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Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again

KPLU News - 5 hours 17 min ago
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 - 5 hours 48 min ago

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 - 5 hours 50 min ago
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 - 5 hours 52 min ago
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 - 5 hours 56 min ago
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 - 6 hours 13 min ago
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 - 6 hours 25 min ago
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 - 6 hours 36 min ago
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 - 6 hours 44 min ago
"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 - 6 hours 52 min ago
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.

Even Some Doctors Fear These 10 Questions

KPLU News - 7 hours 6 min ago
Imagine that the next time you go in for a physical, you're told there's a new tool that can estimate your risk for many of the major health problems that affect Americans: heart disease, diabetes, depression, addiction, just to name a few.

It's not a crystal ball, but might hint at your vulnerability to disease and mental illness — long before you start smoking or drinking, gain a lot of weight, develop high blood pressure, or actually get sick.

And all you have to do is answer 10 yes or no questions about your childhood.

Answering those questions would give you an "adverse childhood ex

Indian State Bans The Slaughter, Sale And Consumption Of Beef

KPLU News - 8 hours 2 min ago
Eating a steak dinner in Mumbai nowadays could land you in prison for up to five years and cost you more than $150 in fines.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee today approved a bill that strictly bans the slaughter of cows, along with the sale, consumption or even possession of beef in the state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located. The bill will also include a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, but not water buffaloes.

India's Hindu majority reveres cows, and several states already restrict the sale or consumption of beef.

After Netanyahu's Speech, A Reality Check

KPLU News - 8 hours 4 min ago
Since first becoming prime minister in 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu has hammered away at Iran's nuclear program, calling it the greatest threat to Israel.

Psst, We'll Pay You A Bribe If You Read This Story

KPLU News - 8 hours 4 min ago
Your child is sick and requires admission to the hospital. As the clerk tut-tuts over the shortage of beds, he casts a speculative eye over his clipboard. The situation becomes clear: It's time to break out the wallet and cough up a bribe.

Source: Probe Of Ferguson Police Uncovers Racist Comment About Obama

KPLU News - 8 hours 10 min ago
A federal civil rights investigation of the Ferguson, Mo., police force has concluded that the department violated the Constitution with discriminatory policing practices against African Americans, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the report.

The investigation, the source says, concluded that blacks were disproportionately targeted by the police and the justice system, which has led to a lack of trust in police and courts and to few partnerships for public safety.

The federal probe

House Votes To Fund DHS Until Sept. 30 — Without Immigration Curbs

KPLU News - 8 hours 59 min ago
Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted today to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year — without any restrictions on immigration.

Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

KPLU News - 9 hours 13 min ago
This is the canary in the coal mine.

Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. The numbers are grim among some of the nation's largest producers of new teachers: In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the last five years. It's down sharply in New York and Texas as well.

In North Carolina, enrollment is down nearly 20 percent in three years.

"The erosion is steady. That's a steady downward line on a graph.

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

KPLU News - 9 hours 58 min ago
Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming. She started out planting an orchard of fruit trees: apples, peaches, cherries and pears. She added berry bushes and rows of vegetables.

And then she bought her first chickens.

"A lot of people call chickens the gateway animal," says Creech, who lives in rural North Salem, Ind. "Like once you have a chicken on the farm, then you end up getting sheep on the farm, and then you end up getting horses, and cows. And then it just explodes from there."

Creech served as a surgery nurse during the Iraq War.

Praise, Criticism For Netanyahu's Speech

KPLU News - 10 hours 5 min ago
The reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on Iran to a joint meeting of Congress are so far along partisan lines.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was "near tears" throughout the speech — "saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as par

David Petraeus Enters Into Plea Deal With Justice Department

KPLU News - 10 hours 58 min ago
Former CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus, whose military career has been overshadowed by charges that he provided classified data to his mistress, has made a deal with the Justice Department in which he will plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

The deal will allow Petraeus, who rose to the rank of a four-star general before becoming director of the CIA, to avoid a trial and plead guilty to a misdemeanor.