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Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal In Oregon

KPLU News - 2 hours 44 min ago
Recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon as of today.

People 21 and older can now possess up to an ounce of pot when away from home and up to 8 ounces at home. It's also legal to grow up to four plants per household.

However, there's no way to legally buy it unless you're a medical marijuana patient, writes The Oregonian.

Militants Stage Series Of Deadly Attacks In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

KPLU News - 2 hours 44 min ago
Militants launched a number of deadly attacks on checkpoints in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula early Wednesday. A group linked to the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Merrit Kennedy filed this report from Cairo for Newscast:

"In Egypt, militants launched a coordinated series of assaults in the restive north Sinai peninsula.

Industry Payments To Doctors Are Ingrained, Federal Data Show

KPLU News - 2 hours 48 min ago
Few days went by last year when New Hampshire nephrologist Ana Stankovic didn't receive a payment from a drug company.

All told, 29 different pharmaceutical companies paid her $594,363 in 2014, mostly for promotional speaking and consulting, but also for travel expenses and meals, according to data released Tuesday detailing payments by drug and device companies to U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals.

Abe Beeson Interviews Jimmy Heath

KPLU News - 2 hours 52 min ago

He learned to play sax alongside John Coltrane, worked with Dizzy Gillespie's band, grew up with talented brothers Percy (bass) and Albert (drums), he's written more than a hundred songs, and at 88 years old, can't wait to release his new album with singer Roberta Gambarini. The legendary Jimmy Heath sat down to talk with me at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and we started by talking about the musical house in which he was raised.

How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

KPLU News - 2 hours 58 min ago
If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw them.

For the first time, researchers have been able to see that sort of link being created in people's brains, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neuron.

20 Years Ago, Mount Zion AME Was Set On Fire. Last Night, It Burned Again

KPLU News - 3 hours 51 min ago


Somebody Is Cutting Internet Cables In California

KPLU News - 4 hours 55 min ago
The FBI is investigating a string of recent physical attacks on Internet cables in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The most recent occurred early Tuesday morning, reports The Wall Street Journal, hitting "several cables in Livermore, Calif., shortly before 4:30 a.m.

Antipsychotics Too Often Prescribed For Aggression In Children

KPLU News - 4 hours 57 min ago
Powerful antipsychotic medications are being used to treat children and teenagers with ADHD, aggression and behavior problems, a study finds, even though safer treatments are available and should be used first.

"There's been concern that these medications have been overused, particularly in young children," says Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University who led the study.

Survey Forecasts A Banner Year For Atlantic Sea Scallops

KPLU News - 5 hours 12 min ago
Scallop fishermen off the East Coast could soon see one of their biggest bumper crops ever. A federal survey in waters off Delaware is predicting a boom in the next couple of years for the nation's most valuable fishery.

Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looks for young sea scallops on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

13 Emails That Stood Out From The Latest Clinton Document Dump

KPLU News - 5 hours 22 min ago
Late Tuesday evening the State Department released almost 2,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state. While there was no "smoking gun" regarding the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the latest round of emails gives a look at who she was emailing with, more insight into her daily activities at State — and some daily struggles.

Clinton has said she has turned over some 30,000 emails, or 55,000 pages worth, to the State Department from her personal, private email server that housed the emails.

Clinton Announces $45 Million Fundraising Haul

KPLU News - 6 hours 41 min ago
Fundraising is often used as a proxy for the strength of a campaign, and Hillary Clinton's team wants everyone to know she's $45 million strong. Clinton is the first major candidate to announce their fundraising haul this cycle ahead of a mid-month reporting deadline.

Clinton's campaign says she raised more than $45 million in donations to be used in the primary contest. The $45 million is nearly half the goal campaign officials, on background, discussed for the entire primary season.

U.S., Cuba Formally Resume Diplomatic Relations

KPLU News - 6 hours 53 min ago
President Obama today announced the formal resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba after more than half a century of hostilities. The two countries have agreed to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana.

Standing in the White House Rose Garden, Obama called it "a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people."

Obama said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana this summer to "proudly raise the flag over our embassy once more."

The reopening of the embassy "is not merely symbolic," the president said.

Can The Candidate Move Beyond 'The Christie Show'?

KPLU News - 6 hours 55 min ago
It was the least suspenseful cliffhanger in the history of cliffs.

Governor Christie has, essentially, been running for higher office for years.

WATCH: The 2 Goals That Gave The U.S. The Win Over Germany

KPLU News - 7 hours 28 min ago




A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

KPLU News - 9 hours 49 min ago
Editor's Note: Unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S. southern border last year. In response, the Obama administration has introduced a program that would allow families to reunite. In this story about the divided Leveron family, NPR's Richard Gonzales reports first from California, followed by Carrie Kahn in El Salvador.

It's mid-afternoon and Carlos Leveron, 38, is returning home from a 12-hour shift at a local food processing plant in Santa Rosa, Calif.

She Wants To Stop Fathers From Giving Up Their Daughters

KPLU News - 10 hours 21 min ago


It's Official: You Can Now Take Photos During White House Tours

KPLU News - 10 hours 33 min ago
The decades-old ban on taking photographs inside the White House during public tours is being lifted today, first lady Michelle Obama announced on Instagram.

The White House, in a statement, said guests are welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and encouraged visitors to share their experiences using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.

What's permitted: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches.

What's not: Video cameras, including any action camcorders, cameras with detach

Toyota's Top Female Executive Resigns After Arrest

KPLU News - 11 hours 51 min ago
Julie Hamp, Toyota Motor Corp.'s first senior female executive who was appointed head of public relations just weeks ago, has resigned after her arrest for allegedly importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country's narcotics laws.

Toyota in a statement today said Hamp resigned Tuesday, and the company accepted her resignation "after considering the concerns and inconve

Greece Signals It May Accept Terms Of Bailout – With Some Conditions

KPLU News - 12 hours 27 min ago
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told creditors his government is prepared to accept most conditions imposed for a bailout, hours after Greece defaulted on a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund.

"I am writing to inform you on the position of the Hellenic Republic towards the list of Prior Actions of the Staff Level Agreement as published on the European Commission website on June 28th 2015," Tsipeas wrote in a letter today to t

After Supreme Court Decision, What's Next For Gay Rights Groups?

KPLU News - 12 hours 56 min ago
Having clinched the long-sought prize of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, some long-time advocates are now waking up to the realization that they need to find a new job. At least one major same-sex marriage advocacy group is preparing to close down and other LGBT organizations are retooling.

They have grown from a ragtag group with a radical idea into a massive multi-million dollar industry of slick and sophisticated sellers of a dream.