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Move To Curb U.S. Corporate Tax Dodges Could Delay Reform

KPLU News - 3 hours 49 min ago
The Obama administration's effort to curb corporate inversions — the strategy of moving company headquarters overseas to dodge U.S. taxes — drew boos from business on Tuesday, and cheers from consumer and labor groups.

No surprise there.

More Women Skip Prenatal Tests After Learning About Risks

KPLU News - 3 hours 50 min ago
For decades, OB-GYNs have offered prenatal tests to expectant moms to uncover potential issues, including Down syndrome, before they give birth. However, some tests, such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, carry health risks, including miscarriage.

Saving A French Dialect That Once Echoed In The Ozarks

KPLU News - 3 hours 50 min ago
Language lovers and locals of an isolated mining region of the Ozarks are scrambling to preserve what's left of a dialect known as pawpaw French before it fades. The dialect once dominated this community in southeastern Missouri, but now, it is barely a whisper.

Kent Bone didn't grow up speaking pawpaw French. But he listened to his grandparents gossip in the language, and as an adult, Bone decided to learn it himself.

A Historic Backdrop Frames Forbidden Love In 'The Paying Guests'

KPLU News - 3 hours 51 min ago
Frances has it bad, and that's not good. Normally she's an intelligent, reliable, resourceful young woman, a companion to her widowed mother, keeper of the large house on Champion Hill in which the two of them rattle about, now that the men of the family have died. But then Frances falls in love, and the carefully wrought edifice of her life collapses in a heap of passion and catastrophe.

The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters' superb, bewitching new novel, is set in 1922 London.

Before You Take A Bite Of That Mushroom, Consider This

KPLU News - 4 hours 20 min ago
If you haven't been DNA-sequencing your dinner lately, you've been missing out. In particular, we suggest examining those spongy, wild fungi before you lay them on your pizza.

Bryn Dentinger and Laura Suz, mycologists with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Surrey, England, were curious about what was in their marketplace shrooms.

More Americans Favor Mixing Religion And Politics, Survey Says

KPLU News - 5 hours 18 min ago
Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe religious influence on life in the U.S. is waning and nearly half think that churches and other houses of worship should play a greater role in the national discourse on social and political matters, according to a new Pew study.

The findings by Pew's Religion & Public Life Project show that 72 percent of more than 2,000 people surveyed think religion's hold on America is in decline, as opposed to 22 percent who believe its influence is on the rise.

Al-Qaida's Khorasan Group Led By Hard-Core Fighters

KPLU News - 5 hours 19 min ago
While the al-Qaida offshoot known as the Khorasan Group only burst into the public consciousness in the past week, the group has been on the radar of counterterrorism officials for a while, and intelligence officials say they have tracked the individual members of the group for years.

Its members are part of al-Qaida's core operation, a roster of individuals who fought together in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and even lived together, in exile, in Iran after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A Rational Conversation: Is PC Music Pop Or Is It 'Pop'?

KPLU News - 5 hours 56 min ago




Insurers Cautious As Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Gains Popularity

KPLU News - 6 hours 1 min ago
Everyone seems to agree that proton beam therapy — a type of radiation treatment that can target cancerous tumors while generally sparing the surrounding tissue — is an exciting technology with a lot of potential.

But some insurers and medical specialists say that coverage shouldn't be routine, until there's better evidence that proton therapy is more effective at treating various cancers than traditional, less expensive radiation treatment.

That cautious approach doesn't sit well with proponents, some of whom say that insurance coverage is needed for research on the controversial therapy'

After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

KPLU News - 6 hours 30 min ago
Sarah Waters' new novel, The Paying Guests, is a knockout, which isn't a word any of her characters would use.

The book opens in 1922: The Edwardian Age, with its high collars and long skirts, is dead; the Jazz Age is waiting to be born — at least, that's the case in the suburban backwater of London where Waters' main character, a 26-year-old spinster named Frances Wray, lives with her mother.

The Wray women have decidedly come down in the world: Frances' two brothers were killed in World War I and her recently deceased papa made some bad investments.

A $15 Million Space Race For Education

KPLU News - 6 hours 30 min ago
A rural tribe is living peacefully in the Kalahari desert, free of contact with the modern world. One day, a Coke bottle drops from the sky, falling from a passing airplane.

The villagers find many uses for this unfamiliar new technology: a fire starter, a musical instrument, a stamp for printing on cloth. But because of its very uniqueness, they start to fight over it, and one of the villagers decides that to preserve harmony, it's best to return this "gift" to the gods.

The Gods Must Be Crazy, a South African comedy, was a global smash hit in the early 1980s.

California Climate Activist Dumps $1 Million Into Washington State Politics

KPLU News - 6 hours 34 min ago

California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer has dumped $1 million into Washington state.

The seven-figure contribution was made last week and became public Monday.

Jack White, Live In Concert

KPLU News - 6 hours 39 min ago
"I'm in a talkative mood," Jack White told the sold-out crowd at Hollywood's historic Fonda Theater.

ISIS Purportedly Releases New Video Of British Hostage

KPLU News - 6 hours 41 min ago
The self-declared Islamic State has apparently released the second propaganda video in a promised "lecture series" delivered by kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.

"In this program, we will see how Western governments are hastily marching toward all-out war in Iraq and Syria without paying any heed to the lessons of the recent past," says Cantlie, who is seated at a desk and dressed in an orange jumpsuit similar to the one he was seen wearing in a video released last week.

"Not since Vietnam have we witnessed such a potential

Israel Kills Palestinians Suspected In June Kidnappings

KPLU News - 6 hours 46 min ago
Ending a months-long search, the Israeli military says it has killed two Palestinian men with ties to Hamas who it believes were responsible for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers early this summer.

Seeking Frugal Tech Solutions For Nairobi's Jammed Traffic

KPLU News - 6 hours 47 min ago
Traffic in Nairobi is so mind-numbing it makes Los Angeles' Interstate 5 look like the Autobahn. Motorcycles squeeze between cars and trucks that practically park on major boulevards and highways. Street peddlers walk to and fro selling newspapers, flowers, air fresheners and children's toys to captive audiences. Roundabouts become cartoonishly clogged.

Nairobi is the world's fourth-most congested city, far worse than any in the U.S., according to a 2011 survey. Kenya's government estimates traffic jams cost Nairobi $600,000 per day in lost productivity and wasted fuel.

Stoutaccino? Starbucks Tests Coffee With Beer Flavors

KPLU News - 6 hours 50 min ago
Reports that Starbucks is testing a new coffee drink for autumn that incorporates "toasty stout flavors" has set off a debate over how such a concoction might taste — and questions over where customers can find one. The Dark Barrel Latte was "inspired by the rise of craft beers," the company says.

This isn't the first time beer and coffee flavors have mingled. But the relationship has largely been a one-sided one, with artisanal and specialty beers adopting coffee flavors years ago. Many ales have been flavored with espresso, for instance.

Obama Lays Out Approach To Climate Change In U.N. Speech

KPLU News - 7 hours 19 min ago


Your Guide To Dining From The Dump

KPLU News - 7 hours 19 min ago


To Make Interval Training Less Painful, Add In Tunes

KPLU News - 7 hours 20 min ago
There's increasing evidence that interval training, which involves alternating short bursts of harder exercise with easier recovery periods, delivers more health benefits than exercising at a steady rate.

But if you've tried it, you may have decided that exercising quite hard, even for short periods of time, is about as much fun as peeling off your toenails one by one.