Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a blogger and producer who works with NPR's Morning Edition and Digital Media group. In addition to coordinating Web features, he frequently contributes to NPR's blogs, from The Two Way and All Tech Considered to The Salt.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to leading the London 2012 Olympics blog, The Torch. His assignments have included being the lead web producer for NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as establishing the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps on NPR.org.

In 2009, Chappell was a key editorial member of the small team that redesigned NPR's web site. One year later, the site won its first Peabody Award, along with the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award.

At NPR, Chappell trains both digital and radio staff to use digital tools to tell compelling stories, in addition to "evangelizing" — promoting more collaboration between departments. Other shows he has worked with include All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation.

Prior to joining NPR in late 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling coverage in areas from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and coordinating CNN's pool coverage out of Qatar.

Chappell's work for CNN also included producing Web stories and editing digital video for SI.com, as well as editing and producing stories for CNN.com's features division. He also worked at the network's video and research library.

Before joining CNN, Chappell wrote about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies, in addition to his first job: editing the police blotter.

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.

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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10:31am

Sat May 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Afghan Landslide: Search For Survivors Ends; Thousands Feared Dead

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 2:28 pm

Afghan villagers pray at the site of a landslide in Abi-Barik Saturday. Rescuers searched in vain for survivors of the disaster, which is feared to have killed more than 2,000 people.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

More than 2,000 people are believed to be dead after a hillside collapsed on part of a remote village in Afghanistan, where rescue attempts have largely been abandoned. Heavy rain prompted the landslide, which enclosed hundreds of houses in more than 30 feet of mud.

The U.N. and relief agencies are working to help more than 4,000 displaced people in Abi-Barik, the village in northeastern Afghanistan's Badakhshan province where the landslide occurred.

The event took place in two stages, the BBC reports:

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9:18am

Sat May 3, 2014
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European Observers Held By Pro-Russian Force Are Freed In Ukraine

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 1:47 pm

Military observers including German Col. Axel Schneider, second left, hug each other after being released in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday. They were released to Russian envoy Vladimir Lukin, left.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Seven European military observers are free Saturday, more than a week after they were seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The move comes as Kiev applies military pressure to separatists who have claimed territory and buildings in the region.

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4:24pm

Tue April 29, 2014
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Reactions To NBA's Ban Of Clippers Owner Donald Sterling

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:24 pm

Former and current NBA players (from left) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Roger Mason, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Lakers' Steve Nash and former Laker and Clipper Norm Nixon, welcome the NBA's ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday.
Noel Vasquez Getty Images

Current and former NBA players praised the league's decision to punish LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban over racist remarks he made in an audio recording. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the punishment Tuesday, days after the audio emerged.

In addition to the lifetime ban, the NBA also fined Sterling $2.5 million.

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11:59am

Tue April 29, 2014
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NBA Hits Clippers Owner Sterling With Lifetime Ban, $2.5 Million Fine

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:43 pm

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday. Silver said the league verified an audio recording of Sterling making racist remarks.
Elsa Getty Images

Update at 2:15 p.m. ET: NBA Bans Sterling, Levies $2.5 Million Fine

The NBA is banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, league Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday, saying that its investigation has verified Sterling made racist comments in an audio recording that was made public Friday.

Saying that the NBA's investigation included a discussion with Sterling, Silver stated that the views he expressed "are deeply offensive and harmful."

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10:14am

Tue April 29, 2014
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Campus Sexual Assaults Are Targeted In New White House Report

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 2:01 pm

A White House task force on sexual assault at college campuses issued new guidelines Tuesday, asking colleges to survey students about their experiences. The task force was headed by Vice President Biden's office and the White House Council on Women and Girls, which is led by Tina Tchen.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Noting that 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college, the White House is releasing new guidelines to help victims of that violence and improve the way schools handle such cases. Campus sexual assaults are notoriously underreported, and schools' disciplinary processes vary widely.

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5:40pm

Mon April 28, 2014
The Two-Way

What Can The NBA Do With Donald Sterling?

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:44 pm

In a protest against comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the team's players wore their red warm-up shirts inside out to hide the team's logo. The NBA is still working to confirm Sterling made the controversial statements.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

After a weekend in which the Los Angeles Clippers' playoff games were played in the shadow of racially inflammatory remarks attributed to team owner Donald Sterling, the NBA is trying to determine whether Sterling did in fact make the comments — and if he did, what to do about it.

