The Two Way http://wesa.fm en 'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises http://wesa.fm/post/completely-unique-cave-dwelling-female-insects-have-penises Four new insect species found in Brazil have rather strange sex lives — to say the least. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:46:00 +0000 editor 27765 at http://wesa.fm 'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep http://wesa.fm/post/even-chimps-know-firm-bed-makes-quality-sleep In the wilds of Africa, chimpanzees consistently choose to make their sleeping nests in a particular tree that offers the "just right" kind of comfort that Goldilocks famously preferred.<p>That's according to a new study in the journal <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0095361;jsessionid=6EAE23D29CF422DDF26836FAA9103484">PLOS ONE</a> that could also bolster a theory that solid shut-eye may have been a key to human evolution.<p>In the latest study, scientists measured the "stiffness and bending strength" of seven trees most commonly used by chimps to ma Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27761 at http://wesa.fm Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant http://wesa.fm/post/chelsea-clinton-says-shes-pregnant Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child, also a first grandchild for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.<p>"Mark and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year," Chelsea Clinton, who is 34, said at a New York event while sitting on a stage with her mother, according to The Associated Press.<p>Hillary Clinton said she's "really excited" about becoming a grandmother.<p>Chelsea is vice chairman of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Foundation. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27756 at http://wesa.fm Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87 http://wesa.fm/post/nobel-prize-winning-author-gabriel-garcia-marquez-dies-87 Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of <em>One Hundred Years of Solitude,</em> has died in Mexico City. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27741 at http://wesa.fm Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87 Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://wesa.fm/post/obama-affordable-care-act-enrollment-hits-8-million President Obama says that enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has reached 8 million after the March 31 sign-up deadline was extended by two weeks.<p>"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.<p>The president said that 35 percent of those signing up through the federal government's website were under the age of 35. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27742 at http://wesa.fm Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading http://wesa.fm/post/bp-exec-who-led-cleanup-settles-charges-insider-trading A former BP executive who led the company's cleanup of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/10/190413988/bp-ends-oil-spill-cleanup-in-gulf-except-for-louisiana">2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill</a> has agreed to pay $224,000 in penalties and restitution in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly trading on inside information on the disaster.<p>SEC regulators say Keith A. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:14:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27736 at http://wesa.fm BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin' http://wesa.fm/post/scientists-spot-planet-looks-earths-cousin Scientists who have been hunting for another Earth beyond our solar system have come across a planet that's remarkably similar to our world.<p>It's almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone" — where temperatures are not too hot, not too cold, and maybe just right for life.<p>But a lot about this planet is going to remain a mystery, because it's 500 light-years away.<p>Researchers detected the planet while poring over data collected by <a href="http://kepler.nasa.gov/">NASA's Kepler Space Telescope</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:02:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 27737 at http://wesa.fm Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin' 15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant http://wesa.fm/post/15-injured-after-fire-trucks-collide-smash-la-restaurant Two firetrucks speeding toward the same blaze in a Los Angeles suburb collided, with one of the vehicles then plowing into a restaurant, injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.<p>Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said trucks from his city and neighboring Alhambra were responding to a house fire shortly after 3 p.m. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27720 at http://wesa.fm 15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water http://wesa.fm/post/one-mans-pee-pushes-portland-flush-38-million-gallons-water <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wXnTtKKSrg</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27721 at http://wesa.fm One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug http://wesa.fm/post/police-canada-make-arrest-related-heartbleed-bug A 19-year-old alleged hacker has been arrested and his computer equipment seized by Canadian police after he purportedly exploited the "Heartbleed" bug vulnerability to steal confidential information from the country's tax collection agency.