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Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill

KPLU News - 2 hours 32 min ago
President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing Thursday about the request. Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks

KPLU News - 2 hours 33 min ago
Labor tensions are high at the largest port complex in the country — Los Angeles and Long Beach — which handles nearly half of all the cargo coming into the United States.

Short-haul truck drivers are striking. They're the independent, contract truckers who bring the containers off the ships to nearby warehouses for companies like Wal-Mart and Costco. At the twin ports, their numbers hover around 10,000.

Just over 100 of them have been protesting this week, including driver Santos Lopez.

A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers

KPLU News - 2 hours 35 min ago
There are antlers everywhere on the walls of Bryan and Mike McDonel's place near Pine Bluff, Ark. The house is hardly big enough for all their hunting trophies. Both are good shots with their hunting bows; Bryan and Mike, his father, served in the Arkansas National Guard and deployed together to Iraq, twice.

The McDonel family has served in the military for generations. But Bryan, 35, is out of the service now.

This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck

KPLU News - 2 hours 36 min ago
Eighteen miles off Tuscany's coast, Gorgona is Italy's last island prison. Its steep cliffs rise up from azure Mediterranean waters. Here, a select group of convicts serve the end of long sentences by farming. And now, a legendary winemaker is training them to make high-end wine.

Mentioned by Dante in The Divine Comedy, Gorgona was for thousands of years a refuge for hermits and monks.

Alcohol Test: Does Eating Yeast Keep You From Getting Drunk?

KPLU News - 2 hours 37 min ago
Sometimes we drink with the sole purpose of relaxing, or drowning the week's worries. But other times we just want to savor a special craft beer or vintage wine, or make that good meal taste even better.

And as we get older, we're warier of that third or fourth glass. The consequences of too much alcohol — the drowsiness, the confusion and the wobbling — are a bigger hindrance.

In A Unanimously Passed Law, The Seeds Of An Immigration Controversy

KPLU News - 4 hours 41 min ago
The handling of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is governed by a law that was passed in 2008, before President Obama took office. For more about the law, Robert Siegel speaks with David Abramowitz, who helped work on the law when it passed. Abramowitz is currently the vice president of Humanity United. Copyright 2014 NPR.

A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In

KPLU News - 4 hours 41 min ago
I was always thankful that my parents didn't "leash me" at the mall or grocery store when I was a child — but you'll never guess what parents can strap on their kids nowadays.

LG Electronics introduced a device Wednesday called the KizON.

HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure

KPLU News - 4 hours 45 min ago
Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus. This is a setback not just for the child, but also for hope of eradicating HIV in infants with a potent mix of drugs at birth. Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill

KPLU News - 5 hours 9 min ago

Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans. And the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.

Jeff Bonebrake is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. It's his job to investigate how a fire started. Once that’s pinned down, he figures out who pays and how much. He says the bulk of the charges are for firefighter salaries and equipment use.

Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

KPLU News - 5 hours 34 min ago
HIV is sexist.

A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is.

And homosexual men are at even greater risk.

No Criminal Charges In Senate-CIA Spat, Justice Department Says

KPLU News - 6 hours 46 sec ago
The Justice Department has declined to bring criminal charges against anyone at the CIA or the Senate Intelligence Committee in a dispute over access to documents about the enhanced interrogation program the U.S. deployed against detainees after the attacks of Sept.

As Quadruple Amputee Awaits Arm Transplant, Identical Twin Waits As Well

KPLU News - 6 hours 5 min ago
Will Lautzenheiser, a former teacher at Boston University, had just started teaching film at Montana State University three years ago when he lost all four limbs to a group A streptococcal infection.

It was shattering for Will, but also for his identical twin Tom Lautzenheiser.

FTC Sues Amazon Over Kids' App Charges

KPLU News - 7 hours 41 min ago

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.

Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad

KPLU News - 8 hours 25 min ago


From McDonald's To Organic Valley, You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp

KPLU News - 8 hours 28 min ago
Do not be alarmed, but you may be eating wood pulp. Or at least an additive that started out as wood.

If you buy shredded cheeses, including brands such as Organic Valley and Sargento, or hit the drive-through at McDonald's for a breakfast sandwich or a smoothie, or douse some ribs with bottled barbecue sauce, there's likely some cellulose that's been added to your food.

Cellulose is basically plant fiber, and one of the most common sources is wood pulp.

Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

KPLU News - 8 hours 28 min ago
If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.

At least that's the suggestion of a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

The survey of more than 2,500 Americans found that about 1 in 4 said they had experienced a "great deal" of stress in the previous month.

Book News: Co-Author Of Book On How Not To Be Gored By A Bull Gets Gored

KPLU News - 8 hours 29 min ago
The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A Chicago man who co-authored a book about how not to be gored by bulls in the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, has been gored by a bull.

Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire — In Tree Years, Anyway

KPLU News - 8 hours 31 min ago

Fire season has come alive in the Northwest. On Monday, 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. And a 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Washington continues to threaten houses in the area.

Fires can be devastating to people's lives. But according to new research, at least certain types of forests recovery fairly quickly.

The Science Of Settling: Calculate Your Mate With Moneyball

KPLU News - 8 hours 37 min ago
In case you missed the buzz on Facebook, scientists recently determined that "beer goggles" do in fact exist, though not precisely in the way we thought. Consuming alcohol, it seems, tends to elevate desire and reduce inhibitions more than alter our actual perception of another person's attractiveness.

But there's another type of virtual eyewear that many of us spend even more time donning — one that has the opposite effect of beer goggles.

Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix

KPLU News - 8 hours 48 min ago

Since the spring, many workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have needed medical attention from exposure to chemical vapors. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy led a busload of journalists to points across the site to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe.