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Hyundai Plant In Alabama Pauses Manufacturing Due To Car Chip Shortage

WXXI US News - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 3:01am
No new vehicles will be rolling off the floor at Hyundai Motor Company in Alabama this week due to a temporary shutdown caused by an ongoing global semiconductor shortage. Semiconductor chips are key components used in cars, for monitoring tire pressure, radios, and climate control systems, as well as other electronics and appliances. The South Korean automaker's Montgomery-based manufacturing facility employs roughly 3,000 people. Robert Burns, a spokesman for Hyundai Motors Manufacturing Alabama, told WFSA , that between 800 to 900 employees will be impacted by the week-long shutdown that began Monday. Those workers will not be paid during the shutdown, but are eligible to receive unemployment benefits, Burns said. The stoppage in Alabama is the latest production interruption caused by the semiconductor industry hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Other carmakers , from Ford to Porsche , have also had to press pause on manufacturing. During the height of the pandemic, when many

Top Dog! Pekingese Named Wasabi Wins Westminster Show

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 11:38pm
Updated June 14, 2021 at 12:16 PM ET TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The flavor of the year at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show: Wasabi. A Pekingese named Wasabi won best in show Sunday night, notching a fifth-ever win for the unmistakable toy breed. A whippet named Bourbon repeated as runner-up. Waddling through a small-but-mighty turn in the ring, Wasabi nabbed U.S. dogdom's most prestigious prize after winning the big American Kennel Club National Championship in 2019. "He has showmanship. He fits the breed standard. He has that little extra something, that sparkle, that sets a dog apart," said Wasabi's handler and breeder, David Fitzpatrick, who guided the Peke's grandfather Malachy to the Westminster title in 2012. How will Wasabi celebrate? "He can have a filet mignon. And I'll have Champagne," Fitzpatrick, of East Berlin, Penn., said with a laugh. The handler of a Samoyed named Striker runs with her dog before the judges in the working group category at the Westminster Kennel Club

Biden Has Private Visit With Queen Elizabeth II, Who 'Reminded Me Of My Mother'

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 8:06pm
President Biden has become the 13th U.S. president to meet Queen Elizabeth II, holding a private visit Sunday at Windsor Castle. After being greeted under a covered dais in the castle's quadrangle, the president and first lady Jill Biden stood with the queen as the U.S. national anthem was played. Biden then inspected the guard of honor, returned to the dais, and watched a military march before heading inside for tea with the queen in the State Apartments at Windsor Castle. Audiences with the queen are entirely private , with no recordings or written transcripts made. But presidents usually reveal snippets of what was discussed. "She was very gracious," Biden told reporters on the tarmac at London's Heathrow Airport after their meeting. "She reminded me of my mother." Biden said the queen asked him about world leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping. She also asked what life in the White House was like. " 'We could fit the White House in the courtyard' " of

Trump Justice Department Subpoenaed Apple For Info On Former White House Counsel

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 5:19pm
The Justice Department secretly subpoenaed Apple in February 2018 for account information of then-White House Counsel Don McGahn, as well as his wife, and secured a gag order barring the company from telling them about it, according to a person familiar with the matter. It is unclear what the Justice Department was investigating or whether prosecutors actually obtained any of McGahn's account information, the individual said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. Apple informed the McGahns of the subpoena last month after the gag order expired. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Justice Department declined to comment. It is highly unusual for the Justice Department to subpoena the records of a sitting White House counsel. The news of the subpoena, which was first reported by the New York Times , comes days after it emerged that the Trump-era Justice Department had also subpoenaed Apple for communications metadata of at least

DOJ Subpoenaed Apple For Data On Trump White House Lawyer

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 5:06pm
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: There is more news today about the actions of the Trump-era Justice Department. NPR has learned that the department secretly subpoenaed Apple in 2018 for account information of then White House counsel Don McGahn. This follows other recent revelations about the Justice Department and its use of secret subpoenas during the Trump administration. NPR justice correspondent Ryan Lucas is with us now to tell us more. Ryan, thanks for joining us. RYAN LUCAS, BYLINE: Thanks for having me. MARTIN: So what more can you tell us about the McGahn subpoena? LUCAS: Well, a source tells me that the Justice Department subpoenaed Apple, as you said, back in February of 2018 for account information of McGahn and his wife, actually. Nobody knew about this at the time because the department got a gag order which barred Apple from telling McGahn or his wife or anybody else about it. That gag order recently lifted, and that then allowed the company

