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A Very Code Switch Christmas TV Special

KPLU News - 2 hours 22 min ago
It's that time around Christmas, when all we can see
is the same set of specials on network TV.
Frosty, and Charlie, and Ralphie, and Kevin

Widespread Internet Outage Reported In North Korea

KPLU News - 2 hours 24 min ago
North Korea's Internet is offline — days after President Obama pledged a "proportional response" to the communist country's alleged hacking of Sony Pictures, multiple news reports say.

Doug Madory, the director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, told The New York Times and other news organizations that North Korea's Internet access became unstable late Friday.

Is Your Heart Doctor In? If Not, You Might Not Be Any Worse Off

KPLU News - 3 hours 12 min ago
If your cardiologist is away at a conference when you're having a stabbing feeling in your chest, don't fret.

'Dreamer' Immigrants Apply For Arizona Driver's Licenses

KPLU News - 3 hours 21 min ago
Hundreds of people who entered the U.S. without documentation as children lined up to seek licenses in Arizona on Monday, days after the Supreme Court declined to support the state's ban on issuing licenses to young immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents.

More than 22,000 "dreamers" are now eligible to apply for a license in Arizona, something they were blocked from doing in 2012, thanks to an executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened?

KPLU News - 3 hours 21 min ago
Some 22,000 years ago, they were the largest group of humans on earth: the Khoisan, a tribe of hunter-gatherers in southern Africa.

Today, only about 100,000 Khoisan, who are also known as Bushmen, remain. Stephen C. Schuster, professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, has published new research about the tribe, many of whom now live in poverty, their cultural traditions endangered.

'Rolling Stone' Asks Columbia J-School To Investigate Flawed Rape Story

KPLU News - 4 hours 9 min ago
Jann Wenner, the editor and publisher of Rolling Stone, says the magazine has asked Columbia Journalism School to investigate the editorial process that resulted in its flawed story about a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012.

"We have asked the Columbia Journalism School to conduct an independent review – headed by Dean Steve Coll and Dean of Academic Affairs Sheila Coronel – of the editorial process that led to the publication of this story.

Oregon, Washington Seek To Juice Electric Car Sales With More Incentives

KPLU News - 4 hours 13 min ago


A coalition in Oregon and the Democratic governor of Washington want to juice sales of electric cars by providing more state incentives.

But some critics say more taxpayer giveaways for those drivers are unnecessary.

When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

KPLU News - 4 hours 40 min ago
Compared with other primates and our early human ancestors, we modern humans have skeletons that are relatively lightweight — and scientists say that basically may be because we got lazy.

Biological anthropologist Habiba Chirchir and her colleagues at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History were studying the bones of different primates including humans.

The 85-Year-Old Widow Who's The Symbol Of Spain's Economic Woes

KPLU News - 4 hours 41 min ago
Carmen Martínez Ayuso lived a quiet life in her modest apartment in the southern suburbs of Madrid for 50 years. But at 85, she recently became a household name in Spain.

Now her anguished face is splashed across Spanish newspapers' front pages.

Army General To Determine Fate of Bowe Bergdahl

KPLU News - 4 hours 47 min ago
The Pentagon has forwarded its investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance from an Afghan outpost to a general courts-martial convening authority, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

Bergdahl is the U.S. soldier who was held for five years by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The U.S.

In Slovakia, Christmas Dinner Starts In The Bathtub

KPLU News - 5 hours 22 min ago
For centuries, families throughout much of central Europe have relied on one simple main course for Christmas Eve dinner: the common carp.

But getting from river (or carp farm) to table is not so simple.

Singer Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

KPLU News - 5 hours 30 min ago




New Background Check Law Likely Stopped Prohibited Buyer At Washington Gun Show

KPLU News - 7 hours 4 min ago


Washington’s new voter-approved background check law appears to have prevented the sale of a rifle to a man with a warrant out for his arrest.

It could be the first time the new law was put to the test.

1 Dead In Protest At Chinese-Backed Copper Mine In Myanmar

KPLU News - 7 hours 32 min ago
A crackdown on protesters at a Chinese-backed copper mine in Myanmar has left at least one person dead, the company that runs the project said today in a statement.

The statement from the company, Myanmar Wanbao, said it had "just been informed of the death of a female resident from Moe Kyo Pyin village," adding: "The events leading up to her death are still unclear." [Some news sources call the village Mogyopyin.]

Democratic Voice of Burma, a news organization based in Thailand,

BirdNote: Diving Birds – Below the Surface

KPLU News - 7 hours 43 min ago

By December, an array of diving birds that nested at far northern latitudes are wintering on temperate waters across the continent.

If we could watch them under water, we'd see this Common Loon racing like a torpedo. A goldeneye dives under water and swims about 10 feet from the surface, while scoters get down to 30 feet in search of clams and mussels.

But if one bird stands out as the most beautiful diver, it has to be the Long-tailed duck. Propelling itself beneath the surface with its wings, it seems to fly through the water, sometimes to depths of more than 60 feet!

Milwaukee Prosecutor Won't Seek Charges In Police Shooting

KPLU News - 8 hours 2 min ago
Eight months after a police officer shot and killed a black man whom he had been trying to search as the man slept, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm says the officer acted in self-defense.

The incident occurred in a Milwaukee park at around 4 in the afternoon. Officer Christopher Manney, who is white, was trying to frisk Dontre Hamilton, as he slept.

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

KPLU News - 8 hours 52 min ago
Pope Francis has blasted the Vatican's top bureaucrats at an annual Christmas gathering, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who make up the Curia of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and and lusting for power at all costs.

"Sometimes, [officials of the Curia] feel themselves lords of the manor – superior to everyone and everything," Francis told the Curia's assembled members, according to Vatican Radio, which carried a report of the meeting titled "Pope Francis: Christmas greetings to Cu

Tunisian Election Puts Former Regime Figure In Presidency

KPLU News - 9 hours 15 min ago
A tense runoff election in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring in 2011, has ended with a win for Beji Caid Essebsi, a veteran of the country's autocratic regimes. Essebsi defeated interim leader Moncef Marzouki.

Affiliated with the secular-leaning Nidaa Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party, Essebsi won Tunisia's first democratic presidential election by taking more than 55 percent of the vote.

NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police

KPLU News - 9 hours 22 min ago
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says tensions in the city are at their worst since the 1970s. Bratton spoke two days after Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two police officers in New York.

Spain's Princess Cristina To Stand Trial On Tax Fraud Charges

KPLU News - 10 hours 3 min ago
Spain's Princess Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI, will stand trial on charges of tax fraud, becoming the country's first royal in modern times to face prosecution.

The allegations stem from Cristina de Borbon's alleged links to her husband's business affairs between 2007 and 2008.

As we reported in June, a Spanish judge charged Cristina on tax fraud and money laundering charges.