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1:40pm

Tue April 12, 2011
The Two-Way

NASA Picks The Space Shuttles' New Homes

NASA just announced that when they're all formally retired:

-- Space shuttle Atlantis will go to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

-- The California Science Center in Los Angeles will be the new home for space shuttle Endeavour.

-- The Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., (just outside Washington, D.C.) will get Discovery.

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1:25pm

Tue April 12, 2011
The Two-Way

2011 Webby Nominations Are Out

The nominees have been chosen, so it's time to vote for the 15th annual Webby Awards from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Go here to cast your ballot.

The Webby folks note that:

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1:10pm

Tue April 12, 2011
Business

Cities Sue Online Firms Over Unpaid Hotel Taxes

Washington, D.C., has joined dozens of other jurisdictions across the country that are suing online travel companies for tens of millions of dollars in what they claim to be unpaid hotel taxes.

The Internet travel industry is growing fast. Expedia, Priceline and Orbitz raked in more than $7 billion last year. Revenue from hotel bookings on Orbitz alone shot up more than 10 percent to about $200 million.

Like millions of Americans, Jerome Hicks, an assistant property manager in Rockville, Md., makes all his hotel and plane reservations on the Internet.

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12:55pm

Tue April 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Music Break: A Little Jethro Tull In Space

While we wait for official word (which should come shortly) about which museums will get the space shuttles when they're retired, here's two minutes of music that might make other old rockers like us feel a little nostalgic.

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12:49pm

Tue April 12, 2011
Asia

North Korea's Pleas For Food Aid Draw Suspicion

The United Nations is warning that 6 million North Koreans — a quarter of the population — could be at risk of starvation. It's warning of a likely humanitarian crisis, with North Korea's public distribution system set to run out of food in May.

North Korean food shortages are no longer news, but this year Pyongyang has made unusually public pleas for food aid, raising fears as well as suspicions.

In North Korea, from May until July is called the "lean season." This year they're already using other Orwellian euphemisms, too, like "alternative food."

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