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9:56am

Mon April 28, 2014
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Basketball Analyst Jack Ramsay Dies at 89

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:26 pm

Former NBA coach and analyst Jack Ramsay died at his home in Naples, Fla., according to the Portland Trail Blazers. Ramsay took the team to its only NBA title in 1977.
AP

Jack Ramsay, who coached the Portland Trail Blazers to an NBA title before embarking on a long career as a basketball analyst for ESPN, has died at age 89, the network said Monday. The Hall of Fame coach had been battling cancer.

Ramsay "coached 20 years in the NBA, during which he emphasized fitness, selflessness, ball movement and skill — qualities that carried his Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title," according to ESPN.

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8:43am

Mon April 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:15 pm

This post was updated at 1:35 p.m ET

Rep. Michael Grimm of New York, who has been under investigation for fraud and campaign finance irregularities, turned himself in to federal agents early Monday. The Staten Island Republican and former FBI agent is facing a 20-count federal indictment, including charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud.

He pleaded not guilty and was released on $400,000 bail.

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4:46pm

Sun April 27, 2014
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49ers Fan Sues NFL For $50 Million Over Seattle Playoff Tickets

A 49ers fan displays her hopes for next season at a Seahawks game. If a San Francisco fan has his way, the sign could also refer to playoff tickets, which were limited to markets with strong Seattle support this year.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Saying the Seattle Seahawks kept San Francisco 49ers fans from being able to pull for their team in January's NFC title game, a 49ers fan is suing the NFL, claiming the practice of limiting ticket sales to pro-Seahawks markets amounts to "economic discrimination." He is seeking $50 million in damages.

As hosts of the playoff game, the Seahawks limited credit-card sales of tickets to accounts with billing addresses in a list of nearby states. California wasn't on that list, which included parts of Canada and Hawaii. As a resident of Nevada, John E. Williams III was shut out.

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1:18pm

Sun April 27, 2014
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Detained European Military Observer Freed In Eastern Ukraine

One of the eight military observers who were arrested by pro-Russian separatists has been freed, reportedly for medical reasons. The observers were detained Friday after separatists accused them of being NATO spies.

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12:44pm

Sun April 27, 2014
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Minneapolis Renames Columbus Day As Indigenous People's Day

Columbus Day will be designated as Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis, which has become one of several U.S. cities to make the change. Here, a member of the Cowichan Tribes holds her hand up in prayer during a 2011 Native American protest against Columbus Day in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

Minneapolis has designated the second Monday of October, the federal Columbus Day holiday, as Indigenous Peoples Day. The city council adopted the plan after hearing concerns that hailing Columbus as the discoverer of America is inaccurate and ignores the history of indigenous people.

Last week, Indigenous Peoples Day supporter and Lakota activist Bill Means told Minnesota Public Radio that the story that Christopher Columbus discovered America was "one of the first lies we're told in public education."

He expanded on that idea Friday.

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11:08am

Sun April 27, 2014
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South Africa Celebrates 20 Years Of Democracy

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 11:45 am

People attend South Africa's Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria, with the federal Union Building in the background Sunday. The day marks the end of the apartheid era, when all races went to the polls to vote in historic 1994 elections.
AP

President Jacob Zuma led Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria Sunday, as South Africa marked the 20th anniversary of democratic rule. The nation held its first general elections in 1994, when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency with a resounding win that helped the country distance itself from the scourge of apartheid.

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10:08am

Sun April 27, 2014
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NRA Says It's Not Bothered By Gun Control Group's Protest

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 11:48 am

A man examines weapons in the exhibit hall at the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The National Rifle Association's national convention drew a counter-demonstration in Indianapolis this weekend, as advocates for gun control press their own agenda near the convention center hosting the event. An NRA official says the group has plenty of support.

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9:13am

Sun April 27, 2014
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Obama Discusses Racist Comments Attributed To Clippers Owner

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 3:05 pm

President Obama speaks during a joint press conference in Malaysia's administrative capital in Putrajaya Sunday, where he was asked about racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Mohd Rasfan AFP/Getty Images

Calling racist statements that were allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling "incredibly offensive," President Obama says he is confident the NBA will resolve the controversy that erupted after an audio recording of the comments was aired this weekend.

