.<p>Today's stage had been predicted to be harrowing, owing to the course's inclusion of cobblestones. But Froome went down twice before the race even reached that point, leaving his riding kit torn on both thighs and one shoulder, where a bloody wound could be seen.<p>It was the second bad day for Froome, who also fell Tuesday. That crash left him with an injured wrist. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28542 at http://kvnf.org Defending Tour De France Champ Froome Quits Race