Young Pioneer Tours, which organized Otto Warmbier's fateful visit to North Korea, says it has been told the U.S. government is preparing to ban American citizens from traveling to the pariah nation.

"It is expected that the ban will come into force within 30 days of July 27," the China-based company said in a statement posted to its website.

Protesters, worshippers and security forces are massing in Jerusalem's Old City, where security measures at a religious shrine are angering Muslims. Tensions are high at the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

There are reports of small skirmishes in Jerusalem, after Muslims gathered for Friday afternoon prayers outside Al-Aqsa mosque. Worshippers who refused to pass through the metal detectors chose instead to pray next to them.

From Jerusalem, NPR's Daniel Estrin reports:

This summer, scientists in California are releasing 20 million mosquitoes in an effort to shrink the population of mosquitoes that can carry diseases.

It sounds counterintuitive. But the plan is to release millions of sterile male mosquitoes, which will then mate with wild female mosquitoes. The eggs the females lay won't hatch, researchers say.

Less than two months ago, U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was way behind in the polls when he took the stage at a music festival in Liverpool.

With his shirt untucked, Corbyn, 68, introduced the indy rock band the Libertines and delivered an impassioned defense of public funding for the arts before a crowd of some 20,000, most of them youngsters.

He urged them to demand "a government that cares about sport, culture and the arts — and gives you the space to play and rehearse your music!"

Asma Jama was out to dinner with her family at an Applebee's in Coon Rapids, Minn., in October 2015, when a woman seated nearby starting getting angry. Why? Jama, who is Somali-American and Muslim, was speaking Swahili and wearing a hijab.

The woman, Jodie Bruchard-Risch, demanded that Jama speak English — and then smashed Jama in the face with a glass beer mug.

"I could see it from the doctor's face that it was really bad," says Jama, who is 39. "I had lacerations across my chest, all over my hands, and 17 total stitches."

Harry Obst, who worked as a German interpreter for seven U.S. presidents through Bill Clinton, says he can only remember one of them who ever dispensed with an interpreter during discussions with a foreign leader: Richard Nixon.

It was a bad idea, for lots of reasons, the author of White House Interpreter: The Art of Interpretation, tells NPR.

When it comes to U.S. sanctions against Moscow, the Cold War has never really ended.

President Gerald Ford signed off on trade restrictions against the Soviet Union and other communist countries in a 1974 measure known as Jackson-Vanik, for its congressional sponsors.

The message to Moscow: if you deny basic human rights — in this case, the right of certain people, especially Jews, to emigrate from the Soviet Union — you can't conduct normal business with the United States.

Costume Jewelry Designer Kenneth Jay Lane Dies At 85

6 hours ago

Kenneth Jay Lane turned designing "fake" jewelry into a global business. He didn't take himself too seriously — joking his costume jewelry wasn't fake or junk. Instead, he would pronounce it "faque" and "junque."

Lane died in his sleep at his home in Manhattan, according to Chris Sheppard, executive vice president of Lane's company, who says it hasn't been determined whether he died Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Lane was 85.

The Trump Organization is asking the federal government for special visas to hire scores of foreign workers for two of President Trump's private clubs in Florida — the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach and the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.

Exxon Mobil says it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control, after the office said the oil and gas giant must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia.

The alleged violations took place in May 2014, when Exxon Mobil signed a series of deals with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russian oil company Rosneft.

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William Hogeland has written about the American Revolution era in three previous books, THE WHISKEY REBELLION, DECLARATION, AND FOUNDING FINANCE. His latest book, THE AUTUMN OF THE BLACK SNAKE: THE CREATION OF THE U.S. ARMY AND THE INVASION THAT OPENED THE WEST, published by Farrar, Strouse, Giroux in 2017, goes in depth into the history surrounding the American Revolution, and particularly a major defeat of the new United States, in fact the greatest defeat effected by North American indigenous peoples in the history of this continent.

Music Without Borders with Joel Cohen 07/17/2017

Jul 17, 2017

10:06AM-10:10AM (4:31) Ralph Towner “Pilgrim” composed by Ralph Towner from My Foolish Heart (2017) on ecm New

10:12AM-10:15AM (3:00) Judith Farmer & Nic Gerpe “Flurry” composed by Gernot Wolfgang from Gernot Wolfgang: Passing Through on Albany Records

My guest on this program is Lisa Tessman, professor of philosophy at Binghampton University. She teaches and does research in ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and related areas. Her work focuses on understanding how real human beings construct morality and experience moral demands, especially under difficult conditions.

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Due to the recent fires, the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District has activated an air quality advisory for Mendocino Counties.

According to a press release from the MCAQMD, smoke from the Grade Fire is expected to bring some communities into the unhealthy range. The threat mostly lies with Potter Valley and portions of Lake County as the winds are blowing towards the south east.

Courtesy of Cal Fire

Another fire broke out in Mendocino County on Monday, taking resources away from Sunday's Grade Fire.

According to Cal Fire, the Range Fire started around 12:50 p.m. near the gun range on the west side of Cow Mountain. As of  2:15 p.m., the fire was at 20 acres with a moderate rate of spread.

The new fire has caused fire crews to divert resources from Sunday's Grade Fire, which grew to 900 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Further details on the Range Fire's containment weren't available. No injuries or structural damage was reported.

Update at 11:45 PM says:

** Evacuation Order for Baker Subdivision is still in effect. The advisory for the area west of West Road, from Tomki to State Street HAS BEEN LIFTED.**

Update 9:15 p.m. -- According to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Patricia Austin, the fire is estimated at 900 acres and is 10 percent contained. The original estimate was 1,000 but it was lowered after "more detailed mapping."

A briefing from the agency is expected around  10 p.m.

Update 9:05 p.m. --

The herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's weed-killer called Round Up, is going on the state of California's list of potentially cancerous chemicals, the list is required by state law under proposition 65. Officials from the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced on Monday the glyphosate listing will become effective on July 7, 2017.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service will be holding a public meeting in Fort Bragg Thursday about the future of its  northern spotted owl assistance program.

According to a release from the Department of Interior, the service plans to stop providing the program for timber operations. However, there will still be training and guidance to California Fish and Wildlife and Cal Fire operations.

The meeting, which will also include representatives from the CDFW and Calfire, will be held at 4 p.m. at the Redwood Coast Senior Center.

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What the heck’s happened to the KZYX weekend broadcasts?

As many listeners noticed, we had a few spots of what sometimes is referred to as “dead air” Saturday and Sunday. Technically speaking, this wasn’t true “dead air” as the transmitter was transmitting just fine. The problem was in Philo, where we experienced two unrelated problems almost simultaneously.

You rely on KZYX to bring you the programs you love, and the news you need.

KZYX relies on you for survival, and now more than ever, listeners make it all happen.

It's Thursday afternoon, and Mariah Gilardin was in the Philo studio to host a Pledge Drive edition of TUC Radio featuring a talk by acclaimed progressive activist and author Naomi Klein. KZYX is offering Naomi Klein's new book, "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning The World We Need" as a Pledge Drive thank you gift for a pledge of $150 or more.  

William Hogeland has written about the American Revolution era in three previous books, THE WHISKEY REBELLION, DECLARATION, AND FOUNDING FINANCE. His latest book, THE AUTUMN OF THE BLACK SNAKE: THE CREATION OF THE U.S. ARMY AND THE INVASION THAT OPENED THE WEST, published by Farrar, Strouse, Giroux in 2017, goes in depth into the history surrounding the American Revolution, and particularly a major defeat of the new United States, in fact the greatest defeat effected by North American indigenous peoples in the history of this continent.