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

Tue, 2014-04-15 08:43

Back in the day — say, up until about a decade or so ago — the big news on April 15 was always about last-minute filers lining up at post offices as the clock ticked down. Now? It's a different story.

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

Tue, 2014-04-15 08:24

The safety message is described as a "sort of cross between a Ricky Martin video, mixed with Devo's 'Whip It' and a heaping spoonful of Robert Palmer's 'Simply Irresistible.' "

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

Tue, 2014-04-15 08:20

People who took a stand against a proposed tax-filing change were part of a grass-roots campaign orchestrated to help Intuit, according to nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

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

Tue, 2014-04-15 08:06

The bird, which newspapers say stands 6 feet, can run 40 mph and is "capable of disemboweling a human," escaped last month from a farm in Hertfordshire after apparently being spooked by a local hunt.

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Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off

Tue, 2014-04-15 07:50

Apple's Bluetooth-based customer tracking system, iBeacon, just got better, if you ask marketers. But privacy researchers aren't so sure.

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Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center

Tue, 2014-04-15 06:10

Italy's former prime minister was convicted of tax fraud. For a year, he must work at least four hours a week at a facility for the elderly. Also, a travel restriction will limit his politicking.

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

Tue, 2014-04-15 06:09

On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings of one year ago. A moment of silence was observed at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion.

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Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall

Tue, 2014-04-15 06:06

When Democrats took control of Colorado's statehouse, they pushed through gun control, civil unions and environmental bills. Then voters pushed back, and Sen. Mark Udall is feeling the fallout.

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In Connecticut, An Obama Campaign Replay

Tue, 2014-04-15 05:43

Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents, thanks to a weak economy. He's hoping to eke out a win using policies and strategies favored by the president.

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

Tue, 2014-04-15 05:05

As family members of those killed Sunday outside Jewish centers near Kansas City speak, they're focusing on fond memories of their lost loved ones. But they're crushed by the gunman's senseless acts.

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Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters

Tue, 2014-04-15 03:25

Special forces will try to dislodge armed men who are occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine. Russia's role in those protests "seems much more evident," NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

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Runner Returns To Boston With A New Outlook On Life

Tue, 2014-04-15 03:24

Demi Clark was just feet from finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon when her life changed forever as a bomb went off next to the course. Now she's back for another go and a chance to inspire others.

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Sometimes Getting Along Comes Down To How You Say 'Gravy'

Tue, 2014-04-15 03:03

A recent study on immigrant job-seekers in the United Kingdom reminds us again of the importance of code-switching: Unwritten cultural codes in conversation can have far-reaching impacts.

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Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon'

Tue, 2014-04-15 02:35

The view was great across much of the Americas early Tuesday as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse. If you missed it, the next one comes on Oct. 8.

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Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

Mon, 2014-04-14 23:25

To see if low blood sugar sours even good relationships, scientists used an unusual tool: voodoo dolls representing spouses. As hunger levels rose, so did the number of pins.

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The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story

Mon, 2014-04-14 23:24

Millions signed up for health insurance through state exchanges and HealthCare.gov. But another several million bypassed the exchanges and bought health coverage directly from insurers.

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A Small Tablet Company Brings High-Tech Hopes To Haiti

Mon, 2014-04-14 23:23

A tablet computer assembled in Port-au-Prince makes the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation the latest player on the high-tech stage. Economists hope such jobs help grow Haiti's middle class.

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Where's The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

Mon, 2014-04-14 23:22

Not all whole grain breads are created equal. Choosing breads with fully intact grains (think nuggets of whole rye, wheat or millet) may help control blood sugar and stave off hunger.

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After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen

Mon, 2014-04-14 23:22

The bloody 1989 crackdown in Beijing changed China, NPR's Louisa Lim explains in a new book. She also chronicles the brutal repression that took place in another city — and remained hidden until now.

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Social Security Chief: Women Live Longer, So They Should Save Early

Mon, 2014-04-14 23:21

For women, lower average career earnings translate into smaller Social Security payments. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin says women shouldn't wait to start saving for retirement.

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