Mark Memmott http://aspenpublicradio.org en Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/pope-oks-communion-divorced-not-so-fast-vatican-says The Vatican on Thursday sought to tamp down speculation that Pope Francis wants to reverse church teachings and allow divorced and remarried Catholics and their spouses to take Communion.<p><a href="http://davidgibson.religionnews.com/2014/04/23/pope-francis-really-tell-divorced-woman-take-communion/" target="_blank">Religion News Service walks through</a> what happened after word surfaced earlier this week that the pope reportedly called a woman in Argentina and told her it is OK for at least some divorced Catholics or their spouses to receive that <a href="http://www.americancatholic.org/fea Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17529 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Move http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/israel-halts-peace-talks-after-palestinian-unity-move One day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was calling off his side's participation in the next session of peace talks with Palestinian leaders, Israel's Cabinet has endorsed that decision and "unanimously decided to cut off contacts," <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israeli-fm-lashes-out-palestinian-unity-deal" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>.<p>The impetus, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/23/306149843/after-bitter-split-palestinian-factions-pledge-to-reconcile" target="_blank">as we reported on Wednesday</a>, is the announceme Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17524 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/saddened-students-return-ferry-disaster-victims-school Students at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, began the difficult process of resuming classes on Thursday, eight days after <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">a ferry disaster</a> claimed the lives of more than 200 of their classmates.<p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2014/04/24/72/0302000000AEN20140424004451315F.html" target="_blank">According to South Korea's Yonhap News</a>, the seniors (or third-year year students):<p><blockquote><p>"Made way ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17518 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/jobless-claims-bounce-earlier-weeks-low-levels After <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304065214/jobless-claims-stay-near-7-year-low" target="_blank">two straight weeks</a> in which the figures tracked near their lowest levels in seven years, the number of first-time applications for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week.<p><a href="http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf" target="_blank">The Employment and Training Administration says</a> there were 329,000 such claims filed, up by 24,000 from the previous week's slightly revised figure.<p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/24/us-usa-economy-idUSBREA Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17517 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/stowaway-teens-father-was-shocked-hear-son-was-hawaii The father of a teen who last weekend survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger jet says:<p><blockquote><p>"When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy."<p></blockquote><p>Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi also <a href="http://www.voanews.com/content/voa-exclusive-teen-stowaways-father-says-allah-protected-his-son/1899731.html" target="_blank">tells Voice of America's Somali service</a> that he was confused at first when police from Hawaii called on Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:39:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17516 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii