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Oversight Committee Issues Subpoena To Two Secret Service Agents

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:25
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has issued subpoenas to two Secret Service agents, setting up a confrontation with the embattled agency.

The subpoenas are linked to an investigation into an incident in March, when two potentially drunk Secret Service agents appeared to bobble the investigation into a potential bomb near the White House.

Republican committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said that during a hearing last week, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy promised access to Secret Service agents who could shed light on the incident.

Federal Judge Says South Dakota Officials Violated Native American Families' Rights

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:26
Two of South Dakota's largest tribes won a sweeping victory in federal court that could reverberate for tribes across the country.

A federal judge has ruled that the state Department of Social Services, prosecutors and judges "failed to protect Indian parents' fundamental rights" when they removed their children after short hearings and placed them largely in white foster care.

According to the suit, some of the hearings lasted less than 60 seconds.

Supreme Court Deals Medicaid Blow To Doctors And Health Companies

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:59
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that private Medicaid providers cannot sue to force states to raise reimbursement rates in the face of rising medical costs. The 5-to-4 decision is a blow to many doctors and health care companies and their complaint that state Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low that health care providers often lose money on Medicaid patients.

In 2009, Idaho centers that provided care for some 6,200 mentally disabled children and adults went to court to challenge the state's Medicaid reimbursement rates.

Activists Stop Paying Their Student Loans

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:38
Latonya Suggs says she borrowed thousands of dollars in student loans to attend the for-profit Corinthian Colleges but has nothing to show for it. Most employers don't recognize her criminal justice degree.

"I am completely lost and in debt," Suggs says. And now she's doing something about it: She's refusing to pay back those loans.

Suggs and 106 other borrowers now saddled with Corinthian loan debt say their refusal to repay the loans is a form of political protest. And Tuesday, the U.S.

Despite Criticism, Arkansas Passes Religious Freedom Bill

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:28
Despite criticism and protests, Arkansas legislators passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to the one passed by Indiana.

NBC News reports:

"Protesters gathered outside the governor's mansion in Little Rock on Tuesday morning.

Supporters Work To Reclaim Legacy Of Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:23
The Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal rocked Penn State University in 2011 and the fallout from the case continues today. A series of lawsuits are on-going and, now, a campaign is underway to restore the legacy of the university's former head football coach Joe Paterno.

As the scandal became public Paterno fell from legendary football coach to someone accused of protecting a child molester.

Lufthansa Says It Knew Of Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz's Depression

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:22
Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed his aircraft into the French Alps last week, had informed Lufthansa in 2009 of a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said in a statement.

Lufthansa says a note about a "previous depressive episode" was found in email Lubitz apparently sent to the Lufthansa flight school when he resumed his training after a months-long interruption.

The airline today said it provided the documents to pr

Advice For Trevor Noah From The 'Jon Stewart Of South Africa'

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:13
This week, Comedy Central announced that Jon Stewart's replacement on The Daily Show will be a South African comedian, Trevor Noah. To get some perspective on this surprise decision, we contacted Noah's colleague and friend Loyiso Gola, a comedian who hosts Late Nite News, his own satirical news program on South African television.

Watchdog Groups File Complaints Against Likely Candidates

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:07
Updated at 5:40 p.m.

Tweeners Trust Peers More Than Adults When Judging Risks

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:16
If you are the parent of a preteen, you are all too aware that they suddenly seem to value the opinions of their peers far more than yours.

The good news, if there is any, is that you're not alone. Young teenagers ages 12 to 14 are more influenced by their peers' opinions than they are by adults', a study finds. That's true only for that age group, not for older teens, children or adults.

Researchers asked 563 people visiting the London Science Museum to rate the riskiness of activities like crossing the street on a red light, biking without a helmet, or bungee jumping.

Media Mischief On April Fools' Day

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:15
In the annals of journalism, there is a long tradition of newsfolks — reporters, writers, broadcasters — pulling April Fools' Day tricks on readers and listeners. Sometimes the prank prevails; sometimes it fails.

For instance, the Long Beach Independent reported in 1961 that the newly minted Los Angeles Angels had acquired Mickey Mantle — star outfielder of the New York Yankees — for a million dollars, a half interest in a local radio station and a passel of other players. It was a hoax.

Dozens Of Countries Join China-Backed Bank Opposed By Washington

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:27
Dozens of countries have slid under today's deadline to join a China-backed infrastructure development bank that is opposed by Washington.

U.S. allies such as South Korea and Australia were among the more than 40 nations that signed up at the last moment as founding members of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Key European allies — France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. — joined earlier this month.

What The 2016 Hopefuls Are Saying About Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:16
A controversial law in Indiana has made its way into the 2016 presidential race. Supporters praise the Religious Freedom Restoration Act's for protecting religious convictions, but the law has drawn wide criticism from those who say it allows businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian patrons.

Would-be candidates on the GOP side mostly defended the law. "I don't think Americans want to discriminate against anyone," Sen.

Obama Releases Frozen Military Aid To Egypt

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:15
The White House says the U.S.

Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:11
Brain researchers are joining forces with computer hackers to tackle a big challenge in neuroscience: teaching computers how to tell a healthy neuron from a sick one.

"Sick neurons have a withered appearance, much like a sick plant has a withered appearance," says Jane Roskams, executive director of the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

Father Of Marysville School Shooter Arrested

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:54

The father of the teenager who killed four students and himself at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has been arrested. Raymond Lee Fryberg, 42, is charged with illegally purchasing the gun used in the mass shooting.

It was last October that Fryberg’s son, Jaylen, shot his friends and then turned the firearm on himself in the school cafeteria. One of the victims, his cousin, was wounded but survived.

The Revival Of Lamb Ham: A Colonial Tradition Renewed

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:52
Roast rack of lamb or a platter of smoked, glazed ham — which dish should be the centerpiece of the Easter table?

Lamb is rich in religious symbolism: A sacrificial lamb was first served by Jewish people on Passover, and Christians often refer to Jesus as the lamb of God. But ham feeds more guests and makes tastier leftovers.

Soon, we may not have to choose.

Washington Senate Republicans Hold Hearing On $12 Minimum Wage

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:43

Two of the highest priority issues for Washington House Democrats are a $12 per hour minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Budget Fight Looms in Washington Legislature

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:43

House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposed $1.5 billion tax package. Senate Republicans plan to rollout their proposed budget later this week.

Nigerian President Said To Concede Election To Opposition Candidate

KPLU News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:22
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly called his rival to congratulate him on his victory.

The AP reports that opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari's campaign said Jonathan made the call on Tuesday, after partial election results showed Buhari leading by close to 3 million votes.

The AP reports:

"An aide in