Bill Chappell http://wgcu.org en Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands http://wgcu.org/post/pope-francis-leads-easter-mass-thousands A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.<p>From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Looking tired after an intense holy week, Francis stressed that Easter is 'the basis of our faith and hope.' If Christ were not raised, he said, Christianity would lose its very meaning. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9493 at http://wgcu.org Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw http://wgcu.org/post/gm-was-slow-recall-saturn-cars-steering-flaw General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 Saturn cars that have been found to have defective power steering systems, newly released federal documents show. The records also show federal regulators didn't demand a recall of the cars, despite thousands of complaints about them.<p>The cars' problem is described as "a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9483 at http://wgcu.org GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 http://wgcu.org/post/mount-everest-avalanche-death-toll-rises-13 Search teams have recovered the body of the 13th victim of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Crews are digging through a mass of ice and snow in an unstable ice field on the world's tallest mountain in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing.<p>"Three guides remain missing, according to the head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:16:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9481 at http://wgcu.org Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 Pakistani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack http://wgcu.org/post/pakiastani-tv-journalist-hamid-mir-wounded-attack Prominent TV anchor Hamid Mir is in a Karachi hospital after gunmen opened fire on his car Saturday afternoon. Mir's car was ambushed by attackers, at least some of whom were riding motorcycles, according to local media reports.<p>Details about the attack are still emerging. Citing police, Mir's broadcast network, Geo TV, says he arrived at a hospital in critical condition after being shot three times in the leg and torso. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9480 at http://wgcu.org Pakistani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland http://wgcu.org/post/ancient-landscape-found-under-two-miles-ice-greenland In a surprising discovery, scientists have found evidence of a tundra landscape in Greenland that's millions of years old. The revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet had survived periods of global warming intact.<p>"Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander," a news release from the <a href="http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=18309&category=uvmhome">University of Vermont</a> says. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9478 at http://wgcu.org Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants http://wgcu.org/post/ukraine-calls-easter-truce-clash-militants <h6>This post was updated at 6 p.m. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9475 at http://wgcu.org Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident http://wgcu.org/post/captain-apologizes-death-toll-rises-s-korea-ferry-accident <strong>This post was updated at 7:25 p.m.</strong><p>Divers recovered more bodies early Sunday in South Korea, from the wreckage of a ferry that sank earlier this week. The number of confirmed dead has now risen to 46. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9474 at http://wgcu.org Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System http://wgcu.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 17:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9339 at http://wgcu.org TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] http://wgcu.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 14:09:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9331 at http://wgcu.org Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet http://wgcu.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 22:22:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9317 at http://wgcu.org Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories http://wgcu.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 19:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9303 at http://wgcu.org Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ http://wgcu.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 17:08:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9300 at http://wgcu.org Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ Japan May Send Maglev Train Expertise To U.S., Without A Fee http://wgcu.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 16:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9298 at http://wgcu.org Japan May Send Maglev Train Expertise To U.S., Without A Fee For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile http://wgcu.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 13:46:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9292 at http://wgcu.org For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile Huge Fire Kills At Least 11 And Destroys Hundreds Of Homes In Chile http://wgcu.org/post/huge-fire-kills-least-11-and-destroys-hundreds-homes-chile In Chile, a large fire that burned forest land and consumed houses has reportedly killed at least 11 people and destroyed 500 homes. Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate areas near the port city of Valparaiso.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27007884">The BBC</a> says the death toll had been 16, but it was dropped to 11 after authorities realized a family had been counted twice.<p>President Michelle Bachelet has declared a state of emergency and put the military in charge of maintaining order. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9280 at http://wgcu.org Huge Fire Kills At Least 11 And Destroys Hundreds Of Homes In Chile 'Bully' Serves His Punishment: Holding Sign In Public http://wgcu.org/post/bully-serves-his-punishment-holding-sign-public The sign tells the story.<p>"I am a bully," it reads. "I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9279 at http://wgcu.org 'Bully' Serves His Punishment: Holding Sign In Public A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes http://wgcu.org/post/girl-ages-0-14-years-old-4-minutes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH1x5aRtjSQ</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:07:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9277 at http://wgcu.org A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes Early Afghan Election Results Set Candidates Posturing http://wgcu.org/post/early-afghan-election-results-point-runoff Initial results from Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election show two candidates — Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani — far ahead of their rivals. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9275 at http://wgcu.org Early Afghan Election Results Set Candidates Posturing Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado http://wgcu.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 15:52:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9273 at http://wgcu.org Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado Pope Francis Poses For Selfies With Crowd At St. Peter's http://wgcu.org/post/pope-francis-poses-selfies-crowd-st-peters After speaking to a crowd that was estimated at 100,000 people Sunday, Pope Francis moved through the audience in his popemobile — and then delighted some of those in attendance by getting out of the vehicle and posing for photos with them.<p>Francis posed for photos several times during his circuit through St. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9269 at http://wgcu.org