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What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

KPLU News - 2 hours 17 min ago
The Conservative Political Action Conference, held this week in Washington D.C., is prime time for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls trying — yes, already — to win over a key part of their base. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker and others paraded on and off the main stage, trying to fire up the crowd with their ideas for America's next, post-Obama chapter.

But, as many CPAC attendees told us, it'll take more than a rousing (and certainly more than a humdrum) speech on the main stage to win them over.

5 Quotes From Earl Lloyd, The First Black Player In The NBA

KPLU News - 3 hours 39 min ago
Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player in the NBA nearly 65 years ago, died Thursday at age 86.

Lloyd had a long career that stretched from West Virginia State to basketball's Hall of Fame. He once told a young man who thanked him for being a pioneer, "Man, you owe me absolutely nothing."

As a player, the 6'5" Lloyd was nicknamed The Big Cat.

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

KPLU News - 3 hours 47 min ago
Back in 2011 when I was a student at the University of Maryland in College Park I once noticed a massive pile of trash in front of a dining hall. A closer look revealed that it was mostly food — a half-eaten sandwich, a browning apple and what appeared to be the remains of the day's lunch special.

The heap was gross, but intriguing. Turned out it was a stunt to get students thinking about how much food they throw out each day.

Nowadays, students are coming face to face with their food waste, and its environmental and social impact, a lot more often.

Families Of ISIS Victims React To Identification Of 'Jihadi John'

KPLU News - 3 hours 47 min ago
Families of hostages killed by the self-described Islamic State militant group are reacting to the identification Thursday of "Jihadi John" as Mohammed Emzawi, a Kuwaiti-born British man who is seen in the group's videos appearing to behead the hostages.

Barak Barfi, the spokesman for the family of U.S.

Drizzly Friday Giving Way To More Sun This Weekend

KPLU News - 4 hours 13 min ago

If rainy weather makes you blue, don’t worry. The sun will come out on Saturday, and the weekend will bring us back to the pattern of sunshine. 

KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass sounded a bit surprised to see rain coming down on Friday, amid one of the sunniest winters we’ve experienced in a long time.

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock On 'Star Trek,' Dies At 83

KPLU News - 4 hours 31 min ago
Updated at 1:16 p.m.

Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock, the logical half-Vulcan, half-human in the original Star Trek series and several movies, has died at his home in Los Angeles, his granddaughter, Madeleine, told NPR. Nimoy was 83.

The cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she said.

NPR's Neda Ulaby, who is reporting on the story, tells our Newscast unit:

"Leonard Nimoy started acting as a teenager at a settlement house theater in Boston where he grew up.

Parents Choose A Simple Device To Reshape A Baby's Ear

KPLU News - 4 hours 32 min ago
Soon after giving birth to a baby girl, Jennifer McMullen noticed that one of her daughter's ears looked a little different.

"She had a condition called lidding, where the top part of the cartilage in the ear is basically folded over so the top ridge is kind of rounded over," McMullen tells Shots. Her daughter could hear just fine, but McMullen worried about bullying when she got older. "She's a beautiful baby girl," she says.

Surge In Long-Distance Hiking On PCT Spurs Interest In Creating New Trails

KPLU News - 4 hours 55 min ago

Thousands of people are expected to start long-distance treks on the Pacific Crest Trail this year.

That's inspired in part by the successful movie adaptation of Portland writer Cheryl Strayed's hiking memoir, "Wild." Hollywood’s next hiking movie, “A Walk in the Woods," could spur even more backpacking interest when it's released later this year.

That has Western outdoors enthusiasts backing the build-out of additional long-distance trails, which could offer greater solitude.

Mexico Says Leader Of Knights Templar Cartel Captured

KPLU News - 5 hours 2 sec ago
Mexican authorities say they have detained Servando Gomez, the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel and one of Mexico's most-wanted men.

NPR's Carrie Kahn filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"He's known as 'La Tuta' and has evaded capture for years. Authorities say he was taken down in [Morelia,] the state capital of Michaoacan, during an early morning raid Friday without a single shot fired.

"Gomez may have been on the run since federal authorities took over the state and led an all-out manhunt for him. But he was anything but quiet.

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

KPLU News - 5 hours 28 min ago
As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba thaw, the island could see a new wave of tourism — with visitors treated to music and scenery that's been closed to most U.S. residents for more than half a century.

But beyond the beaches and cabarets, there's a spectacular world of wildlife, with hundreds of plants and animals that live nowhere else. Cuba is also a vital stopover for birds migrating from North America, and much of the wild area is pristine because the government hasn't had the money to develop it. U.S. biologists are eager to explore this "green" Cuba ...

