Bill Chappell http://waer.org en Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://waer.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21552 at http://waer.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://waer.org/post/gm-recalls-nearly-718000-vehicles-varying-safety-issues Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.<p>GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21530 at http://waer.org Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors http://waer.org/post/plane-crash-taiwan-kills-dozens-leaving-some-survivors A domestic flight in Taiwan that was attempting to land in bad weather brought on by <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-matmo-taiwan-china-recap-20140723" target="_blank">a strong typhoon Wednesday night</a> crashed near the runway, killing as many as 47 of the 58 people aboard, according to multiple media outlets.<p>About a dozen survivors have reportedly been taken to local hospitals; the plane reportedly had 54 passengers and a crew of four.<p>From Kuala Lumpur, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The Transasia Airways turboprop plane took off from the Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21533 at http://waer.org Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart http://waer.org/post/flight-mh17-us-builds-its-case-plane-wreckage-reportedly-cut-apart American analysts say they've verified several pieces of evidence that show pro-Russian separatist rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters Tuesday.<p>Here's a quick rundown of the officials' updates on what U.S. investigators have found, from notes taken by NPR's Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman:<p><ul><p><li>A U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21493 at http://waer.org Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart 9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report http://waer.org/post/911-commission-issues-update-anniversary-report Ten years after its landmark report on terrorism, the 9/11 Commission has released an update in which it notes continued problems. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21473 at http://waer.org