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Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

KPLU News - 4 hours 17 min ago
Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Rdio, Rhapsody, Pandora — the list of streaming music service goes on and on. On Tuesday, Apple joins that lineup with the launch of its streaming service, Apple Music. Apple will give consumers a three-month trial, and then it will charge $9.99 a month.

But most music lovers still aren't sure why they should pay.

Diploma Hope Fading For 2,000 High Schoolers Who Failed Biology Exam

KPLU News - 4 hours 32 min ago

It's looking less and less likely state lawmakers will drop a graduation requirement currently standing between hundreds of Washington high school seniors and their diplomas.

This year, roughly 2,000 high schoolers passed all the tests they needed to graduate except one: biology. But with time running out in their session, legislators remain deadlocked over a proposal to drop biology as a graduation requirement.

California Legislature Passes 'Mandatory' Vaccine Bill, Sends It To The Governor

KPLU News - 4 hours 33 min ago
A bill that would make vaccinations a requirement for nearly every schoolchild passed the California Legislature. The bill, SB 277, is now on its way to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

Greeks Brace For The Fallout As Deadline Looms

KPLU News - 5 hours 12 min ago
Giorgos Koronis is welcoming tourists from the U.S. and England at the old Olympic Stadium in Athens, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

Koronis, 50, has worked for the state for 25 years, mainly at ticket counters at various tourist sites around the Greek capital. But today he's struggling to smile.

He spent Monday morning at the ATM in line with a few retirees from his neighborhood, including his mother.

The Economic Reality Of The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

KPLU News - 5 hours 45 min ago
At Pride events in New York City this weekend, the emotional excitement about marriage equality was evident. But many people also were thrilled about the practical considerations.

Colleen Mahoney and her wife Michelle Conklin are New York residents who joined in the celebrations that marked the Supreme Court's ruling.

Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

KPLU News - 6 hours 1 min ago
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency made a mistake when it told electric power plants to reduce mercury emissions. The high court says the EPA should first have considered how much it would cost power plants to do that.

The decision comes too late for most power companies, but it could affect future EPA regulations.

Mercury in the air is a health risk.

If The Mess In Greece Is All Greek To You, Then Read This

KPLU News - 6 hours 3 min ago
"It was Greek to me."

Shakespeare used that phrase in one of his tragedies to suggest that a complicated matter was beyond understanding.

Many Americans may be muttering those words again as this week's Greek tragedy plays out.

The situation in Athens really is complicated, but it's also important.

Overhaul Of Marijuana Taxation Goes To Washington Governor

KPLU News - 6 hours 31 min ago

Recreational marijuana buyers would pay a flat 37 percent pot tax, plus sales tax, under a proposal headed to the desk of Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

Washington State Legal Aid Lawyers Cheer Supreme Court's Fair Housing Act Decision

KPLU News - 6 hours 37 min ago

To much fanfare last week, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage and upheld Obamacare subsidies. But those decisions overshadowed another ruling – one that has Washington state legal aid lawyers cheering.

The case has to do with the Fair Housing Act, which aims to eliminate discrimination in housing. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court said plaintiffs don’t have to prove intentional discrimination. Instead, they can use statistics to show that even neutral-sounding policies can have discriminatory effects.

Supreme Court Places A Stay On Abortion Law In Texas

KPLU News - 7 hours 5 min ago
The Supreme Court has placed a stay on a lower court's ruling that upheld new abortion standards in Texas, to give opponents of a controversial 2013 law time to take their case to the nation's highest court.

The stay is temporary: If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, the stay will be lifted and the law will take effect.

Why You Should Thank A Caterpillar For Your Mustard And Wasabi

KPLU News - 7 hours 10 min ago
The next time you dab wasabi on your sushi or spread mustard on your hot dog, take a moment to thank a caterpillar. It may sound unlikely, but the critters play a critical role in creating the sharp, pungent flavors that give those condiments a savory kick.

Turns out, the flavors of these condiments are the result of millions of years of plants and caterpillars duking it out to survive.

NBCUniversal Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

KPLU News - 7 hours 32 min ago
Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump following comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants.

In Some States, Defiance Over Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

KPLU News - 7 hours 36 min ago
The Supreme Court ruled last week that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions.

Medical School Hopefuls Grapple With Overhauled Entrance Exam

KPLU News - 7 hours 36 min ago
It's T minus four days until exam day, and Travis Driscoll is practically living at his desk.

"Each day, I'm easily here for five hours," he says. "I haven't done much of anything else but studying for the last two months."

Driscoll is one of 13,000 medical school applicants across the U.S. taking the new Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT.

The U.S. Now Has A 'Girls Count' Law. But Don't Boys Count, Too?

KPLU News - 8 hours 7 sec ago
The world needs to count its girls!

That's the message that President Obama sent earlier this month when he signed the Girls Count Act into law. Congress had previously approved the act by unanimous vote.

There are 220 million children around the world who are uncounted. They were not registered at birth, and they don't have birth certificates.

The law authorizes the U.S.

Solar-Powered Airplane Begins Long Journey From Japan To Hawaii

KPLU News - 8 hours 13 min ago


Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

KPLU News - 8 hours 22 min ago
Ah, the bread basket. You sit down for a nice meal out, and there it appears: piping hot, giving off a waft of yeasty divinity.

Who can resist?

There's a reason this age-old tradition prevails. Even in the era of paleo and gluten-free, there are still hordes of us who will gladly nosh on crusty, chewy, soul-warming bread.

But the downside may be more than just some extra calories.

Sri Lanka's War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

KPLU News - 9 hours 31 min ago
Sri Lanka, a palm-fringed island in the Indian Ocean, is in the sixth year of peace. But as the country prepares for elections in August, the legacy of its long civil war still casts a shadow.

The intervening years have been especially painful for the families of the thousands who disappeared in three decades of conflict and remain unaccounted for.

The trauma endures in the fishing village of Mannar in the Northern Province, where most of the fighting unfolded between the Tamil rebels and the government forces.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez: Movies, Meridians and More

KPLU News - 10 hours 26 min ago

Drummer Antonio Sanchez has been getting a lot of press lately, including a cover story in the July issue of Downbeat magazine.  His award-winning, propulsive drum-solo score for the film “Birdman, Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” and the controversy of it being disqualified from the Oscar Awards had the unexpected virtue of introducing Antonio to audiences beyond jazz enthusiasts.

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

KPLU News - 11 hours 53 min ago
Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

The Supreme court has ruled against an Obama administration effort to limit toxic mercury emissions from power plants, saying the costs of compliance should be taken into account at the very earliest stages of the regulatory process.

In a 5-4 decision, the court sided with industry and 23 states that challenged the Environmental Protection Agency over the rules for oil- and coal-fired utilities, which the EPA estimated would cost $9.6 billion annually.