Feed aggregator

Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

KPLU News - 4 hours 8 min ago
The Senate worked late into the night Friday and early Saturday but still failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before the Memorial Day holiday.

Lawmakers blocked votes on both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the Patriot Act provisions that allow government surveillance programs.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers will try again on May 31, the day before the provisions expire.

The Senate first took up the House bill, which would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.

Win Tickets To The Justin Kauflin Quartet At Jazz Alley

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes the debut of jazz pianist Justin Kauflin for two nights touring in support of his new release DEDICATION (1/2015). Band members are Justin Kauflin (piano), Billy Williams (drums), Chris Smith (upright bass), and Sean Lango (guitar).

Win Tickets To "Queen" By The Seattle Men's Chorus

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 17:00


“We Are the Champions.” “Another One Bites the Dust.” “We Will Rock You.” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The List goes on!

Win Tickets To The Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 17:00

Enjoy live music, art happenings and local boutique wines in various locations up and down Front Street.  BYOG (bring your own glass) to Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk Friday, June 5.  Live music by Madeline Wells, Kim Archer, Wynne C Blue and Her Troublefakers and Uncle Phil.  Don’t miss the hobo symbol art exhibit at the historic Train Depot.

TLC Pulls '19 Kids And Counting' Amid Reports Of Star's Sexual Misconduct As Minor

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:33
TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting, the reality show featuring Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's family, from its schedule amid reports of sexual misconduct against John Duggar, their oldest son, when he was 15.

Here's TLC's statement:

"Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air.

Decision On Gay Scout Leaders To Come By October, Group's Head Says

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:46
Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, tells NPR his organization will have a decision on its ban on gay adults no later than October.

Man Convicted Of Killing D.C. Intern Chandra Levy To Get New Trial

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:45
Updated at 6:09 p.m. ET

The man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001 will get another day in court after prosecutors agreed not to oppose a new trial for Ingmar Guandique.

Vincent Cohen, the acting U.S. attorney, and Leslie Ann Gerardo, the assistant U.S. attorney, asked the Superior Court of the D.C.

Pre-Race Day, Indy 500 Struggles With Flying Cars

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:42


In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:42
Try to order "pork roll" in most of the country and you'll probably get a blank stare. But in New Jersey, pork roll is a staple at diners, restaurants and food trucks from Cape May to the Meadowlands. And this unsung meat product is now the star of not one, but two competing festivals on Saturday in Trenton.

To the untrained eye, pork roll looks like Canadian bacon. But New Jersey residents know better.

"It's like Spam meets bacon — but with a whole other set of spices that we don't know anything about," says Maggie Kowalski of Bayonne, N.J. "We just have to accept that.

Obama: Camden, N.J. Police A Model For Improving Community Relations

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:39
Camden, N.J. has long been known for its poverty and violence. But President Obama gave it a new label this week, calling the city, "a symbol of promise for the nation."

He praised the Camden County Police Department's effort to improve community relations.

What Archbishop Romero's Beatification Means For El Salvador Today

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:29
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of the capital of El Salvador on Saturday to celebrate as one of Latin America's most revered and controversial religious figures is beatified — the last official step before sainthood.

They will gather to pay tribute to former Archbishop Oscar Romero, a beloved priest and staunch defender of the poor, who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980.

The ceremony ends a long-fought battle

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:41
How can you tell ­the difference between a good surgeon and an exceptional one?

You could start by looking for the one who has the rare ability to visualize a human organ in three dimensions from little more than a scan.

"The handful of the top surgeons in the world are like sculptors," said Dr.

Thai Authorities Arrest Protesters On Anniversary Of 2014 Coup

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:39
One year after an army-led coup toppled Thailand's elected government, authorities detained a dozen student activists in the capital and elsewhere for gathering to protest the putsch.

"We invited them to talk but they would not back down so we are sending them to the police," a soldier in the area who declined to be identified was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Reuters reports that among the arrests were 13 members of the Young People for Social-Democracy student group

ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Saudi Arabia

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:38
A branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that has killed at least 19 people, a move that could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo that the online statement from ISIS "named and praised the Saudi suicide bomber who detonated himself amongst a congregation of Shiite Saudis praying in a mosque in the village of al Qudaih in Qatif province."

She says it is the first time a Saudi branch of ISIS known as Najd Pro

2 Biker Rallies: One White, One Black — One 'Badass,' The Other, Just 'Bad'

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:28
In his column this week, Charles Blow of The New York Times broke down the difference between "bikers" and "thugs" in the wake of the deadly biker gang shootout in Waco, Texas:

"The words 'outlaw' and 'biker,' while pejorative to some, still evoke a certain romanticism in the American ethos. They conjure an image of individualism, adventure and virility. There's an endless list of motorcycle gang movies.

Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:32
It looks like dogs might well have been man's (and woman's) best friend for a lot longer than once thought.

The long-held conventional wisdom is that canis lupus familiaris split from wolves 11,000 to 16,000 years ago and that the divergence was helped along by Stone Age humans who wanted a fellow hunter, a sentry and a companion.

Now, DNA evidence suggests that the split between dogs and their wild ancestors occurred closer to 30,000 years ago.

Publishing in Thursday's edition of Current Biology, t

Rainy Weekend Ahead, Especially In The Mountains

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:53

If your Memorial Day weekend plans include a hike in the mountains, be prepared for rain. And if you’re hanging around the Northwest Folklife Festival or elsewhere in the lowlands, expect showers, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

He says it’s a continuation of a pattern that started on Thursday and continued into Friday morning.

“We had a lot of low clouds moving in to the west of the Cascade Crest,” Mass said.

“There’s an on-shore pressure gradient and so there’s stratus and strato cumulous (clouds) at lower levels. But at upper levels, we’re getting flow still coming off the mountains,” he said.

State Department Releases Clinton Emails

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:42
Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET

The State Department has released 296 emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email account.

The website where the correspondence has been made public is loading slowly, and we are making attempts to access the emails.

NPR's David Welna tells our Newscast unit that many of the emails are from Sidney Blumenthal, a former Clinton White House aide with business dealings in Libya.

A Desk That Can Take A Ton Of Earthquake Rubble

KPLU News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:03
Call it the little school desk that can.

At 57 pounds, the desk in question is light enough for two students to carry and move around the classroom. At $35 per student, it's affordable enough for many school districts to buy in bulk.