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8:11am

Sun April 27, 2014
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U.S. And Philippines Agree On 10-Year Military Plan

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 11:55 am

More American military troops and assets could soon be placed in the Philippines, in a new deal that seems aimed at counterbalancing China's growing influence. The deal is expected to be formalized Monday, as President Obama arrives in Manila on his trip to Asia.

For NPR's Newscast unit, Simone Orendain filed this report from Manila:

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5:57pm

Sat April 26, 2014
The Two-Way

NBA Probes 'Disturbing and Offensive' Comments Attributed To Clippers Owner

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 6:10 pm

An October 2013 photo shows Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left. A recording released Friday includes racist comments allegedly made by Sterling as the couple argued. The NBA is investigating the claim.
Mark J. Terrill AP

An audio recording that reportedly captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling criticizing a woman for publicly "associating with black people" is prompting an NBA investigation into whether Sterling made that and other remarks, including a demand about Magic Johnson: "don't bring him to my games."

"Why are you taking pictures with minorities? Why?" the man asks in the recording, in which a man and woman argue over topics that include photos she posted to Instagram.

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4:36pm

Sat April 26, 2014
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E.T.'s Home Is Found: Trove Of Atari Games Unearthed At Landfill

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 8:54 am

An E.T. doll was held up at the site of an exploratory dig for old Atari video games Saturday. Workers dug into a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., that had long been rumored to be the final resting place of millions of copies of the game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Juan Carlos Llorca AP

For decades, it was mere legend: an "Atari Dump" rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the New Mexico desert seemed the best way to move on.

But now, the Atari graveyard has been exhumed, and the latest attempt to find the cache of game cartridges has been declared a success. Helped by heavy machinery, a crew found some of the games today, in a dig that inspired the Twitter hashtag #DiggingET.

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3:16pm

Sat April 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Former NFL QB Earl Morrall Dies; Key Part Of Dolphins And Colts Teams

NFL quarterback Earl Morrall, right, seen here with Baltimore Colts teammate Johnny Unitas in 1969, has died at age 79. Morrall played an integral role in the Miami Dolphins' perfect season of 1972.
AP

Earl Morrall, whose career as an NFL quarterback included stints backing up some of the most gifted passers in the league's history, died Friday at age 79. Morrall played 21 seasons in the NFL; he was 38 when he became a pivotal part of the Miami Dolphins' perfect 1972 season that still stands as a record.

From NFL.com:

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12:35pm

Sat April 26, 2014
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Afghan Election Heads Toward Runoff; Women Cast 36 Percent Of Votes

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 3:28 pm

Afghan women shop in Kabul Saturday. Women cast more than a third of the ballots — 36 percent — in Afghanistan's presidential election, officials said. The race will likely head to a runoff next month.
Wakil Koshar AFP/Getty Images

With 44.9 percent of the ballots in his favor, Afghanistan's former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the candidates vying for the presidency, according to new preliminary results. He will likely face former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in a runoff, officials say. Ahmadzai captured 31.5 percent of the votes from the April 5 election.

The preliminary results were announced Saturday by the Independent Election Commission; the results will be made final in May, after an inquiry into fraud complaints is complete.

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11:48am

Sat April 26, 2014
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Letter Written Aboard Titanic On Fateful Last Day Sells For $200,000

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:53 pm

A letter written aboard the Titanic on the day that it sank sold at auction for around $170,000 in England Saturday.
Henry Aldridge & Son

It has been 102 years since it was written aboard the Titanic, describing a pleasant Sunday spent on the cruise ship headed for disaster. The letter fetched 119,000 pounds (about $200,000) at auction in England Saturday, surpassing expectations by $30,000.

"Well, the sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now," the letter from a passenger to her mother reads. "There has been no tempest, but God knows what it must be when there is one."

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9:38am

Sat April 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Rep. Michael Grimm To Face Criminal Charges, Lawyer Says

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 11:43 am

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), seen here last year, is expected to be indicted on criminal charges. His lawyer says Grimm has done nothing wrong.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Rep. Michael Grimm's lawyer says he expects the New York Republican will be indicted on criminal charges. The exact charges haven't been announced. The Staten Island lawmaker and former FBI agent, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, has been under investigation for campaign finance and fraud.

