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Congress Begins Debate On Changes to 'No Child' Law

KPLU News - 2 hours 26 min ago

A proposal to re-write No Child Left Behind — an unpopular federal education law that now labels practically all schools in Washington state as "failing" — began its tightrope-walk through the full U.S. Senate Tuesday.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who helped shepherd the bipartisan proposal through committee, opened debate on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon by calling on her colleagues to "fix this broken law."

Clinton Blames 'The Right' For Trust Attacks

KPLU News - 3 hours 15 min ago
Hillary Clinton worked to paint herself as honest and trustworthy in her first national television interview of the 2016 campaign, blaming Republicans for damaging questions about her time at the State Department and her family's charitable foundation.

"This has been a theme that has been used against me and my husband for many, many years," the Democratic presidential hopeful told CNN's Brianna Keilar in Iowa, noting that she's been "subjected to the kind of constant barrage of attacks that are largely fomented by and coming from the right."

She added, "[A]t the end of the day, I think vo

Abe Beeson Interviews Dave Douglas

KPLU News - 3 hours 17 min ago

Trumpet player and composer Dave Douglas is always searching for a new musical experience, and bringing audiences along with him.

Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson spoke to Mr Douglas at the recent TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and learned how Dave had to travel to Spain to get the jazz bug, his formative years playing with Horace Silver and later with John Zorn. He also spoke about how important the audience is to the jazz experience, and his successful recording company Greenleaf Music.

ISIS Supporter Moved To Jail After Box Cutter Found In His Halfway House Room

KPLU News - 3 hours 44 min ago
There's been a setback for a Minnesota man who had been a test case for deradicalization in this country.

Abdullahi Yusuf, 19, had pleaded guilty to charges that he intended to travel to Syria to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but earlier this year Chief U.S.

Carnival Expects to Begin Cruising To Cuba Next Year

KPLU News - 4 hours 6 min ago
Carnival Corp. says it has received permission from the U.S.

How To Eliminate Extreme Poverty In 169 Not-So-Easy Steps

KPLU News - 4 hours 15 min ago
In 2000 the world's leaders agreed on an ambitious plan to drastically reduce global poverty by 2015.

Texas Bikers Arrested After Waco Shootout Say They Are Innocent

KPLU News - 4 hours 45 min ago
In May, a fight between two rival motorcycle clubs turned into a bloodbath in Waco, Texas. Nine people were shot dead, and at least 20 were injured.

In the end, 177 people were arrested and jailed on charges of engaging in organized crime.

But many of them say they had nothing to do with these "outlaw" motorcycle clubs — and nothing to do with the violence.

Among them are Walt and Ester Weaver.

Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

KPLU News - 5 hours 26 min ago


KPLU Wins Seven Regional and National News Awards

KPLU News - 5 hours 39 min ago

KPLU recently garnered an impressive number of news awards – four national and three regional – for work produced in 2014. 

Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

KPLU News - 5 hours 49 min ago
One secret to a long life may be the simple daily ritual of tea.

We've told you how Okinawans — who are known to have more than a few centenarians among them — enjoy jasmine-infused tea.

And if you're looking to incorporate this fragrant aroma with a bit of creamy indulgence, pastry chef Naomi Gallego, of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C., has you covered.

"I love the smell of it," Gallego says as she shows me how she's infused a pot of milk with jasmine tea to m

LAPD Says It's Investigating Bill Cosby Over Sexual Assault Allegations

KPLU News - 5 hours 50 min ago
The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting at least one current criminal investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, the department tells NPR's Mandalit del Barco.

"LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has said his department would investigate any sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby — even past the statute of limitations," Mandalit reports. "The department's public information officer, Det. Meghan Aguilar, told NPR that the police have at least one open criminal investigation that may have multiple accusations.

Lacking Votes, California Assembly Shelves Aid In Dying Bill

KPLU News - 5 hours 55 min ago
Recognizing they lacked votes in a key Assembly committee, authors of legislation that would have allowed terminally ill Californians to legally end their lives pulled the bill Tuesday morning.

Senate Bill 128, the End of Life Option Act, had already cleared the state Senate, but faced opposition in the Assembly Health Committee.

Excellent: Harry Shearer To Return To 'The Simpsons' Cast

KPLU News - 6 hours 25 min ago
Big news today from Springfield: The voice of Mr. Burns is returning.

Malaysia Freezes Bank Accounts Amid Report Of Cash Transfers To Premier

KPLU News - 6 hours 49 min ago
Malaysian authorities have frozen six bank accounts in connection with an investigation into nearly $700 million allegedly transferred into Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts.

The Wall Street Journal, which reported last week on the alleged transfers, cited "a person aware of the probe" saying at least one of the frozen accounts belonged to Najib.

At issue is 1Malaysia Development Bhd, or 1MDB, the troubled state investment fund that has debts of $11 billion and is struggling to pay its b

Two Die As F-16 Collides With Cessna In Midair Close To Charleston, S.C.

KPLU News - 6 hours 56 min ago
Investigators are converging on an area near Charleston, S.C., where an F-16 crashed Tuesday after colliding with a civilian Cessna airplane around 11:30 a.m. ET. The two occupants of the Cessna were killed.

The jet was based at Shaw Air Force Base, close to Sumter, S.C., and had been flying close to Joint Base Charleston at the time of the collision. In a statement, the base says, "The F-16 pilot safely ejected" and was taken to the Charleston base for a medical assessment.

Update at 4:45 p.m.

Heroin Use Surges, Especially Among Women And Whites

KPLU News - 8 hours 15 min ago
Health officials, confronted with a shocking increase in heroin abuse, are developing a clearer picture of who is becoming addicted to this drug and why. The results may surprise you.

The biggest surge is among groups that have historically lower rates of heroin abuse: women and white (non-Hispanic) Americans. They tend to be 18-25 years old, with household incomes below $20,000.

How One Israeli Educator Turned His School Around

KPLU News - 8 hours 48 min ago
In a small town perched on a steep mountain in northern Israel, Ali Shalalha has managed a remarkable achievement.

Fifteen years ago, only 12 percent of seniors at Beit Jann Comprehensive School passed the exams that are the prerequisite for higher education in Israel. Last year, and the year before, every single senior passed.

Beit Jann ranks second now in the high school graduation exams, known as bagrut, for all of Israel. This year, Shalalha — the school's principal — is hoping for first.

"Bagrut is a ticket," Shalalha says.

Above The Law, A Militia Threatens To Push Burundi To The Brink

KPLU News - 8 hours 50 min ago
A quiet street in Burundi's capital can change in an instant. In recent months, anti-government protesters in this tiny, east African country have developed a flash mob approach to demonstrations, rapidly convening and dispersing. An hour later, all that's left are shuttered kiosks, tossed bricks and air carrying the smell of burned tires.

Activists are taking this approach because they say at least 70 people have been killed in protests in the past two months. Their attackers usually wear police uniforms.

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

KPLU News - 8 hours 57 min ago
Even if you're not counting your calories, date night at that restaurant down the street is still a healthier choice than McDonalds, right?

Don't count on it.

Dining out at a sit-down restaurant can mean far more sodium in your diet – and nearly as much saturated fat – as eating at a fast-food joint, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Obama Administration Aims To Expand Access To Solar Power

KPLU News - 9 hours 20 min ago
The Obama administration hopes to make solar power more affordable for low- and middle-income Americans. It's announcing a series of moves, including installing more solar energy units in federally subsidized housing, low cost loans for homeowners and a program to help renters.

The White House recently pledged that the U.S. would get 20 percent of its total electricity from renewable sources by 2030, about three times what it does now.