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Man's Identity Questioned In LAPD Skid Row Shooting

KPLU News - 2 hours 30 min ago
New details have emerged in the case of a homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police Sunday, as officials say he was the subject of a federal warrant related to violating probation.

Study Highlights Washington's Gender Wage Gap

KPLU News - 2 hours 39 min ago

The year 2071 is when the state's gender wage gap is projected to close if things continue as they are.  

A new study commissioned by the Women's Funding Alliance shows that more immediate change would not only close the gender wage gap, but also boost the state's economy.

The study says there has been some progress.  Women here are more likely to earn a college degree than they were 20 years ago.  Voter turnout rates are higher for Washington women than in the nation as a whole, and the gender wage gap has narrowed since the 1950s. 

For U.S. Children, Minorities Will Be The Majority By 2020, Census Says

KPLU News - 3 hours 37 min ago
America is heading toward the day when whites will no longer make up the majority of the population. And U.S. children will get there soon, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. The agency also says the overall U.S.

Watch A Film From Mali: The Day Before The Music Died

KPLU News - 3 hours 39 min ago
Just its title has an ominous sense of finality: The Last Song Before the War.

The documentary by Kiley Kraskouskas presents the 2011 Festival in the Desert, a showcase for Mali's incredible musicians that had been held underneath the stars outside of Timbuktu for 12 years. Ten months after the joyous celebration depicted in the film, Islamic extremists took over that part of the country.

Gnancy's Gnocchi Are Occhi-Docchi

KPLU News - 3 hours 42 min ago

I've never been able to make Italian potato Gnocchi (NYOH-kee).  I admitted my secret shame to Nancy Leson in this week's Food for Thought. "I just end up with this soggy, waterlogged mess.  They almost dissolve.  Where am I goin' wrong, here?"  Nancy's answer was a question.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins For Dzokhar Tsarnaev

KPLU News - 4 hours 40 min ago
The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev begins in earnest Wednesday, with opening statements in a capital trial that's expected to last several months.

Federal Agents Carry Out Search For Evidence Of Illegal Support For 'Birth Tourism'

KPLU News - 4 hours 59 min ago
Federal agents searched more than three dozen locations across three counties in Southern California yesterday for evidence of so-called "maternity tourism" operations.

Maternity tourism — or birth tourism — is when a citizen of another country travels to the U.S. to give birth, so the child automatically receives U.S. citizenship.

That in itself is not illegal. But federal authorities are investigating several businesses that may be breaking the law by helping wealthy Chinese women obtain U.S. visas under false pretenses.

Claude Arnold is the lead investigator for U.S.

Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

KPLU News - 6 hours 38 min ago
Dennis Whedbee's crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, N.D.

It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrick hand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top of the well when it suddenly blew.

Oil and sludge pressurized at more than 700 pounds per square inch tore into Whedbee's body, ripping his left arm off just below the elbow.

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

KPLU News - 8 hours 8 min ago
Around four million unauthorized immigrants are stuck in legal limbo more than two weeks after a federal judge in Texas suspended President Obama's move to temporarily protect them from deportation.

Many of these parents of U.S.

Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That

KPLU News - 8 hours 10 min ago
Look closely.

Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget (page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Obama administration has already done a lot to make the FAFSA easier — if not shorter. Online technology now allows students to skip questions that don't apply to them.

Congress wants to go even further.

Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:59
Round 2 in the legal battle over Obamacare hits the Supreme Court's intellectual boxing ring Wednesday.

In one corner is the Obama administration, backed by the nation's hospitals, insurance companies, physician associations and other groups like Catholic Charities and the American Cancer Society.

In the other corner are conservative groups, backed by politicians who fought in Congress to prevent the bill from being adopted.

In 2012, a bitterly divided high court upheld the law as constitutional by a 5-to-4 vote.

Live Studio Session: Christian McBride Trio - The Bass Boss Returns

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:28

Back in 2012, bassist Christian McBride stopped by the KPLU performance studios for a mini-concert with pianist Peter Martin.  It was one of the most elevating duet performance we’d ever heard.  

This time, though, Christian brought his trio with him: Pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.  

Should Hotel Owners Be Forced To Hand Over Guest Records To Police?

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:26
Hypotheticals about hunting lodges and Motel 6 saved the oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday from being strangled by legal weeds.

At issue was a Los Angeles ordinance that requires hotel and motel owners to record various pieces of information about their guests — drivers license, credit card and automobile tags, for instance.

In France, Young Muslims Often Straddle Two Worlds

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:24
The French, with their national motto of "Liberty, equality, fraternity," are so against religious and ethnic divisions that the government doesn't even collect this kind of data.

But it's believed that nearly 40 percent of France's 7 million Muslims live in and around Paris, many in poor suburban communities known as banlieues.

Many in these communities feel increased scrutiny after three young Muslim men, each born and raised in France, killed 17 people in January's terror attacks

4 Reasons Both Parties Should Be Sweating Bullets Over King V. Burwell

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:20
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in another case that threatens the survival of Obamacare. This one doesn't challenge the constitutionality of the law itself, it merely challenges the legality of one of the most important parts of the system — subsidies so that everyone can afford health care. If the court strikes down the subsidies for people who live in states that chose not to set up their own exchanges, and who get their health coverage from the federal marketplace — healthcare.gov — it would begin to unravel the entire Obamacare project.

FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings On Testosterone

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:03
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it is requiring drugmakers to warn patients that testosterone products may increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Testosterone replacements are approved to treat men with low testosterone related to medical problems, such as genetic deficiencies, chemotherapy or damaged testicles.

But the level of the hormone can fall as men grow older. And testosterone is increasingly being prescribed to men to stave off aging, something the agency never approved.

FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:51
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told Congress Tuesday his agency is implementing changes to ensure the nation's air traffic control system is protected against computer hackers. Huerta told a House panel "the system is safe," despite a Government Accountability Office report that found "significant security control weaknesses."

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore, one of the lawmakers who requested the GAO report, said at a House Transportation subcommittee hearing that he is concerned the system could be vulnerable to breach by terrorists.

Tea Tuesdays: Kenyan Farmers See Green In The Color Purple

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:40
Across the picturesque highlands of Kenya's Great Rift Valley, fields of tea shimmer in shades of emerald, lime and moss under the equatorial sky.

Some of these fields, though, are now darkened with patches of purple.

Internet Memes And 'The Right To Be Forgotten'

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:32
"Scumbag Steve," "Overly Attached Girlfriend," "Bad Luck Brian." All these Internet celebrities have one thing in common: They didn't intend to become famous. Their pictures just happened to go viral.

Is nothing off-limits? That's something Kyra Pringle has been asking herself in the past couple of days. The South Carolina resident recently found out her 2-year-old daughter Mariah's birthday pictures were being shared online by thousands.

Mariah has a rare disorder that impairs her learning and motor skills. It also affects her appearance.

Not Clearing The Snow Off Your Car Before Driving Could Cost You

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:24
After weeks of winter storms, snow fatigue has set in across much of the country.

You may be tired of clearing ice and snow off your car, but that can be a safety hazard.