<p>"Heartbleed," which takes advantage of a security gap in a popular open-source encryption program, was discovered last week, forcing companies to shore up their security and millions of people to update passwords. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27716 at http://wesa.fm Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain http://wesa.fm/post/fate-girls-abducted-nigeria-now-uncertain This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. ET.<p>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that Nigeria's defense ministry has retracted its earlier claim that they missing schoolgirls were free.<p>"[A] report was filed in from the field indicating that a major breakthrough had been recorded in the search," the ministry said in a statement. <p>"There was no reason to doubt this official channel, hence the information was released to the public immediately," it said. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27715 at http://wesa.fm Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://wesa.fm/post/ukraine-crisis-diplomats-meet-putin-admits-russias-role-crimea <h6>This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.</h6><p>Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.<p>"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27714 at http://wesa.fm Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low http://wesa.fm/post/jobless-claims-stay-near-7-year-low There were 304,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up just 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 302,000, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday</a>.<p>The scant increase means claims continued to run near their lowest pace since May 2007 — seven months before the economy slipped into its latest recession. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27713 at http://wesa.fm Top Stories: Hundreds Still Trapped In Ferry; Putin On Spying http://wesa.fm/post/top-stories-hundreds-still-trapped-ferry-putin-spying Good morning, here are our early stories:<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304048100/no-sign-yet-of-hundreds-missing-after-south-korean-ferry-disaster"><strong>-- No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster.</strong></a><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304057289/putin-tells-snowden-that-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance"><strong>-- Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance.</strong></a><p>And here are more early headlines:<p><strong>Ukrainian Clashes Reported As Russia Meets Ukrainian Officials.</stron Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 27709 at http://wesa.fm Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance http://wesa.fm/post/putin-tells-snowden-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1yH554emkY</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27710 at http://wesa.fm Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit? http://wesa.fm/post/book-news-did-amazon-unintentionally-create-drug-dealer-starter-kit <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>At <em>The Atlantic, </em><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/the-unintentional-amazon-guide-to-dealing-drugs/360636/">Alexis Madrigal writes that</a> Amazon's recommendation algorithm has created an accidental starter kit for drug dealers: "One day, some drug dealer bought a particular digital scale — the AWS-100 — on the retail site, Amazon.com. And then another drug dealer bought the same scale. Then another. Then another. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 27711 at http://wesa.fm Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit? No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster http://wesa.fm/post/no-sign-yet-hundreds-missing-after-south-korean-ferry-disaster <h6>This post will be updated as news comes in.</h6><p>A second day of dangerous efforts to reach any survivors has ended with still no sign of the nearly 300 people — most of them high school students — believed to be trapped aboard a South Korean ferry that has capsized in the Yellow Sea.<p>South Korean coast guard authorities said Thursday that divers have not been able to get into any of the cabins aboard the overturned ship, the Sewol. Bad weather and rough seas are said to be hampering the search efforts. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27707 at http://wesa.fm No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster Turmoil in Ukraine Clouds The Region's Economic Outlook http://wesa.fm/post/turmoil-ukraine-clouds-regions-economic-outlook When Americans envision the European economy, they may think of modern factories churning out sleek German cars and chocolatiers perfecting Belgian truffles.<p>That developed part of Europe is perking up. <a href="http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/2014/RES040814A.htm">The International Monetary Fund said this week</a> that, coming out of a crushing recession, Eurozone growth should be around 1.2 percent - sluggish but steady this year.<p>Another part of the continent, however, is anything but steady these days. