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Bill Chappell - NPR
the Russian Central Bank

Billions from Russia’s frozen assets will go to help Ukraine’s military, the EU says

The European Union will send as much as $3.25 billion in profits from frozen Russian assets to Ukraine for military and reconstruction efforts.

California says restaurants must bake all of their add-on fees into menu prices

Starting July 1, California restaurant menus must list comprehensive prices for each item, with all mandatory charges baked into one figure.
an airliner

FBI letter tells Alaska Airlines passengers they are ‘a possible victim of a crime’

"We want answers, accountability, and safer planes" — and a federal investigation will help, said an attorney for passengers of the Jan. 5 flight.
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How bad is Boeing’s 2024 so far? Here’s a timeline

The aircraft maker has faced renewed scrutiny ever since a rear door plug tore off an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 airliner. Things have compounded from there.
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Boeing whistleblower John Barnett, who raised alarm over plane quality, is found dead

John Barnett made headlines when he went public, saying he wouldn't trust planes made in North Charleston, S.C. to be safe and airworthy.
an airliner

A recent lawsuit alleges ‘excessive’ defects at Boeing parts supplier

The lawsuit against Spirit AeroSystems doesn't specifically mention door plug systems like the one that failed last week, but adds to growing scrutiny.
a bear

An empty-nest mama bear just won Fat Bear Week

Like an ursine Sarah Connor, Grazer is one tough mother. She preemptively attacks huge males that might threaten her offspring.
a bear

Chonky and they know it: Voting starts in Fat Bear Week

Votes for the 12 Katmai National Park bears in this year's Fat Bear Week bracket are being taken until Oct. 10.
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From hangry to chonky: Fat Bear Week is coming

Ever since the Brooks River salmon run began, brown bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve have been feasting — and ballooning in size.
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388: The number of people unaccounted for in Maui fire falls by more than half

The revised number emerged late Thursday after Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said the FBI was working to "un-duplicate people" reported missing.
President Biden

Biden implements sweeping changes to how the military handles sexual assault cases

The bipartisan reforms remove serious criminal cases from victims' chain of command, instead placing them under trained prosecutors.
a Treasury Department flag

The tax deadline is tomorrow. So far, refunds are 10% smaller than last year

The 2023 date to file a tax return or an extension is Tuesday, April 18 — and refunds have been reduced as federal stimulus checks lapse.
NPR's Twitter page

Twitter labels NPR’s account as ‘state-affiliated media’, which is untrue

Twitter added a "state-affiliated media" tag to NPR's main account Tuesday, the same label it uses for state media in countries like Russia and China.
a Russian fighter jet

The U.S. military releases footage of Black Sea drone crash with Russian jet

Declassified footage shows two Russian fighter jets flying near a U.S. drone over the Black Sea and, the Pentagon says, colliding with it.
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From tracking Santa to Chinese spy balloons, here’s what we know about NORAD

The air defense center was created in the 1950s, as a counter to a rival superpower. Now NORAD is front and center again, prompting questions about what it does — and how it copes with modern threats.
a Boeing 747

The very last 747 jet has been made, ending a run of more than 50 years

The reign of the mighty Boeing 747 has ended, as the company says the last plane left its assembly line this week after 54 years of production.
A big brown bear on a shore

Fat Bear Week emerges from scandal to crown a new champion Tuesday

The park says its virtual ballot box was stuffed in Sunday's semifinal, won by the mammoth 747 — who faces a young upstart female named 901 in the final.
a group of people at tables in a meeting room

Why the U.N. chief says we are ‘one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation’

It's not the first time for such a dire warning. Here's a brief look at why Guterres and others are raising the alarm now.
mountains in space

NASA’s James Webb telescope captures groundbreaking images of distant galaxies

Thanks to the telescope's deep and sharp infrared images, Earthlings are getting a more detailed look at distant galaxies than was ever possible.

What we know about the deadliest U.S. bird flu outbreak in 7 years

Nearly 23 million birds have died as a highly pathogenic bird flu virus tears its way through farms and chicken yards. It has spread to at least 24 states in less than two months.