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Jeb Bush Takes 2016 Show Into Unfriendly Territory At CPAC

KPLU News - 2 hours 31 min ago
For close to a decade, Jeb Bush's audiences have almost exclusively been people who have paid good money to hear him speak.

That changes today, when he appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference — where potential 2016 presidential rivals are already taking shots at him and some activists are organizing a walk-out.

NYU college student Ivan Teo

White House Move To Protect Nest Eggs Sparks Hopes And Fears

KPLU News - 3 hours 55 min ago
The Obama administration is creating new protections for Americans saving and investing for retirement, but industry groups say the new rules could hurt the very people the president says he wants to help

If you're building a retirement nest egg, big fees are the dangerous predators looking to feast on it.

'Ballot Selfies' Clash With The Sanctity Of Secret Polling

KPLU News - 4 hours 18 min ago
From Pope Francis and President Obama to the kid down the block, we have, for better or worse, become a world full of selfie-takers.

But as ubiquitous as they are, there are some places where selfies remain controversial — like the voting booth.

Colorado Pushes For Concealed Guns In K-12 Schools

KPLU News - 4 hours 23 min ago
Patrick Neville was a 15-year-old sophomore at Columbine High School in 1999.

This Season On 'House Of Cards,' It's Tough To Be The Boss

KPLU News - 4 hours 24 min ago
When House of Cards' third season opens, Kevin Spacey's murderous politician Frank Underwood is fooling the world again.

From the very first scene, he's bringing a presidential motorcade to his tiny hometown of Gaffney, S.C., pretending to honor his father's grave for the press.

"Nobody showed up for his funeral except me, not even my mother," Underwood says in one of those sly asides where he speaks directly to the audience. "But I'll tell you this ... When they bury me, it won't be in my backyard.

Stone Age Britons Were Eating Wheat 2,000 Years Before They Farmed It

KPLU News - 4 hours 25 min ago
Scientists have learned a lot about our distant ancestors from DNA that's thousands of years old. Like the fact that we've inherited some Neanderthal DNA, so apparently our ancestors mated with them. Now there's new research from DNA that moves on from paleo-mating to paleo-eating.

About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers in the Near East figured out how to grow cereal crops like wheat. The farming culture spread, and wherever it went, people traded in their spears for plows.

That's the conventional view.

Obama To Troubled Teen: 'You Have This Strength Inside Yourself'

KPLU News - 4 hours 27 min ago
Noah McQueen is part of "My Brother's Keeper," a White House program aimed at young men of color.

His teen years have been rough, and include several arrests and a short period of incarceration. But last week, he was at the White House.

A 10-Hour Ride, A Welcome With Cola Nuts, A Sad Yet Hopeful New Normal

KPLU News - 4 hours 28 min ago
They hired a car and drove for ten hours over the most rutted dirt roads you can imagine, dodging motorbikes and pedestrians and overloaded cars all the way.

It was December. NPR producers John Poole and Sami Yenigun had come to see what happens to a village after Ebola has struck.

Barkedu is a beautiful place, green and forested. Tall hills start to rise near its border with Guinea. Cows and chickens roam around the village, which is built on the side of the Lofa River.

Boeing To Lay Off More Than 300 Workers In Wash. State

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 20:15

Boeing will lay off 319 of its workers in Washington state, the company said.

In a written statement, Boeing said those workers have received a 60-day notice that their layoffs will take effect on April 24.

Boeing did not specify the positions of the affected workers, but said the majority of the workers — “just over 200” — work in its Engineering Operations & Technology division.

Education Spending In Focus As Washington Legislature Nears Halfway Mark

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:15


Washington lawmakers are approaching the halfway mark of their 105-day session. Hot issues include marijuana, mental health, oil trains and cap-and-trade.

But the heavy lift for lawmakers will be writing a new two-year operating budget that increases funding for public schools. Both House Democrats and Senate Republicans will unveil dueling budget proposals in the weeks ahead.

For One Parliamentarian, A Stronger Jordan Key To Fighting ISIS

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:11
There's an election law in Jordan known as "one person, one vote" that advocates of reform and democratization there regard, surprisingly, as a big step backward.

That's because of the strong ties Jordanians feel to family, clan and tribe, says Omar Razzaz, an economist and banker in Amman, the Jordanian capital.

"In the 1989 elections, you voted for five candidates. And one of them was your uncle, because you had to, socially, to do it. But then you had four to pick from, who you picked based on meritocracy, based on their ability to represent you, their level of education," he explains.

Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:11
Back in 2012, something unusual got started in an alleyway in an already tightly developed part of northeast Washington, D.C.

On an 11th-of-an-acre lot next to a cemetery, behind a block of row houses, tiny houses started to go up. And not just one little house in backyard, like you might see in many places. The builders billed this as an urban tiny house community.

While the average size of new houses gets bigger every year in the U.S., some people are trying to do more with less. A lot less. Tiny houses and micro apartments are now a niche trend in the housing market.

Ahead Of Netanyahu's Speech To Congress, Hints Of A Thaw

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:15
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly meet with Sens.

Will The Dietary Guidelines Consider The Planet? The Fight Is On

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:38
When it comes to eating well, we should consider the health of our bodies and the planet. This was the recommendation coming from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Feb.

In Video: The Great Llama Drama Of 2015

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:17



South Korea Decriminalizes Cheating, Shares Of Contraceptive Companies Rise

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:57
Extramarital sex is no longer a crime in South Korea, giving shares of contraceptive companies a boost.

On Thursday, South Korea's Constitutional Court struck down a decades-old law that made adultery a crime punishable by up to two years in prison.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn tell our Newscast unit that "roughly 100,000 people have been convicted of adultery since the law was passed in 1953, but conviction rates have recently fallen to below 1 percent."

Still, The Guardian reports there is

Lawyer: Second Autopsy Shows Pasco Police Officers Shot Man From Behind

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:02

An attorney says an independent autopsy conducted on a Mexican man shot by police in Pasco, Washington shows different results from what investigators have said.

The independent autopsy found that 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot seven times, with at least two entrance wounds on the back of his body.

Banksy's Murals Turn Up In Gaza Strip

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:01


Saudi Man Convicted Of Conspiracy In 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:57
Khalid al-Fawwaz, a Saudi man who the U.S. says was Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant in Britain, has been convicted on all four conspiracy charges tied to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The AP reports that Al-Fawwaz's trial started a month ago in a fortified courthouse in New York. The trial focused on al-Qaida's early days. The AP adds:

"Al-Fawwaz stood expressionless as the verdict was read, pursing his lips briefly.

Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

KPLU News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:49
The Alaskan tundra might not seem like much of an agricultural hotspot, but one farmer in the frigid town of Bethel believes he's found America's newest breadbasket.

For the last 10 years, Tim Meyers has been coaxing an enviable quantity of fruits and veggies from just four acres of land. Last year, he produced 50,000 pounds of potatoes, beets, carrots and other vegetables.