1:12pm

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:54 pm

The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft results from gravitational effects on ring particles by an object that may be replaying the birth process of icy moons.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

It's not like Saturn needs another moon to look after — it's already got 53 officially, with nine more labeled as "provisional" (and those are just the ones we know about). But the tiny, icy object nicknamed "Peggy" could prove hard to resist.

Read more

12:33pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Author Interviews

Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:42 pm

Children play at the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Aqeel Ahmed AP

Carlotta Gall's new book opens in 2006, when undercover Pakistani intelligence agents punched her in the face, after breaking into her hotel room and confiscating her phone and computer.

It's just one example of how risky her job — covering Afghanistan for The New York Times — has been. Gall writes that over 12 years, she lost friends and acquaintances in suicide bombings and shootings and saw others close to her savagely maimed.

Read more

12:33pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Television

FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:05 pm

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. The FX cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called "Fargo" and has the same title as the 1996 Coen brothers movie. Our TV critic David Bianculli says it's a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit, but he says it's just as important to note what this new "Fargo" is not. It's not a remake, and it's not a sequel.

Read more

12:26pm

Tue April 15, 2014
It's All Politics

Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 1:13 pm

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich waves after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., on March 8.
Cliff Owen AP

Newt 2012, the presidential campaign vehicle for Newt Gingrich last time around, couldn't bag the Republican nomination for him.

And now, the former House speaker's committee still owes $4.7 million from the attempt.

The campaign tells the Federal Election Commission that its debt on April 1, 2014, was just $14,507 less than the amount owed on May 31, 2012 — the month Gingrich officially suspended his White House bid.

Read more

10:50am

Tue April 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:29 pm

Abortion coverage was a key sticking point during the congressional debate on the new health law. Lawmakers eventually agreed to let states decide.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

If you bought health coverage through one of the online insurance marketplaces, you might have a tough time determining whether your plan covers abortion services.

Though Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius got an earful from members of Congress about the problem at a hearing last November, little's been done yet to clear up the confusion in some states.

Read more

10:48am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:42 pm

Mailing your taxes in just before midnight: That's so 2002.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

One of the least imaginative, but always popular, stories for an editor to assign in years past was the annual Tax Day frenzy at the local post office.

Younger Two-Way readers may not know this, but before e-filing was the thing to do, many procrastinators would wait until the last possible moment to finish their federal tax returns. And many post offices would keep staff on hand until midnight so that those returns could be postmarked before April 15 turned into April 16.

Now?

Read more

10:24am

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 12:55 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:

Read more

10:20am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 11:33 am

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.

Read more

10:08am

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 5:55 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.

Read more

9:50am

Tue April 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 8:50 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.

Read more

Pages