Bill Chappell http://kplu.org en Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] http://kplu.org/post/boston-stronger-city-marks-one-year-marathon-bombings On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred one year ago.<p>In and around Boston, people are also looking back on a year of healing. The day's events culminated in a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion. Vice President Joe Biden joined other officials in a tribute near the race's finish line.<p>A large crowd formed along Boylston Street, the scene of the cruel attack that police say was carried out by two brothers. One was later killed, and the other awaits trial. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:51:40 +0000 Bill Chappell 16037 at http://kplu.org Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System http://kplu.org/post/turbotax-maker-linked-fight-against-return-free-tax-system Proposals to let U.S. taxpayers get a statement from the government that's already filled in with their financial information have been under attack by Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, according to ProPublica. The nonprofit newsroom says several people took a stand against the proposal in a grass-roots campaign that Intuit orchestrated.<p>The proposed "return-free" system would simplify the filing process by using information the federal government receives from banks and employers. It's used in parts of Europe and in a <a href="https://www.ftb.ca.gov/readyreturn/">California pilot program</a>. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:31:47 +0000 Bill Chappell 16024 at http://kplu.org TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet http://kplu.org/post/ooops-us-airways-accidentally-includes-lewd-photo-tweet Airlines commonly use Twitter to address the concerns of customers, answering questions about flights and policies and helping passengers deal with delays. But US Airways ran into trouble online Monday, when its response to an unhappy customer included a link to a graphic photo of a woman with a model airplane.<p>The company has apologized and deleted the tweet from its account.<p>"We apologize for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses," <a href="https://twitter.com/USAirways">the airline tweeted</a> this afternoon. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:11:14 +0000 Bill Chappell 16021 at http://kplu.org Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories http://kplu.org/post/pulitzer-prizes-are-out-washington-post-guardian-win-nsa-stories Months after lifting a veil of secrecy from the National Security Agency's surveillance operations, <em>The Washington Post</em> and <em>The Guardian </em>won a Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday. The two papers broke the story in tandem, relying on NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden.<p><a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/node/8501">The Pulitzer Prize win</a> comes days after two journalists at the heart of the story, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, received a George Polk Award for national security reporting. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:24:20 +0000 Bill Chappell 16014 at http://kplu.org Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile http://kplu.org/post/second-night-valparaiso-fire-spreads-misery-chile At least 12 people are dead and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed by a large fire that wreaked havoc over the weekend in Valparaiso, Chile. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:33:30 +0000 Bill Chappell 16006 at http://kplu.org For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile Japan May Send Maglev Train Expertise To U.S., Without A Fee http://kplu.org/post/japan-may-send-maglev-train-expertise-us-without-fee The technology behind Japan's magnetically levitated train system, which whooshes passengers to their destinations at speeds topping 300 mph, could come to the U.S. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:23:17 +0000 Bill Chappell 15996 at http://kplu.org Japan May Send Maglev Train Expertise To U.S., Without A Fee Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ http://kplu.org/post/banksy-believed-be-behind-eavesdropping-mural-near-british-spy-hq A telephone box near Britain's Government Communications Headquarters is now bracketed with a trio of snoops, after a mural was added to a nearby wall this weekend. The art is believed to be the work of Banksy, who often uses public spaces as his canvas.<p>The mural was painted around the telephone box to create the image of three trenchcoat-clad men wearing sunglasses, holding microphones and other surveillance gear. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:22:16 +0000 Bill Chappell 15994 at http://kplu.org Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes http://kplu.org/post/girl-ages-0-14-years-old-4-minutes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH1x5aRtjSQ</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:11:12 +0000 Bill Chappell 15986 at http://kplu.org A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado http://kplu.org/post/marijuana-vending-machine-unveiled-colorado An automated pot-selling machine was unveiled at an event held at an Avon, Colo., restaurant Saturday, promising a potential new era of selling marijuana and pot-infused snacks from vending machines directly to customers.<p>Its creators say the machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer's age. The machine is climate-controlled to keep its product fresh.<p>You may be picturing a vending machine on a sidewalk, ready to dispense pot brownies to anyone with correct change. That's not quite what backers of the machine have in mind. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:07:25 +0000 Bill Chappell 15984 at http://kplu.org Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado In Australia, A Minute Of Silence Is Being Sold To Help Vets http://kplu.org/post/australia-minute-silence-being-sold-help-vets They're selling silence in Australia. But before you start thinking that means things are too noisy Down Under, know this: The Minute of Silence was recorded as current and former members of Australia's military stood by, in honor of their fallen comrades. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:43:05 +0000 Bill Chappell 15972 at http://kplu.org In Australia, A Minute Of Silence Is Being Sold To Help Vets Pakistani Court Tosses Out Attempted Murder Charge Against Baby http://kplu.org/post/pakistani-court-tosses-out-attempted-murder-charge-against-baby Weeks after he was fingerprinted and appeared in court on an attempted murder charge, baby Mohammad Musa Khan is no longer living under the shadow of a criminal conviction. His case has been termed absurd, ridiculous and a sign of a justice system in need of reform.<p>A Pakistani court ruled Saturday that charges against the boy, who was reportedly 9 months old when he was charged, will not be pursued. The case began when police faced resistance as officials tried to cut off gas service in the neighborhood. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:40:57 +0000 Bill Chappell 15970 at http://kplu.org Pakistani Court Tosses Out Attempted Murder Charge Against Baby Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling http://kplu.org/post/republicans-form-new-fundraising-group-heels-high-court-ruling Seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions, Republicans are launching what experts call a new "super joint fundraising committee." The Republican Victory Fund will work under the expanded rules set by the court's April 2 ruling in the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/02/298326893/supreme-court-strikes-down-overall-limits-on-political-contributions">McCutcheon v. FEC</a> case.<p>As NPR's Peter Overby reports, the Republican Victory Fund will be able to raise nearly $100,000 each year from each donor. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:40:23 +0000 Bill Chappell 15968 at http://kplu.org Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling http://kplu.org/post/republicans-form-new-fundraising-group-heels-high-court-ruling-0 Seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions, Republicans are launching what experts call a new "super joint fundraising committee." The Republican Victory Fund will work under the expanded rules set by the court's April 2 ruling in the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/02/298326893/supreme-court-strikes-down-overall-limits-on-political-contributions">McCutcheon v. FEC</a> case.<p>As NPR's Peter Overby reports, the Republican Victory Fund will be able to raise nearly $100,000 each year from each donor. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:40:23 +0000 Bill Chappell 15969 at http://kplu.org Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S. http://kplu.org/post/google-maps-displays-crimean-border-differently-russia-us The U.S. sees Crimea as "occupied territory," as the government said in a recent statement. But in Russia, Google Maps now shows the peninsula as part of Russian territory. America and its allies have refused to accept the region's separatist move to join Russia.<p>A look at the maps available on two Google Maps Web addresses — one ending in .com and another in .ru — shows the disparity. In Russia, Web visitors see a solid line dividing Crimea from neighboring Ukraine. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 15965 at http://kplu.org Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S. Fists Fly In Ukraine's Parliament After Lawmaker's Speech [VIDEO] http://kplu.org/post/fists-fly-ukraines-parliament-after-lawmakers-speech-video <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeSE1OQ1WrA</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:02:16 +0000 Bill Chappell 15798 at http://kplu.org Fists Fly In Ukraine's Parliament After Lawmaker's Speech [VIDEO]