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Treatment For HIV Runs Low In U.S., Despite Diagnosis

KPLU News - 4 hours 33 min ago
About two-thirds of Americans who are infected with the virus that causes AIDS aren't getting treated for it.

The finding comes from an analysis just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more needs to be done to make sure people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus get proper treatment.

"For people living with HIV, it's not just about knowing you're infected — it's also about going to the doctor for medical care," says CDC Director

Take A Bite Out Of Ringo: Giant Cookies Honor Pop Culture Icons

KPLU News - 5 hours 36 min ago
Chocolate chip. Oatmeal raisin. Snickerdoodle.

When it comes to cookies, these are the classics.

BirdNote: On The Trail Of The Bobwhite

KPLU News - 5 hours 49 min ago

The Northern Bobwhite -- many call it just the Bobwhite -- has an unmistakable call, which is also the source of its name.

The species is native to the US, east of the Rockies. But Northern Bobwhites have been released into the wild as game birds in many locales in the West.

'New York Times' Hires Former NPR Executive To Lead Digital Push

KPLU News - 6 hours 11 min ago
The New York Times has named former top NPR executive Kinsey Wilson to help its digital news efforts.

Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet appointed Wilson to be one of his top deputies in the newly created role of editor for innovation and strategy, the newspaper announced Tuesday morning.

Wilson was NPR's chief content officer when he was forced out last month by the network's new CEO, Jarl Mohn.

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

KPLU News - 6 hours 23 min ago
You might wonder why 48 million Americans get food poisoning every year, yet there are some animals that seem to be immune from even the nastiest germs.

We're talking here about vultures, which feast on rotting flesh that is chockablock full of bacteria that would be deadly to human beings. In fact, vultures have a strong preference for that kind of food.

"The real question is how can they actually stand eating things like this," says Lars H.

Ferguson Documents: What The Witnesses Saw

KPLU News - 6 hours 57 min ago
Leading up to a grand jury's decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, witness testimony has been hotly debated.

The big question has always been whether Wilson felt threatened and whether Michael Brown had his hands up when Wilson opened fire. St.

Turning 21? Here's How To Avoid A Big Hike In Health Premiums

KPLU News - 7 hours 47 min ago
For young people, turning 21 is generally a reason to celebrate.

If they're insured through the federal health insurance marketplace that operates in about three-dozen states, however, their birthday could mean a whopping 58 percent jump in their health insurance premium in 2015, according to an analysis by researchers at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Many 21-year-olds who qualify for premium subsidies will be able to sidestep the rate increase if they re-evaluate their coverage options on the federal marketplace

Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

KPLU News - 7 hours 47 min ago
Attorney General Eric Holder says "far more must be done to create enduring trust" between police and communities they serve, even as his Justice Department continues to investigate possible discriminatory police actions in Ferguson, Mo.

Civil rights lawyers at Justice working alongside FBI agents have also been examining whether white officer Darren Wilson intentionally violated the civil rights of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed black

Seattle Poet Uses MacArthur Grant Money To Give Vacations To Exhausted Caregivers

KPLU News - 9 hours 49 min ago

Five years ago, Seattle poet Heather McHugh got some unexpected news: She had been awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” of $500,000.

For the next two years, she tried to figure out what to do with the money. The grant comes with no strings attached, but McHugh says she didn’t want to spend it on herself.

“Nobody deserves that kind of money, and I think something in me was chastened by being awarded such a big amount of money,” she said.

Burke Museum’s New Map Shows Seattle’s Original Shoreline

KPLU News - 9 hours 49 min ago

If you walk through Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood with Peter Lape, he can show you the things that used to be.

Standing at the corner of First Avenue and Washington Street on a recent day, he gestured downhill.

"About half a block down is probably where that shoreline was ... when non-Native settlers moved here," Lape said.

Thought Bubbles And One-Liners From An Ohio Classroom

KPLU News - 10 hours 26 min ago
The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

It's a typical day at Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio. For review, Chris Pearce asks his English class to name the parts of speech.

"Pronoun!' one student responds.
"Proverb! That's one, right?" says another.

Ferguson Docs: Officer Darren Wilson's Testimony

KPLU News - 10 hours 51 min ago
Update at 8:46 a.m.

Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, told a grand jury in September that the 18-year-old hit him on the face with a fist following an exchange between them on Aug.

Ferguson Documents: How The Grand Jury Reached A Decision

KPLU News - 10 hours 53 min ago
After sitting through hours of testimony and reading through thousands of pages of documents, a grand jury decided that there was not enough probable cause to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old.

Their decision, like the shooting that led up to all this, sparked violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., overnight.

"The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact and fiction," the prosecuting attorney, Robert P. McCulloch, said in a televised address.

Ferguson Smolders After Grand Jury's Decision Not To Indict officer

KPLU News - 11 hours 41 min ago
Updated at 8:29 a.m.

There are new scenes of violence today in Ferguson, Mo., hours after a grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.


Plan To Use Gulf Oil Spill Funds For Beach Hotel Stirs Debate

KPLU News - 12 hours 29 min ago
Money is flowing now to Gulf Coast states to remedy damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent spill.

As Ebola Ping-Pongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

KPLU News - 13 hours 58 min ago
There's a new phase of Ebola in Liberia. Epidemiologists call it ping-ponging.

Back in March, the disease was found in the rural areas. Then as people came to the capital to seek care, it started growing exponentially there. Now, some sick people are going back to their villages, and the disease has ping-ponged to the rural areas again.

So that's where we're headed — into the hot, thick jungle of Liberia to investigate a new Ebola hotspot.

Our day with the team of Ebola investigators starts at 3 a.m.

Ferguson Businesses Burn, Crowds Confront Police In Overnight Chaos

KPLU News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:26
In the moments before midnight in Ferguson, so many businesses were ablaze at once, and so many demonstrations had broken out in St. Louis County neighborhoods that a local officer put it this way: "We've lost control of the area a little bit, we recommend just getting out of the area completely."

That was how St. Louis County Police officer Shawn McGuire put it to St.

Obama Discusses Ferguson Jury Decision In Michael Brown Case

KPLU News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:19


Marchers In Seattle Protest Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

KPLU News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 18:42

Marchers in Seattle gathered to protest the decision by a grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Calling for “justice now,” several dozen people gathered at Westlake Park and began marching up to Capitol Hill just after 6 p.m. Monday, presuming the outcome even before the grand jury’s decision was announced. 

Vitamin D Tests Aren't Needed For Everyone, Federal Panel Says

KPLU News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:53
Should you get a blood test to see if you're deficient in vitamin D? It sounds like such a good idea, seeing as how most people don't get enough sunshine to make vitamin D themselves. And the tests are becoming increasingly popular.

But there are problems with making vitamin D tests a standard part of preventive medicine, a federal panel said today. The U.S.