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Obama Spurns GOP With Expansive Immigration Orders

KPLU News - 2 hours 48 min ago

Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

Inslee To GOP Senators: Bring Solutions, Not Criticism, On Climate

KPLU News - 4 hours 1 min ago

Gov. Jay Inslee has challenged two Republican senators to "do more than just criticize and mischaracterize actions" being considered to reduce carbon pollution.

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

KPLU News - 4 hours 24 min ago
A lot of us make the assumption that there are two kinds of drinkers: moderate drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner, and on the other end of the spectrum, alcoholics.

But this is not an accurate picture, according to researchers.

"The reality of the situation is that most adults who drink, they're drinking maybe a couple drinks during week and then typically drinking [larger] amounts on weekends," says Robert Brewer, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and co-author of a new <

Asking Bill Cosby If He Is A Serial Rapist

KPLU News - 4 hours 45 min ago
Did host Scott Simon unfairly—and sordidly—ambush Bill Cosby by raising rape charges in a Weekend Edition interview that was otherwise about art?

The 77-year old comedian and wife Camille—she was present—were being interviewed on air Saturday about the many pieces of art that they are lending to the Smithsonian Museum when Simon, at the end, changed the subject:

SCOTT SIMON: This question gives me no pleasure Mr.

Obama Goes It Alone, Shielding Up To 5 Million Immigrants From Deportation

KPLU News - 4 hours 56 min ago
After six years of often bitter back-and-forth with congressional Republicans over the issue of immigration, President Obama announced he has decided to go it alone by temporarily shielding up to 5 million immigrants from being deported.

In a prime-time speech to the country on Thursday, Obama said he will defer the deportation of the parents of children who are either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and he will also expand that protection to more "DREAMERers," or children who entered the country illegally with their parents.

The Whole World Is Fat! And That Ends Up Costing $2 Trillion A Year

KPLU News - 5 hours 31 min ago
Obesity used to be an issue primarily in well-off countries. It was one of those things flippantly dismissed as a "first-world problem." Now people are packing on the pounds all over the planet.

Alabama Settlement Could Be Model For Handling Poor Defendants In Ferguson, Mo.

KPLU News - 5 hours 35 min ago
There may be a model for court reform in Ferguson, Mo., in a legal settlement that happened quietly this week in Alabama.

The city of Montgomery agreed to new polices to avoid jailing people who say they are too poor to pay traffic tickets.

Florida's Hunt For Giant Snails Leads To 'Smelly Easter Eggs'

KPLU News - 5 hours 37 min ago
From parrots to pythons, monkeys to lionfish, Florida is home to hundreds of exotic and invasive species. Wildlife officials try to control some species; others, Floridians just learn to live with.

And then there's the giant African land snail. It's a particularly slimy pest that Florida officials are determined to eradicate.

The snails, which can be up to eight inches long, eat almost any plant.

7 Questions About The President's Immigration Plan Answered

KPLU News - 5 hours 59 min ago
President Obama is set to announce executive action tonight, granting temporary relief to some of the more than 11 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Here's what we know so far:

1. What kind of relief is the president offering?

Obama's move lifts the threat of deportation — at least temporarily. But it does not provide the full path to citizenship as envisioned under a comprehensive immigration bill.

2. Who is eligible for relief?

There are two main groups:

  • Parents of U.S.

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

KPLU News - 6 hours 12 sec ago
In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction for the collection.

This review originally aired March 26, 2014. Copyright 2014 NPR.

Why Working With Young Children Is (Still) A Dead-End Job

KPLU News - 6 hours 59 sec ago
Right now, at preschool programs around the country, teachers are tapping infinite reserves of patience to keep the peace among children at various stages of development and need. They're also providing meals, wiping noses and delivering a curriculum in math and reading that will get the kids ready for school.

And there are hugs. Lots of hugs.

A working parent like me would say these services are priceless.

How To Catch A Cattle Thief

KPLU News - 6 hours 3 min ago
On Sept. 9, BJ Holloway's life savings were stolen. Six cows worth about $10,000 were taken in the dead of the night from his land in Spencer, Okla.

BJ started raising cows when he was just a teenager. His parents gave him the first two, and he raised those until they had calves he could sell off to buy some more. Over the years, he kept doing that, breeding the cows and selling off the little ones.

White House Acknowledges Over-Counting Obamacare Signups

KPLU News - 6 hours 10 min ago
The White House acknowledged today that it overreported the number of signups under the Affordable Care Act by nearly 400,000 people.

Some people with separate medical and dental plans were counted twice, leading the administration to state erroneously that more than 7 million had enrolled in coverage under ACA, instead of the correct figure of about 6.7 million.

The discrepancy was discovered during an audit by the Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Refo

Debate: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

KPLU News - 6 hours 12 min ago
Since Oregon legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill in 1997, more than 700 people have taken their lives with prescribed medication — including Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with an incurable brain tumor, who ended her life earlier this month.

Advocates of assisted-suicide laws believe that mentally competent people who are suffering and have no chance of long-term survival, should have the right to die if and when they choose.

WSU President Hopes To Present ‘Unified Front’ On Medical School

KPLU News - 6 hours 15 min ago

This January, Washington State University plans to ask lawmakers for permission to open a medical school in Spokane.

The question is whether the University of Washington, which currently runs the state's only medical school, will oppose that effort.

Hanford Watchdogs, Union Intend To Sue Feds Over Tank Vapors At Site

KPLU News - 6 hours 43 min ago

Three groups with ties to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation announced Thursday they intend to sue the federal government and its contractor.

They say Hanford leaders aren’t doing enough to protect workers from harmful radioactive tank vapors.

Why Unemployment Rose In Wash. When Companies Are Adding Jobs

KPLU News - 6 hours 53 min ago

Employers added 5,600 more jobs in Washington state last month. But the statewide unemployment rate as reported by the state Wednesday rose by three-tenths of a point to 6.0 percent. 

What Diabetes Costs You, Even If You Don't Have The Disease

KPLU News - 7 hours 10 min ago
Diabetes is an expensive disease to treat, costing the United States $244 billion in 2012, according to an analysis of the disease's economic burden.

When the loss of productivity due to illness and disability is added in, the bill comes to $322 billion, or $1,000 a year for each American, including those without diabetes.

Keep Your Head Up: 'Text Neck' Takes A Toll On The Spine

KPLU News - 7 hours 32 min ago
"Text neck," the posture formed by leaning over a cellphone while reading and texting, is a big problem, according to the author of a newly published study in the National Library of Medicine.

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The CIA Wants To Delete Old Email; Critics Say 'Not So Fast'

KPLU News - 8 hours 3 min ago
It's a question we've all wrestled with: which emails should be saved and which ones should be deleted?

The Central Intelligence Agency thinks it's found the answer, at least as far as its thousands of employees and contractors are concerned.