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WWII Aircraft Carrier Is Found On Ocean Floor Near San Francisco

KPLU News - 2 hours 41 min ago
It fought in World War II and was used in two atomic bomb tests. Now, 64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy.

A new image of the ship suggests it's in good shape for a craft that was damaged by shock waves, heat and radiation in the Pacific Ocean.

"Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes," said James Delgado, maritime heritage director for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Antitrust Inquiry Reportedly Looks At How Big Theater Chains Snare Movies

KPLU News - 3 hours 32 min ago
Small theaters' claims that large cinema chains keep them from screening first-run movies have reportedly prompted a Department of Justice investigation. News of a federal inquiry comes as arguments over preferential treatment and exclusivity have been heating up in recent years.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports:

"A Supreme Court decision in 1948 required that movie studios divest their ownership in theaters. The idea was to guarantee independent theaters could show new movie releases.

Australia Says It Broke Up ISIS-Inspired Plot To Attack WWI Event

KPLU News - 4 hours 17 min ago
In a series of early-morning raids, Australian counterterrorism police arrested five men in the Melbourne area Saturday, over their possible involvement in a plot to attack police officers at an upcoming World War I remembrance ceremony.

Three of the men were later released; police say that Sevdet Ramdan Besim, 18, "has been charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts."

From Sydney, Stuart Cohen reports:

"Police say two of the men were planning terror attacks at ANZAC Day ceremonies, Australia's memorial day, marking the 100t

Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 35 In Jalalabad; ISIS Reportedly Claims Responsibility

KPLU News - 5 hours 25 min ago
In what could be the first attack in Afghanistan by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the extremist group has reportedly said it is behind Saturday's deadly attack in Jalalabad. Media outlets and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have noted the claim, which has not been independently verified.

"Who claimed responsibility for horrific attack in Nangarhar today? The Taliban did not claim responsibility for the attack, Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack," Ghani told Agence France-Presse.

Heavy Police Presence At Ferry Demonstrations Bring Seoul To A Halt

KPLU News - 6 hours 37 min ago


In New Orleans, Young Lives Adrift

KPLU News - 7 hours 21 min ago
On weekend afternoons, Craig Adams Jr. plays for tourists on the streets of the French Quarter.

He gigs with different bands, bringing whatever's needed: trumpet, trombone, saxophone — he plays six or seven instruments in all. There's a white plastic bucket on the sidewalk so people can drop in cash as they browse the T-shirts and Mardi Gras masks.

Craig is 18, and there's music in his blood: "I had my uncle, my grandfather, and my dad to teach me." His father, Craig Adams Sr., leads a group called the Higher Dimensions of Praise Gospel Band.

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O'Malley, Possible Clinton Rival, Says A President Can't Let Polls Lead

KPLU News - 7 hours 21 min ago
Hillary Clinton is inauthentic, not transparent and will have trouble connecting with younger voters. And Republican economic theory is "bull- - - -."

That was essentially the argument Martin O'Malley made in an interview with NPR for why voters should choose him to be president over Clinton — the overwhelming favorite for the 2016 Democratic nomination — as well as whichever candidate survives the Republican primaries.

"The bigger issue is, do we have the ability as a party to lead by our principles?" O'Malley told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

Frustrations Fuel Violence Against Immigrants In South Africa

KPLU News - 7 hours 41 min ago
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20 Years Later, Oklahoma City Bombing Victims Fight Stigmas

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Latest Mediterranean Incident Highlights Italy's Migrant Crisis

KPLU News - 7 hours 41 min ago
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Global Bankers Meet To Resolve A Two-Speed World Economy

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In Panama, Restoring Streets And Reforming Gangs At The Same Time

KPLU News - 7 hours 41 min ago
Panama, like its Central American neighbors, is struggling with a rise in gangs. A recent census by the country's security forces put the number of criminal organizations operating in Panama now at about 200.

One neighborhood, in the capital's historic old city, is taking on its gang problem with a group of strange bedfellows.

First, meet K.C.

As Greeks And Germans Negotiate Debt, Reparations Issues Resurface

KPLU News - 7 hours 42 min ago
The village of Distomo is tucked into the foothills of central Greece, near the ancient city of Delphi. Had recent history been kinder to it, the village might have been known for its 10th-century Byzantine monastery or its postcard scenes of grandfathers like Lukas Pergantas, tending their small vineyards.

But Pergantas says his hometown is defined by a horrific massacre by Nazi forces on June 10, 1944.

"They stormed in and murdered anyone in front of them," says the 63-year-old retired electrician.

The Cat-And-Mouse Game Of The Great Clinton Chase, Iowa Edition

KPLU News - 9 hours 43 min ago
Editor's Note: This is a reporter's notebook from NPR's Tamara Keith, who is covering the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The e-mail from the Clinton campaign came late on Monday. Meet at the Panera Bread in Davenport, Iowa, at 9:45 in the morning. I was to be one of about a dozen reporters in a press pool given access to an unpublicized stop. What we quickly learned was that the restaurant was a decoy.

From Losers To Possible Kingmakers, A Scottish Party Come Back Strong

KPLU News - 10 hours 8 min ago
Political life is full of comeback stories, but few are quite as dramatic as the boomerang that Scottish nationalists have experienced over the last six months.

Last September, the Scottish National Party lost a vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

Now, membership in the SNP has quadrupled, and that unexpected turn of events means that this party, dismissed as a loser last fall, could determine who becomes the next prime minister after British elections in a few weeks.

People who wanted Scotland to leave the U.K. had waited their whole life for last year's vote.

In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

KPLU News - 10 hours 25 min ago
In his home in Lahore, Pakistan, Saleem Khan holds up his late father's violin. There are no strings, the wood is scratched and the bridge is missing.

"There was a time when people used to come to Lahore from all over the world to hear its musicians," the 65-year-old violinist says in the new documentary, Song of Lahore. "Now we can't even find someone to repair our violins."

Pakistan's second largest city once had a booming film industry and a flourishing music scene.

Senator Murray: 'No Child Left Behind' Might Get Left Behind

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:11

A U.S. Senate committee advanced a bill to re-write the federal No Child Left Behind Act this week, raising hopes that Congress may finally take action to officially scrap the law's tough, but outdated systems for holding schools across the nation accountable for students' success.

The proposed "Every Child Achieves Act" shifts a lot of federal powers to education officials at the state level. Though national mandates to give students standardized tests every year would remain in place, states could decide for themselves how to use test results to rate schools and determine whether students are on-track for success in college or a career.

Teachers Plan Walkouts To Protest State Budget; At Least Eight WA Districts Affected

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:53

Leaders of eight local teachers unions announced plans Friday to hold "one-day strikes" beginning next week in hopes to express frustrations with the progress of state budget talks in Olympia. 

Teachers in the Arlington, Lakewood and Stanwood-Camano districts will walk out on Wednesday, April 22, according to a press release from the Washington Education Association. On Friday, April 24, Ferndale and Bellingham teachers will do the same.

Win Tickets To The Pearl Django CD Release Party

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Seattle Gypsy Jazz favorites, Pearl Django, for their CD Release Party! Band members are Troy Chapman (guitar) Ryan Hoffman (guitar), David Lange (accordion), Michael Gray (violin), and Rick Leppanen (bass).