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Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

KPLU News - 1 hour 15 min ago
If you're reading The Salt, it probably comes as no surprise to you that consumers increasingly want to make food choices based on not just their health, but their ethics.

Why It's OK To Worry About Ebola, And What's Truly Scary

KPLU News - 1 hour 15 min ago
Public-health types are getting increasingly annoyed with people freaking out about Ebola in the United States, from governors to the general public. It's easy to see why; when I heard a swim coach was getting questions from parents worried that their children might get Ebola from the pool water, it's hard not to cue the eye roll.

On the other hand, I suspect I'm not the only person whose husband asked her to buy chlorine bleach and gloves the next time I went to the store.

Fear of the new, unknown and deadly is normal; it's what prompts us to act to protect ourselves.

After 2-Year Market Closure, Wash. Apples Headed To China Again

KPLU News - 1 hour 46 min ago

Washington apples will soon be packed aboard boats to China. The Chinese government approved market access to Northwest fruit Wednesday after a two-year market closure.

The Amazing Head-turning Owl

KPLU News - 2 hours 55 min ago

An owl's seeming ability to rotate its head in a complete circle is downright eerie. An owl's apparent head rotation is part illusion, part structural design. Because its eyes are fixed in their sockets, it must rotate its neck to look around. It can actually rotate its head about 270 degrees – a marvelous anatomical feat. You can learn more about this Eastern Screech-Owl at Cornell's AllAboutBirds. 

At Makeshift Memorial, School Shooter Remembered Alongside Victims

KPLU News - 6 hours 55 min ago

In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting, a makeshift memorial site is taking shape at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. A long chain-link fence is now covered with balloons, ribbons and flowers. But there’s something unusual about this memorial site.

Huge Costs, Hundreds Of Pregnancies Will Follow Cuts To Family Planning, Workers Say

KPLU News - 6 hours 55 min ago

Seattle may be booming, but a major King County agency is shrinking fast. Public Health - Seattle & King County is short $15 million a year, prompting the agency to close clinics and cut anti-tobacco efforts.

But few public health program are getting hit harder than family planning services, and experts say those cuts will cost far more than they save in the long run.

With McCleary Mandate Looming, Will Wash. Class Size Initiative Help Or Hurt?

KPLU News - 6 hours 55 min ago

If a recent poll is any indication, Washington voters appear poised to again pass a ballot initiative that calls for steeply reducing public school class sizes, this time by hiring more than 7,000 teachers over the next four years.

Voters passed a similar measure in 2000 that had little effect. Lawmakers repealed it two years ago and the state's student-to-teacher ratio remains one of the nation's largest.

But the group behind that 2000 class-size initiative has urged voters to reject this year's version, Initiative 1351. The group joins skeptical lawmakers and newspaper editorial boards who fear a class size-reduction measure would complicate their task of meeting a state Supreme Court order to pump another $2 billion into the state's K-12 budget. 

Vienna: 'The Seattle Of The 19th Century'

KPLU News - 6 hours 55 min ago

It’s known for its coffee culture. Many famous musicians got their start here. And you don’t have to travel too far out of town to get into the mountains.

We’re not talking about Seattle, but rather Vienna, the largest city in Austria.

Close To 100,000 Hungarian Demonstrators Protest Internet Usage Tax

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:31
Some 100,000 people took to the streets of Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday to protest a proposed plan to tax Internet use.

The New York Times reports Balazs Gulyas, 27, a former member of the country's socialist party, set up a Facebook page, which spurred the protests.

Dozens Of Countries Take In More Immigrants Per Capita Than The U.S.

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:30
If you think the United States is every immigrant's dream, reconsider. Sure, in absolute numbers, the U.S. is home to the most foreign-born people — 45.7 million in 2013.

But relatively, it's upper-mid-pack as an immigrant nation. It ranks 65th worldwide in terms of percentage of population that is foreign-born, according to the U.N.

FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:30
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against AT&T over just how unlimited the company's unlimited data plans are. The FTC says that by "throttling," or slowing down, the data of high-volume users, AT&T in fact was not giving users unlimited data. This throttling would sometimes reduce users' data speeds by 90 percent.

In a statement, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said AT&T let customers down.

WATCH: On Sandy Anniversary, Gov. Chris Christie Faces Off With Heckler

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:30


Microsoft Cuts 3,000 Jobs Worldwide, About 600 In The Puget Sound Region

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:17

Microsoft has given layoff notices to 3,000 more workers worldwide, with 638 of them in the Puget Sound region, according to a spokesman for the company.

Wash. State's Current And Former AGs Exposed In NYTimes Influence Investigation

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:21

The current and former attorneys general of Washington state are among the subjects of a New York Times special report. The Times story details how companies under investigation by state AGs try to influence those cases. It also reveals how former AGs gain special access as industry representatives.

Tulalip Tribes Chairman: Native Kids Threatened In Wake Of School Shooting

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:10

In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, some Native children in the district have received threats, according to the Tulalip Tribes.

Tribal member Jaylen Fryberg killed himself after shooting five friends, killing two of them. In a statement, the tribes said some kids are fearful of returning to school, and some parents are reluctant to send them.

At 83, Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard Makes The Leap To 3-D

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:58
Back in the 1960s Jean-Luc Godard made his name in the French New Wave by breaking cinematic rules. Some 40 years later, he's still doing things his own way. Now, at age 83, he's taking on 3-D in a new film called Goodbye to Language, which shared the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

There are elements of Goodbye to Language you might find in any Hollywood movie — people arguing, a shootout — and even a dog, the director's own.

To Tackle Sexual Assault Cases, Colleges Enlist Investigators-For-Hire

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:55
As colleges continue to scramble under federal pressure to overhaul how they handle cases of sexual assault, the list of schools under investigation for botching cases continues to grow.

That's left some wondering if campuses will ever get it right, or if they might be better off leaving the job to others.

A growing number of campuses have already made the choice to do just that.

What Can $3.7 Billion Buy? How About 2,969,370 Campaign Ads

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:46
Two new reports find that the House and Senate elections will cost about $3.7 billion – up just slightly from the past two election cycles – with outside groups buying their largest share yet of the television advertising.

The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, in Washington, says candidates and political parties are spending less this cycle, while outside groups are spending more.

McConnell Concedes GOP Senate Will Not Mean Obamacare Repeal

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:46
Election Day isn't until next week, but Senate Majority Leader-in-Waiting Mitch McConnell is already warning Republicans who would like to repeal Obamacare and roll back environmental regulations about two key numbers: 60 and 2.

Sixty is how many senators are required to bring all but the most noncontroversial bills to the chamber floor. And two is how many more years Democratic President Obama still has in office.

"It would take 60 votes in the Senate. No one thinks we're going to have 60 Republicans. And it would take a presidential signature.

Can Scientific Belief Go Too Far?

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:41
Last week, our own Tania Lombrozo ignited an intense discussion of the differences between factual and religious belief. I want to take off from there and examine a no less controversial issue, one that has been in the limelight of cutting-edge physics for the past few years: Do some scientists hold on to a belief longer than they should?