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HUD Will Fund More Housing Vouchers For Homeless Veterans In Seattle And King County

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 16:26

About 240 more homeless veterans in Washington state will soon have an option for permanent housing.

The federal government has teamed up with local officials across the country, including Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, to tackle veteran homelessness. Julian Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spelled out their ambitious goal at a press conference in Seattle.

U.S. Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier To Coast Of Yemen

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 15:46
The U.S. Navy has dispatched an aircraft carrier to waters off the coast of Yemen.

As NPR's Jackie Northam reports, the vessels are joining others in the region in an increasing show of force. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The U.S. Navy says it's deploying the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile cruiser Normandy to the Gulf of Aden to ensure the vital shipping lanes in the volatile region remain open and safe.

"The two U.S. warships had been stationed in the Persian Gulf.

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 15:29
Fifty years ago this week, a chemist in what is now Silicon Valley published a paper that set the groundwork for the digital revolution.

You may never have heard of Moore's law, but it has a lot do with why you will pay about the same price for your next computer, smartphone or tablet, even though it will be faster and have better screen resolution than the last one.

Most of us are used to the cycle of technology.

Live Studio Session: Omar Sosa’s Quarteto AfroCubano—Making Room For The Spirits

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 14:40

Pianist and composer Omar Sosa left his home in Cuba in 1993 but carried his Yoruban spiritual beliefs with him.  These beliefs are the underpinning of his approach to jazz, as you’ll hear in this live studio session, hosted by Abe Beeson.

Quarteto Afrocubano consists of Sosa, Ernesto Simpson (drums), Childo Tomas (electric bass) and Leandro Saint-Hill (sax and flute).  Together they present music that is compelling, uplifting and somehow charmed…music that fills the soul while also always making room for the ‘spirits.’

Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 14:35
In 2009, I was among the scrum of reporters covering the controversial advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that women in their 40s think twice about regular mammograms.

Argentine Prosecutor Dismisses Accusations Against President

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 14:31
An Argentine prosecutor moved on Monday to dismiss accusations leveled against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner by the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

If you remember, right before he was found dead in his home, Nisman was about to tell lawmakers that he wanted to charge Kirchner for allegedly thwarting an investigation into the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita took up Nisman's investigation but a judge in February threw out the allegations and now federal prosecutor Javier De Luca, a Kirchner loyalist who was assigned to the case

Seattle 'Kayaktivists' Building Ranks For Direct Action Against Shell’s Arctic Drilling Fleet

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 14:29

On the shore of Seaview Park in West Seattle, a group of young activists stand behind a row of bright yellow kayaks.  Most of them are new to boating. An instructor from Alki Kayak Tours gives a safety briefing before they head out for a sunset paddle. 

When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 14:27
"They're running a little late," chides an elderly gentleman, tapping his watch at 12:02 p.m. He's come to this farm near the Danish city of Ikast, along with about 1,500 others, to celebrate what has become something of a national holiday in Denmark. It's the Sunday in mid-April when thousands of organic dairy cows at 75 farms across the country are released into the green fields of spring. At exactly 12 noon. Eh hem.

Ah, but here they come!

Cows, despite their tendency to lumber, become almost sprightly when treated to a change of scenery.

Saudi Airstrikes Raise Doubts Abroad, Spark Patriotic Fervor At Home

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:39
Saudi airstrikes in Yemen began almost a month ago, targeting rebels who have taken over much of the country.

Internationally, there are concerns about increasing casualties and questions about the strategy in the Saudi operation, which is receiving help from U.S., among others.

But at home in the kingdom, the war has sparked a patriotic fervor that's noticeable just about everywhere you turn.

Saudi state television and radio are playing patriotic music and running TV s

In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:39
In the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for potential geothermal power development. Companies would then be able to apply for permits to build power plants that would harness the heat beneath the surface to spin turbines and generate electricity.

All of this would be taking place in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state.

Industrial-scale geothermal power has been a dream clean energy source since the 1970s.

Meet The 'Accidental Activists' Of The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Case

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:39
The U.S. Supreme Court hears legal arguments next week in the legal battle over same-sex marriage. It's an extraordinarily high stakes clash, but the men and women at the center of it see themselves as incredibly ordinary. The 12 couples and two widowers include doctors, lawyers, an Army sergeant, nurses and teachers.

Most have children and lead the typically harried lives of working parents. They say they didn't set out to be pioneers.

You Don't Want To Mess With An Angry Mother

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:00
In the gritty Kenyan port city of Mombasa, Phyllis Omido knew that industry could pose a danger to the surrounding communities. She'd worked on environmental impact assessment reports for several factories.

But when her 2½-year-old son, King David, got sick with a mysterious condition, it didn't occur to her that it might be from environmental toxins. He had a high fever that wasn't responding to medication. He couldn't sleep. He was plagued with diarrhea, and his eyes became runny.

Appetite For Gulf Seafood Is Back, But The Crabs And Oysters Aren't

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:40
In 2010, just after the BP oil well exploded, seafood restaurants were bombarded with questions from concerned diners: "How bad is the spill?" "Is this from the Gulf?" "Is it safe?" Demand for Gulf seafood tanked.

"You have to remember, that was literally weeks and months on end when you could turn on the TV at any time of day and see an oil well leaking unabatedly into the Gulf of Mexico," says Brett Anderson, feature food writer for

Looking around a packed dining room at the local Cajun Seafood House in New Orleans on a recent day, it's clear that epidemic of worry is over.

Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:09
If you're being treated for cancer, an iguana might not be the pet for you.

Ditto if you're pregnant, elderly or have small children at home.

Pets can transmit dozens of diseases to humans, but doctors aren't always as good as they should be in asking about pets in the home and humans' health issues, a study finds.

And that goes for people doctors and animal doctors.

George Takei And Company To Hollywood Gatekeepers: Fix Your Diversity Problem

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:31
Remember that Deadline article from a few weeks back?

Shipwrecks Ahoy: Coast Guard Shares Pics From Crystal-Clear Lake Michigan

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:25
The water is exceptionally clear in Lake Michigan right now, and a Coast Guard helicopter crew used a recent routine patrol to capture striking images of some of the area's many notable sunken ships. Some of them date from the 1800s.

Photos from the flight out of the Coast Guard's Traverse City, Mich., air station show a variety of ships resting on the lake bottom, including the James McBride, a 121-foot brig that sank in 1857.

One of the pilots on that flight was Lt. Cmdr.

Emergency Radio System Upgrade Tax In Front Of Voters This Month

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:24

King County officials are asking local voters to support a property tax hike so local law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency first-responders can get an upgrade for their aging radio system. 

Twitter Now Allows Users To Receive Direct Messages From Any User

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:17
Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET: Twitter responds to harassment questions

"Communicating with people you may or may not know in real life just got easier," says Twitter Senior Software Engineer Nhu Vuong in a blog post announcing a change to Twitter's direct messaging system. The new feature gives users the ability to receive messages whether the user follows them or not.

Iran Charges 'Washington Post' Reporter With Espionage

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:42
Iran is charging a Washington Post reporter with four crimes, including espionage, the newspaper said today.