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Cleveland Simmers In Wake Of Officer's Manslaughter Acquittal

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 14:01
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Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 14:01
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Huge Crowd In El Salvador For Beatifcation Of Slain Archbishop

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:36
Oscar Romero, the Catholic archbishop who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980 by a member of a right-wing death squad, has been beatified in a ceremony in the country's capital today that drew at least a quarter of a million people.

The beatification is the last step before canonization, when the Vatican would declare Romero a saint.

Email Slip Reportedly Reveals United Kingdom Plan For Possible EU Exit

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 12:40
In what is being described as an embarrassing release of a confidential email, the Bank of England may have inadvertently revealed that it is making financial plans for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, should that ever come to pass.

Earlier this month, the newly reelected British Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated his party's commitment to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on continued membership in the EU.

According to The Guardian,

Sound Effect, Episode 20: Comfort Zones

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:00

  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we get into and out of our ‘Comfort Zones.’

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:23
The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple. Brelo had fired 49 shots at the couple following a car chase. Reporter Nick Castele of member-station WCPN speaks with host Scott Simon about the ruling. Copyright 2015 NPR.

Cleveland Officer Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Suspects

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 08:01
A judge handed down a verdict of not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter against a Cleveland officer charged in the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — unarmed suspects who were caught in a 137-shot hail of police gunfire following a high-speed chase.

Citing testimony from a doctors for the prosecution and defense, Judge John P.

Dozens Dead In Mexican Shootout Between Gangs, Police

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:07
Forty-two suspected gang members and one Federal Police officer were killed in a shootout at a ranch in western Mexico that is being described as the deadliest such encounter in recent memory.

The firefight unfolded Friday evening in the town of Tanhuato, near the border between Michoacan and Jalisco, roughly 210 miles northwest of Mexico City.

Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:00
The self-declared Islamic State gained a real grip on Iraq and Syria this week, capturing the cities of Ramadi and parts of Mosul in Iraq, and the ancient town Palmyra, Syria.

Most recently, ISIS has claimed credit for a suicide bomb attack inside Saudi Arabia on a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers.

People-Smuggling Is Big Business In Myanmar

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:23
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TLC's '19 Kids' Pulled For Sex-Abuse Scandal

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:23
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Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:23
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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:23
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Ireland Appears To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:23
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Takata Air Bag Recall Could Take Years

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:23
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Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:23
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'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:23
Authorities in Waco, Texas, continue to investigate the deaths of nine motorcycle gang members in one of the worst biker brawls in recent times.

Photos Capture The Joy On Playgrounds Around The World

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:03
Whether they're in a posh London school or in the slums of Kenya, in the midst of war or in a battle against bullies, kids take playtime very seriously.

That's what photographer James Mollison learned after spending five years photographing school playgrounds around the world.

Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:03
Editor's note: A version of this story was originally published in May 2012.

If there's one grilling tip to remember this Memorial Day weekend, it should be this: Flame is bad.

"Flame does nasty things to food," food historian and science guy Alton Brown tells NPR's Scott Simon.

"[Flame] makes soot, and it makes deposits of various chemicals that are not too good for us.

Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 03:37
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