Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a producer who works with Morning Edition and NPR.org, coordinating with radio and digital media staff to create Web features that complement stories heard on-air. He also frequently writes original Web pieces.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to writing for its World Cup 2010 blog. Chappell's assignments have included being the lead Web producer on NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as being the Web liaison and producer of the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps project.

Chappell was an integral part of the team that executed a comprehensive redesign of NPR's Web site in 2009. One year later, the site won its first Peabody and the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award, among others.

Drawing from his experience in improving NPR's storytelling ability, he trains both digital media and radio staff in using NPR's digital tools.

Other shows he has worked with include Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Piano Jazz with Marilyn McPartland.

Prior to joining NPR in 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling regions from Asia and Africa to Europe and Latin America.

During the intensive early months of the Iraq War, he coordinated packages and live shots out of Qatar, Israel and Australia. During the war, he set up live interviews and brought in packages to supply content to CNN's global networks.

From 2002-2003, Chappell served as Editor-in-Chief of the Trans-Atlantic Journal, a business and lifestyle monthly geared for expatriate Europeans working and living in the United States.

Chappell's prior work included producing Web pages and editing digital video for CNNSI.com, as well as editing and producing news and features at CNN.com. His entry to CNN came via the network's central library, where he often manned the reference desk.

Chappell's entry into national journalism came after years of writing about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies. A holder of bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of Georgia, he attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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8:34am

Tue April 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Australia To Recall Envoy To Indonesia Over Execution Of 'Bali 9' Pair

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 8:30 pm

A composite image of file photos shows Australians Myuran Sukumaran (left) and Andrew Chan in Denpasar district court in Bali. Indonesia executed the two men, along with six others, early Wednesday.
Reuters /Landov

Updated at 8:22 p.m. ET

Australia is withdrawing its ambassador from Jakarta following Indonesia's execution of two Australians convicted of drug smuggling.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, at a news conference today, called the executions of Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, two of the so-called Bali 9, "cruel" and "unnecessary." He called it a "dark moment" in the relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

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11:19am

Mon April 27, 2015
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Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm In Baltimore

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:12 pm

Mourners line up to pay their respects during Freddie Gray's funeral at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., on Monday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In Baltimore, the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died after being arrested, was held Monday. Gray's family and many public figures are calling for peace, after a weekend that saw violence and arrests.

"We must not allow an already tragic situation to tear our community apart," Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said in a statement.

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10:12am

Mon April 27, 2015
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Leave The Selfie Sticks At Home, Wimbledon Says

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 10:33 am

Tennis fans at this year's Wimbledon will have to take selfies the old-fashioned way, like these fans at last year's championships.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Taking the same stance as the Kentucky Derby and other big events, the All England Lawn Tennis Club is telling ticket holders for this year's Wimbledon not to try to bring selfie sticks to matches. The club reportedly cited the devices' "nuisance value."

Large music festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza banned the photo-taking props last month, with Coachella dismissing them as "narciss-sticks." Many museums and galleries have similar policies.

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8:34am

Mon April 27, 2015
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James Holmes' Trial Begins In Colorado, 3 Years After Cinema Shooting

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:23 pm

A courtroom sketch shows accused murderer James Holmes sitting with Arapahoe County Public Defender Tamara Brady at the Arapahoe District Courthouse in Centennial, Colo., in January. His trial will begin with opening statements Monday.
Jeff Kandyba EPA /LANDOV

(This post was updated at 4:23 p.m. ET.)

More than 1,000 days after James Holmes opened fire on an audience at a midnight movie in Aurora, Colo., his trial began in earnest on Monday.

Prosecutors said that two mental health evaluations found Holmes was sane.

The AP reports that a prosecutor said Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 more because he thought he " had lost his career, lost his love life, lost his purpose."

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7:24am

Mon April 27, 2015
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More Than 4,000 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake Toll Rises

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 3:07 pm

A woman and child rest in the open outside a destroyed building Sunday, a day after a major earthquake leveled homes in Kumalpur village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. Nine people reportedly died in the small village, including four children.
Narendrea Shrestha EPA/Landov

Updated at noon ET.

Nepal's devastating earthquake that hit Saturday is now blamed for at least 4,000 deaths. Reconstruction is estimated to cost billions. International aid efforts are underway, but aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging.

Rescue crews and aid groups are working to reach survivors — but their efforts are being hampered by the stricken areas' remote locations. Roads that are drivable are clogged with traffic.

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3:00pm

Thu April 23, 2015
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Dwayne Bowe, A Former Chief, Flies To Kansas City For Fan's Funeral

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe greets fans before a Kansas City Chiefs game last November. After fan Betty Johnson, known to players as "Grandma," died at 86 last week, Bowe flew back to Kansas City.
Charlie Riedel AP

He plays for Cleveland now — but when the NFL's Dwayne Bowe heard that one of the former Kansas City Chiefs' biggest fans had died, he flew to Missouri to attend the funeral of Betty Johnson, age 86.

