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3 Arrested In California For Operating 3,000-Year-Old Masonic Police Department

KPLU News - 3 hours 43 min ago
It was a plot to rival Foucault's Pendulum: Police in Los Angeles arrested three people in connection with operating a fictitious police department they said was 3,000 years old and had jurisdiction over 33 states and Mexico.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials told The Associated Press that Brandon Kiel, 31, David Henry, 46, and Tonette Hayes, 58, were arrested last week on suspicion of impersonating officers as members of an organization they called Masonic Fraternal Police Department.

Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

KPLU News - 4 hours 32 min ago
Oil prices hit a new high for the year Wednesday — closing at just under $61 a barrel. They've been rallying for a month, but nobody's predicting $4-per-gallon gasoline anytime soon.

Media Coverage Of Close U.K. Elections Finds Much To Mock

KPLU News - 4 hours 52 min ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK0ucdfmjuE

Remembering Rep. Jim Wright, Who Ruled The House But Fell Hard

KPLU News - 4 hours 53 min ago
Jim Wright occupies a kind of shadow territory in Washington memory. He rose to be speaker of the House, arguably the second most powerful job in the country. For a season he challenged the authority of the president on foreign policy.

Missing Link Microbes May Help Explain How Single Cells Became Us

KPLU News - 5 hours 29 min ago
Scientists have discovered a group of microbes at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean that could provide new clues to how life went from being simple to complex.

There's good evidence that life appeared soon after our planet formed — some 4.5 billion years ago — but the Earth wasn't very hospitable. "The microbes that lived back then had to cope with completely different conditions," says Thijs Ettema, a biologist at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Staffing An Intensive Care Unit From Miles Away Has Advantages

KPLU News - 5 hours 29 min ago
Recovering from pneumonia is an unusual experience in the 10-bed intensive care unit at the Carolinas HealthCare System hospital in rural Lincolnton, N.C.

The small hospital has its regular staff, but Richard Gilbert, one of the ICU patients, has an extra nurse who is 45 miles away. That nurse, Cassie Gregor, sits in front of six computer screens in an office building. She wears a headset and comes into Gilbert's room via a computer screen.

A doorbell goes off before the camera turns on, to alert Gilbert that the nurse is looking in.

Crowdfunded Campaigns For Nepal Are Huge. Is That A Good Way To Give?

KPLU News - 5 hours 44 min ago
The clock is ticking on Lokesh Todi's efforts to raise $150,000 for charities based in Nepal. That's what happens when you use social media. You set up a donation campaign on a site like Indiegogo Life (as Todi has done). Then you have a set amount of time to meet your goal. And as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, there are only 61 hours left.

Las Vegas: Betting On New Teachers But Coming Up Short

KPLU News - 6 hours 16 min ago
Beyond Sin City's casino strip, what happens in Vegas also includes an education system in crisis.

NFL Report: 'More Probable Than Not' That Patriots Workers Tampered With Footballs

KPLU News - 7 hours 10 min ago
Two members of the New England Patriots' staff probably violated the NFL's playing rules by tampering with game balls, according to a lengthy review of the scandal that's come to be known as "Deflategate."

The report names two Patriots workers who had access to footballs before a pivotal game; it also states, "it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities."

Those details came out today in a 243-page report on allegations that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in a key playoff game.

Fed Chair Yellen's Warning Adds To Recent Market Jitters

KPLU News - 8 hours 2 min ago
Both stock and bond markets had already been having a rough week, and then on Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen added to the jitters.

She warned that stock valuations are "generally quite high," and that "there are potential dangers there."

So if you happen to be an investor who wants to buy low and sell high (and really, who doesn't?), then you might take Yellen's comment as a suggestion that it's time to sell.

And that's just what happened: Measures of U.S.

Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

KPLU News - 8 hours 8 min ago
Although it's a tropical island, perhaps surprisingly, Puerto Rico produces very little of its own food. After decades of industrialization, the U.S. territory imports more than 80 percent of what's consumed on the island. There are signs, though, the trend is changing.

One place you can see it is in Orocovis, a small town in Puerto Rico's mountainous interior. At an elementary school there, Dalma Cartagena has for 15 years tended the seeds of an agricultural movement. Cartagena teaches agricultural science.

Smartphones Can Be Smart Enough To Find A Parasitic Worm

KPLU News - 8 hours 32 min ago
Smartphones aren't simply an amazing convenience. In Africa they can be used to make a lifesaving diagnosis. In fact, scientists are hoping to use a souped-up smartphone microscope to help them eradicate a devastating disease called river blindness.

Onchocerciasis, as the disease is also known, is caused by a parasite that's spread by flies.

Bollywood Star Salman Khan Convicted In Hit-And-Run Case

KPLU News - 9 hours 10 min ago
Bollywood star Salman Khan was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for driving while drunk over a group of people sleeping on a sidewalk in 2002, killing one of them. A court in Mumbai, India, granted the 49-year-old Khan bail until Friday.

Sessions Court Judge D.W.

Anacortes Forum Will Focus On Oil Train Safety, Emergency Response

KPLU News - 9 hours 27 min ago

In 2011, there was no crude oil transported by train in Washington. Two years later, 700 million gallons of crude came through the state.

Concern over those trains has prompted officials in Anacortes to hold a forum Wednesday evening to discuss emergency response. 

The Race Where Race Didn't Matter

KPLU News - 10 hours 1 min ago
The Staten Island prosecutor who was at the heart of the investigation into the death of Eric Garner at police hands last year was overwhelmingly elected to Congress Tuesday night.

In the special election in New York's 11th District to replace disgraced former Rep.

Vatican Affirms Plan To Make Missionary Junipero Serra A Saint

KPLU News - 10 hours 18 min ago
Pope Francis will canonize Spanish missionary Junipero Serra during his visit to the U.S.

Panera Is The Latest To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Its Food

KPLU News - 10 hours 19 min ago
This news may feel like day-old bread, but here goes: Panera Bread is shaking up the fast-casual eatery world with its announcement to ditch more than 150 food additives by the end of 2016.

That includes everything from artificial colorings to preservatives to monosodium gluatamate, or MSG.

4 Hot-Button Kids' Books From The '50s That Sparked Controversy

KPLU News - 11 hours 17 min ago
The 1950s was a hinge decade for noteworthy and nation-changing civil rights events across the United States, including Brown v.

Clinton Charms DREAMers On Immigration

KPLU News - 11 hours 20 min ago
When it comes to energizing Latino voters, a group of young people who can't even vote plays an outsized role.

They are known as DREAMers — undocumented immigrants, brought to the country by their parents when they were kids.They were so named for meeting the requirements under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act proposal that would have created a pathway to citizenship for them. Now they're a political force.

Hillary Clinton sat down with a small group of DREAMers on Tuesday at Rancho High School at the heart of the growing Latino community in Las Vegas.