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Part-Time Workers Struggle With Full-Time Juggling Act

KPLU News - 2 hours 13 min ago
The cold weather did not hamper hiring last month. Employers added nearly 300,000 jobs to payrolls, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent.

Despite another strong report, there is little evidence that all the hiring is putting upward pressures on wages.

And there are more than 6.5 million people working part time who would like to have more hours.

Randa Jama pushes airline passengers on wheelchairs to their gates at the Minneapolis-St.

Snowden: Asylum In Switzerland A 'Great Political Option'

KPLU News - 3 hours 7 min ago
Edward Snowden wants Switzerland to grant him asylum.

The NSA leaker made the remark as he spoke to an audience in Geneva via a video link from Moscow, where he has been living in exile to avoid U.S. prosecution on espionage charges.

"I would love to return to Switzerland, some of my favorite memories are from Geneva.

Iditarod's Top Dogs Will Brave New Twists

KPLU News - 3 hours 11 min ago
The Iditarod Sled Dog race starts tomorrow.

Voluptuous Veg: Can Food Porn Seed Lust For Healthy Eating?

KPLU News - 3 hours 34 min ago
Sorry to be so risqué, but beautiful photos of tempting foods can make our mouths water.

Think molten spoonfuls of chocolate, voluptuous layer cake or melted cheese oozing from a perfectly grilled croque monsieur.

We're awash in these types of food porn images. But, by comparison, do pictures of Brussels sprouts or beets get as much love online?

Nope.

Should Labels Say Meat Was Made In USA? Ranchers, Meatpackers Disagree

KPLU News - 4 hours 21 min ago
You've probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store that say something like "Born, Raised, & Harvest in the U.S.A." or "Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in the U.S."

These country-of- origin labels, as they are known, are part of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Midwest ranchers. And they may not be long for store shelves.

The 2002 Farm Bill was the first to require country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat.

North Korean Diplomat Stopped In Bangladesh With $1.4 Million In Gold

KPLU News - 5 hours 2 min ago
Customs authorities in Bangladesh would like to know what a top North Korean diplomat was doing with $1.4 million in gold hid in his luggage as he arrived on a flight from Singapore to Dhaka.

"We recovered the gold both in the form of bars and ornaments from Son Young Nam, the First Secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Dhaka," said Moinul Khan, Director General of the Custom Intelligence department, adding the gold weighed about 27 kg (60 pounds) in total, according to Reuters.

Source: Justice Dept. Prepares To Charge N.J. Sen. Menendez With Corruption

KPLU News - 5 hours 24 min ago
Updated at 3:17 p.m. ET

The Justice Department is planning to bring corruption charges against Sen.

#NPRreads: On America's First Suicide Bombing And Its Influential Pizza Lobby

KPLU News - 5 hours 50 min ago
#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we bring you four reads that illuminate a bit of history or pieces of regulation you may not have known about.

DOJ Indicts 3 Men Accused Of 'Largest Data Breach In History'

KPLU News - 6 hours 27 min ago
Three men, two from Vietnam and one from Canada, who allegedly participated in a scheme to harvest a billion email addresses have been charged in what the Department of Justice describes as the largest data breach in the history of the Internet.

An indictment has been unsealed for Vietnamese citizens Viet Quoc Nguyen, 28, who is a fugitive, and Giang Hoang Vu, 25, his accomplice, who is in custody. Nguyen and Vu are accused of hacking into eight U.S.-based email service providers to steal the addresses.

Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies At 88

KPLU News - 6 hours 35 min ago
Albert Maysles, the father of the contemporary American documentary film who was behind such classics as 1970's Gimme Shelter, has died. He was 88.

Maysles, an Oscar-nominated director, died Thursday in New York, Erica Dilday at the Maysles Documentary Center confirmed.

NPR's Neda Ulaby is reporting on his death for our Newscast unit. She says:

"Albert Maysles with his brother David turned an unflinching cinematic eye on everything from door to door Bible salesmen to the most eccentric members of the East Coast elite.

Mayor: 3 Ferguson Employees Linked To Racist Emails No Longer With Department

KPLU News - 6 hours 48 min ago
Three Ferguson, Mo., employees who were responsible for emails that contained disparaging references to President Obama and African-Americans are no longer employed by the city, Mayor James Knowles tells The Associated Press.

As NPR's Carrie Johnson reported,

Former NBC Executive Returns To Oversee Troubled News Division

KPLU News - 7 hours 1 min ago
The parent company of NBC, Comcast, has turned to a familiar figure to lead the network's troubled news division, naming Andrew Lack as chairman to shore up its credibility, its finances and its stability.

The appointment follows the scandal that led to the suspension of chief anchor Brian Williams, who inflated the dangers he faced while covering the invasion of Iraq. It is not clear whether Williams will return.

Obama Returns To Selma For 50th Anniversary Of Historic March

KPLU News - 7 hours 3 min ago
It's the kind of moment rich with history — a moment to reflect on a searing date in the civil rights struggle, and to do so with the nation's first African-American president taking center stage at the memorial ceremonies. It's a time and place to reflect on where we have been and where we have come as a nation.

FDA Approves First Of New Type Of Generic Drugs

KPLU News - 7 hours 37 min ago
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in a class of generic drugs that are made from living cells instead of chemical compounds.

So-called biosimilar drugs "are complex medications made or extracted from living cells, blood components and tissue," The Wall Street Journal says.

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Federal Rule To Extend Medical Leave To Same-Sex Spouses In All States

KPLU News - 7 hours 43 min ago
Legally married spouses in same-sex couples soon will be able to take unpaid time off to care for a spouse or sick family members even if they live in a state that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

The final rule issued by the Department of Labor takes effect March 27. It revises the definition of "spouse" in the Family and Medical Leave Act to recognize legally married same-sex couples regardless of where they live.

Google Thinks We're Clueless About Cocktails, And It Wants To Help

KPLU News - 7 hours 46 min ago
One of the advantages of being the world's largest search engine is that you learn a lot about what people don't know, or can't remember.

It turns out the world is daunted by cocktails, and has sought help enough times from Google that the company decided to get in on the mixology instruction game itself.

On Thursday, the tech giant launched a feature that provides step-by-step instructions for how to prepare a desired cocktail, and a list of ingredients.

For India's Widows, A Riot Of Color, An Act Of Liberation

KPLU News - 7 hours 52 min ago
"I have no one. I've lost everything. My children are gone, my parents are gone. My husband's family doesn't ask about me. They don't even look for me, they don't even know if I eat," says Manu Ghosh, 85.

That's her above, seen before and after the Hindu festival of Holi at her ashram in northern India.

Manu was married at age 10 and found her way to the northern city of Vrindavan at 37. By that time, she was already widowed and had lost three children who she says all died prematurely.

Washington House Passes $12 Minimum Wage

KPLU News - 7 hours 56 min ago

Democrats in the Washington state House have passed a $12 per hour minimum wage measure. The increase would phase-in over four years.

Amid Push For Alternatives, Judges Cling to Juvenile Detention For Truants

KPLU News - 7 hours 56 min ago

Nationally, there’s a push to outlaw incarceration of students for skipping school and other non-criminal behavior and use alternatives.

But some judges are reluctant to give detention up.

School districts in Washington are required to file a truancy petition with juvenile court when a student is chronically absent.