The gesture is perhaps the most notable of several made by a team whose players called Johnson, a long-time season ticket holder and retired school-bus driver, "Grandma."

Bowe, who has been a star receiver in the NFL, spent eight seasons in Kansas City before the team released him this year. He signed a new contract with the Cleveland Browns last month.

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9:51am

Thu April 23, 2015
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Watch A Time-Lapse Video Of The Calbuco Volcano Erupting In Chile

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:24 pm

Chile's Calbuco volcano is seen from the town of Puerto Montt on Wednesday, as it spews a high column of ash and lava.
Diego Main AFP/Getty Images

The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted this week for the first time in four decades. Quiet since 1972, it's blown twice since Wednesday, generating striking images and concerns over the effects of both the lava and a mammoth cloud of ash.

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7:31am

Thu April 23, 2015
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Petraeus Sentenced To 2 Years' Probation, Fine For Sharing Classified Info

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:37 am

Former CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation and must pay a $100,000 fine.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Updated at 11:34 a.m. ET Friday

Former CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation and handed a $100,000 fine for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, in the form of notebooks he shared with his lover.

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7:04am

Thu April 23, 2015
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Saudi Airstrikes Target Houthi Forces In Yemen, Despite Talks Of Peace

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:04 am

Supporters of the Shiite Houthi movement brandish weapons as they take part in a demonstration in Yemen's capital of Sanaa on Thursday, protesting the Saudi-led military "Decisive Storm" air campaign.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

Despite Saudi Arabia's announcement earlier this week that a coalition would wind down the nearly month-old military campaign it has been waging in Yemen, warplanes have been hitting areas under Houthi control Thursday. It's now very unclear when peace talks that were mentioned earlier this week might occur.

From Riyadh, NPR's Leila Fadel reports for our Newscast unit:

"The Saudis had said that although strikes were ending, they would use force against Houthi movements inside the poor Gulf country.

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6:38am

Thu April 23, 2015
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Michael Brown's Parents File Civil Suit Against Ferguson And Former Officer

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:34 pm

The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed man whom a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed last August, have filed a civil lawsuit against the city, along with former police chief Thomas Jackson and Darren Wilson, the now-former officer who shot Brown, 18.

The lawsuit was filed by Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden at the St. Louis County Courthouse Thursday morning. It says Wilson "unjustifiably shot and killed" Brown, using "an unnecessary and unreasonable" amount of force.

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1:35pm

Wed April 22, 2015
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Site Of Capsized Migrant Boat Was 'Like A Floating Cemetery'

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:14 pm

Italian authorities aboard the Italian coast guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti check on migrants who survived a recent sinking in the Mediterranean Sea. The coast guard vessel arrived at Catania's port in Sicily on Tuesday.
Alessandro Di Meo EPA /LANDOV

Even to experienced rescue crews that have been saving migrants at sea for months, the sight of survivors bobbing among corpses in the Mediterranean Sea was a shock. The boat they were on had been stuffed with would-be migrants when it capsized Saturday.

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11:57am

Wed April 22, 2015
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'People' Names Sandra Bullock, 50, World's Most Beautiful Woman

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 12:33 pm

Sandra Bullock is at the top of People magazine's World's Most Beautiful list for 2015.
People

Actress Sandra Bullock tops People magazine's World's Most Beautiful list for 2015, becoming the oldest person to do so in the list's 25-year history. Three-time winner Julia Roberts was 42 when she last took the top spot.

It's the first time Bullock has won the honor — but if you've been experiencing cultural déjà vu lately, you're not alone.

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10:43am

Wed April 22, 2015
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Gift Worth $400 Million To Art Institute Of Chicago Includes Works By Warhol

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:35 pm

Andy Warhol's Mona Lisa Four Times, 1978.
Courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Edlis/Neeson Collection

Chicago art collectors Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson have given a "landmark gift" of pop art to the Art Institute of Chicago, handing over 42 works that were created by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and others.

After the donation was officially accepted Tuesday night, the museum's president and director, Douglas Druick, told The Chicago Tribune, "This is one of the landmark gifts in our 136-year history."

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8:50am

Wed April 22, 2015
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Saudi Arabia Shifts Military Campaign In Yemen; Airstrikes Continue

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:49 am

After announcing a more limited military campaign against rebels in Yemen, Saudi Arabia continues to conduct airstrikes that began weeks ago. President Obama says the U.S. has warned Iran, which has condemned the Saudi strikes, not to deliver weapons to rebels in Yemen.

