Bill Chappell http://ktep.org en GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw http://ktep.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 39007 at http://ktep.org GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 http://ktep.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 39002 at http://ktep.org Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 Pakiastani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack http://ktep.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 38998 at http://ktep.org Pakiastani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland http://ktep.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 38993 at http://ktep.org Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants http://ktep.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 38988 at http://ktep.org Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident http://ktep.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 38987 at http://ktep.org Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System http://ktep.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 17:14:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38717 at http://ktep.org TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] http://ktep.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 14:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38708 at http://ktep.org Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet http://ktep.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 38673 at http://ktep.org Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories http://ktep.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 19:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38655 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 17:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38647 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 16:07:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38635 at http://ktep.org Japan May Send Maglev Train Expertise To U.S., Without A Fee For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile http://ktep.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 13:36:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38627 at http://ktep.org For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile Huge Fire Kills At Least 11 And Destroys Hundreds Of Homes In Chile http://ktep.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 38594 at http://ktep.org Huge Fire Kills At Least 11 And Destroys Hundreds Of Homes In Chile 'Bully' Serves His Punishment: Holding Sign In Public http://ktep.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 38595 at http://ktep.org 'Bully' Serves His Punishment: Holding Sign In Public A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes http://ktep.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 38588 at http://ktep.org A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes Early Afghan Election Results Set Candidates Posturing http://ktep.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 38587 at http://ktep.org Early Afghan Election Results Set Candidates Posturing Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado http://ktep.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 15:44:28 +0000 Bill Chappell 38584 at http://ktep.org Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado Pope Francis Poses For Selfies With Crowd At St. Peter's http://ktep.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 38580 at http://ktep.org Ukraine Says An Officer Died In Battle With Pro-Russian Forces http://ktep.org/post/ukraine-says-officer-died-battle-pro-russian-forces A Ukrainian Security Service officer has been killed and five others wounded in the eastern city of Slovyansk, officials from Ukraine's interim government said Sunday. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38579 at http://ktep.org Ukraine Says An Officer Died In Battle With Pro-Russian Forces U.S. Agency Backs Down In Standoff With Cattle Rancher http://ktep.org/post/us-agency-backs-down-standoff-cattle-rancher Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who refuses to pay grazing fees for the use of federally protected land, seems to have won at least a reprieve in his fight against the Bureau of Land Management. The agency has reportedly rounded up hundreds of Bundy's cows and impounded them.<p>The BLM announced Saturday that it will stop its operation targeting Bundy's cattle, citing safety concerns. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38554 at http://ktep.org U.S. Agency Backs Down In Standoff With Cattle Rancher In Australia, A Minute Of Silence Is Being Sold To Help Vets http://ktep.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 19:58:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38553 at http://ktep.org In Australia, A Minute Of Silence Is Being Sold To Help Vets Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S. http://ktep.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 19:01:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38552 at http://ktep.org Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S. Bus Crash Tragedy: Investigators Work As Communities Mourn http://ktep.org/post/bus-crash-tragedy-investigators-work-communities-mourn Investigators don't know what caused a deadly highway crash that killed 10 people Thursday after a FedEx truck hit a bus that was taking teenagers to tour a college campus in Northern California. It could be months before they have answers, officials say.<p>The crash triggered explosions and a fire that reportedly killed five students and five adults (the two vehicles' drivers, in addition to three people associated with the college program). Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38549 at http://ktep.org Bus Crash Tragedy: Investigators Work As Communities Mourn Pakistani Court Tosses Out Attempted Murder Charge Against Baby http://ktep.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 13:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38543 at http://ktep.org Pakistani Court Tosses Out Attempted Murder Charge Against Baby Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling http://ktep.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 13:04:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38534 at http://ktep.org Armed Men Take Police HQ In Eastern Ukraine City http://ktep.org/post/armed-men-take-police-hq-eastern-ukraine-city <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df92b3Aozog</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:21:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38531 at http://ktep.org NCAA Women's Final Matches Two Undefeated Teams http://ktep.org/post/ncaa-womens-final-matches-two-undefeated-teams You know a game is special when it makes the record books before it's played. That's the case for the NCAA women's title game, which will feature two teams with perfect records for the first time in history Tuesday night.<p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/historic-title-game-boost-womens-basketball-23233315">The AP</a> says that's a record for any NCAA tournament title game, played by men or women. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:04:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38260 at http://ktep.org NCAA Women's Final Matches Two Undefeated Teams Fists Fly In Ukraine's Parliament After Lawmaker's Speech [VIDEO] http://ktep.org/post/fists-fly-ukraines-parliament-after-lawmakers-speech-video <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeSE1OQ1WrA</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:06:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38255 at http://ktep.org Fists Fly In Ukraine's Parliament After Lawmaker's Speech [VIDEO] Sharpton Rejects Detailed Story About FBI Informant Role http://ktep.org/post/sharpton-rejects-detailed-story-about-fbi-informant-role The Rev. Al Sharpton says he isn't a former FBI asset who informed on Mafia figures to a special task force in New York City during the 1980s. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38243 at http://ktep.org Sharpton Rejects Detailed Story About FBI Informant Role