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Boston Copes With Its Deepening Blanket Of Snow

KPLU News - 2 hours 26 min ago
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It's Been A Hard Road To 12 Step For Zanzibar's Heroin Addicts

KPLU News - 2 hours 47 min ago
Could a 12-step program, with its Christian roots, help addicts recover in a conservative Muslim island in the Indian Ocean?

Suleiman Mauly was desperate to find out. He'd been using heroin in his native Zanzibar since age 17. The island nation is a key stop for heroin smuggled from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe. An estimated 7 percent of the 1 million inhabitants are heroin addicts.

Mauly had tried to get clean a couple of times. It didn't work.

Gamesmanship Or Cheating: A History Quiz

KPLU News - 2 hours 48 min ago
"The line between cheating and gamesmanship is constantly blurred," observes The New York Times in a recent story.

Gunman Opens Fire At City Council Meeting In Minnesota

KPLU News - 3 hours 5 min ago
A gunman walked into a New Hope City Council meeting near Minneapolis and opened fire on Monday.

Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson tells our Newscast unit that the gunman was killed and two police officers were injured.

Tim filed this report:

"The city is a second-ring suburb northwest of Minneapolis.

"Authorities said the shooting happened shortly after two new officers were sworn in to the city's police force. Police returned fire, but two officers were shot during the exchange.

LOOK! The Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Tuesday Has Its Own Moon

KPLU News - 3 hours 46 min ago
In celestial terms, asteroid 2004 BL86 pretty much buzzed the Earth on Tuesday, coming within 745,000 miles of our planet.

As NPR's Sam Sanders explained, Monday's flyby is the closest a known asteroid of this size will pass by Earth in at least the next two centuries.

This means that when the asteroid flew by yesterday, scientists trained their instruments on the body.

Winter Storm Skirts New York City, But Still Walloping Northeast

KPLU News - 4 hours 39 min ago
First the good news: Forecasts of a historic winter storm for the country's most populous city have failed to materialize.

Forecasters had called for up to 30 inches of snow in New York City, but as a new day dawned, meteorologists had downgraded the system to a winter storm from a blizzard and tempered their forecasts, saying when it was all done, the city would have about 12 inches of snow on the ground.

The dire forecasts — which predicted one of the biggest storms to hit New York — meant the city came to standstill.

Pentagon Identifies World War II Veteran Featured In NPR/ProPublica Investigation

KPLU News - 6 hours 33 min ago
The remains of a World War II soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines – and the subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation last year – have been identified as Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder. His identification came after a long legal battle between his family and the Pentagon.

Kelder, who enlisted in the Army in 1941, served as a dental assistant in Manila, and then ended up on the Bataan peninsula.

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

KPLU News - 8 hours 3 min ago
Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That's according to a study by the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result.

The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013.

'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

KPLU News - 8 hours 12 min ago
Over in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. Critic Kenneth Turan tells NPR's Renee Montagne about some of the festivals must-see films, including documentaries about Scientology, rape on college campuses and Nina Simone, and a romantic drama based on a novel by Colm Tóibín.

Interview Highlights

On the festival's stand-out documentaries

This year really I think they're stronger than ever. There [are] some films that really just blew people away.

Russian Threats Underscore Europe's Need To Boost Military

KPLU News - 8 hours 14 min ago
An international cat-and-mouse game played out in the waters of Stockholm a few months ago.

The "mouse" was a foreign submarine — Russia is the main suspect — that got away.

And as Russia's military becomes more aggressive, European leaders fear they do not have the military power to deal with this new threat.

Take Sweden, for instance.

After Uproar, Garfield High School To Be Spared From Teacher Shuffle

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:56

Garfield High School will apparently not lose a full-time teacher to another short-staffed Seattle school when a new term starts next week, district officials confirmed Monday.

Both principal Ted Howard and a leader of the school's parent-teacher organization said Monday they do not expect district officials will force the school to send five Garfield teachers to another school for one-fifth of the day.

