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Enviromental Groups Take On Port of Seattle Over Shell Oil Lease Agreement

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 17:28

Environmentalists turned out in full force Wednesday to voice their opposition to a Port of Seattle agreement allowing Shell Oil to base its 26-ship Arctic drilling fleet in West Seattle.

A coalition of state and national groups is threatening to sue the Port over its agreement to lease the currently-vacant Terminal 5 to the oil company for up to four years.

Boeing Shares Climb After Fourth-Quarter Earnings Show Improved Cash Flow

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 17:16

Investors are becoming more optimistic about Boeing’s ability to generate cash even as deferred costs continue to mount for the 787 Dreamliner program. 

Boeing shares climbed more than 5 percent after the company reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.47 billion, up 19 percent from a year ago.

Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:28


Amid Fighting In Donetsk, On Edge And Seeking Safety Underground

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:20
As war rages in eastern Ukraine, European Union foreign ministers are preparing to meet Thursday to consider drastic new sanctions against Russia.

The EU and the United States say Moscow's troops and weapons are directly involved in an offensive by anti-government militias in Ukraine's eastern provinces.

The offensive is the latest phase in a war that has racked the region since last April — and it's grinding hard on the civilians who are caught in the middle.

There are a lot fewer people in Donetsk these days than there were during my last visit in November, but I did find Nadezhda Stol

Beefed-Up Border Security Proposal Unsettles Texas Business Leaders

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:20
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McDonald's CEO Don Thompson Steps Down

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:10
McDonald's President and CEO Don Thompson is retiring and will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, the fast-food giant said in a statement.

Thompson, who ascended to the CEO position in 2012, spent nearly 25 years at the company. His retirement will take effect March 1. Easterbrook, who led McDonald's U.K.

Back From The Dead: A Cat Returns Home 5 Days After His Burial

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:01
We wrote about dogs today and so, in the interest of bipartisanship, this story is about cats – one cat in particular: Bart.

Bart's owner, Ellis Hutson, 52, of Tampa, Fla., said he found the 1 ½-year-old feline last week in the middle of the street.

Jordan Tests Coalition Against ISIS With Offer To Negotiate

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:36
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Yes, Your Toilet Paper Squares And Rolls Are Shrinking

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:36
Robert Siegel talks to Steven Chercover, a research analyst who studies the paper and forest industries, about the trend of shrinking toilet paper rolls. The old standard square sheet of 4.5 inches wide by 4.5 inches long has been getting increasingly smaller. Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Israeli Soldiers Killed In Renewed Fighting With Hezbollah

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:36
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Super Bowl Coaches More Alike Than You Might Think

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:36
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In 'The Americans,' Art Imitates Real Life Lies

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:36
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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:36
The FDA is considering whether to approve the experimental use of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to help stop the spread of dengue fever and other diseases. Mosquito control officials in the region say they hope to get approval to begin releasing the insects in the Keys as soon as this spring.

There are few places in the United States where mosquito control is as critical as the Florida Keys.

Live Studio Session: Trio Subtonic

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:29

One of Portland, Oregon’s best known jazz group is Trio Subtonic.  They’ve made their mark on the Northwest independent and jazz music scenes, crafting three albums worth of original compositions by the band members: on keys, Galen Clark; on bass, Bill Athens; and on drums, Russ Kleiner.  

On a quick zoom through Seattle (they were in town for a one-nighter), the Trio kindly made time to visit the KPLU studios for a performance/interview with host Abe Beeson.  Check out their original blend of jazz, Brazilian and funk.  

Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:06
When you think of the federal government and computers, these days, the image that likely comes to mind is the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

But the government is changing the way it develops and designs software systems.

Ad Fumble: GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Puppy Commercial Amid Outrage

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:02



Supreme Court Tells Oklahoma To Put Off Executions, Citing Drug Dispute

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:41
The execution of three inmates has been put on hold, as the Supreme Court intervenes in a case that involves the controversy over the drugs states use to put people to death. The justices cited the sedative midazolam, which has been used in three executions that did not go smoothly.

The Supreme Court's stay is likely to hold until April, when it will hear arguments from three inmates who say that Oklahoma's execution protocol violates the U.S.

Jordan Considers Handing Over Prisoner For Hostage Pilot

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:34
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At 100, Dartmouth Grad Still Writing His Class Notes

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:29
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Judge Throws Out Convictions Of Civil Rights Pioneers, 'Friendship 9'

KPLU News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:28
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