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Winter's Final Punch? Forecasters Say Maybe

KPLU News - 1 hour 6 sec ago
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Singapore Court Sentences 2 Germans To Caning And Jail Over Graffiti

KPLU News - 1 hour 10 min ago
Two young German men who broke into a train depot in Singapore to spray-paint graffiti on a commuter train car have been sentenced to nine months in prison and three strokes from a cane. They were tracked down and arrested in Malaysia last November.

Andreas Von Knorre, 22, and Elton Hinz, 21, had been working in Australia when they traveled to Singapore and broke into the depot.

'Grand Bargain' In Workers' Comp Unravels, Harming Injured Workers Further

KPLU News - 1 hour 43 min ago
Workers injured on the job are supposed to get guaranteed medical care and money to live on. Employers and their insurance companies pay for that.

And in return, employers don't get sued for workplace accidents.

North Korea: Attack On U.S. Ambassador Is 'Deserved Punishment'

KPLU News - 2 hours 40 min ago
North Korea is calling an attack on U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert by a knife-wielding political activist "deserved punishment" for America's joint military exercises with Seoul. Meanwhile, Lippert, who has received stitches to his face and undergone surgery on his arm after the assault, says he is "doing well."

NPR's Elise Hu, reporting from Seoul, says the attacker, South Korean nationalist Kim Ki Jong, was subdued and is now in police custody.

5 Things To Expect If You Ever Go To North Korea

KPLU News - 3 hours 2 min ago

For Americans, an independent trip to North Korea can be a risky venture. A Lynnwood man was just returned to the United States after being imprisoned there for more than a year. And the U.S. State Department strongly urges Americans not to go to North Korea. But it’s not off limits. Tour groups have been able to visit.

In Israel, A Vote To Choose A Leader And An Identity

KPLU News - 3 hours 11 min ago
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Hillary Clinton Asks State Dept. To Release Her Emails To The Public

KPLU News - 3 hours 53 min ago
Responding to concerns over her use of a personal email account to conduct official business while in office, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she wants the public to have access to her emails.

The Legacy Of Booker T. Washington Revisited

KPLU News - 3 hours 59 min ago
Let's face it, Booker T. Washington has a serious image problem. He was perhaps the most influential black man in America during the late 1800s, but is often remembered today as being subservient, a sellout even.

Yes, he pursued racial equality with discretion. His famous "Atlanta Compromise" speech of 1895 cautioned blacks against extremism and encouraged them to prove their worth by becoming productive members of society.

But what about his role as a Presidential adviser, or as the first leader of one of the country's best historically black colleges?

Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality

KPLU News - 6 hours 59 min ago
A few hours after ProPublica and NPR issued the first in a series of reports about workers' compensation "reforms" sweeping the country, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration coincidentally released a paper linking workplace injuries to income inequality.

The OSHA paper and ProPublica/NPR stories come to

In Berlin, Grassroots Efforts Work To Integrate Inner-City Schools

KPLU News - 7 hours 4 min ago
In parts of Berlin, racial segregation in schools is far from official policy, but it is often a reality. In the fast-gentrifying district of Neukölln, young, mainly white professionals usually move away as soon as their kids reach school-age.

But small, parent-led initiatives are working to change this trend and ensure their local schools better reflect the neighborhood.

Jaw Fossil In Ethiopia Likely Oldest Ever Found In Human Line

KPLU News - 7 hours 17 min ago
Scientists working in Ethiopia say they've found the earliest known fossil on the ancestral line that led to humans. It's part of a lower jaw with several teeth, and it's about 2.8 million years old.

Boris Nemtsov: 'He Directed His Words Against Putin Himself'

KPLU News - 7 hours 18 min ago
Boris Nemtsov was just 37 when Russian President Boris Yeltsin named him deputy prime minister in 1997. Trained as a physicist, Nemtsov symbolized a new generation of young leaders who rose to power in the chaotic aftermath of the Soviet breakup.

But after Vladimir Putin became president, Nemtsov joined the liberal opposition and became an outspoken critic.

Toronto Infertility Clinic Offers Controversial Treatment

KPLU News - 7 hours 19 min ago
Melissa and her husband started trying to have a baby right after they got married. But nothing was happening. So they went to an infertility clinic and tried round after round of everything the doctors had to offer. But nothing worked.

"They basically told me, 'You know, you have no chance of getting pregnant,' " says Melissa, who asked to be identified only by her first name to protect her privacy.

But Melissa, 30, who lives in Ontario, Canada, didn't give up. She switched clinics and kept trying.

Seattle’s Preschool Program Is Starting To Take Shape With A Little Help From Boston

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 21:57

The universal preschool program Seattle voters said yes to last November is starting to take shape. As it works out the details, the City is getting a lot of advice from Boston. That city, which is home to world renowned universities, is also considered a national leader in early childhood education since it launched its preschool program in 2005.

American Ambassador Attacked In South Korea

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:44
The United States ambassador to South Korea was attacked on the streets of Seoul, Thursday morning Korean time.

Appearing on CNN, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Mark Lippert is now in the hospital and officials have yet to determine a motive.

"We will do a full investigation," Harf said, adding that the "injuries are not life threatening."

Images on Korean television showed Lippert walking away from the scene holding his right hand over his right cheek and blood splattered over his other hand and face.

House Benghazi Committee Issues Subpoena For Clinton Emails

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:19
The House Select Committee on Benghazi has issued a subpoena for all emails related to Libya or Benghazi that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have sent from a private email account.

This is the first concrete fallout from a revelation by The New York Times that Clinton conducted official business through a personal account that was not and is still not controlled by the federal government.

A spokesman for the committee

Dump The Lumps: The World Health Organization Says Eat Less Sugar

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:14
Sugar is sweet.

But too much of it can expand our waistlines, rot our teeth and increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

So the World Health Organization has new advice: Limit sugars to less than 10 percent of total calories consumed each day.

Is Fighting Racism In Soccer 'A Lost Cause'? FIFA President Says No.

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:11
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he's concerned about the findings of a recent study regarding racism in Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup.

The report, by the Fare network and SOVA Center, found more than 200 incidents of discrimination in Russian soccer between 2012 and 2014. The Fare network is an organization dedicated to combating racism in European soccer.

How To Help Children Orphaned By Ebola

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:45
The Ebola epidemic has taken a heartbreaking toll on children.

More than 1,000 children have died from the disease. But even more have lost parents, grandparents and siblings.

"To date, 16,600 children have been registered as having lost one or both parents or primary caregivers," UNICEF's Timothy James Irwin writes in an email.

Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:33
America's oil boom is going through some growing pains. But despite the recent dip in oil prices, some segments of the industry are focused on long-term growth.

In southwestern Washington state, oil companies want to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country at the Port of Vancouver, on the banks of the Columbia River.

Vancouver, a suburb of Portland, Ore., which lies just across the river, is the most direct rail route from the Bakken oil fields to the Pacific Ocean.