KUVO/KVJZ http://kuvo.org en Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67 http://kuvo.org/post/veteran-space-shuttle-astronaut-steven-nagel-dies-67 Astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions in the 1980s and 90s, including two as mission commander, has died after a long battle with cancer, NASA confirms.<p>Nagel, an Air Force pilot who had logged many hours in fighter jets and as a test pilot, joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 in the first crop of trainees selected for the space shuttle program.<p>Although trained as a shuttle pilot, Nagel's first mission, aboard <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archives/sts-51G.html">STS-51G</a> (Discovery) in June 1985, was as a mission specia Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:42:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9664 at http://kuvo.org Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67 Iceland Ups Aviation Warning As Volcano Rumbles http://kuvo.org/post/iceland-ups-aviation-warning-volcano-rumbles Iceland today raised an aviation alert level to reflect growing concern over underground rumblings at its <a href="http://www.livefromiceland.is/webcams/bardarbunga/">Bardarbunga</a> volcano in the central part of the island nation.<p>A sub-glacial eruption caused Icelandic authorities to raise the aviation alert level to red, indicating "significant emission of ash into the atmosphere," The Associated Press reports.<p>The AP notes: "Seismic data indicated that lava from the volcano was melting ice beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland's largest, Met Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer sai Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9662 at http://kuvo.org Iceland Ups Aviation Warning As Volcano Rumbles Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons http://kuvo.org/post/kurdish-forces-say-theyre-waiting-us-weapons Iraq's ethnic Kurds are longtime U.S. allies and have put up the toughest resistance to the Sunni extremists in the so-called Islamic State that has captured swaths or Iraq's north and west.<p>They're getting help from U.S. air strikes, but also need heavier weapons of their own to match the firepower of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Weapons have been promised by the U.S. and other countries, but getting them through the central government in Baghdad has hampered the mission, according to Kurdish commanders.<p>"We have heard weapons are coming, but so far we haven't seen any. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 9663 at http://kuvo.org Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons Even Police Body Cameras Can Lose Sight Of The Truth http://kuvo.org/post/even-police-body-cameras-can-lose-sight-truth Ferguson, Mo., found a degree of civic calm this week after days and nights of angry clashes between protestors and the police.<p>Now the city is working to restore trust with residents after a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 9661 at http://kuvo.org Even Police Body Cameras Can Lose Sight Of The Truth Uber Greases The Wheel With Obama's Old Campaign Manager http://kuvo.org/post/uber-greases-wheel-obamas-old-campaign-manager President Obama's former campaign manager has gone to work for Uber. The ride-sharing start-up based in San Francisco has hired David Plouffe in hope that the political strategist who helped elect a president can steer the company through a thicket of local regulatory disputes.<p>This new power couple raises some questions:<p><strong>Why does Uber need one of the best political strategists in the country?</strong><p>First off, they can afford him. The company is valued at $18 billion. NPR tried to find out what Plouffe is getting paid, but Uber won't say.<p>They need the muscle, though. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Aarti Shahani 9659 at http://kuvo.org Uber Greases The Wheel With Obama's Old Campaign Manager