It's unclear what the Saudi-led coalition is planning for the next phase of its military operation in Yemen. The group has said it will protect civilians, ensure the flow of humanitarian aid and secure safe passage for foreigners who want to flee the violence.

NPR's Alice Fordham reports:

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8:19am

Wed April 22, 2015
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Wilding? Ruff Ride? Dog's Road Romp On Tractor Sparks Puns

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 11:41 am

Don the dog mugs for the camera after his joyride.
Traffic Scotland via Twitter

As soon as the news broke, Traffic Scotland took pains to say it was a serious event, not a joke. But that didn't stop people from putting their own spin on the story of the border collie who took control of a small tractor — which then drove onto a highway Wednesday.

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7:44am

Wed April 22, 2015
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'Sliver Of Hope' In Freddie Gray Case, Former Baltimore Police Chief Says

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:28 am

Protesters rally after a march for Freddie Gray that ended in front of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station Tuesday. Gray, 25, died from spinal injuries on April 19, one week after being arrested.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

"Enough is enough!" hundreds of people chanted over and over in Baltimore Tuesday night, at a rally for Freddie Gray, a young black man who died in police custody earlier this month. A federal civil rights inquiry was launched Tuesday.

"We've had some other problems with African-Americans dying in police custody and at the hands of police officers here in Baltimore city," says Leonard Hamm, a former commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department who served from 2004-2007.

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1:25pm

Tue April 21, 2015
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What A Bleeping Day: Reds Manager Takes Media To Task

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:13 pm

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price, seen here during a home game, has apologized for the language he used in a long tirade.
Joe Robbins Getty Images

More than 80 profanities in under six minutes. That's the statistic baseball writers are talking about today, after Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price aired his frustrations with both the media and his team's struggles Monday.

Price took vehement exception to journalists' attempts to report on the Reds' personnel moves and the status of All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco, who had at that point missed six consecutive games.

Before Monday's game, Price said Mesoraco wouldn't be available. Then he was asked, again, about the slugger's status.

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10:29am

Tue April 21, 2015
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Captain In Deadly Migrant Boat Sinking Charged With Manslaughter

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:27 pm

Mohammed Ali Malek (left) and Mahmud Bikhit (center) were identified by survivors as the captain and a crew member of the vessel that sank in the Mediterranean this weekend. They're seen here shortly before an Italian coast guard ship took them to Catania, Sicily.
Alessandro Bianchi Reuters /Landov

Italian authorities have arrested the captain and a crew member of the boat that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend. The pair are among the boat's 28 survivors; the United Nations says more than 800 would-be migrants died after cramming themselves onto the 66-foot boat.

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8:20am

Tue April 21, 2015
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Blue Bell Widens Recall To All Of Its Products Over Listeria Worries

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:04 am

After initially recalling products made at its Oklahoma facility, Blue Bell is now asking retailers and customers to throw away or return all of its products currently on the market.
Blue Bell

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has widely expanded a voluntary recall over Listeria concerns, seeking the return of all of its products currently on the market. Blue Bell products are sold in 23 states.

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6:49am

Tue April 21, 2015
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Egypt's Former President Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:18 am

Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi gestures from the defendants' cage during his trial in Cairo on Tuesday. An Egyptian court sentenced the ousted leader to 20 years in prison for abuses of protesters.
Mohamed El-Shahed AFP/Getty Images

Less than two years after he was removed from power by the military, an Egyptian court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison for the arrest and torture of protesters during his tenure.

The charges stem from the months of protests between late 2012 and July 2013, when Morsi was kicked out of office.

Twelve other defendants were also found guilty and received the same sentence as Morsi; they include former Muslim Brotherhood legislator Mohamed al-Beltagi and Essam al-Aryan, the group's former spokesman.

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2:25pm

Mon April 20, 2015
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Shipwrecks Ahoy: Coast Guard Shares Pics From Crystal-Clear Lake Michigan

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:38 pm

A shipwreck is seen near the coast in Lake Michigan, where clear waters recently allowed a Coast Guard helicopter to take striking aerial photos of several wreck sites.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

The water is exceptionally clear in Lake Michigan right now, and a Coast Guard helicopter crew used a recent routine patrol to capture striking images of some of the area's many notable sunken ships. Some of them date from the 1800s.

Photos from the flight out of the Coast Guard's Traverse City, Mich., air station show a variety of ships resting on the lake bottom, including the James McBride, a 121-foot brig that sank in 1857.

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12:58pm

Mon April 20, 2015
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Tim Tebow Will Reportedly Return To NFL With Philadelphia Eagles

Tim Tebow, seen here at an NCAA football game last season, will reportedly sign with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday.
John Mersits CSM /LANDOV

Continuing a string of surprises in this NFL offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly sign quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract to play quarterback. Tebow, 27, hasn't played in the NFL since 2012.

