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Seven Baltimore Police Officers Hurt In Clashes With Protesters

KPLU News - 3 hours 23 min ago
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 - 3 hours 27 min ago
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.

For Europe-Bound Migrants, Desperation Outweighs Risks

KPLU News - 3 hours 37 min ago
After a two-month wait in Libya, Hassan Silla, a 35-year-old from Sierra Leone, made the sea crossing from northern Africa to southern Italy on a smuggler's boat last February.

As one of 76 migrants on a 12-meter-long inflatable dinghy, Silla knew exactly what the risks were. Lawlessness and chaos have gripped Libya, and Silla says migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are the most vulnerable.

While waiting to make the crossing, he lost his best friend.

"They tried to attack him, to take his money," Silla recalls.

The Largest For-Profit College Shutdown In History

KPLU News - 3 hours 43 min ago
The long-running story of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges has entered what looks like a final phase. As our colleagues at SCPR wrote:

"Corinthian Colleges will shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation."

We've been covering this story for almost a year.

Don't Trust The Goats; Their Ticks Could Make You Sick

KPLU News - 4 hours 45 min ago
Ticks transfer a range of diseases to humans, from the well-known Lyme to the lesser-known Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis. Now, there's a previously undiscovered disease to add to the list, from bacteria called Anaplasma capra.

Now you may be wondering: Why is it important to find new diseases carried by ticks?

It's because of the gap. There are more people who report tick bites than there are diagnoses of tick-borne diseases.

LOOK: Historic Nepal Sites Before And After The Quake

KPLU News - 4 hours 48 min ago
More than 4,000 people are dead in Nepal after the devastating earthquake that hit the country over the weekend.

The human toll of the quake is massive, but the temblor has also damaged some of Kathmandu's most historic structures.

Here are some before-and-after images of some of those sites

Durbar Square

Kathmandu's Durbar Square is home to many of the city's main religious sites.

Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

KPLU News - 5 hours 21 min ago
Federal health officials Monday changed the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time since 1962, cutting by almost half the maximum amount of fluoride that should be added to drinking supplies.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommended a maximum of 0.7 milligrams per liter of water instead of the long-standing maximum of 1.2 milligrams.

"The change is recommended because now Americans have access to more sources of fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouth rinse

Sandwich Monday: Deep-Fried Cheese Curds

KPLU News - 6 hours 29 min ago
Whenever people from the edges of the country come to visit me in the Midwest, I don't let them leave until they have tried deep-fried cheese curds.

If you're not familiar with them, cheese curds are a byproduct of the cheddar cheese-making process, and "deep frying" is a method by which anything is made into a better version of itself.

You can find deep-fried cheese curds all over the states surrounding Wisconsin.

Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm In Baltimore

KPLU News - 8 hours 29 min ago
In Baltimore, the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died after being arrested, was underway Monday. Gray's family and many public figures are calling for peace, after a weekend that saw violence and arrests.

"We must not allow an already tragic situation to tear our community apart," Sen.

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

KPLU News - 8 hours 34 min ago
Updated at 11:41 a.m. ET

Loretta Lynch is the new U.S. attorney general.

Lynch was sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden, who said the daughter of a Baptist minister who preached during the sit-ins in Greensboro, N.C., will now be "leading the march to a more perfect union."

Lynch, 55, is the nation's 83rd attorney general and the first black woman to hold the position.

Chemical Change In Synthetic Marijuana Suspected Of Causing Illnesses

KPLU News - 8 hours 38 min ago
Over the past three weeks, people have been tumbling into emergency rooms across the country, seriously ill after using a synthetic drug known as K2 or spice.

Hundreds of cases have been reported in states including Alabama, Mississippi and New York, where state health departments have warned people to stay away from the drug.

With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

KPLU News - 8 hours 49 min ago
With the U.S. combat role over in Afghanistan, the country's security now depends on men like Sgt. Maj. Faiz Mohammed Wafa, one of the leaders of the Afghan commandos.

On this day, the Afghan sergeant is screaming at trainees at Camp Commando, a training center built by the Americans in the hills south of Kabul. Two dozen trainees are seated in the dirt in full combat gear. Wafa is trying to teach them the proper way to clear a house, searching room to room for insurgents.

"I told you 10 times," he says.

6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

KPLU News - 10 hours 31 min ago
Six writers have withdrawn from the PEN American Center's annual gala on May 5 in protest against the free-speech organization's decision to give the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award.

The writers who have withdrawn from the event are Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi, The New York Times

Leave The Selfie Sticks At Home, Wimbledon Says

KPLU News - 10 hours 33 min ago
Taking the same stance as the Kentucky Derby and other big events, the All England Lawn Tennis Club is telling ticket holders for this year's Wimbledon not to try to bring selfie sticks to matches.

The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

KPLU News - 10 hours 38 min ago
On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank while traveling up the Mississippi River, killing an estimated 1,800 people.

The event remains the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history (the Titanic killed 1,512 people).

James Holmes Trial Set To Begin In Colorado, 3 Years After Cinema Shooting

KPLU News - 11 hours 57 min ago
More than 1,000 days after James Holmes opened fire on an audience at a midnight movie in Aurora, Colo., his trial will begin in earnest Monday. His defense team admits Homes killed 12 people and injured 70 more; the trial is expected to turn on questions about Holmes' sanity – and whether he should be executed.

Opening statements in the trial will be delivered in Arapahoe County District Court Monday, nearly three years after the attack.

Giant Washington Quake: It's Entiat's Fault

KPLU News - 12 hours 31 min ago

In December of 1872, an earthquake shook the Pacific Northwest so hard that a Seattle resident described watching near-tidal waves roil Lake Union.

And it wasn’t just Seattle; the quake shook from Eugene, Oregon to Canada. It triggered a landslide near Wenatchee that briefly dammed the Columbia River.

More Than 3,700 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake's Toll Rises

KPLU News - 13 hours 14 min ago
Nepal's devastating earthquake that hit Saturday is now blamed for at least 3,700 deaths. Reconstruction is estimated to cost billions. International aid efforts are underway, but aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging.

Rescue crews and aid groups are working to reach survivors — but their efforts are being hampered by the stricken areas' remote locations. Roads that are drivable are clogged with traffic.

Officials warn the death toll could go much higher.

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

KPLU News - 15 hours 8 min ago
We've all heard that an aspirin a day can keep heart disease at bay. But lots of Americans seem to be taking it as a preventive measure, when many probably shouldn't.

In a recent national survey, more than half the adults who were middle age or older reported taking an aspirin regularly to prevent a heart attack or stroke.

Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday

KPLU News - 15 hours 28 min ago
People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states.