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Israeli Officials Promise To Find Arsonists Who Killed Palestinian Child

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Win Tickets To Manhattan Transfer

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 16:59

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcomes back vocalese legends Manhattan Transfer for four nights and six shows. Band members are Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Trist Curless. Show times Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm and Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm all nights.


Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:37
Doctors Without Borders is calling it a "champagne moment." The World Health Organization says it's a "game changer."

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of participants who were at high risk for the virus. Although the results are preliminary, they offer new hope of finally stamping out the virus in West Africa — and preventing the next epidemic.

"It is a game changer because there was nothing that could protect people against Ebola — no drug, vaccine or medicine," says Dr.

Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:37
State courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes such as truancy and alcohol use than any other racial and ethnic group, according to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.

Zimbabwe Official Calls For Extradition Of American Lion Hunter Walter Palmer

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:48
Zimbabwe is seeking the extradition of Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed a famous lion named Cecil, which was being tracked in a university study.

The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Oppah Muchinguri said that they are appealing to the proper authorities for Palmer's extradition, the Associated Press reports. "Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin," she said in a press conference.

Decades Of Limbo Ends For Some Indians, Bangladeshis Along Border

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:47
At the stroke of midnight, tens of thousands of Indians and Bangladeshis living near the border between the two countries got their own country for the first time in 70 years.

As part of an agreement between the two nations, the fate of just under 15,000 people living in 51 Bangladeshi enclaves inside India and more than 37,000 in 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh has finally been determined. Most will stay where they are, but change their nationality.

Hillary Clinton Releases 8 Years Of Tax Returns

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:26
This post was updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton released eight years worth of tax returns Friday, showing that she and her husband Bill Clinton earned $139 million since 2007. They paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes during that period.

The Plan To Give Pell Grants To Prisoners

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 13:42
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a rare joint appearance on Friday — in prison.

They visited a state-run facility in Jessup, Md., to announce a new plan meant to help some of the 700,000 inmates who are released each year.

It's a pilot program to give prisoners access to federal Pell Grants that would pay for college classes behind bars.

"The cost-benefit of this does not take a math genius to figure out," Duncan said. "We lock folks up here, $35-40,000 every single year.

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 13:26
Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006.

Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 13:18
Alan Cheuse, the novelist, teacher and longtime literary commentator for NPR, has died at the age of 75. His daughter, Sonya, confirmed that he died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident in California two weeks ago.

"On behalf of the family, we are in deep grief at the loss of our beloved father, husband and grandfather," Sonya Cheuse told NPR. "He was the brightest light in our family. He will always remain in our hearts.

U.K. Officials Instructed To Grant Ai Weiwei's Original U.K. Visa Request

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:55
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was originally granted only a 20-day visa to visit Britain will now receive the six-month one he applied for. A spokesperson for the U.K. Home Office explains the head of the department, Theresa May, was not consulted over the staff's decision to allow only a shorter stay.

"She has reviewed the case and has now instructed Home Office officials to issue a full six-month visa," the spokesperson says. "We have written to Mr.

Judge Says Virginia Can Refuse To Issue Confederate License Plates

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:42
Close on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that granted Texas the right to refuse to issue Confederate-themed license plates, a federal judge has effectively vacated a state injunction in Virginia that kept officials there from similarly blocking such plates.

Judge Jackson L.

Hillary Clinton's Doctor Says She's Healthy Enough To Be President

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:19
The State Department's latest dump of Hillary Clinton's emails may dominate the news cycle in the coming days, but her campaign also released another crucial document on Friday — a clean bill of health for the Democratic front-runner.

The confirmation comes from Lisa Bardack, a New York-based doctor who has been Clinton's physician since 2001.

Hot Weekend Will Make Seafair More Like Heatfair

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:58

The Puget Sound is going to continue it California weather imitation for another weekend in what already is a record-breaking summer, said KPLU's weather expert Cliff Mass.

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:44
Many of the foods that we chow down on every day were invented not for us, but for soldiers.

Energy bars, canned goods, deli meats — all have military origins. Same goes for ready-to-eat guacamole and goldfish crackers.

According to the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen: How The U.S. Military Shapes The Way You Eat, many of the packaged, processed foods we find in today's supermarkets started out as science experiments in an Army laboratory.

Federal Court Places A Stay On Order Compelling NCAA To Pay Athletes

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:20
One day before a district court ruling was to go into effect that would force the NCAA to allow colleges to pay student-athletes $5,000 per year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has placed a stay on that order.

The ruling comes nearly a year after a district court judge ruled that the "NCAA violated antitrust laws when it said college athletes couldn't be compensated for the use of their names and likenesses," as we reported last August.

Dylann Roof Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Hate Crime Charges

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:12
Updated at 4 p.m.

Marine Version Of F-35 Deemed 'Combat Ready'

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:20
Updated at 2 p.m. ET

Eighteen years and nearly $400 billion since engineers begin outlining the initial concept, a small squadron of F-35B Lightning IIs has finally been declared ready to fight.

Ten of the stealthy fighters, which have experienced numerous cost overruns and delays over the years, will begin flying with the U.S.

#NPRReads: Considering The Language Of Wine And What's In A Toddler's Mouth

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:16
#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you four items.

From NPR producer Sarah Handel:

How does becoming a parent change your work?

She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:54