It would be the former Heisman winner's fourth stint with an NFL team. The New York Jets released Tebow in the spring of 2013; later that same year, he was cut by the New England Patriots. Tebow was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos back in 2010, after winning two BCS championships at Florida.

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9:22am

Mon April 20, 2015
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EU Holds Emergency Meeting After Migrant Boat Capsizes; Hundreds Feared Dead

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:28 pm

An Italian coast guard vessel took part in a large search and rescue operation Sunday after a boat carrying migrants capsized overnight.
Reuters /Landov

The European Union is holding an emergency meeting Monday about the deadly capsizing of a boat crowded with would-be migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. With 28 survivors reported and 24 bodies recovered, only a fraction of the hundreds of people who were reportedly on board are accounted for.

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7:16am

Mon April 20, 2015
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FBI Arrests 6 People In 2 States In Terrorism Investigation

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 11:48 am

The FBI made a string of arrests Sunday, taking a total of six people into custody in Minneapolis and San Diego in a terrorism joint task force operation. The arrests follow an inquiry into young people from the Twin Cities area who have joined terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Shabab.

The men are charged with providing support to ISIS, the group that calls itself the Islamic State. They had planned to travel to Syria to fight for the group, law enforcement officials said Monday.

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5:09pm

Sat April 18, 2015
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It's Record Store Day – Here Are Pictures To Prove It

A customer walks in the Record Collector store in Sheffield, England, Friday. Hundreds of independent record stores are putting on special promotions for Saturday's Record Store Day.
Oli Scarff AFP/Getty Images

In the music world, today is all about bricks and mortar. It's the annual Record Store Day, when music fans are urged to get out to support their local shop.

From new releases to vintage finds, people have been posting photos of beloved albums and record stores Saturday.

Music companies are putting out dozens of limited-edition releases for the occasion. One example: Johnny Marr doing a live version of his old band The Smiths' song "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want."

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2:50pm

Sat April 18, 2015
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'Furious 7' Races To New Record, Quickly Hitting $1 Billion Mark

Furious 7 has hit the $1 billion worldwide box-office mark, two days faster any other film. Earlier this month, stars Sung Kang, left, and Ludacris attend the film's Los Angeles premiere.
Michael Kovac Getty Images

It's taken the street-racing movie Furious 7 only 17 days to reach $1 billion in worldwide box office grosses, according to Universal Pictures. On its opening weekend, the movie reportedly made $143.6 million in the U.S. It's the last in the Fast and Furious franchise to feature the late actor Paul Walker.

Universal says the movie is the studio's first to cross the billion-dollar mark during its first run in theaters, putting Furious 7 above films such as Jurassic Park, Despicable Me and the Jason Bourne movies.

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12:43pm

Sat April 18, 2015
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WWII Aircraft Carrier Is Found 'Amazingly Intact' On Ocean Floor Near San Francisco

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 3:11 pm

A shape that could be an airplane is seen in a 3D sonar image (lower portion) of the USS Independence released by NOAA, which located the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. A team located the carrier during a maritime archaeological survey.
NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus

It fought in World War II and was used in two atomic bomb tests. Now, 64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy.

A new image of the ship suggests it's in good shape for a craft that was damaged by shock waves, heat and radiation in the Pacific Ocean.

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11:52am

Sat April 18, 2015
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Antitrust Inquiry Reportedly Looks At How Big Theater Chains Snare Movies

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:18 pm

Small theaters' claims that large cinema chains keep them from screening first-run movies have reportedly prompted a Department of Justice investigation. News of a federal inquiry comes as arguments over preferential treatment and exclusivity have been heating up in recent years.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports:

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11:35am

Sat April 18, 2015
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Australia Says It Broke Up ISIS-Inspired Plot To Attack WWI Event

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:16 pm

Police made one of several arrests at this house in Narre Warren, a suburb of Melbourne, Saturday. Police raided houses in the city's outer eastern suburbs and made several arrests over an alleged attack planned for ANZAC Day.
David Crosling EPA /LANDOV

In a series of early-morning raids, Australian counterterrorism police arrested five men in the Melbourne area Saturday, over their possible involvement in a plot to attack police officers at an upcoming World War I remembrance ceremony.

Three of the men were later released; police say that Sevdet Ramdan Besim, 18, "has been charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts."

From Sydney, Stuart Cohen reports:

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9:59am

Sat April 18, 2015
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Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 35 In Jalalabad; ISIS Reportedly Claims Responsibility

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:12 pm

Afghan security forced inspect the site of a suicide attack near a New Kabul Bank in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan Saturday. The United Nations says at least 35 people died.
AP

In what could be the first attack in Afghanistan by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the extremist group has reportedly said it is behind Saturday's deadly attack in Jalalabad. Media outlets and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have noted the claim, which has not been independently verified.

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