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British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

KPLU News - 1 hour 42 min ago
British mystery and crime novelist P.D.

A Moment Of Gratitude For Those Who Help Us Travel

KPLU News - 2 hours 42 min ago

Nationally, this is one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. With so many people flocking from point A to point B, this week we thought we’d focus on the people who help us get to where we need to be.

Travel expert Matthew Brumley and KPLU’s Ed Ronco both recall a time they were thankful for someone who went above and beyond their job to help them travel easily.

3 NFL Games On Tap To Satisfy Thanksgiving Football Fans

KPLU News - 3 hours 1 min ago
There are three traditional Fs that highlight the Thanksgiving holiday: family, food and football. Today's three NFL games are each between division rivals, and all the teams are battling for a playoff spot.

First up, while everyone is still wide awake, is a real Thanksgiving tradition: The Detroit Lions (7-4) host the Chicago Bears (5-6) in a classic match-up between historic NFL foes.

Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

KPLU News - 3 hours 39 min ago
Many Americans will be sitting down Thursday to a wonderfully meaty, broad-breasted white turkey that grew to maturity in a remarkably short period: just 136 days, on average.

We have decades of intense selective breeding to thank for the dramatic evolution of the average American turkey — from a scrawny 13.2 pounds in 1929, to a robust weight of nearly 30 pounds in 2012.

Stories Of Your First Thanksgiving In The U.S.

KPLU News - 6 hours 51 min ago
This past week, we called for stories about your first Thanksgiving in the United States. Who'd you spend it with? Where were you coming from? What'd you eat? What'd you think of it? we wondered.

And many of the stories we heard from you were about food: You had issues roasting the turkey properly. Your mom found, um, a creative solution to making your bird a golden brown. You ate a lot of different alternate Thanksgiving meals.

School For Husbands Gets Men To Talk About Family Size

KPLU News - 6 hours 52 min ago
It's a bunch of guys sitting around talking.

About the benefits of birth control.

About how a woman should take care of herself when she's pregnant.

About breast-feeding.

You know, the kind of things guys never talk about.

They're twelve of them, sitting in a circle under a tin roof. Some wear long, colorful tunics. Their flip-flops are scattered around the outer edge of the carpet.

Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?

KPLU News - 6 hours 53 min ago
The University of Texas Southwestern class of 2014 is celebrating graduation. Class vice president Amy Ho has shed her scrubs for heels and a black dress. She says with modern technology, med school really wasn't too hard.

"If you want to do the whole thing by video stream, you can," she says. "I would wake up at 10 a.m., work out for an hour or so, get some lunch and then video stream for 6 hours and then go to happy hour.

In Ferguson And Across The Country, Protests Are More Subdued

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
Protests of Mondays grand jury decision were dampened somewhat on Wednesday night — particularly in Ferguson, Mo., where only a few dozen protesters braved the snow to demonstrate.

NPR's Elise Hu says things are fairly subdued there.

"We're estimating about 30 demonstrators are out tonight, tops, which means they are outnumbered by National Guard troops that are manning the front of the police department. Most of them are protesting quietly. There's few folks who are yelling some things at the National Guard, but ...

Jacksonville Split Over Joining A Southern Port Dredging Frenzy

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:01
Vince Cameron knows all the people buzzing around the Port of Jacksonville in their bright blaze vests. "My dad was a longshoreman for 44 years on these docks before he retired," he says. "I'm a child of this port."

In his hard hat and with a whistle around his neck, Cameron looks on as a weathered Horizon Lines freighter pulls in from Puerto Rico.

The ship is "a baby in the whole scheme of things," says Cameron, president of the local longshoreman's union. "It's a good ship ... but she's kinda slow and she uses diesel fuel.

How Ferguson Residents Are Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:22
The kickoff to the holiday season in St. Louis has been overshadowed by unrest following the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson. And for some residents of Ferguson, the meaning of this year's Thanksgiving — amid the anger, hostility and unresolved issues — is hazy.

The Schnucks grocery store is pretty busy on this cold, gray Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Michael Howell, a local musician picking up a few staples, says he just wants to relax at home and have a little turkey.

Texas Execution Nears For Murderer Whose Competence Was Debated

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:22
On Dec. 3, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for murdering his in-laws in 1992. There is no doubt he committed the crime, and there is also no doubt that Panetti is mentally ill.

For Two Men Who Helped Migrants In Mexico, A Brutal Death

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:22
This is the story of the murder of two aid workers in Mexico. The men fed Central American migrants traveling north through Mexico on a freight train that stopped near their home.

They were critical of both the corrupt police who abused and extorted the migrants as well as the organized crime gangs that kidnapped and robbed them.

There were no witnesses to the double homicide and police won't comment about the case. Their murder didn't even get a mention in the local press.

I met the men on several occasions this summer while reporting on

Why American Honey Importers Are Wary Of 'Turkish' Honey

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:54
Turkey is a land of fine honey. Bees produce more of the sweet stuff in Turkey than in any other country except China. And Turkish consumers happily eat most of it themselves. Very little Turkish honey is exported. When it is, it usually commands premium prices.

But some American honey producers say they've observed something odd: cheap Turkish honey headed to the U.S. The U.S. producers think it's not really Turkish honey, and that it actually comes from a country farther to the east.

True Source Honey, the industry group, says the U.S.

In Darren Wilson's Testimony, Familiar Themes About Black Men

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:11
After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, "My son was sweet. He didn't mean any harm to anybody." He was, she said, "a gentle giant."

But when police officer Darren Wilson fired the shot that ended Brown's life, he saw things differently. "I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan," he said in his testimony to the grand jury.

Ferguson Documents: What Michael Brown's Friend Saw

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:22
Over the past couple of days, we've been reading through the trove of documents released by the prosecutor in the matter of Michael Brown.

We've looked at what Darren Wilson — the police officer who shot and killed the 18-year-old Brown — has to say, at

Justice Ginsburg Recovering After Heart Stent Implant

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:05
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked right coronary artery, but she was expected to be back on the bench when the court reconvenes on Monday.

The 81-year-old justice experienced some chest pain last night while working out with her trainer. She was persuaded to go to the hospital, where sources say an examination found a blocked artery but no other damage to her heart.

Those Phone-Obsessed Teenagers Aren't As Lonely As You Think

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:58
A recent dinner with my friends went something like this:

"Wait, who is going to take a Snapchat of all of us when our drinks arrive?"

"Oh no, I can't! My phone is dying."

"Guys, this is such a stereotypical millennial conversation. I am totally tweeting about this."

So I guess I understand why older folk fret that youngsters these days are losing out on authentic social connections because of social media.

But it looks like the kids are going to be all right, researchers say.

Mass: Rain Returning On Thanksgiving, Possible Lowland Snow Saturday

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:41

Forget any hopes you may have had for skiing over the holiday weekend. But you might see some snow at sea level.

A Somali Aid Worker Would Rather Give Out Cash Than Free Food

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:45
In 2011, drought hit Somalia hard, triggering a famine that ultimately killed some 260,000 people.

Former CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault

KPLU News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:43
Jian Ghomeshi, a former radio host in Canada, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

The charges carry sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.

Ghomeshi was a star at CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, and hosted Q, one of its most popular programs. Last month, CBC first suspended and then fired Ghomeshi.