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Sandwich Monday: Deep-Fried Cheese Curds

KPLU News - 2 hours 38 min ago
Whenever people from the edges of the country come to visit me in the Midwest, I don't let them leave until they have tried deep-fried cheese curds.

If you're not familiar with them, cheese curds are a byproduct of the cheddar cheese-making process, and "deep frying" is a method by which anything is made into a better version of itself.

You can find deep-fried cheese curds all over the states surrounding Wisconsin.

Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm In Baltimore

KPLU News - 4 hours 38 min ago
In Baltimore, the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died after being arrested, was underway Monday. Gray's family and many public figures are calling for peace, after a weekend that saw violence and arrests.

"We must not allow an already tragic situation to tear our community apart," Sen.

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

KPLU News - 4 hours 43 min ago
Updated at 11:41 a.m. ET

Loretta Lynch is the new U.S. attorney general.

Lynch was sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden, who said the daughter of a Baptist minister who preached during the sit-ins in Greensboro, N.C., will now be "leading the march to a more perfect union."

Lynch, 55, is the nation's 83rd attorney general and the first black woman to hold the position.

Chemical Change In Synthetic Marijuana Suspected Of Causing Illnesses

KPLU News - 4 hours 47 min ago
Over the past three weeks, people have been tumbling into emergency rooms across the country, seriously ill after using a synthetic drug known as K2 or spice.

Hundreds of cases have been reported in states including Alabama, Mississippi and New York, where state health departments have warned people to stay away from the drug.

With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

KPLU News - 4 hours 58 min ago
With the U.S. combat role over in Afghanistan, the country's security now depends on men like Sgt. Maj. Faiz Mohammed Wafa, one of the leaders of the Afghan commandos.

On this day, the Afghan sergeant is screaming at trainees at Camp Commando, a training center built by the Americans in the hills south of Kabul. Two dozen trainees are seated in the dirt in full combat gear. Wafa is trying to teach them the proper way to clear a house, searching room to room for insurgents.

"I told you 10 times," he says.

6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

KPLU News - 6 hours 40 min ago
Six writers have withdrawn from the PEN American Center's annual gala on May 5 in protest against the free-speech organization's decision to give the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award.

The writers who have withdrawn from the event are Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi, The New York Times

Leave The Selfie Sticks At Home, Wimbledon Says

KPLU News - 6 hours 42 min ago
Taking the same stance as the Kentucky Derby and other big events, the All England Lawn Tennis Club is telling ticket holders for this year's Wimbledon not to try to bring selfie sticks to matches.

The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

KPLU News - 6 hours 47 min ago
On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank while traveling up the Mississippi River, killing an estimated 1,800 people.

The event remains the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history (the Titanic killed 1,512 people).

James Holmes Trial Set To Begin In Colorado, 3 Years After Cinema Shooting

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
More than 1,000 days after James Holmes opened fire on an audience at a midnight movie in Aurora, Colo., his trial will begin in earnest Monday. His defense team admits Homes killed 12 people and injured 70 more; the trial is expected to turn on questions about Holmes' sanity – and whether he should be executed.

Opening statements in the trial will be delivered in Arapahoe County District Court Monday, nearly three years after the attack.

Giant Washington Quake: It's Entiat's Fault

KPLU News - 8 hours 40 min ago

In December of 1872, an earthquake shook the Pacific Northwest so hard that a Seattle resident described watching near-tidal waves roil Lake Union.

And it wasn’t just Seattle; the quake shook from Eugene, Oregon to Canada. It triggered a landslide near Wenatchee that briefly dammed the Columbia River.

More Than 3,700 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake's Toll Rises

KPLU News - 9 hours 23 min ago
Nepal's devastating earthquake that hit Saturday is now blamed for at least 3,700 deaths. Reconstruction is estimated to cost billions. International aid efforts are underway, but aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging.

Rescue crews and aid groups are working to reach survivors — but their efforts are being hampered by the stricken areas' remote locations. Roads that are drivable are clogged with traffic.

Officials warn the death toll could go much higher.

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

KPLU News - 11 hours 17 min ago
We've all heard that an aspirin a day can keep heart disease at bay. But lots of Americans seem to be taking it as a preventive measure, when many probably shouldn't.

In a recent national survey, more than half the adults who were middle age or older reported taking an aspirin regularly to prevent a heart attack or stroke.

Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday

KPLU News - 11 hours 37 min ago
People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states.

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Aims For A Lot From His High-Profile Visit To U.S.

KPLU News - 12 hours 5 min ago
Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is in the U.S. all this week for a tightly-packed visit that will focus largely on the strong ties between the U.S. and its closest Asian ally.

There was a time not so long ago that the prime minister's office in Toyko appeared to have a revolving door. Japan went through four prime ministers during President Obama's first three years in office alone.

Abe was first elected as prime minister in 2006, but that tenure lasted just one year, in large part because of health problems.

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

KPLU News - 12 hours 6 min ago
The U.S. Supreme Court directly confronts the question of gay marriage this week with a whopping two and a half hours of oral argument, accompanied by plenty of prognostication afterwards about the expected results. It won't be until June that we learn how the issue is settled nationally.

Drop-In Home Chefs May Be An Alternative To Assisted Living

KPLU News - 12 hours 8 min ago
A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there's all that time standing on your feet. It's one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities.

But a company called Chefs for Seniors has an alternative: They send professional cooks into seniors' homes.

In Texas, Questions About Prosecuting Truancy

KPLU News - 12 hours 9 min ago
As long as there have been schools and classes, there have have been students who don't show up. And educators scratching their heads over what to do about it.

In most states, missing a lot of school means a trip to the principal's office. In Texas, parents and students are more likely to end up in front of a judge.

Truancy there is treated as a criminal offense, a class C misdemeanor. In 2013, school districts in the state filed 115,000 truancy cases. The problem is so big, state lawmakers and the U.S.

Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

KPLU News - 12 hours 37 min ago
It's been nearly three years since 12 people were killed in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight premier of the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre, but there are two key questions: Was he insane and should he be put to death?

When the gunman stormed the theater and began firing into the crowd, Tom Teves says his son Alex made a split-second decision to shield his girlfriend.

"He had to make a choice to save his girlfriend and die, or let her die.

South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks 'Vile,' Says Zulu King Accused Of Inciting Them

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:33
Goodwill Zwelithini is the influential king of South Africa's Zulu nation. Comments that he made last month — when he reportedly said head lice should be squashed and foreigners should pack their belongings and leave the country — have been blamed for igniting attacks on foreigners, resulting in at least seven deaths.

As California's Economy Reels From Drought, At Least One Industry Is Doing Fine

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:17
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