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Lawyer: Second Autopsy Shows Pasco Police Officers Shot Man From Behind

KPLU News - 2 hours 52 min ago

An attorney says an independent autopsy conducted on a Mexican man shot by police in Pasco, Washington shows different results from what investigators have said.

The independent autopsy found that 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot seven times, with at least two entrance wounds on the back of his body.

Banksy's Murals Turn Up In Gaza Strip

KPLU News - 2 hours 53 min ago


Saudi Man Convicted Of Conspiracy In 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

KPLU News - 2 hours 57 min ago
Khalid al-Fawwaz, a Saudi man who the U.S. says was Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant in Britain, has been convicted on all four conspiracy charges tied to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The AP reports that Al-Fawwaz's trial started a month ago in a fortified courthouse in New York. The trial focused on al-Qaida's early days. The AP adds:

"Al-Fawwaz stood expressionless as the verdict was read, pursing his lips briefly.

Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

KPLU News - 4 hours 5 min ago
The Alaskan tundra might not seem like much of an agricultural hotspot, but one farmer in the frigid town of Bethel believes he's found America's newest breadbasket.

For the last 10 years, Tim Meyers has been coaxing an enviable quantity of fruits and veggies from just four acres of land. Last year, he produced 50,000 pounds of potatoes, beets, carrots and other vegetables.

Senate Panel OKs Loretta Lynch Nomination As Attorney General

KPLU News - 4 hours 13 min ago
Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for attorney general, cleared a major hurdle today to succeed Eric Holder as the country's top law enforcement officer. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to send the nomination to the full chamber, which is expected to confirm her nomination.

Three Republicans joined the panel's Democrats to vote "yes." Those opposed to her nomination cited President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

"We should not confirm someone to that position who intends to continue that unlawful policy," said Sen.

Astronomers Discover A Supermassive Black Hole Dating To Cosmic Dawn

KPLU News - 4 hours 31 min ago
SDSS J0100+2802 is the rather understated name scientists have given to an exceptionally luminous, newly discovered quasar. It's 12.8 billion light years away and shines as brightly as 420 million suns.

Judge Throws Out Cover-Up Allegations Against Argentine President

KPLU News - 5 hours 2 min ago
Last month, an Argentine prosecutor who was due to testify about an alleged cover-up in the investigation into the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires was found dead.

Alberto Nisman had accused President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's government of covering up Iran's alleged role in the bombing that killed 85 people in order to push through a grains-for-oil deal with Tehran.

Pew Study On Religion Finds Increased Harassment Of Jews

KPLU News - 5 hours 11 min ago
Updated at 2 p.m. ET.

This week, a man was sentenced to die in Saudi Arabia because he renounced his faith in Islam; a Hindu leader in India made a new accusation against Mother Teresa; a mosque near Bethlehem was set on fire.

It's hardly news that religious differences lead to conflict, nor is it surprising that governments try to restrict religious practice or favor some religions over others.

What We're Watching At The Conservative Political Action Conference

KPLU News - 5 hours 16 min ago
This week's Conservative Political Action Conference has drawn a huge crowd of activists and politicos, per usual — but it's also a prime spot for 2016 presidential hopefuls. The GOP's potential candidates — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Bobby Jindal — are rolling on and off the main stage, hoping to fire up the conservative audience. And how well they do with this crowd — an important part of their base — may say a lot about 2016.

Investigation Finds Five To Six Bullets Hit Pasco Shooting Victim

KPLU News - 5 hours 17 min ago


Kennewick police investigating the police shooting this month of Antonio Zambrano-Montes told reporters Wednesday bullets entered him from the front, and a rock was found near his body.

Officers fired 17 rounds. Of those, one autopsy shows Zambrano-Montes took five shots, the other said six.

Net Neutrality Up For A Key Vote Today By FCC Board

KPLU News - 5 hours 48 min ago
An essential question will be decided today about how the Internet works: Should service providers be a neutral gateway or should they handle different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and with different costs?

The five-member Federal Communications Commission will vote on the policy known as net neutrality at its Thursday meeting, which began at 10:30 a.m. ET. We'll update this post with news from the vote.

The new policy would replace a prior version that was adopted back in 2010 — but was put on hold by a legal challenge by Verizon. In that case, the U.S.

James Bond Meets His Match — The Roman Cobblestone

KPLU News - 5 hours 48 min ago
The headline in today's La Repubblica was "The streets of Rome bring Bond to a standstill — car hits pothole, Craig suffers head injury."

The newspaper reported that the accident occurred while actor Daniel Craig, reprising the role of the suave British spy in the 24th James Bond thriller, Spectre, was driving one of the movie's four custom-made Aston Martins on a narrow cobblestoned street near the Vatican.

Craig reportedly hit his head on the car roof when the speeding vehicle met the irresistible force of a loose sanpietrino, as the Roman cobblestone is known.

Higher Wages, Lower Prices Give Consumers A Break

KPLU News - 5 hours 53 min ago
Economists usually worry about a "wage-price spiral" taking hold.

BirdNote: Flocking And Foraging

KPLU News - 5 hours 54 min ago

In winter, a foraging flock might include several species of birds: chickadees, kinglets, and even a Downy Woodpecker. Many bird species eat alone, so you might wonder why these birds have chosen to dine together.

Different species flocking together to find food enhances the success of all. One species assists the foraging of others. Find out how to attract birds to your back yard at Cornell's AllAboutBirds. Join your local Audubon chapter and learn how to help save habitat for birds.  

Doctors Join Forces With Lawyers To Reduce Firearms Deaths

KPLU News - 6 hours 3 min ago
Each year more than 32,000 people die in the United States as a result of suicides, homicides and accidents with firearms.

For years doctors have tried to reduce the toll by addressing gun injuries and deaths as a public health issue; there's ample evidence that ease of access to is linked to the number of suicides and homicides.

ISIS Video Shows Extremists Smashing Priceless Artifacts

KPLU News - 6 hours 27 min ago


How Black Abolitionists Changed A Nation

KPLU News - 6 hours 38 min ago
This year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution — abolishing slavery.

NASA Sees 'Bright Spots' On Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System

KPLU News - 7 hours 35 min ago
Scientists are puzzled by a new image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which found two bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots are noticeably brighter than other parts of the surface, which looks to be rocky and pock-marked.

Ceres lies in an asteroid belt between the paths of Mars and Jupiter. A white area was previously seen back in 2004, in an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Afghans Make History, Winning Thriller Against Scotland In Cricket's World Cup

KPLU News - 8 hours 8 min ago
Afghans celebrated on the streets of Kabul as their national cricket team, playing half a world away, won its first World Cup game.

Scotland, in its allotted 50 overs, scored 210 runs. In a nail-biting finish, the Afghans scraped past Scotland in Dunedin, New Zealand, by one wicket with three balls to spare.


Attention, Shoppers: Prices For 70 Health Care Procedures Now Online!

KPLU News - 8 hours 44 min ago
Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy's and getting the bill months after you leave the store, Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say.

But an online tool that went live Wednesday is supposed to help change that, giving patients in most parts of the country a small peek at the prices of medical tests and procedures before they open their wallets.

Got a sore knee? Having a baby? Need a primary-care doctor?