How To Be A Citizen: Being Involved In Civic Life At A Young Age

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 5:06pm
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: This year, as you may have heard, we are celebrating NPR's 50th birthday. That is half a century of trying to keep you informed so you can do your part as a citizen. But that got us thinking about what other things can you do to be a good citizen. For many people, that means making sure you vote when there's an election. But that's not an option for people under the age of 18 who are not yet eligible. So today we want to turn to the question of, how do you get involved when you're not yet old enough to vote? We found two people to help us with that. They are both in high school. They are both very active around things they care about. Calla Walsh just turned 17. She is an activist and organizer based in Massachusetts. Last fall, along with other youth activists, she launched a digital campaign that helped reelect Senator Ed Markey. Calla Walsh, welcome. Thanks for joining us. CALLA WALSH: Thanks so much for having me. It's great to be here. MARTIN: Also joining us

Police: ambulance stolen in Utica ends up in the Irondequoit Bay

WXXI Local Stories - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 4:26pm
New York State Police said they helped Utica Police apprehend a suspect who stole an ambulance on Sunday and drove it into Irondequoit Bay. Troopers said at 10:42 a.m. Sunday, they tried to stop the stolen ambulance on the New York State Thruway but the driver kept going, so State Police stopped their chase. The ambulance was located by police after it went into Irondequoit Bay off Seneca Road. Police said the female driver was able to swim to a private boat and was then taken into custody by police. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Dive Team was called to help retrieve the submerged ambulance. The driver was given medical attention at the scene by Irondequoit Ambulance and charges are pending.

Police: ambulance stolen in Utica ends up in the Irondequoit Bay

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 4:26pm
New York State Police said they helped Utica Police apprehend a suspect who stole an ambulance on Sunday and drove it into Irondequoit Bay. Troopers said at 10:42 a.m. Sunday, they tried to stop the stolen ambulance on the New York State Thruway but the driver kept going, so State Police stopped their chase. The ambulance was located by police after it went into Irondequoit Bay off Seneca Road. Police said the female driver was able to swim to a private boat and was then taken into custody by police. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Dive Team was called to help retrieve the submerged ambulance. The driver was given medical attention at the scene by Irondequoit Ambulance and charges are pending.

NY ties Massachusetts with the lowest COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 4:13pm
Governor Andrew Cuomo says that New York state’s 7-day COVID-19 average positivity rate was at .42% as of Saturday, the lowest rate in the country, tied with Massachusetts. Cuomo also announced on Sunday that the statewide single-day COVID-19 positivity rate stands at .35%, another record low for New York. "New York's COVID-19 numbers continue to hit record lows and New Yorkers are ready to return to normal, and that's why we're reducing restrictions and providing vaccination incentives across New York State," Cuomo said. The governor said the state can, “move forward into a bright future together, but we need anyone who hasn't gotten the vaccine yet to make an appointment or simply walk into a site today." The 7-day average positivity rate for the Finger Lakes also continues to drop. In the data reported on Sunday, it stands at .65%. That is the 2nd highest infection rate, behind Central New York, which is at .68%, but all of the regions in the state are now well below 1%. The

A Judge Has Thrown Out A Lawsuit Brought By Hospital Workers Over A Vaccine Mandate

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 3:15pm
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 employees at Houston Methodist Hospital who were suing the hospital system over its COVID-19 vaccine requirement. In a five-page ruling issued Saturday, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes upheld the hospital's vaccination policy, saying the requirement broke no federal law. "This is not coercion," said Hughes. "Methodist is trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus. It is a choice made to keep staff, patients, and their families safer." The decision marked the latest development in a standoff that began in April when Houston Methodist announced that all staff would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by June 7. The hospital says that nearly all of its roughly 26,000 employees agreed to the policy, but suspended nearly 200 staff members without pay for refusing to comply. The 178 employees suspended by the hospital argue that the vaccines are unsafe and even "experimental." The

Assessing Benjamin Netanyahu's 12 Uninterrupted Years In Power

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 2:34pm
Benjamin Netanyahu was Israel's longest-serving prime minister, in office uninterrupted for 12 years before parliament ousted him on Sunday. NPR's Daniel Estrin has covered Netanyahu's prime ministership, traveled with him and chronicled how Israel changed under his leadership. From Jerusalem, he spoke with All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro ahead of the vote that removed Netanyahu from office. Here are excerpts from that conversation. Netanyahu sees himself as having achieved prosperity and security He really fashioned himself as an American-style politician. He has flawless English, a kind of modern, business-forward leader who helped this tiny country punch above its weight in the global economy. I remember seeing him give a talk a couple of years ago at the Economic Club in Washington, D.C. It's a forum for business leaders. And he was asked how he would describe his legacy and he said, "Defender of Israel, liberator of its economy." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu Is Out: Naftali Bennett Sworn In As Israel's New Prime Minister

