Bill Chappell http://nhpr.org en TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System http://nhpr.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 17:17:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 46804 at http://nhpr.org TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] http://nhpr.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 46784 at http://nhpr.org Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet http://nhpr.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 46763 at http://nhpr.org Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories http://nhpr.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 46747 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 46737 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 46732 at http://nhpr.org Japan May Send Maglev Train Expertise To U.S., Without A Fee For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile http://nhpr.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 46721 at http://nhpr.org For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile Huge Fire Kills At Least 11 And Destroys Hundreds Of Homes In Chile http://nhpr.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 46688 at http://nhpr.org Huge Fire Kills At Least 11 And Destroys Hundreds Of Homes In Chile 'Bully' Serves His Punishment: Holding Sign In Public http://nhpr.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 46687 at http://nhpr.org 'Bully' Serves His Punishment: Holding Sign In Public A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes http://nhpr.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 46684 at http://nhpr.org A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes Early Afghan Election Results Set Candidates Posturing http://nhpr.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 46682 at http://nhpr.org Early Afghan Election Results Set Candidates Posturing Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado http://nhpr.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 15:49:08 +0000 Bill Chappell 46680 at http://nhpr.org Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado Pope Francis Poses For Selfies With Crowd At St. Peter's http://nhpr.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 46675 at http://nhpr.org Ukraine Says An Officer Died In Battle With Pro-Russian Forces http://nhpr.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 46674 at http://nhpr.org Ukraine Says An Officer Died In Battle With Pro-Russian Forces U.S. Agency Backs Down In Standoff With Cattle Rancher http://nhpr.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 46660 at http://nhpr.org U.S. Agency Backs Down In Standoff With Cattle Rancher