Bill Chappell http://wkms.org en U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down http://wkms.org/post/malaysia-airlines-loses-contact-plane-over-ukraine <strong>This post was last updated at 6:40 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 passengers and crew aboard has crashed in eastern Ukraine in an area of the country that has been wracked by a separatist insurgency.<p>The airline's senior vice president and European chief, Huib Gorter, told reporters the plane was carrying at least 154 Dutch, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, six Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos and one Canadian. The nationalities of 47 passengers had yet to be determined. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:22:44 +0000 Bill Chappell 42160 at http://wkms.org U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot http://wkms.org/post/plan-make-6-states-out-california-may-head-ballot Backers of a plan to cut California into six states say they now have enough signatures from supporters to get their proposal on a general-election ballot in the state. The plan would create new states with names like Jefferson, Silicon Valley and South California.<p>The initiative's main backer is tech industry investor Timothy Draper, who plans to hold a news conference today to officially announce that his group has enough petition signatures to move the plan forward. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:14:36 +0000 Bill Chappell 42095 at http://wkms.org Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot NPR News Executive Leaves For Job At The Atlantic http://wkms.org/post/npr-news-executive-leaves-job-atlantic Margaret Low Smith, a longtime NPR executive who has served as senior vice president for news for three years, is leaving the company to become the president of The Atlantic's live events business.<p>"Her departure will be felt as profoundly as any in recent memory," NPR Chief Content Officer Kinsey Wilson wrote in a memo to staff Tuesday.<p>He added that Smith's final day at NPR will be at the end of July. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:09:13 +0000 Bill Chappell 42093 at http://wkms.org NPR News Executive Leaves For Job At The Atlantic U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says http://wkms.org/post/us-added-288000-jobs-june-labor-dept-says Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.<p><strong>Update at 8:35 a.m. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:05:54 +0000 Bill Chappell 41789 at http://wkms.org Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss http://wkms.org/post/tim-howard-emerges-hero-us-world-cup-loss After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/01/327350320/live-blog-the-u-s-takes-on-belgium-in-knockout-round">wrenching loss to Belgium</a> ended the U.S. team's World Cup run, fans are still touting the play of goalkeeper Tim Howard, Photoshopping his head onto U.S. currency and even (briefly) dubbing him Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia.<p>In Tuesday's game, Howard set a new World Cup record by making 16 saves. The mark dates back to at least 1966, when organizers started keeping records of that statistic. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:29:48 +0000 Bill Chappell 41759 at http://wkms.org Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany http://wkms.org/post/us-advances-world-cup-despite-1-0-loss-germany The U.S. men's soccer team has finished second in its World Cup group, after a 1-0 loss to Germany on Thursday. The Americans will advance after Portugal beat Ghana 2-1.<p>"This is a huge, huge step, and now we can't wait until round of 16," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said afterward, according to ESPN. "Everyone said we had no chance. We took the chance and move on. And now we really want to prove a point."<p>Today's two games in Group G — dubbed by many as this tournament's "Group of Death" — were played concurrently. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:26:08 +0000 Bill Chappell 41606 at http://wkms.org U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For http://wkms.org/post/us-vs-germany-world-cup-what-look Anticipation is building for the U.S. Men's National Team's showdown with Germany on Thursday. The Americans need a win or a tie to decide their own fate; a loss would mean they need help <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/23/324908127/doing-the-math-how-the-u-s-can-advance-in-the-world-cup">to advance to the round of 16</a>.<p>The game will start at noon ET — when the other Group G match, between Portugal and Ghana, also starts. You can follow the game or just comment on the action here at The Two-Way. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:00:25 +0000 Bill Chappell 41570 at http://wkms.org U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says http://wkms.org/post/aereos-tv-streaming-service-illegal-supreme-court-says Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, violates U.S. copyright law, the Supreme Court has ruled. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:15:52 +0000 Bill Chappell 41567 at http://wkms.org Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? http://wkms.org/post/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-soccer-us Sunday's thrilling and frustrating World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings company, a result that puts the game above the recent NBA finals.<p>The game's total U.S. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:18:25 +0000 Bill Chappell 41538 at http://wkms.org World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits http://wkms.org/post/married-same-sex-couples-receive-more-federal-benefits <strong>This post was updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.</strong><p>The Family Medical Leave Act's benefits will be extend to married same-sex couples in all of the U.S., under a White House announced today. The change comes as the Obama administration alters federal policies to fit the Supreme Court's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act</a> last June.<p>The newly expanded benefits allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:50:12 +0000 Bill Chappell 41447 at http://wkms.org Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits