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More Birthdays For Kids Under Five Around The World

KPLU News - 3 hours 57 min ago
In 2013, 6.3 million children under the age of five died. That's a tragic statistic — yet it represents a 49 percent drop from 1990, according to data released today by the United Nations.


Americans Waistlines Are Expanding, And That's Not Good Fat

KPLU News - 4 hours 4 min ago
If your belt needs to be let out a notch, you're not alone. The average American waistline is growing even though obesity rates haven't grown, too.

A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

KPLU News - 4 hours 8 min ago
Go around the country and you'll hear lots of frustration about just how difficult it is to get out of poverty — and more importantly, how to stay out. The official U.S. poverty rate may have gone down to 14.5 percent in 2013 according to new numbers out Tuesday, but still more than 45 million were poor.

Employment is up, but many Americans still lack jobs that pay enough to meet basic needs.

Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing

KPLU News - 4 hours 13 min ago
The Sept. 11 attacks two years ago on an outpost in Benghazi, Libya will get a fresh look by House lawmakers Wednesday. The attacks took the lives of four Americans including a U.S. ambassador.

It will be the first public hearing since Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of Select Committee on Benghazi and named Rep.

Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama's Strategy For Fighting ISIS

KPLU News - 4 hours 23 min ago
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended the Obama administration's new strategy to fight the group called the Islamic State. The two officials were testifying before a Senate committee and were questioned on key aspects of the strategy, including whether a more U.S. troops might be needed on the ground in Iraq. Copyright 2014 NPR.

Vikings Allow Adrian Peterson Back Without Suspension

KPLU News - 4 hours 23 min ago
Melissa Block talks with Minneapolis Star Tribune sports columnist Chip Scoggins about how Minnesota is reacting to the Vikings decision to allow running back Adrian Peterson to play after admitting to hitting his 4 year old with a switch. Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

KPLU News - 4 hours 39 min ago


NASA Picks Boeing And SpaceX To Ferry Astronauts

KPLU News - 5 hours 6 min ago

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.

Thanks To Nutella, The World Needs More Hazelnuts

KPLU News - 5 hours 9 min ago
Nutella, that sinfully indulgent chocolate-hazelnut spread, turns 50 this year, and it's come a long way, baby.

There's even a "Nutella bar" in midtown Manhattan, right off Fifth Avenue, tucked inside a grand temple of Italian food called Eataly. There's another Nutella bar at Eataly in Chicago. Here, you can order Nutella on bread, Nutella on a croissant, Nutella on crepes.

"We create a simple place," explains Dino Borri, Eataly's "brand ambassador," a man so charming that he should be an ambassador for the whole Italian country.

Colleges Brainstorm Ways To Cut Back On Binge Drinking

KPLU News - 5 hours 13 min ago
It's early Friday night, and Frostburg State University police officer Derrick Pirolozzi is just starting the late shift. At a white clapboard house he jumps out of his SUV to chat with four students on the front steps.

"S'up guys!" he calls out, assuring them he just wants to chat. All are underage but one, and that one tells Pirolozzi he's got a string of alcohol violations from past years. Pirolozzi banters a bit.

'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share What's On Their Phone

KPLU News - 6 hours 42 min ago
Nestled between Julia Auster's fantasy football app and Facebook Messenger is a relatively new bucket of apps: the education tools she uses in the French classes she teaches at Robert Adams Middle School in Holliston, Mass.

Auster isn't alone.

With more students bringing their own tech into the classroom, teachers are finding that apps aren't just fun — they're valuable tools

Watch A Sweet Little Butterfly Nearly Crush A Woman's Hopes And Dreams

KPLU News - 7 hours 9 min ago


U.S. Begins Airstrikes In Support Of Iraqi Ground Forces

KPLU News - 7 hours 58 min ago
The United States has begun its first-ever airstrikes in direct support of Iraqi ground forces, in the opening move of what could be a protracted fight against so-called Islamic State militants in the region.

NPR's Tom Bowman, on Morning Edition, says the airstrikes, south of Baghdad, targeted an ISIS position after Iraqi soldiers fighting them requested the assistance.

"This is something new," Tom says. "For the first time, U.S. airstrikes have been in support of Iraqi forces."


Book News: Rankine, Glück On National Book Awards Longlist For Poetry

KPLU News - 7 hours 59 min ago
The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The poetry longlist for the 2014 National Book Awards includes collections from Claudia Rankine, Fanny Howe, Edward Hirsch and former U.S. Poet Laureates Louise Glück and Mark Strand.

Why I Used To Hit Women

KPLU News - 7 hours 59 min ago
Empty and crying, I looked into the mirror and for the first time in my life, I saw my father. I had become my worst nightmare.

But me, I wasn't the kind of abuser who hit his girl for no reason. I thought my acts were validated. I was always in the right — just like my father.

The first time I remember hitting a female, I was about 17.

She'd done nothing to offend me. It was just something about my being in control and my wanting her to understand that I was stronger than her.

Nick Cave: 'The Creative Process Is An Altered State In Itself'

KPLU News - 8 hours 34 sec ago
When you've been in the music business as long as Nick Cave, inevitably someone will want to make a documentary about you. From grainy footage of his early '80s band The Birthday Party to a mid-'90s pop duet with Kylie Minogue that made him an unlikely MTV star, he's a tempting subject.

Now at 56, Cave still cuts a mean figure in his slim dark suits and crisp white shirts.

Marriott's New Envelope For Room Tips Stirs Debate

KPLU News - 8 hours 9 min ago
A new program to encourage guests to tip the housekeeping staff at Marriott hotels is meant to make it easier for people to show their gratitude to workers. But the plan, part of an initiative from Maria Shriver's group A Woman's Nation, is raising questions over how the company pays its staff — and whether guests should be expected to tip.

Marriott isn't the first hotel to use a note or an envelope to connect a name to the room's upkeep and amenities. But it seems to be the first large chain to do so.

With A Deadline Looming, Iran's Nuclear Talks Reopen In New York

KPLU News - 8 hours 9 min ago
Negotiations on limiting Iran's nuclear program resume this week in New York, but a summer of multiplying crises has world capitals distracted as the talks hit a crucial stage.

The high-profile setting for this round of talks between Iran and six world powers has raised expectations and comes at a time when world leaders are also gathering for the U.N.

Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

KPLU News - 8 hours 10 min ago
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers today that while the president has ruled out "boots on the ground" as part of a campaign to destroy the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq, he was prepared to recommend a combat role for U.S.

Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates

KPLU News - 8 hours 10 min ago
For decades, states have set rules for health coverage through mandates.