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U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Gag Order In Mine Disaster Case

KPLU News - 2 hours 5 min ago
A federal appeals court has vacated a sweeping gag order in the criminal case involving former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and the 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster.

More than two dozen news organizations, including The Charleston Gazette and NPR, filed appeals after U.S.

State Lawmakers Keep Busy While Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare

KPLU News - 2 hours 15 min ago
As the nation awaits a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, lawmakers in many states are moving ahead with a range of Affordable Care Act bills, some of which seek to bolster the law and others that are bent on derailing it.

The Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, focuses on subsidies paid to millions of Americans who purchased health insurance through exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. At issue: whether subsidies issued through exchanges operated by the federal government are legal.

Plane Skids Off Runway At New York's LaGuardia; No Injuries

KPLU News - 3 hours 8 min ago
Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET

A Delta flight carrying 130 passengers and crew skidded off a snow-covered runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport, slamming through a fence on the side of the tarmac.

Passengers were evacuated and officials did not immediately report injuries.

Flight 1086, an MD-80, was inbound from Atlanta. The incident, which occurred about 11:05 a.m.

Michael Brown's Family Will File Civil Suit Over His Death

KPLU News - 3 hours 13 min ago
The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black man who was slain by Ferguson, Mo., police last August, say they will file a civil lawsuit over his death.

India Threatens BBC Over Decision To Air Rape Documentary In U.K.

KPLU News - 3 hours 31 min ago
India says it will take action against the BBC for broadcasting a documentary in the U.K. about the fatal 2012 gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi.

We're Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That's Bad For Business

KPLU News - 4 hours 18 min ago
Did you take a lunch break yesterday? Are you planning to take one today?

Chances are the answer is no. Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people step away for the midday meal.

Second-Day Proceedings Underway In Boston Marathon Trial

KPLU News - 4 hours 37 min ago
Jurors will hear more testimony today in the trial of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, a day after a dramatic admission of guilt and often-heartbreaking accounts from victims and survivors of the deadly 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 260 others.

The trial began Wednesday with the admission of Tsarnaev's guilt by his defense attorney.

Winter's Final Punch? Forecasters Say Maybe

KPLU News - 5 hours 7 min ago
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Singapore Court Sentences 2 Germans To Caning And Jail Over Graffiti

KPLU News - 5 hours 17 min ago
Two young German men who broke into a train depot in Singapore to spray-paint graffiti on a commuter train car have been sentenced to nine months in prison and three strokes from a cane. They were tracked down and arrested in Malaysia last November.

Andreas Von Knorre, 22, and Elton Hinz, 21, had been working in Australia when they traveled to Singapore and broke into the depot.

'Grand Bargain' In Workers' Comp Unravels, Harming Injured Workers Further

KPLU News - 5 hours 50 min ago
Workers injured on the job are supposed to get guaranteed medical care and money to live on. Employers and their insurance companies pay for that.

And in return, employers don't get sued for workplace accidents.

North Korea: Attack On U.S. Ambassador Is 'Deserved Punishment'

KPLU News - 6 hours 47 min ago
North Korea is calling an attack on U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert by a knife-wielding political activist "deserved punishment" for America's joint military exercises with Seoul. Meanwhile, Lippert, who has received stitches to his face and undergone surgery on his arm after the assault, says he is "doing well."

NPR's Elise Hu, reporting from Seoul, says the attacker, South Korean nationalist Kim Ki Jong, was subdued and is now in police custody.

5 Things To Expect If You Ever Go To North Korea

KPLU News - 7 hours 9 min ago

For Americans, an independent trip to North Korea can be a risky venture. A Lynnwood man was just returned to the United States after being imprisoned there for more than a year. And the U.S. State Department strongly urges Americans not to go to North Korea. But it’s not off limits. Tour groups have been able to visit.

In Israel, A Vote To Choose A Leader And An Identity

KPLU News - 7 hours 18 min ago
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Hillary Clinton Asks State Dept. To Release Her Emails To The Public

KPLU News - 8 hours 47 sec ago
Responding to concerns over her use of a personal email account to conduct official business while in office, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she wants the public to have access to her emails.

The Legacy Of Booker T. Washington Revisited

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
Let's face it, Booker T. Washington has a serious image problem. He was perhaps the most influential black man in America during the late 1800s, but is often remembered today as being subservient, a sellout even.

Yes, he pursued racial equality with discretion. His famous "Atlanta Compromise" speech of 1895 cautioned blacks against extremism and encouraged them to prove their worth by becoming productive members of society.

But what about his role as a Presidential adviser, or as the first leader of one of the country's best historically black colleges?

Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality

KPLU News - 11 hours 6 min ago
A few hours after ProPublica and NPR issued the first in a series of reports about workers' compensation "reforms" sweeping the country, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration coincidentally released a paper linking workplace injuries to income inequality.

The OSHA paper and ProPublica/NPR stories come to

In Berlin, Grassroots Efforts Work To Integrate Inner-City Schools

KPLU News - 11 hours 11 min ago
In parts of Berlin, racial segregation in schools is far from official policy, but it is often a reality. In the fast-gentrifying district of Neukölln, young, mainly white professionals usually move away as soon as their kids reach school-age.

But small, parent-led initiatives are working to change this trend and ensure their local schools better reflect the neighborhood.

Jaw Fossil In Ethiopia Likely Oldest Ever Found In Human Line

KPLU News - 11 hours 24 min ago
Scientists working in Ethiopia say they've found the earliest known fossil on the ancestral line that led to humans. It's part of a lower jaw with several teeth, and it's about 2.8 million years old.

Boris Nemtsov: 'He Directed His Words Against Putin Himself'

KPLU News - 11 hours 25 min ago
Boris Nemtsov was just 37 when Russian President Boris Yeltsin named him deputy prime minister in 1997. Trained as a physicist, Nemtsov symbolized a new generation of young leaders who rose to power in the chaotic aftermath of the Soviet breakup.

But after Vladimir Putin became president, Nemtsov joined the liberal opposition and became an outspoken critic.

Toronto Infertility Clinic Offers Controversial Treatment

KPLU News - 11 hours 26 min ago
Melissa and her husband started trying to have a baby right after they got married. But nothing was happening. So they went to an infertility clinic and tried round after round of everything the doctors had to offer. But nothing worked.

"They basically told me, 'You know, you have no chance of getting pregnant,' " says Melissa, who asked to be identified only by her first name to protect her privacy.

But Melissa, 30, who lives in Ontario, Canada, didn't give up. She switched clinics and kept trying.