Pilots who overshot MSP airport were using laptops Two Northwest Airlines pilots told federal investigators that they ignored radio calls from air traffic controllers Wednesday, while they used their laptop computers to review the company's new scheduling procedures.4:35 p.m.
Online Data Present A Privacy Minefield
Is privacy still possible? For a lot of people, the answer is no, as companies collect personal data in ever-increasing volumes. It flows from online sources — everything from gambling sites to dating services. Even some of your medical information is fair game.
NASA To Launch World's Tallest Rocket
The prototype of a new manned spacecraft is scheduled to launch Tuesday morning from the Kennedy Space Center. But a White House panel of experts recently raised doubts as to whether the Ares I-X is right for the job.
Planners Contemplate Phoenix's Post-Boom Future
The vast majority of the Phoenix metropolitan area — 90 percent — was built after 1950. It's been a pell-mell push for growth. But like many places, that growth came to a screeching halt during the recession. Planners now wonder whether the area can build a more sustainable economy.
Israel's 'Cold' Peace With Egypt, Jordan Grows Chillier
Cairo maintains diplomatic and limited trade relations with Israel, but hostility in the state-run media is escalating amid a stalemate on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. One Egyptian editor faces possible sanctions simply for meeting with the Israeli ambassador.
E-Books Utilize High-Tech 'Ink And Paper' Technology
Fans of Amazon.com's Kindle 2 and Sony's Reader say the new digital books are easier to read than earlier generations, with a more "booklike" experience. That's due in part to the technology the e-books use for display — a digital version of ink and paper.
New Cookbook Chronicles A Year Of Cakes At NPR All Things Considered producer Melissa Gray describes her adventures in baking — and the staff's adventures in eating — in All Cakes Considered. Gray brings a new cake into the office every Monday. She says she loves to see the staff's childish joy at seeing her latest confection.
Betty Davis: A 'Nasty Gal' Ahead Of Her Time
Listening to Davis' propulsive funk, it's apparent that her image was just as important to her albums as a guitar or a keyboard or her voice. In 1975, she seemed to represent her era, but she probably pushed boundaries too far for mainstream music. Here, Meredith Ochs reviews a recent reissue of Davis' groundbreaking album Nasty Gal.
Benefits Of Health Care Overhaul To Take Time
A public option looks likely to be included in both the House and Senate versions of health care bills expected to be brought to their respective floors early next month. But even if lawmakers can get a bill passed and signed by President Obama, they are faced with a potential public relations problem: Most of the benefits don't actually take effect for three years or more.
Swine Flu Spread Highlights Paid-Sick-Leave Debate
Many people continue to go to work when they're sick because they don't get paid if they stay home. A bill that would require employers to offer sick leave has been on hold, stalled by the health care overhaul legislation. But the swine flu epidemic has made the issue more pressing.
E-Book Readers Expected To Grow In Popularity
Bookseller Barnes & Noble announced a new electronic-reading device, adding a new device to a sector that is seeing stiff competition. Omar Gallaga, who covers technology culture for the Austin American-Statesman, says 3 million e-book readers could be sold this year.