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North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

KPLU News - 2 hours 2 min ago
North Korea, which denies that it had anything to do with a hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, now wants to help the U.S. root out the real culprit. But true to form for Pyongyang, the dubious offer comes tinged a threat of "serious" consequences should Washington decline.

An unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman says his country can prove it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony that was directed at an upcoming release of the satire film The Interview, about an assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But the spokesman says the U.S.

Twelve Weeks To A Six-Figure Job

KPLU News - 2 hours 39 min ago
Marlon Frausto is in pursuit of the new American dream. Just a few weeks ago he left his job, in Hispanic marketing for the legal industry, and moved to San Francisco.

Every day he wakes at 5:30 a.m., commutes 45 minutes by train, and studies until 9 or 10 at night. He's spending down his savings and says he's getting help from "my loving family."

At age 26, Frausto has gone back to school. Sort of.

Suddenly, Russia Is Confident No Longer

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Obama Wraps Up A 'Breakthrough' 2014

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Excavation Reveals Regular Citizens Who Really Ran Ancient Egypt

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Designing State Symbols For The World's Newest Country

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3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

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Obama: Sony Should Have Talked To Him Before Pulling 'The Interview'

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Youth Who Led Tunisia's Uprising Find Themselves Sidelined

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Kurdish Troops Free Yazidis, But Major Battles Remain

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Author: Cuban Dissidents Feel Betrayed By Obama's Action

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The Africa I Know Isn't The Africa In The Headlines Today

KPLU News - 3 hours 39 min ago
Stepping off the plane in Zimbabwe a quarter century ago was a huge shock. A college student on my very first visit to Africa, I was surprised how familiar everything felt.

Like most Americans, my image of the continent had been formed by disaster news, flies-on-the–eyes charity commercials and wildlife documentaries. Instead, I found an energetic-if-ordinary place. My welcoming host family of two teachers, four children and several adopted cousins aspired for good schools, well-paying jobs and a better life.

Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

KPLU News - 5 hours 25 min ago
It was Christmas Eve 2002, at the height of midsummer, when I arrived to take up a year-long job as doctor at Halley base – the most remote research station operated by the British in Antarctica.

As we cruised up to the Caird Coast of Antarctica, a crowd of us stood out on the deck of the supply ship RRS Ernest Shackleton, singing Christmas carols in the 24-hour sunlight, wearing Santa hats and reindeer antlers.

The sky was a depthless blue cupola, the ice threw off a lacquered white sheen.

Long-Awaited Report Could Dictate Next Chapter For Bergdahl

KPLU News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:46

 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to be briefed on a report detailing the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Wall St. Swoons Over Seattle's Juno Therapeutics With Biggest Biotech IPO In Years

KPLU News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:56

A Seattle biotechnology firm is making waves on Wall Street. Juno Therapeutics had a splashy initial public offering Friday, and shares climbed more than 45 percent in its first day of trading.

CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

KPLU News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:42
On a day when President Obama added his voice to criticisms over the decision to pull the satire The Interview, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton says the studio "did not capitulate" to hackers, and that its actions have been misunderstood.

Lynton defended his studio in an interview on All Things Considered, saying that Sony still wants an audience to see The Interview — if not in theaters, then by other means.

His remarks came shortly after President Oba

'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

KPLU News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:33
Cuba is dominating the news, following President Obama's announcement that he will begin to normalize relations with the island nation.

For our series This Week's Must-Read, poet and Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco turns to literature for another perspective on this story.

This Week's Must-Read

People often tell me how fascinated they are with Cuba. I'm really dying to go there before it changes, they'll say.

Troubled By Grand Jury Verdicts, Students Request More Time For Exams

KPLU News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:06
"The dog ate my homework?" Try, "I was protesting a grand jury decision," instead.

Students at some top law schools want exam extensions for what they are calling the trauma of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions.

Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You

KPLU News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:44

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The Fate Of The Administration's College Ratings

KPLU News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:04
Today, details of the Obama administration's plan known as the Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System, or PIRS, finally saw the light of day. The idea, in this incarnation, was just under three years old.

The president announced its conception during his State of the Union address in 2012.

"So let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can't stop tuit