Microsoft's Quarterly Profit Hit By Charge For Layoffs Connected To Nokia Purchase

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:27

Microsoft’s profit dropped 11 percent in the most recent quarter, partly due to expenses connected to layoffs after the company’s purchase of the Finnish cell phone maker Nokia. 

Jeffrey Sterling, Former CIA Officer, Is Convicted Of Espionage

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 15:03
A former CIA officer who was accused of giving a journalist classified information about U.S. plans to spoil Iran's nuclear program has been convicted of espionage in federal court.

Jeffrey Sterling, 47, was officially fired from the CIA in 2002; he was indicted for espionage in 2011 and now faces the possibility of dozens of years in prison.

Medicare Looks To Speed Up Pay For Quality Instead Of Volume

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:14
The Obama administration said Monday that it wants to speed up changes to Medicare so that within four years half of its traditional spending will go to doctors, hospitals and other providers that coordinate patient care.

The shift is being made to stress quality and frugality over payment by the procedure, test and visit.

The announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is intended to spur efforts to supplant Medicare's traditional fee-for-service medicine, in which doctors, hospitals and other medical p

An Asteroid Is Passing Very Close To Earth Today. Here's How To See It

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:42
By the time you read this post, asteroid 2004 BL86 will already have come as close to us as it's going to get as it flies by Earth. At about 11:19 a.m. ET today, it was nearly 745,000 miles away from our planet. That's only about three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

But don't worry, you may still be able to catch a glimpse of the huge hunk of rock tonight.

When and how can I see the asteroid?

The best time to observe BL86 is around 9 p.m.

Accused Bomber's Lawyers Say Boston Jury Pool Is Too Biased

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:41
The search for jurors in the case of accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is taking longer than expected.

Defense attorneys say it's nearly impossible to find open-minded, unbiased jurors around Boston. They're asking yet again for the judge to move the trial somewhere else.

From the beginning, defense attorneys have argued the entire jury pool has been poisoned by what they call "a narrative of guilt" from a "tidal wave" of media coverage.

At Koch Summit, A Freewheeling Debate Among GOP Hopefuls

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:07
Three Republican presidential hopefuls declined Sunday night to insult some of the Republican Party's biggest donors.

Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, asked by debate moderator Jonathan Karl of ABC News if billionaires now have too much influence in both major parties, agreed that it wasn't a problem. They all said no, if not exactly for the same reasons.

The senators spoke at a semi-annual gathering of billionaires David and Charles Koch's donor network, which underwrites a powerful array of secretly funded political groups.

Syrian Rebels Want To Fight Assad, But Now They'll Face ISIS

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:01
In the U.S. view, the most serious threat coming from Syria is the self-styled Islamic State, or ISIS. That's why the Pentagon is sending forces to train what it terms moderate Syrian rebel fighters.

But here's the catch. Moderate rebel commanders say it will be hard to explain this mission to their troops, who took up arms with the aim of toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad, not ISIS.

The U.S. plan calls for the Americans and their allies to train and equip about 5,000 Syrian moderates. U.S.

Sandwich Monday: Girl Scout Cookie Coffeemate

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:00
Used to be, you had to briefly stop eating Girl Scout Cookies while you finished your morning cup of coffee. But no more. Coffeemate is now making Girl Scout Cookie-flavored creamer, so you can now ingest them 24 hours a day, so long as you can find a friend to shove them in your mouth while you sleep.

Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

KPLU News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:46
Whether it was the $85,000 personal submarine craft, the telepathic obstacle course or the yeti yard ornaments we could never quite afford, in-flight catalog SkyMall — and the kitschy items sold inside its pages — are going to be hard to forget.

On Friday, SkyMall's parent company filed for bankruptcy protection and announced that its assets would go up for auction in late March. So in preparation for the catalog's possible disappearance from our seatback pockets, we asked people how they'd remember SkyMall. Some of you wrote heartfelt testimonials.