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Close To 100,000 Hungarian Demonstrators Protest Internet Usage Tax

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:31
Some 100,000 people took to the streets of Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday to protest a proposed plan to tax Internet use.

The New York Times reports Balazs Gulyas, 27, a former member of the country's socialist party, set up a Facebook page, which spurred the protests.

Dozens Of Countries Take In More Immigrants Per Capita Than The U.S.

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:30
If you think the United States is every immigrant's dream, reconsider. Sure, in absolute numbers, the U.S. is home to the most foreign-born people — 45.7 million in 2013.

But relatively, it's upper-mid-pack as an immigrant nation. It ranks 65th worldwide in terms of percentage of population that is foreign-born, according to the U.N.

FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:30
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against AT&T over just how unlimited the company's unlimited data plans are. The FTC says that by "throttling," or slowing down, the data of high-volume users, AT&T in fact was not giving users unlimited data. This throttling would sometimes reduce users' data speeds by 90 percent.

In a statement, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said AT&T let customers down.

WATCH: On Sandy Anniversary, Gov. Chris Christie Faces Off With Heckler

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:30


Microsoft Cuts 3,000 Jobs Worldwide, About 600 In The Puget Sound Region

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:17

Microsoft has given layoff notices to 3,000 more workers worldwide, with 638 of them in the Puget Sound region, according to a spokesman for the company.

Wash. State's Current And Former AGs Exposed In NYTimes Influence Investigation

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:21

The current and former attorneys general of Washington state are among the subjects of a New York Times special report. The Times story details how companies under investigation by state AGs try to influence those cases. It also reveals how former AGs gain special access as industry representatives.

Tulalip Tribes Chairman: Native Kids Threatened In Wake Of School Shooting

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:10

In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, some Native children in the district have received threats, according to the Tulalip Tribes.

Tribal member Jaylen Fryberg killed himself after shooting five friends, killing two of them. In a statement, the tribes said some kids are fearful of returning to school, and some parents are reluctant to send them.

At 83, Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard Makes The Leap To 3-D

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:58
Back in the 1960s Jean-Luc Godard made his name in the French New Wave by breaking cinematic rules. Some 40 years later, he's still doing things his own way. Now, at age 83, he's taking on 3-D in a new film called Goodbye to Language, which shared the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

There are elements of Goodbye to Language you might find in any Hollywood movie — people arguing, a shootout — and even a dog, the director's own.

To Tackle Sexual Assault Cases, Colleges Enlist Investigators-For-Hire

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:55
As colleges continue to scramble under federal pressure to overhaul how they handle cases of sexual assault, the list of schools under investigation for botching cases continues to grow.

That's left some wondering if campuses will ever get it right, or if they might be better off leaving the job to others.

A growing number of campuses have already made the choice to do just that.

What Can $3.7 Billion Buy? How About 2,969,370 Campaign Ads

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:46
Two new reports find that the House and Senate elections will cost about $3.7 billion – up just slightly from the past two election cycles – with outside groups buying their largest share yet of the television advertising.

The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, in Washington, says candidates and political parties are spending less this cycle, while outside groups are spending more.

McConnell Concedes GOP Senate Will Not Mean Obamacare Repeal

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:46
Election Day isn't until next week, but Senate Majority Leader-in-Waiting Mitch McConnell is already warning Republicans who would like to repeal Obamacare and roll back environmental regulations about two key numbers: 60 and 2.

Sixty is how many senators are required to bring all but the most noncontroversial bills to the chamber floor. And two is how many more years Democratic President Obama still has in office.

"It would take 60 votes in the Senate. No one thinks we're going to have 60 Republicans. And it would take a presidential signature.

Can Scientific Belief Go Too Far?

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:41
Last week, our own Tania Lombrozo ignited an intense discussion of the differences between factual and religious belief. I want to take off from there and examine a no less controversial issue, one that has been in the limelight of cutting-edge physics for the past few years: Do some scientists hold on to a belief longer than they should?

No Ebola, S'il Vous Plait, We're French: The Ivory Coast Mindset

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:36
There are all kinds of theories why Ebola hasn't arrived in Ivory Coast, despite the fact that it shares a long and very porous border with two Ebola-afflicted countries, Liberia and Guinea.

Some Ivory Coastians credit a beefed-up border patrol. The religious citizens in this Catholic country thank God. But Mumadou Traore, who works as a field coordinator for CARE International, has a third theory. He credits the legendarily infuriating Ivorian bureacracy.

French bureaucracy is a "blessing" for us, he says, because people here respect authority.

Just Who Is This Opera Star Singing At The World Series Tonight?

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:31


Why The Ebola Evacuees Survived And What We Learned From Them

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:24
This is a week for reflecting on lessons learned from those who've survived Ebola.

Morning Edition aired a report on the experience of medical personnel at Emory Hospital, which has cared for four Ebola patients: three evacuees from West Africa (including Dr. Kent Brantly) and one of the Texas nurses.

Goats and Soda has also been looking into this topic.

The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:15
The disaster began on a day shift around lunchtime at a mine in Chile's Atacama Desert: Miners working deep inside a mountain, excavating for copper, gold and other minerals, started feeling vibrations. Suddenly, there was a massive explosion and the passageways of the mine filled up with a gritty dust cloud.

When the dust settled, the men discovered the source of the explosion: "A single block of [stone] as tall as a forty-five-story building, ha[d] broken off from the rest of the mountain and [had] fall[en] through the layers of the mine ...

Patients Do Better After Surgery If They Do 'Prehab' First

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:05
People are often told to follow a rehabilitation program following surgery to speed recovery. But starting weeks before going under the knife might help them regain function even faster.

So-called "prehabilitation" to prepare someone for an upcoming stressful event has been used quite a bit in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Julie Silver, a physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, tells Shots.

Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:03
The hunt to find genes that cause autism has been a long slog, one hampered by a lack of technology and families willing to be tested.

But those efforts are starting to pay off. On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children with autism, dozens more than were known before.

These are mutations that crop up spontaneously, not ones that parents pass down to their children.

Federal Reserve Stays The Course, Ends Most Recent Stimulus Program

KPLU News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:59
When the Great Recession kicked off in 2008, the Federal Reserve announced a stimulus program that bought up bonds by the trillions.

In a symbolic move that underlines the confidence the Fed has in the U.S.