Mark Memmott http://wuot.org en Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps http://wuot.org/post/think-you-can-mail-your-taxes-midnight-think-again-gramps One of the least imaginative, but always popular, stories for an editor to assign in years past was the annual Tax Day frenzy at the local post office.<p>Younger Two-Way readers may not know this, but before e-filing was the thing to do, many procrastinators would wait until the last possible moment to finish their federal tax returns. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17326 at http://wuot.org Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center http://wuot.org/post/berlusconi-ordered-do-community-service-senior-center Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend at least four hours a week for the next year doing community service at a center for the elderly, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk.<p>As she says, the ruling comes more than eight months after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/01/207949307/italys-high-court-affirms-berlusconis-tax-fraud-conviction" target="_blank">Berlusconi was convicted</a> "for masterminding a complex tax fraud at his TV network." While Berlusconi was given a four-year prison sentence, that was later commuted to one- Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17318 at http://wuot.org Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling http://wuot.org/post/idiot-gun-leaves-families-kansas-reeling <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUpXMhnamvo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gwkSqr5mOg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H20HZQEkW_k</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:13:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17317 at http://wuot.org An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters http://wuot.org/post/ukrainian-military-moves-against-pro-russia-protesters Ukraine's acting president says his nation's military has begun "an anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pushing armed pro-Russia demonstrators out of the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they have occupied for several days.<p>The effort appears to have begun in the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/15/303172291/ukraine-military-begins-to-move-against-pro-russian-separatists" target="_blank">NPR's Ari Shapiro said Tuesday on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, though by early evening in Ukraine it was still unclear what — if anything — had happened. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17313 at http://wuot.org Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' http://wuot.org/post/did-you-see-it-if-not-heres-blood-moon There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.<p>As <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-total-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-crowds-20140414,0,664365.story#axzz2yriYmIs4" target="_blank">the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> adds</a>, "Telescopes dotting the lawn pointed upward and southward, as the moon hovered above the observatory" and visitors who had packed the grassy lawn "scrambled toward the front of Griffith Observatory, pointing up at the reddening moon."<p>The vi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17310 at http://wuot.org Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea http://wuot.org/post/russian-attack-aircraft-buzzes-us-warship-black-sea The crisis in Ukraine has taken on even more of a Cold War-era feel after a Russian warplane made nearly a dozen low passes over the weekend of a U.S. destroyer that was sailing in the Black Sea.<p>Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, calls the Russian flybys "provocative and unprofessional," NPR's Tom Bowman reports.<p>According to the Pentagon, the Russian SU-24 attack aircraft came within several thousand feet of the USS Donald Cook on Saturday and ignored multiple radio warnings from the ship.<p>The Russian aircraft did not appear to be carrying bombs or missiles. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17278 at http://wuot.org Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea Deficit Forecasts Shaved, But Likely Won't Shrink For Much Longer http://wuot.org/post/deficit-forecasts-shaved-likely-wont-shrink-much-longer The nonpartisan <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45229-UpdatedBudgetProjections_2.pdf" target="_blank">Congressional Budget Office said Monday</a> that it expects the federal deficit will be about $22 billion less this fiscal year than previously thought, and about $9 billion less than had been anticipated next year.<p>"But if current laws do not change," CBO warned, "the period of shrinking deficits will soon come to an end. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17272 at http://wuot.org Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages http://wuot.org/post/ohio-ordered-recognize-same-sex-marriages The state of Ohio was told by a federal judge Monday that it must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states, <a href="https://twitter.com/joingles/status/455723813490425856" target="_blank">Ohio Public Radio and TV's Jo Ingles reports</a>.<p>The decision follows similar rulings by federal judges in other states and was not a surprise. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17270 at http://wuot.org Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed http://wuot.org/post/search-jet-goes-underwater-oil-slick-also-being-analyzed On Day 38, the latest developments in the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> come from the surface of the Indian Ocean and more than 2 miles beneath on the sea floor.<p><strong>-- Search Goes Below.</strong> "Underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 deployed to find plane's wreckage." (<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/national/search-for-mh370-underwater-vehicle-bluefin21-deployed-to-find-planes-wreckage-20140414-36n2k.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a>)<p>"Searchers are about to send Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:44:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17265 at http://wuot.org Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria http://wuot.org/post/dozens-dead-scores-injured-after-bomb-blast-nigeria A rush-hour bomb blast Monday at a bus station near Nigeria's capital and other explosions that followed are thought to have killed more than 70 people and injured more than 120.<p>An Islamist group that believes Western education is sinful and takes other extremist stands is being blamed.<p>"Fingers are being pointed at Boko Haram, the terrorist network that has been threatening to attack Nigeria's capital," NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/4513318/ofeibea-quist-arcton" target="_blank">Ofeibea Quist-Arcton</a> tells our Newscast Desk.<p>She adds: "Three years ago, Boko Haram claimed r Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17264 at http://wuot.org Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria