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Bill Gates Tells The World: Get Ready For The Next Epidemic

KPLU News - 2 hours 1 min ago
"An epidemic is one of the few catastrophes that could set the world back drastically in the next few decades," Bill Gates warns in a essay he wrote for the March 18 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine.

In the article, entitled "The Next Epidemic — Lessons From Ebola" — he says that the Ebola epidemic is a "wake-up call."

"Because there was so little preparation, the world lost time ...

1 Death Reported Outside NSA After Car Tries To Ram Security Gate

KPLU News - 2 hours 2 min ago
A car that was intercepted near the security gate of the National Security Agency's headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., was fired upon Monday morning, in a clash that reportedly left one of the car's occupants dead.

Authorities tell NPR's Dina Temple-Raston that after two suspects tried to ram a vehicle into the entrance gate, one suspect was shot dead and the other was injured by NSA security guards.

Details about the incident are still emerging.

Amid Criticism, Indiana's Republicans To Revisit Religious Freedom Law

KPLU News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Republican leaders in Indiana say they will work to ensure the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

"This law does not discriminate, and it will not be allowed to do so," Indiana Senate Pro Tem David Long said at a news conference with state House Speaker Brian Bosma.

They said they would "encourage our colleagues to adopt a clarifying measure of some sort to remove this misconception about the bill." The Associated Press says the measure "prohibits state laws that 'substantially burden' a person's ability to follo

Sandwich Monday: The Passover Sandwich

KPLU News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Editor's Note: This story was originally published in April 2014.

Why is this Sandwich Monday different from all other Sandwich Mondays? In honor of Passover, I introduced my non-Jewish colleagues to the wonders of the Passover lunch.

It's not the Seder meal, but what I might have brought to school for lunch back in the 1970s, when the affluent Jews of suburban New Jersey ate tasteless food to remind themselves that thousands of years ago, they didn't have nice professional jobs like being a lawyer, or maybe a CPA. That's a steady living.

Bangladeshi Blogger Hacked To Death; 2 Alleged Attackers Arrested

KPLU News - 2 hours 19 min ago
A Bangladeshi blogger has been hacked to death in the country's capital, Dhaka, and police have arrested two students at an Islamic seminary in connection with the slaying. Washiqur Rahman's killing comes a month after a deadly attack on another blogger in the capital by Islamists.

Rahman, 26, was attacked at 9 a.m.

Oops: World Leaders' Personal Data Mistakenly Released

KPLU News - 2 hours 30 min ago
With a single key stroke, the personal information of President Obama and 30 other world leaders was mistakenly released by an official with Australia's immigration office.

Passport numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information of the heads of state attending a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, were inadvertently emailed to one of the organizers of January's Asian Cup football tournament, according to The Guardian. The U.K.

Five Thoughts On Trevor Noah Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

KPLU News - 2 hours 56 min ago


Trevor Noah Will Replace Jon Stewart As Host Of 'The Daily Show'

KPLU News - 4 hours 4 min ago
South African comedian Trevor Noah will become the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, stepping into the role Jon Stewart has filled for 16 years.

Confirming reports of his new job Monday morning, Noah tweeted, "No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!"

Comedy Central says the switch will happen later this year.

Germanwings Crash: Co-Pilot Was Treated For Suicidal Tendencies

KPLU News - 4 hours 34 min ago
Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET.

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps last week with 150 passengers on board, received treatment for suicidal tendencies for several years before he became a pilot, a German prosecutor says.

Christoph Kumpa, a spokesman for Duesseldorf investigators, says Lubitz "had ...

Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers' Compensation Disputes

KPLU News - 5 hours 54 min ago
Frances Stevens could have been a contender. She was training to be a Golden Gloves boxer and working as a magazine publisher in 1997 when 1,000 copies of the latest issue arrived at her San Francisco office.

"I'd just turned 30. I was an athlete. I had a job that I loved, a life that I loved," she recalls. "And in a second my life changed."

