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Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

KPLU News - 2 hours 38 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 - 2 hours 58 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 - 3 hours 26 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 - 3 hours 27 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 - 3 hours 29 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 - 3 hours 30 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 - 3 hours 58 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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A Day After Earthquake, Nepal Struck By Aftershocks

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:17
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Jazz Northwest For April 26

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:00

This week on Jazz Northwest we'll sample some new and recent recordings including a new old one from 1962 being issued for the first time!  Ernestine Anderson was just 34 years old and in the first bloom of her career when she sang at The Penthouse, a Pioneer Square jazz club where Jim Wilke was producing a weekly live and direct broadcast on KING-FM.  The aircheck of the broadcast is the source for this new first time issue on a HighNote CD.

Putin: 'No Regrets' Over Crimea Annexation

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:21
In a new documentary in Russia, President Vladimir Putin says that the annexation of Crimea just over a year ago was justified and righted a historical wrong.

In the film titled The President, Putin denies that the importance of the Black Sea peninsula is not strategic. "It's because this has elements of historical justice.

Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 10:20
Police in Baltimore say that 34 people were arrested and six police officers received "minor injuries" in protests Saturday afternoon and evening over the death in custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man.

In a statement today, police said a "small contingent of yesterday's protesters caused violent disruptions downtown and in

1 Dead, 4 Missing After Sudden Squall Hits Alabama Sailing Regatta

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 07:43
At least one person is dead and four others missing after a powerful storm swept through a race regatta in Alabama's Mobile Bay, capsizing sailboats.

Ideal race conditions suddenly turned Saturday afternoon, when winds quickly went from 15 knots to 50 knots, generating waves as high as 10 feet along the 18-mile course.

One body was plucked from the water and a Coast Guard search continued through the night and into this morning for four sailors still unaccounted for, The Associated Press quoted Petty officer Carlos Vega as saying.

"Apparently there were a number of vessels that became di

Eliud Kipchoge Edges Out Fellow Kenyans To Win London Marathon

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 06:50
In his first London Marathon win, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge edged past his countryman and defending champ Wilson Kipsang to win the distance race by five seconds, with a final time of 2:04:47.

High-Altitude Rescue Underway On Everest

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 06:13
Following a powerful quake that has killed more than 2,000 people in Nepal, a high-altitude effort is underway on the slopes of the world's highest peak to rescue trapped climbers and recover the bodies of those killed when the temblor triggered a massive avalanche that swept base camp.

At least 17 people were killed and more than 60 injured when a wall of snow and ice shook loose from the mountain and smashed through the tent city that is Everest Base Camp –- a staging area on the south (Nepalese) side of the mountain for support teams and climbers trying to reach the top of the 29,029-foot

What If Students Could Fire Their Professors?

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 05:03
"Welcome to Iowa State University. May I take your paper, please?"

A bill circulating in the Iowa state Senate would rate professors' performance based on student evaluations. Just student evaluations.

Low-rated professors would be automatically fired — no tenure, no appeals.

The bill's author, state Sen. Mark Chelgren, a Republican, argues that too many students are taking on student loan debt but not getting their money's worth in the classroom.

Pakistani Activists Mourn Slain Bookstore Owner

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:43
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Katmandu In Chaos After Massive Saturday Earthquake

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:42
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Baltimore Protests Turn Violent

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:42
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