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 27316 at http://wesa.fm Wanted By The FBI: Bank Robber With Perfect Grammar And Spelling http://wesa.fm/post/wanted-fbi-bank-robber-perfect-grammar-and-spelling Apparently bank robbers aren't in the habit of worrying much about grammar and spelling when it comes to writing demand notes.<p>Not so for the "Good Grammar Bandit," who we might imagine turned to a life of crime because it proved more exciting (and lucrative) than being a copy editor.<p>The <a href="http://www.fbi.gov/denver/press-releases/2014/fbi-rocky-mountain-safe-streets-task-force-seeks-good-grammar-bandit">FBI says</a> the slender-built, 5-foot-9-inch to 6-foot-tall black male in his 30s is being sought in at least four bank robberies north of Denver since the beginning of the month.< Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27297 at http://wesa.fm Wanted By The FBI: Bank Robber With Perfect Grammar And Spelling Obama: Passing Of Fort Hood Victims 'Shakes Our Soul' http://wesa.fm/post/obama-passing-fort-hood-victims-shakes-our-soul The killing of three soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, "shakes our soul," President Obama said on Wednesday.<p>Obama spoke at a memorial service at the Army post for the second time in five years. The ceremony for the three slain soldiers today echoed the one held for the 13 people killed by Army Maj. Nidal Hasan <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/11/coming_up_memorial_service_at.html">in 2009</a>.<p>Last week, Spc. Ivan Lopez went on a shooting rampage at that same post after an argument over a request for leave.<p>Like in 2009, the dead soldiers — Army Sgt. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:33:00 +0000 editor 27293 at http://wesa.fm Obama: Passing Of Fort Hood Victims 'Shakes Our Soul' House Panel Votes To Refer Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner To Justice Dept. http://wesa.fm/post/house-votes-refer-irs-official-lois-lerner-justice-department The House Ways and Means Committee voted today to send the Justice Department a criminal referral over ex-IRS official Lois Lerner.<p><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/09/lawmakers-weigh-referring-lerner-case-to-doj-for-prosecution/">Fox News reports</a> the committee voted 23-14 to accuse Lerner of using "extreme bias" by asking her agency to look into the tax-exempt status of some conservative groups.<p>Fox adds:<p><blockquote><p>" 'If we don't stand up for the right of the American people, who else will?' committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., said after the vote.<p>"<a href= Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:25:00 +0000 editor 27294 at http://wesa.fm House Panel Votes To Refer Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner To Justice Dept. More Force May Be Used To Move Pro-Russia Protesters, Ukraine Says http://wesa.fm/post/more-force-may-be-used-move-pro-russia-protesters-ukraine-says Tensions that wouldn't seem capable of rising even further are threatening to do just that with the news that Ukrainian authorities say they're ready to use force if necessary to remove pro-Russia protesters from government buildings they're occupying in eastern Ukraine.<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303873604579490860377829796?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303873604579490860377829796.html" target="_blank">From <em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>:<p><blockquote><p>" 'I think that a resolution of this crisis will be f Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27287 at http://wesa.fm More Force May Be Used To Move Pro-Russia Protesters, Ukraine Says In Turnaround, More Moms Are Staying Home, Study Says http://wesa.fm/post/turnaround-more-moms-are-staying-home-study-says After decades on the decline, the number of "stay at home" moms in the U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27288 at http://wesa.fm Detroit Reaches Bankruptcy Deal With Some Bondholders http://wesa.fm/post/detroit-reaches-bankruptcy-deal-some-bondholders The city of Detroit has reached a deal with some bondholders that allows them to keep 74 percent of the $388 million they are owed, the city announced Wednesday.<p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140409/NEWS01/304090081/Detroit-bondholders-bankruptcy-settlement-Kevyn-Orr-Gerald-Rosen"><em>As the Detroit Free Press</em> explains it</a>, these unlimited-tax general obligation bondholders are the ones with the strongest legal position in this matter, so this is important because it resolves one of the thorniest issues in the city's record bankruptcy.<p>The paper reports:<p><blockquote><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 27289 at http://wesa.fm 9-Month-Old Boy Charged With Attempted Murder In Pakistan http://wesa.fm/post/9-month-old-boy-charged-attempted-murder-pakistan A 9-month-old Pakistani boy has been charged along with the rest of his family with attempted murder, according to reports.<p>Musa Khan was photographed last week crying as his grandfather held him for fingerprinting. He was with his family during a protest in a Lahore slum that turned violent in February. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:49:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27281 at http://wesa.fm 9-Month-Old Boy Charged With Attempted Murder In Pakistan