12:24pm

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:55 pm

UP, El Al's new budget carrier, has a catchy, and cheesy new safety video.
UP/El Al

El Al, Israel's national airline, wants you to get down when you fly UP, its budget carrier that took to the skies just two weeks ago. UP has joined the list of airlines doing away with the boring safety video in favor of something more lively and, at least in this case, delightfully cheesy.

The website FlightClub says:

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12:20pm

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 1:33 pm

Proposals that would simplify the filing process for many Americans are under fire from tax preparation company TurboTax. Here, a 2013 IRS Estimated Tax form.
Damian Dovarganes AP

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.

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12:08pm

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 7:55 am

A greater rhea grazes in a canola field near Utecht in northern Germany in 2012. A similar bird has been loose in the English countryside for the past month.
DPA AFP/Getty Images

An ostrich-size South American rhea that's reportedly capable of "seriously injuring humans" escaped from a farm in Hertfordshire, U.K., last month and has been on the lam in the English countryside ever since.

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11:50am

Tue April 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:50 am

iPhone geotracking gets better. Or is it worse?
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

The people who design marketing apps are celebrating a change in the way iBeacon works on iPhones. That's the Bluetooth-based system that lets a store track a customer's movements, and capitalize on them. For instance, if iBeacon detects you lingering in the shoe department, it might send you a digital coupon for socks.

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10:11am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 11:21 am

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was all smiles last month at Ciampino Airport near Rome.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend at least four hours a week for the next year doing community service at a center for the elderly, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk.

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10:09am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated]

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:56 pm

A Boston Police honor guard is posted outside the Forum restaurant Tuesday, the site of the second of two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Charles Krupa AP

On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred one year ago.

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.

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10:06am

Tue April 15, 2014
It's All Politics

Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 11:35 am

Colorado Republican Congressman Cory Gardner after he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate in March. He's challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.
Chris Schneider AP

Colorado Democrat Mark Udall's bid for a second term has become the most unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race in the nation this year — and for unexpected reasons.

Yes, Udall, 63, like other vulnerable Democrats, is already being pummeled by big-money conservative groups for his support of President Obama's health care legislation.

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9:43am

Tue April 15, 2014
It's All Politics

In Connecticut, An Obama Campaign Replay

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:01 pm

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy greets President Obama March 5 upon his arrival at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn., before the president traveled to the Hartford area to highlight the importance of raising the minimum wage.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Few places have embraced President Obama — and his policies — with as much gusto as Connecticut.

The state recently became the first to raise the minimum wage to Obama's preferred rate of $10.10 an hour. The state also toughened already strict gun laws following the Newtown school shooting, something the president was unable to persuade Congress to do.

Connecticut's health insurance exchange has been running so smoothly that Maryland decided last month to dump its troubled system and borrow Connecticut's software.

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9:13am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 11:52 am

Mindy Corporon speaks during a news conference, flanked by Will Corporon (left) and Tony Corporon, at their church in Leawood, Kan., on Monday. Their father, Dr. William Corporon, and Mindy Corporon's 14-year-old son were killed during Sunday's shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan.
Orlin Wagner AP

7:33am

Tue April 15, 2014
Sports

Runner Returns To Boston With A New Outlook On Life

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:14 pm

A March 2014 portrait of Demi Clark in front of her Mount Pleasant, S.C., home.
Wright Bryan NPR

Eight runners entered in the 2014 Boston Marathon are documenting their race preparations for NPR in a Tumblr blog. Demi Clark is one of the eight, and this is her story.

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