Scott Neuman http://wvtf.org en Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://wvtf.org/post/zoo-argentina-says-sad-bear-too-old-go-canada Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/19/332775413/200-000-sign-petition-to-move-sad-bear-to-better-life-in-canada">As we reported on Saturday</a>, Arturo the polar bear, dubbed the "world's saddest animal," lost his enclosure mate two years ago and appears to have fallen into a deep depression. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 24802 at http://wvtf.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada Israeli Artillery Hits U.N.-Run School In Gaza http://wvtf.org/post/israeli-artillery-hits-un-run-school-gaza <strong><em>Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza has been hit by Israeli tank artillery, the U.N. says. More than a dozen people have been killed, according to Palestinian officials.<p>Reuters quotes Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency, the main U.N. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 24795 at http://wvtf.org Israeli Artillery Hits U.N.-Run School In Gaza U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing http://wvtf.org/post/us-database-glitch-delays-passport-visa-processing The U.S. State Department's global database for processing visas and passports is experiencing problems that could cause delays for millions of people around the world who are awaiting travel documents.<p>The Associated Press writes:<p><blockquote><p>"Unspecified glitches in the department's Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in "significant performance issues, including outages" in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad since Saturday, spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 24793 at http://wvtf.org U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President http://wvtf.org/post/iraq-elects-kurdish-politician-ceremonial-post-president Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been elected president of Iraq by the country's parliament, another step in forming a new government after months of deadlock.<p>As Leila Fadel reports from Erbil in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, "Massoum took his oath vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of Iraq. He made the promise as Iraq threatens to splinter into three pieces."<p>The vote for the largely ceremonial post of president was delayed for a day after the Kurdish bloc of legislators asked for more time to make their pick. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 24791 at http://wvtf.org Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality http://wvtf.org/post/rubio-small-government-can-help-fix-economic-inequality <a href="http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/">Sen. Marco Rubio</a>, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, is concerned about issues of access to affordable education, availability of job training and prospects for economic mobility. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 24594 at http://wvtf.org Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality