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Mayweather Is Stripped Of WBO Belt He Won From Pacquiao

KPLU News - 1 hour 21 min ago
Saying that Floyd Mayweather missed a deadline to pay a fee related to his May 2 win over Manny Pacquiao, the World Boxing Organization has stripped Floyd of the welterweight title he won in that fight.

Mayweather "let come and go the 4:30 p.m.

EU Leaders Call On Greece To Offer 'Serious And Credible' Proposals

KPLU News - 3 hours 32 sec ago
European leaders called on Greece to issue "serious and credible proposals" to try to find a way forward, after Greek voters rejected a bailout deal that would have given the country more credit to pay its debt in exchange for tough austerity measures.

The German and French leaders issued the call ahead of a meeting of Eurozone leaders on Tuesday.

The Guardian reports:

"'We are now waiting for precise proposals from the Greek prime minister, for a [

As Another Deadline Looms, There's Still No Sign Of Nuclear Deal With Iran

KPLU News - 4 hours 25 min ago
On the eve of another deadline, there is still no sign of a final nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers.

Reporting from Vienna, where the talks are taking place, NPR's Peter Kenyon says both sides are saying they will not be pressured into accepting a bad deal by a deadline.

In Rio Grande Valley, Some Campaign Workers Are Paid To Harvest Votes

KPLU News - 6 hours 10 min ago
This week, NPR examines public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up entrenched wrongdoing by public servants in the Rio Grande Valley. In the final part of this series, we examine vote stealing and election fraud.

A new FBI anti-corruption task force is trying to clean up the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

They Survived Training, Now Female Marines Await Word On Ground Combat

KPLU News - 6 hours 10 min ago
Lance Cpl. Paula Pineda relaxes at a picnic table not far from her barracks in Camp LeJeune, N.C. She's in a crisp uniform and has a ready smile. It's one of the few breaks she's had in months — and she can finally laugh about Carl.

"Carl — our special, heavy, unique dummy," she says.

It was back in March, in the heat of the Mojave Desert in California, that Pineda — sweaty and grimy and just 5-foot-2 — struggled to help pull Carl the dummy out of her armored vehicle, along with another Marine, Julia Carroll.

Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

KPLU News - 6 hours 10 min ago
Most aspiring chefs long for the white hat, the gleaming kitchen, the fancy menu.

But Nigeria-born Tunde Wey stumbled into a different version of the (American) chef's dream. He wanted to see the country, and share the food of his West African childhood with friends and strangers along the way.

So a few months ago, he packed up his knives and his spices at his home in Detroit, and started crisscrossing the U.S.

'No One Should Have The Right To Prolong My Death'

KPLU News - 6 hours 18 min ago


For Homeless Families, Quick Exit From Shelters Is Only A Temporary Fix

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 21:24
More than 150,000 U.S. families are homeless each year. The number has been going down, in part because of a program known as rapid rehousing, which quickly moves families out of shelters and into homes.

But new research by the Obama administration finds that for many families, rapid rehousing is only a temporary fix.

It seemed like a good idea back in 2009 — when the recession had pushed thousands of families into homelessness.

Growing Concerns About Development Prompt Seattle Zoning Changes

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 17:10

Seattle is in the middle of a development boom that many people argue is proceeding without enough limits set by the city. The city council has now voted to tighten some zoning regulations but one councilman says they don’t go far enough. 

Cosby Admitted Giving Woman Quaaludes

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 15:20
Updated at 7:10 p.m. ET

Comedian Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he obtained the sedative Quaalude with the intent of giving the drug to women with whom he wanted to have sex, and he acknowledged giving it to at least one woman.

The Associated Press, which first reported the story, had gone to court to get the documents released.

Recent Islamic State Losses Show It Can Be Defeated, Obama Says

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 14:41
Updated at 5:26 p.m. ET

President Obama has warned that the campaign against the so-called Islamic State "will not be quick" as he cited gains made in Iraq and Syria by the coalition fighting the militant group.

"This will not be quick," Obama said at the Pentagon.

S.C. Senate Takes Another Step Toward Removing Confederate Flag

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 13:42
By a 37-3 tally, the South Carolina Senate has given more support to moving a Confederate battle flag from its spot flying on the State House grounds to the Confederate Relic Room. The Senate will need to approve the bill one more time before it can go on to the House.

Monday afternoon's vote was on the the bill's second reading; the Senate will hold another vote Tuesday on its third reading. That means the House won't begin to consider the bill until at least Wednesday.

"The final vote requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage, a rule set under...

Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 13:30
Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she felt performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients.

It looks nothing like what we see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal.

"I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life," she says. "I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, goodbye.' Because I knew that it very likely not going to be successful.

With Corruption Rampant, Good Cops Go Bad In Texas' Rio Grande Valley

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 13:30
This week, NPR examines public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up entrenched misconduct by public officials in the Rio Grande Valley. In this installment of the series, we hear from a police officer who became a drug dealer.

In the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where people are accustomed to seeing public officials led away in handcuffs, the case of the Panama Unit shocked everyone.

Reddit CEO Apologizes Days After User Revolt Over Firing Of Popular Figure

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:54
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has apologized to users of the popular website, citing a "long history of mistakes" that resulted in an insurrection last week in which moderators shut down many of the site's most popular sections in protest against the dismissal of a key figure in the site's popular r/IAmA section.

Here's part of Pao's apology that was posted on the site today:

"We screwed up. Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years.

Obama To Meet With Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Amid Concern Over China

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:49
Nguyen Phu Trong — the head of Vietnam's communist party and one of most powerful figures in the Southeast Asian nation — will meet with President Obama on Tuesday for a historic meeting aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations.

The 71-year-old party secretary said Friday that he hopes to build trust between Washington and Hanoi 20 years after President Bill Clinton normalized diplomatic ties and four decades after the end of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam's Than

Live Studio Sessions: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman - Blinded By The Light

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:44

The Bad Plus is one of the most in-demand trios in jazz.  Joshua Redman is one of the most in-demand saxophonists.  When the trio and the saxophonist joined forces to become The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, the star-power threatened to be blinding, so when they came to KPLU for a live session, we all had sunglasses near at hand.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Lawyers File Motion For New Trial

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:44
Less than two weeks after he was sentenced to die for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has begun the process of seeking a new trial.

Tsarnaev's lawyers filed a preliminary motion Monday that will reportedly seek to overturn his conviction and his death sentence.

Donald Trump, 'Wrestling A Pig,' And The GOP's Struggle To Reform

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:46
Republicans have been talking about reforming their party since President Obama's re-election in 2012. The recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare and the reversal of several Southern Republican governors on the Confederate battle flag gave the GOP a new chance. But change can be hard.

In presidential years, the party has a math problem, according to GOP strategist Steve Schmidt.

Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

KPLU News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:15
Change typically doesn't come fast or often in the Kelabit Highlands in the interior of Malaysian Borneo. "Go slowly" is both a motto and a way of life here. For centuries, even millennia, locals have gathered and grown their own foods in the dense tropical jungle.