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On The Streets Of Baltimore, Trying To Understand The Anger

KPLU News - 1 hour 15 min ago
In the early morning, as the cold set in, Anaya Maze stood next to the charred remains of a CVS store.

Holding a sign, she was the only protester left in front of a line of police officers dressed in riot gear. She's was petite. Still, she faced the police officers, looking at them intently.

A few steps away were the charred skeletons of two police vehicles, the victims of an unbridled anger that burned its way through the west side of Baltimore.

Maze said she understands the anger. For far too long, she said, police have been killing black men. She says Baltimore had this coming.

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

KPLU News - 1 hour 17 min ago
This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the-court briefs — 148 of them, according to the court, beating the previous record of 136 in the 2013 Obamacare case.

These briefs, known formally by their Latin name, amicus briefs, are filed by groups, individuals, and governments that have an interest in the outcome.

An indicator of how much the numbers have shot up is this fact: The previous record-holder for amicus briefs, the 2013 Obamacare case, beat the earlier record-holder — two affirmative action cases in 2003 — by more than 30 perc

Report: To Aid Combat, Russia Wages Cyberwar Against Ukraine

KPLU News - 1 hour 18 min ago
The rules of War 2.0 (or 3.0) are murky. Experts and pundits say that cyberwarfare is happening. And it makes sense.

On Their Own, The Afghan Army Takes The Fight To The Taliban

KPLU News - 2 hours 25 min ago
The call comes into the Afghan battalion headquarters, a small concrete building that once housed American Green Berets. The Taliban are attacking a police checkpoint under construction in the foothills of Nangahar Province in eastern Afghanistan, a short distance from the border with Pakistan.

The Afghan soldiers gather in a line, lifting their palms and praying for a safe mission. They hop in their trucks and head up a winding dirt road. The unfinished checkpoint can be seen in the hazy distance.

It's not long before they hear the gunfire. The Taliban are attacking from two sides.

Two Days Before Operation Babylift, 57 Children Were Evacuated To The U.S.

KPLU News - 2 hours 26 min ago
NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

The Past Haunts The Present For Japan's Shinzo Abe

KPLU News - 2 hours 27 min ago
As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continues his U.S. tour this week, on the agenda Tuesday are meetings at the White House and a state dinner. Tomorrow, he'll be the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress.

'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

KPLU News - 2 hours 29 min ago
The Pentagon says women could be eligible for all combat roles in the military by next year, but some women already have been fighting — and dying — for their country. They're serving right alongside elite special operations units, such as the Navy SEALs or Army Rangers.

It's part of an effort to connect with half of the Afghan population that was off-limits to male soldiers: the women.

Nepal Death Toll Tops 4,400; At Least 1.4 Million Need Food Aid

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:43
At least 4,400 people are confirmed dead in three countries following Saturday's earthquake just outside Kathmandu, Nepal, the Associated Press reports.

"A Nepal police official says at least 4,352 bodies have so far been recovered after last week's massive earthquake that struck just outside the capital of Kathmandu.

"Deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam says the toll includes 1,176 bodies recovered in Sindhupalchuk district, ju

Attorney General: Washington Lawmakers On Track To Complete School Funding Plan

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:30

Though the Washington Legislature closed its regular session without reaching a budget, it remains on track to fulfill the state Supreme Court's schools funding mandate, the state's top lawyer said in a legal filing Monday.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, charged with defending state lawmakers in the ongoing McCleary case, wrote a progress report to the court saying spending proposals from both the state House and Senate include "historic" increases in K-12 education funding.

Now all that's left, Ferguson argued, is to reach a deal in the special session which starts Wednesday.

Tacoma Advertising In Silicon Valley To Lure Tech Companies

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:40

Silicon Valley tech giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple have all been opening offices in Seattle in recent years.

Now, the City of Destiny wants in on the action. Tacoma recently paid $2,600 to run a quarter-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News, one of the biggest newspapers serving California's Silicon Valley, aimed at persuading tech companies that want to expand in the Pacific Northwest to look 35 miles south of Seattle.

Nepal Quake: Temblors Shook Seattle's Climbing Community

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:29

One member of a Seattle-based climbing group's Everest team died Saturday as a result of an avalanche that hit the mountain following the Nepal earthquake. But several other local climbing organizations reported that their team

When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:58
Thanks to the fast-growing sharing economy, anyone can make money renting out his home or car — or by becoming a personal chef.

Just ask Time magazine columnist Joel Stein. He decided to give the sharing economy a try, then wrote about his experience. The explosion of new social apps and services powering this new consumer landscape gave him the opportunity to run a few of his own DIY businesses.

3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:57
The idea that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage is a good thing for Republicans sounds counterintuitive — after all, the GOP is the party of traditional marriage.

But here's why it might actually be a good thing for the party:

1. Public opinion is changing — at lightning speed.

There's never been a social issue in America on which public attitudes reached a tipping point so quickly.

In 2014, support for gay marriage nationally was 56 percent. That's up from 30 percent in 2004. And among young people it's even higher.

Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:56
During the early phase of her presidential run, Hillary Clinton has been dogged by scrutiny of her family's foundation, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Competitive Bartender Pours Father's Wisdom Into Signature Drink

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:06
Most days, you can find Ran Duan pouring drinks for guests at The Baldwin Bar, inside a branch of his parents' Sichuan Garden restaurant in Woburn, Mass.

But recently he's been setting aside time each day to practice making a special drink.

Duan was recently crowned the finalist in the U.S. Bartenders' Guild's national cocktail competition. Next, he will represent the U.S. in the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in Sydney on April 28.

Economic Impact Of Nepal Quake Likely To Be Massive

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:06
More than 4,000 people are believed dead in the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. The scale of the devastation is likely to have an economic impact on the country, one of the poorest in the world.

IHS Global Insight estimates the cost of reconstruction at more than $5 billion – or about a quarter of the country's gross domestic product.

Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 14:54
Aftershocks following Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake in Nepal are jangling nerves and complicating rescue operations. So far, there have been more than a dozen quakes of magnitude 5 or higher, and another two dozen between magnitude 4.5 and 5.

That rate of aftershocks is in line with a forecast by Andrew Michael and colleagues at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.

Google Experimenting With Patent Marketplace To Combat Trolls

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 14:50
In the most straightforward of language, Google announced its very own patent marketplace on Monday.

Seven Baltimore Police Officers Hurt In Clashes With Protesters

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 14:08
A day of mourning gave way to an evening of violent protests in Baltimore on Monday. Just hours after Freddie Gray's funeral, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets and faced off with police.

Television images showed those demonstrators throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at a line of police officers in riot gear.

Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said seven officers had been hurt in the clashes. Some suffered broken bones and one of them, said Kowalczyk, is unresponsive.

"This is not OK," said Kowalczyk.

Chipotle Says Adios To GMOs, As Food Industry Strips Away Ingredients

KPLU News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 14:04
Fast-casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it has removed all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu, making good on a two-year-old promise. It's the latest example of the food industry stripping away ingredients, some more questionable than others, as consumers demand a say in what's in their dinner.

There is no scientific evidence that GMOs pose a risk to health, as Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells readily acknowledges.