Scott Neuman en Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of 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 65220 at Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality <a href="">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 65003 at 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' Forty-five years ago today, in arguably the greatest technological feat of the 20th Century, two Americans stepped off the ladder of their small landing craft and walked on the surface of the moon.<p>The first of them, Neil Armstrong, 38, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, pronounced his accomplishment "one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind." The second, 39-year-old New Jersey native Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., described what he saw as "magnificent desolation."<p>As the pair bounded across the lunar landscape, planting an American flag, setting up experiments, and collecting soil and rocks, a Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 64990 at R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the nation's second-largest cigarette maker, is vowing to fight a verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer.<p>Calling the massive award "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law," the tobacco company's CEO, J. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 64971 at At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday <strong><em>Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A spokesman for Hamas claimed Sunday that the group has captured an Israeli soldier. Reuters quotes Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, as saying that no Israeli soldier has been kidnapped.<p>It's the latest development in a bloody day of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 64965 at Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions <strong><em>Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Moscow has issued a quid pro quo for sanctions imposed on it by Washington, banning a U.S. congressman and 12 other Americans from entering Russia.<p>NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that the Foreign Ministry in Moscow says <a href="">the new blacklist</a> is in response to U.S. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 64957 at Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site <strong><em>Updated at 3:10 p.m. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 64945 at States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says New data released by the Department of Labor suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.<p>In a report on Friday, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 64941 at 400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada <strong><em>Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Social media has dubbed Arturo, a polar bear living in an Argentinian zoo, the "world's saddest animal," and more than 400,000 people have signed an online petition asking that he be moved to a "better life" in Canada.<p>Photos of Arturo, 29, looking distressed and lying flat out on his stomach that have circulated online prompted the petition. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 64938 at Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War <strong><em>Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Nearly 340 people have been killed and nearly 2,400 wounded in 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip, as tens of thousands have been displaced in the conflict, according to health officials in the Palestinian territory.<p>Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gazan health official, says 338 Palestinians have been killed and 2,556 wounded. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 64935 at