Grimm's attorney says his client is innocent and is the target of a vendetta on the part of federal authorities that has included "malicious leaks, violations of grand jury secrecy, and strong-arm tactics."

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8:37am

Sat April 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine: International Observers Arrested, More Sanctions Approved

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 11:58 am

Masked pro-Russian activists guard a barricade outside the regional state building seized by separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk Saturday. Pro-Russian forces holding a group of international observers have accused them of being "NATO spies."
Alexander Khudoteply AFP/Getty Images

The leaders of the world's largest economies are poised to punish Russia over its role in Ukraine's crisis with a new round of sanctions the Group of Seven approved Friday. The same day, a team of European monitors was arrested in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

The G7 leaders say the sanctions are a response to Moscow's lack of action on pledges made during recent talks in Geneva that were meant to calm the tense situation in Ukraine.

From Brussels, Teri Schultz reports for NPR's Newscast unit:

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6:07pm

Mon April 21, 2014
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Alaska OKs Bill Making Native Languages Official

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 9:44 pm

Just before Alaska's Senate voted to make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages alongside English, Rep. Charisse Millett (seated) held hands with Liz Medicine Crow. Left of them is Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, who introduced the bill.
Skip Gray Gavel Alaska/KTOO

If you're so inclined, and able, you could soon speak Tlingit, Inupiaq, or Siberian Yupik in Alaska with the knowledge that those and 18 other languages, including English, are officially recognized by the state. Alaska's Legislature approved a bill giving them that status Monday.

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12:11pm

Mon April 21, 2014
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America's Meb Keflezighi Wins An Emotional Boston Marathon

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 6:09 pm

American Meb Keflezighi crosses the finish line in first place to win the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on Monday. He became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983.
Jared Wickerham Getty Images

In the men's field of the 118th Boston Marathon, American Meb Keflezighi ended a 31-year drought for U.S. runners, after holding off Wilson Chebet of Kenya in a race that came down to the final mile.

According to race officials, Keflezighi, 38, ran a 4:56 split at mile 23, when he built a 20-second lead. That lead dwindled as the runners neared the finish line, but Keflezighi held off all challengers to win the race with an unofficial finishing time of 2:08:37.

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4:59pm

Sun April 20, 2014
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Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly'

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 5:56 am

A relative waits for word of missing passengers of a sunken ferry in Jindo, South Korea. A newly released transcript depicts a scene of confusion on the stricken ferry as it sank.
Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

For more than 40 minutes as their ship foundered last Wednesday, crew members of the South Korean ferry Sewol spoke with local maritime traffic services about a possible rescue. The conversation centered on getting help to the ship and on getting its passengers off the ferry, according to a transcript released Sunday.

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4:29pm

Sun April 20, 2014
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It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today

With the Colorado state capitol in the background, Cannabis Cup attendees dance and smoke pot at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver.
Brennan Linsley AP

Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.

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12:39pm

Sun April 20, 2014
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The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 12:47 pm

A map image shows the exterior of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, a church that serves tourists visiting Walt Disney World in Florida.
Google Maps

Easter Sunday is a busy time for many Christian churches. And for one Florida church, "busy" only begins to describe it. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it will host tens of thousands of worshippers today.

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11:31am

Sun April 20, 2014
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'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 2:24 pm

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxer who spent years wrongfully incarcerated for murder, has died at age 76. his life inspired a Bob Dylan protest song and the film Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington.
Paul Kane Getty Images

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter, whose story inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Denzel Washington film, was 76.

Carter was a contender for the middleweight boxing crown in the 1960s, but his life and career were derailed when he and another man were convicted of three murders that took place at a bar in Paterson, N.J., in 1966.

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10:34am

Sun April 20, 2014
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Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 5:04 pm

A local resident inspects burnt-out cars after a night gunfight at a checkpoint under control of pro-Russian militants in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk Sunday.
Efrem Lukatsky AP

A shootout at a checkpoint killed at least two people in eastern Ukraine Sunday, according to multiple reports. The violence comes on the heels of an agreement between Ukraine, Russia and the West that calls for armed groups to disband; that pact led officials to announce a truce for this Easter weekend.

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8:41am

Sun April 20, 2014
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Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 2:18 pm

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica Sunday, after leading Easter Mass in the Vatican.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.

From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:

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