The Two-Way
5:11 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

This One-Way Trip To Mars Is Brought To You By ...

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took this close-up of the red planet Mars when it was just 55 million miles away in 2007.
NASA UPI/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:59 am

In New York on Monday, a group of scientists and entrepreneurs launched a quixotic program that could allow you (yes you!) to make a trip to Mars. But you can't come back.

The Mars One nonprofit organization announced that it is now open to applicants interested in making a commercially sponsored one-way mission to Mars.

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The Changing Lives Of Women
4:49 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Moving Out And Buying In: Single Ladies Emerge As Homeowners

First-time homeowner Amanda Cowley in her new home in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. After married couples, single women are the largest demographic group of homebuyers.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:38 am

It's hard to remember that just a few decades ago it was difficult, if not impossible, for a woman alone to take out a mortgage. Federal legislation changed that.

And yet, it's still surprising to learn how dominant single women have become in the housing market today: Their share is second only to married couples, and twice that of single men.

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The Two-Way
4:14 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Arraignment Of Boston Bombing Suspect Start Of Long Legal Path

The arraignment of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by federal prosecutors in his hospital room is just the beginning of a long and complicated legal path.

As NPR's Carrie Johnson reports, under the charge of using weapons of mass destruction, which is the core of Monday's indictment against Tsarnaev, he is eligible for the death penalty.

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The Two-Way
4:11 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Canada Charges Two In Plot To Attack Train Line With Al-Qaida's Help

Canadian authorities have disrupted an alleged plot that targeted a passenger train line running between New York and Toronto, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced Monday. The plan involved derailing a train, but police officials would give few details about the plot at a news conference this afternoon.

But they did say they believe the suspects received support or help from al-Qaida.

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The Two-Way
4:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

FBI: No Ricin Found At Mississippi Suspect's Home, Car

A screen image from a video on the YouTube channel where Paul Kevin Curtis has posted clips of his performances — in this case, as "Elvis."
YouTube.com

During a court hearing today, FBI investigators said they found no traces of ricin at the home or car of a Mississippi man suspected of sending letters laced with the poison to two public officials and President Obama.

The AP reports:

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World Cafe
3:52 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Next: Bleached

Bleached.
Todd Cole Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 10:14 pm

You could hear it in their first singles in 2011: Sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin and their band Bleached are onto something. Now comes their debut full-length, Ride Your Heart, and it fills in the story: Beachy harmonies combine with punk attitude to take what you loved about Best Coast to a grittier place. It's fun and it's heartfelt — what could be better?

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Shots - Health News
3:27 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

The Warts That Bind Your Family And Friends

Warts: Easy to get and hard to get rid of.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 4:30 pm

There's lots of advice on the Internet about how to avoid warts, those unsightly gray lumps that speckle hands and feet, and are especially common in children.

Wash your hands. Wear flip-flops at the pool. Cover warts with bandages while swimming.

But nowhere do they say avoid your family and friends.

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Worst First Day Ever? TV Anchor Fired After Profane Debut

A.J. Clemente.
YouTube

I'm sure many of us have had pretty bad first days — at school, at a new job, a bad first date. But this weekend, we got word of a case that may take the cake.

A.J. Clemente was making his debut as weekend anchor for KFYR in Bismarck, N.D.

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Planet Money
1:57 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Why Amazon Supports An Online Sales-Tax Bill

Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 3:10 pm

If you:

1. Live in a state that charges sales tax

and

2. Buy something from an online store that does not charge you sales tax,

then you are supposed to:

3. Calculate the sales tax yourself and add it onto your annual state tax bill.

Not surprisingly, as we reported last week, almost no one actually does this.

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World Cafe
1:27 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

How The Energy-Guzzling Rock Tour Can Go Green

Guster.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 10:13 pm

While on tour with his band Guster, Adam Gardner noticed that a lot of energy was being consumed, particularly in getting bands and fans together for a show. His wife, an ecologist, had been nudging him at home to become more green, and he'd started to wonder what could be done about the environmental impact of life on the road.

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