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University Of Cincinnati Police Officer Indicted On Murder Of Unarmed Black Man

KPLU News - 2 hours 31 min ago
Announcing the indictment of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters called the officer's actions "asinine" and "totally unwarranted."

"This doesn't happen in the United States," he said. "It might happen in Afghanistan or somewhere else, but here people don't get shot during a traffic stop."

A grand jury handed down an indictment on murder charges against Officer Ray Tensing, who said he shot Sam Dubose because he was being dragged by his car.

Windows 10 Rolls Out, Along With Concern Over Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords

KPLU News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 as a free upgrade Wednesday, hoping to become more relevant to mobile users as it updates a key operating system. One feature, which shares your Wi-Fi with your contacts list, is drawing skepticism.

Windows 10 comes as a free update for users who are now running Windows 7 and 8. And Windows users have been eager to get their hands on the first substantial update to the system since October 2012.

On Wyatt Cenac, 'Key & Peele,' And Being The Only One In The Room

KPLU News - 2 hours 49 min ago
Last week, the Internet exploded after an episode of the WTF! Podcast with Marc Maron went online. The guest was the comedian Wyatt Cenac, who talked about being a writer and correspondent on The Daily Show for several years.

To Shed Pounds, Going Vegetarian Or Vegan May Help

KPLU News - 4 hours 7 min ago
Most people go vegetarian out of some combination of ethical, environmental or health concerns.

But to drop pounds? That could soon become another reason to go meatless. A meta-analysis published in early July shows that people who followed a vegetarian diet overall lost more weight than people on an average American diet.

Previous research has linked vegetarian diets to decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

'Key & Peele' Is Ending. Here Are A Few Of Its Code Switch-iest Moments

KPLU News - 4 hours 15 min ago






Migrant Dies In Calais As Thousands Try To Use Channel Tunnel

KPLU News - 4 hours 34 min ago
France is boosting security around its entry to the tunnel that runs beneath the English Channel, after thousands of migrants tried to make a desperate rush to Britain.

The Future Of American History

KPLU News - 4 hours 39 min ago
College history majors used to study The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Today perhaps they should also be studying the decline and fall of history majors.

Since 2010, the number of history majors at Ohio State University has dropped by more than 30 percent, according to a May 9 Columbus Dispatch story.

Progress For Bill To Bolster Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights

KPLU News - 4 hours 58 min ago
The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday night requiring hospitals across the nation to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but haven't been admitted to the hospital as inpatients.

The distinction is easy for patients to miss — until they get hit with big medical bills after a short stay.

Hospitals are placing many older patients on observation status. They may be there for days, but technically they're still outpatients.

Tom Brady Calls NFL's 4-Game Suspension 'Unfair'

KPLU News - 6 hours 9 min ago
Tom Brady issued an impassioned defense of his actions this morning after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold a four-game suspension over his role in "deflategate."

The New England Patriots quarterback called the suspension "unfair" and said he was "disappointed" that Goodell dismissed his "hours of testimony."

The bottom line, Brady said, "I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organizati

Afghan Government Investigates Reports That Mullah Omar Is Dead

KPLU News - 7 hours 53 min ago
The Afghan government says it is investigating reports that the Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, is dead.

It is, of course, worth noting that rumors of Omar's death have swirled in the past and have turned out to be unreliable.

The BBC reports:

"A spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday that the authorities were trying to verify the reports.

Feeling Overwhelmed With Organizational Tasks? Microsoft Says Cortana Can Help

KPLU News - 7 hours 56 min ago

Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, includes a feature they hope people will find particularly useful – a virtual kind of butler ready to help you manage your life.

The digital personal assistant is named Cortana and has already been available on Windows Phones. She takes her name from the artificial intelligence character in the video game Halo.

Chicken N' Waffles are Sellin' Like Hotcakes

KPLU News - 7 hours 56 min ago

So, a month or two ago my wife (The Lovely & Talented) C. DeGroot woke and spoke but a single word.  And lo, the word that she spake was "Waffles."  I offered to make them but DG insisted on doing it and an hour later we were eating some of the best waffles ever.  More than we could eat.  So we froze the leftovers for  future toasterizing.

Then, just last week while  browsing some fried chicken recipes it hit me!  Waffles in the freezer.  I could make chicken and waffles --  a combination I had first heard of in the Joan Crawford vehicle Mildred Pierce but never tried.    

Texas Authorities Release More Jailhouse Video Relating To Sandra Bland Case

KPLU News - 9 hours 9 min ago


Could President Obama Win A Third Term?

KPLU News - 9 hours 53 min ago
President Obama was giving the final speech of his Africa tour, offering a critique of the young democracies on that continent, singling out the all-too-typical practice of leaders overstaying their terms in office.

"When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife," Obama said, aware that the president of Burundi, seated nearby, had recently defied that country's two-term limit.

Obama pointed to the shining example of Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, who left office on schedule and transferr

Interactive Map Lets You Track Every Construction Project in Seattle

KPLU News - 10 hours 42 min ago

Seattle is making it easier to track development projects in the booming city. An interactive on-line map on the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) website lets users click on any current permitted building project. There are more than 100 in just the downtown area.

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

KPLU News - 10 hours 56 min ago
"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.

His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and send them some place else on Star Trek.

'Location Is Everything' In Tribal Casino Dispute

KPLU News - 10 hours 57 min ago
Fewer than 20 miles north of Portland, Ore., off Interstate 5 in southwest Washington state, sits a 150-acre former dairy farm.

Deford To Hollywood: Ban Boxing Movies

KPLU News - 10 hours 58 min ago
Some people wanna ban boxing. I just wanna ban boxing movies.

You get the feeling sometimes that Hollywood still thinks Joe Louis is heavyweight champion and boxing is still top-tier popular? Yes, there's yet another boxing movie out, this one entitled Southpaw.

Oh, please, please. Making boxing movies when boxing is so passé would be like if Hollywood kept making showbiz movies about vaudeville.

Click the audio above to hear Frank Deford's take on movies about boxing. Copyright 2015 NPR.

Some Youths Find Probation More Challenging Than Juvenile Detention

KPLU News - 10 hours 59 min ago
Juvenile justice reformers have tried for years to figure out what works to help rehabilitate youth in trouble, and a recent shift away from locking kids up has been at the forefront of reform efforts. One of the most common alternatives to incarceration is to order kids directly into probation, instead of juvenile hall.

But the goals of these alternative approaches don't always match the reality — and disproportionately impact youth of color.

The juvenile hall in San Leandro, Calif., has 360 beds — all of which were full when the detention center opened eight years ago.