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U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:57
The United States is urging North Korea to refrain from a new nuclear test amid indications of "heightened activity" at Pyongyang's Punggye-ri test site.

"We have certainly seen the press reports ... regarding possible increased activity in North Korea's nuclear test site," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Missing Slide Victim's Brothers: Meeting Other Families Was Powerful, Meeting Obama Was 'Bonus'

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:33

For two men still waiting word on their brother missing since the March 22 mudslide, Tuesday's group meeting with President Barack Obama provided a powerful opportunity to connect with other victims, family members and first responders.

Frank and John Hadaway's brother, 53-year-old Steven Hadaway of Darrington, is one of two people still missing in the wake of the mudslide that has claimed 41 lives.

Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:23
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip.

The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority and Justice Antonin Scalia penning the dissent.

In August 2008, an anonymous 911 caller in California phoned in a report that a pickup truck had run her off the road.

Gregoire's Earth Day Message To College Kids: Puget Sound Health Depends On You

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:20

Forty four years ago, the modern environmental movement was born with the celebration of the first Earth Day. At massive teach-ins around the country, people called on industries to stop polluting.

Now the messages have become more personal, says former Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is speaking at Pacific Lutheran University Tuesday night.

Wanapum Dam Fix Could Total $61 Million, Says Grant County PUD

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:56

The cost fixing the cracked Wanapum Dam will total $61 million, according to Grant County PUD officials.

About one-third of the cost is the result of the investigation into the crack, the guarding of the river and the loss of power production. The rest will cover the fix itself.

Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:02
Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online.

Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:02
At a time when fast-food workers make an average of about $9 an hour, what are the chief executives bringing home?

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.

Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million.

Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:02
Ten years after the friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan that killed U.S. Army Ranger and former NFL star Pat Tillman, one of the soldiers who mistakenly pulled the trigger says he's still haunted by demons from the night of April 22, 2004.

Steven Elliott tells NPR's All Things Considered that on the night of the incident, he could see only "shadowy figures" and had every reason to believe that when his squad leader, Sgt.

Song Of The Day: One Of The Most Beautiful And Heartbreaking Tunes I Know

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:44

Sarah Vaughan, or "Sassy" as she was known, is one of the great singers of the last century. She got an early start as both a piano player and singer, and was discovered in a talent show at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1942 at 18 years old.

Obama Surveys Slide Damage, Meets Privately With Victims And Family Members

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:24

President Barack Obama surveyed the damage from the March 22 disaster by helicopter as he traveled to meet with victims of the mudslide that has claimed at least 41 lives. 

With the search for bodies still ongoing, Obama met privately with victims and family members on Tuesday. He planned to meet with a group of emergency responders at the Oso firehouse later in the afternoon. 

Hospitals Can Speed Stroke Treatment, But It's Not Easy

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:19
When a patient who has had a stroke enters the emergency room, it's a race against the clock.

Those who receive the clotbusting drug tPA within 60 minutes of experiencing stroke symptoms have the best chance of avoiding brain damage or death, but studies show that only 30 percent of patients eligible for treatment with the drug get it within this "golden hour."

But that less-than-stellar response can be sped up, according to studies published Tuesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

We Didn't Believe In 'Artisanal' Toast, Until We Made Our Own

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:32
Leave it to San Francisco to turn one of the simplest — and cheapest — dishes into the trendy snack du jour.

We're talking about toast.

"Artisanal" toast is made from inch-thick, snow-white or grainy slices, lathered in butter and cinnamon or peanut butter and honey, then wrapped individually in wax paper.

And you think that latte is expensive.

National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:05

A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.

Oregon voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage a decade ago and on Wednesday in Eugene, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane is set to hear oral arguments to overturn the law.

Mercury Moves In Mysterious Ways

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:39


British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:19
Joey's silky gold hair gleams in the afternoon sun. The big bundle of energy loves to cuddle. He also looks like he could lose a few pounds.

This herding dog is one of the many survival stories here at the Kabul shelter and clinic called Nowzad Dogs.

Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:18
There's growing concern that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome may have entered a new phase in the way it's spreading in Saudi Arabia.

The country has reported a sharp uptick in MERS cases over the past week. Since the deadly respiratory virus was first detected in September 2012, a total of 244 cases have been found in Saudi Arabia.

Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:17
The Food and Drug Administration is trying to decide whether to approve a powerful new prescription painkiller that's designed to relieve severe pain quickly, and with fewer side effects than other opioids.

While some pain experts say the medicine could provide a valuable alternative for some patients in intense pain, the drug (called Moxduo) is also prompting concern that it could exacerbate the epidemic of abuse of prescription painkillers and overdoses.

An FDA advisory committee is holding a daylong hearing Tuesday to decide whether to recommend that the agency approve the drug.

Netflix Says It Will Raise New Customer Subscription Rates

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:16
Netflix, buoyed by its foray into original productions such as the political drama House of Cards, said Monday it has added 2.25 million new customers and plans to raise its new-subscriptions rate by $1 or $2 a month.

The video streaming service reported first quarter earnings of $53 million, or 86 cents a share.

Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:15
Questions are swirling around a science journal's decision last year to publish a description of a newly discovered botulinum toxin while omitting key genetic details that researchers would normally disclose.

The unusual case highlights important unresolved issues in how to balance scientific openness with the worry that biological information could potentially be misused.

NPR has learned that the scientist at the center of this controversy has not been sharing ma

'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia

KPLU News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:11