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 2:13pm
Updated June 13, 2021 at 9:16 PM ET For the first time in more than a decade, Israel has welcomed a new prime minister. Naftali Bennett was sworn in on Sunday after a new coalition unseated longtime Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. The newly elected prime minister was appointed by the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in a 60-59 vote, with one minister abstaining. Newly elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett shakes hands with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ariel Schalit / AP Shortly after the votes were tallied, the now former-Prime Minister Netanyahu approached his opponent and the two shook hands. Not long after that, he took to Twitter, instructing his supporters to hold their heads high and keep the faith; vowing to return. "I ask you: do not let your spirit fall," he said. "We'll be back - and faster than you think." President Joe Biden released a statement congratulating Bennett and the new Israeli government. "Israel has no better friend than the United States. The bond

Politics Chat: Infrastructure Negotiations Continue, Biden Visits G-7 Leaders

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 7:56am
SCOTT DETROW, HOST: As lawmakers continue to negotiate an infrastructure bill here in Washington, President Joe Biden is overseas on an agenda of diplomacy and multilateralism. He's met with G-7 leaders in the U.K. Next, he heads to Brussels to meet with NATO allies. After that, it is a high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is following all of this. And just as importantly, it is her birthday. Happy birthday, and good morning, Mara. MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Thank you. Good morning, Scott. DETROW: We have just heard from President Biden. He's speaking as the G-7 wraps up. What is he saying the G-7 agreed to? LIASSON: The G-7 agreed to several things that Biden wanted them to agree to. They agreed to continue distributing vaccines to low-income countries, preparing for the next pandemic, a corporate global minimum tax of 15%. But they also agreed on a $40 trillion global infrastructure plan that

Rep. Pramila Jayapal Talks About Ongoing Infrastructure Negotiations

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 7:56am
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal addresses negotiations on the infrastructure proposal and her hope that a final bill will include provisions to combat climate change as drought grips the west coast.

Iranians Will Head To The Polls Friday To Choose A New President

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 7:56am
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New Device Taps Brain Signals To Help Stroke Patients Regain Hand Function

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 7:00am

After a stroke, people often lose dexterity in one hand. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized a device that can restore function by encouraging the brain to rewire.

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New Device Taps Brain Signals To Help Stroke Patients Regain Hand Function

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 7:00am
People recovering from a stroke will soon have access to a device that can help restore a disabled hand. The Food And Drug Administration has authorized a device called IpsiHand , which uses signals from the uninjured side of a patient's brain to help rewire circuits controlling the hand, wrist and arm. The device can be used at home and offers stroke patients "an additional treatment option to help them move their hands and arms again," said Dr. Christopher Loftus of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health in a statement. IpsiHand's authorization comes after the FDA reviewed results on patients like Mark Forrest, who had a stroke in 2015. "We called 911 and off to the hospital I went," Forrest, who lives near St. Louis with his wife, Patti. "By the time I got there most of my right side was paralyzed." After six months of rehabilitation, Forrest was walking again, but still had little control over his right hand. He struggled to pull on socks and button shirts. Mark

'Crazy Worms' Threaten America's Trees — And (Gasp!) Our Maple Syrup

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 7:00am
Earthworms are often seen as a welcome presence in gardens, and even on fishing hooks. But in the Northeast, experts say invasive "crazy worms" from Asia are creating havoc in forests — and they say the unusual worms are a danger to animals and plants, and especially to sugar maple trees. "The street cred that they have is hiding the invasion," Josef Görres, a soil scientist at the University of Vermont, says of the worms. "I call earthworm invasions 'socially cryptic,' " Görres tells NPR, "because folks think of earthworms as the good guys — and maybe they are in certain ecosystems. But in the context of the northern [U.S.] forest, they are relative newcomers that have the potential to have huge effects." Crazy worms — also known as jumper worms — reproduce rapidly. They also love to tear through the nutritious layer of decomposing leaves and nutrients that blanket the forest floor — a habit that can be very damaging to forests, including maple trees. First things first: Why people

Tackling 'Energy Justice' Requires Better Data. These Researchers Are On It

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 7:00am
Poor people and people of color use much more electricity per square foot in their homes than whites and more affluent people, according to new research. That means households that can least afford it end up spending more on utilities. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, arrives as the Biden administration has said that it wants 40 percent of federal climate spending to reach poorer communities and communities of color, including initiatives that improve energy efficiency. Researchers have said better data on wealth and racial disparities is needed to make sure such plans succeed. The researchers found that in low-income communities, homes averaged 25 to 60 percent more energy use per square foot than higher-income neighborhoods. And within all income groups except for the very wealthiest, non-white neighborhoods consistently used more electricity per square foot than mostly-white neighborhoods. The results were even starker during winter and
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