BirdNote: Raven's Love Song

KPLU News - 5 hours 39 min ago

Ravens are seen as tricksters in many traditions. But Common Ravens have a softer side. During courtship, a pair will often sit side by side, sometimes preening each other's feathers. And during that ritual, one or both may make soft warbling sounds.

Raven nestlings sometimes make this same sound after they've been fed. Compared to the usual raucous raven calls, this one is soothing. It's called a comfort sound. You can hear more raven songs at macaulaylibrary.org.

Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

KPLU News - 6 hours 21 min ago
In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government's health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don't adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records.

"We've now moved into an area of more assertive enforcement," Leon Rodriguez, then-director of the U.S.

A Glut Of Ph.Ds Means Long Odds Of Getting Jobs

KPLU News - 6 hours 31 min ago
This week marked National Adjunct Walkout Day, a protest to gain better working conditions for part-time college instructors. Why are college professors from San Jose State University to the City University of New York taking to the streets like fast-food workers?

They say they have something in common.

Adjuncts and other nontenured faculty now make up three-quarters of college and university teachers.

Rocker Gary Glitter Jailed For 16 Years For Child Sex Abuse

KPLU News - 7 hours 16 min ago
Rocker Gary Glitter, best known for the stadium rock anthem "Rock & Roll (Part 2)," was sentenced to 16 years in prison for sex offenses during the 1970s and '80s against three girls between the ages of 8 and 13.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was sentenced today for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13, the BBC reports. A jury found the 70-year-old guilty of the charges on Feb.

After 6,000 Years, Time For A Renovation At Iraq's Citadel

KPLU News - 7 hours 20 min ago
A map of the northern Iraqi city of Erbil looks like a dart board: circles, radiating outward from a central core. The bull's eye sits high on a hill, crowned by ancient walls.

The Erbil Citadel has stood here for at least 6,000 years. It's one of the oldest — and possibly the oldest — continuously inhabited site on earth.

The stories coming from this region these days are primarily ones of destruction and war. But here, in the Citadel, there's a different narrative, that of a plan to rebuild, restore and revitalize this ancient site.

For now, there's no commerce here.

9 People Found Dead In Southern Missouri

KPLU News - 7 hours 24 min ago
Police say a gunman is among nine people found dead in south-central Missouri, following a series of shootings in multiple locations Thursday night. The man was 36; police say he died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The attacks happened in Texas County, Mo., and the gunman's body was found in nearby Shannon County. Police say an elderly woman whose body was found in a residence seems to have died from natural causes. Seven other people died of gunshot wounds; one person who was wounded is in the hospital.

"In our job, we see a lot of bad stuff, and this is bad," Sgt.

It Kills Germs For Up To 6 Hours. Can It Wipe Out Ebola?

KPLU News - 7 hours 28 min ago
Clean hands go a long way toward preventing the spread of many illnesses, including Ebola. But finding the right hand-wash to impede deadly germs is tricky.

A squirt of alcohol-based sanitizer like Purell kills or denatures many microbes on contact. In the case of bacteria, essentially poking holes in their cell membranes, causing them to shrivel up like water balloons. For viruses, the mechanism is not well understood. But alcohol evaporates after 15 seconds, allowing for rapid recontamination.

Bangladeshi-American Blogger Hacked To Death In Dhaka

KPLU News - 7 hours 39 min ago
A Bangladeshi-American blogger, whose writings denounced fundamentalist thought and earned him death threats from Islamist groups, was hacked to death by two attackers in Dhaka. Avijit Roy's wife, Rafida Ahmed, who was with him during the attack late Thursday, was severely wounded.

Roy and Ahmed, Bangladesh-born U.S. citizens, were returning from a book fair when they were attacked on a crowded sidewalk in the Bangladeshi capital.

5 Things To Know About The Latest Supreme Court Challenge To Health Law

KPLU News - 8 hours 30 min ago
The Affordable Care Act is once again before the Supreme Court.

On March 4, the justices will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the validity of tax subsidies helping millions of Americans buy health insurance if they don't get coverage through an employer or the government.

Congress Will Vote On Homeland Security; Agency's Funding Ends Tonight

KPLU News - 8 hours 51 min ago
Republicans in the Senate have come to terms with the need for a "clean" bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, one that doesn't require changes to the executive actions President Obama has taken on immigration. The agency is set to run out of money at midnight tonight.

Now, according to NPR's Ailsa Chang, they want the House to follow suit.

As an example, Ailsa quotes Sen.