Stevens tripped on a rug and broke her foot as she carried boxes of magazines.

Sticking Points In Iran Nuclear Talks: Sanctions And A Fuel Stockpile

KPLU News - 5 hours 55 min ago
With Tuesday's deadline for an international deal on Iran's nuclear program approaching, foreign ministers from Iran and six world powers are trying to hash out an agreement.

Hillary's Email Controversy Hasn't Changed Much For 2016

KPLU News - 7 hours 24 min ago
South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy's Benghazi Select Committee announced Friday in a statement that Hillary Clinton had wiped her private email server clean; the committee is getting no additional emails from her; it's leaving open the possibility of a third-party investigation; and Republicans are promising to bring Clinton in for more questioning.

Much of what the committee reported was already known.

Open Cases: Why One-Third of Murders In America Go Unresolved

KPLU News - 7 hours 50 min ago
If you're murdered in America, there's a one-in-three chance the police won't identify your killer.

To use the FBI's terminology, the national "clearance rate" for homicide today is 64.1 percent.

How Many Crimes Do Your Police 'Clear'? Now You Can Find Out

KPLU News - 8 hours 15 min ago
Violent crime in America has been falling for two decades. That's the good news. The bad news is, when crimes occur, they mostly go unpunished.

In fact, for most major crimes, police don't even make an arrest or identify a suspect.

In New York's Multinational Astoria, Diversity Is Key to Harmony

KPLU News - 8 hours 23 min ago
Queens, N.Y., is one of the most diverse urban spaces in the world, and one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens is Astoria, across the East River from upper Manhattan.

Astoria has a reputation as New York City's Greektown, but it's more like an urban United Nations. People from nearly 100 countries live there, according to census data.

They coexist pretty peacefully, but that wasn't always the case.

With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

KPLU News - 9 hours 45 min ago
Never before in history has the U.S. had so much oil spurting up out of the ground and sloshing into storage tanks around the country. There's so much oil that the U.S. now rivals Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer.

But there's been some concern that the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. Some analysts speculate that could spark another dramatic crash in oil prices.

Everyone in the oil trading business needs information. One thing they want to know these days is how full are oil storage tanks in places like Cushing, Okla.

Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

KPLU News - 9 hours 46 min ago
It's spring break season and families and college students are heading to Colorado's ski resorts. You've heard of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, but a growing trend in these areas involves people skiing uphill.

It's midday in Aspen, Colo., and uphill skier Chris Lane is on a break from work at a nonprofit. He clicks into his ski bindings and begins his 1,600 vertical foot journey uphill — on skis.

He's going against downhill traffic, so he stays on the side of the ski run.

"We've always gone one of two ways — either this route.

Sure Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

KPLU News - 9 hours 47 min ago
First off, I need to be upfront: I have a treadmill desk. I got it about two years ago, prompted by all the studies showing the dangers of sitting all day. The idea is to get people more active and walking while working. The problem is, I don't use it. In fact, I probably only used it for a few months. I still stand all day, but I'm not walking.

It turns out I'm not alone. Treadmill desks may have seen their day, according to Dr. Tim Church of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Compression Clothing: Not The Magic Bullet For Performance

KPLU News - 9 hours 48 min ago
Maybe you've seen them in the gym, or even squeezed into them yourself: super-tight T-shirts, leggings, knee and calf sleeves, even tube tops. More and more athletes are wearing compression garments, hoping they will improve their performance and recovery.

But do they work? This is a question Abigail Stickford, a postdoctoral researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, wanted to answer.

She conducted a small study using compression calf sleeves.

Today Begins The Spring Pledge Drive!

KPLU News - 10 hours 27 min ago

It’s KPLU’s Spring Drive, the time of year when we ask you to consider making a gift in support of the programs the station provides for you and your community.

Today is New Member Day during our Spring Fund Drive! Every new member will receive an exclusive new item just for you.

Our goal is to get $330,000 in four days to support the music and news programs that you love most, while keeping the drive as short as possible!