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Putin Speaks About The Killing Of Kremlin Critic Boris Nemtsov

KPLU News - 1 hour 31 min ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has for the first time spoken publicly about the killing of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, calling his death a shameful tragedy. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister who became a major opposition figure, was shot four times in the back Friday as he was walking near the Kremlin.

"The most serious attention should be paid to high-profile crimes, including the ones with a political subtext," Putin said in a televised address to the Interior Ministry.

The Magic Trick That Could Shorten The FAFSA

KPLU News - 2 hours 6 min ago
Read part one of our reporting on the FAFSA, "Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That"

It's deadline time for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Better known as the FAFSA.

A Few Reactions to the DOJ's 'Scathing' Report on Ferguson Cops And Racial Bias

KPLU News - 2 hours 9 min ago
The Justice Department reportedly did not find enough evidence to charge white officer Darren Wilson with any civil rights violations for shooting Michael Brown last August.

Japanese World War II Battleship Musashi Found, Billionaire Paul Allen Says

KPLU News - 3 hours 8 min ago


Born In 1898: World's Oldest Living Person Celebrates Birthday

KPLU News - 3 hours 13 min ago
It's now past midnight in Japan, meaning that Misao Okawa, the world's oldest human being, has officially turned 117.

What's A Patient To Do When Hospital Ratings Disagree?

KPLU News - 3 hours 17 min ago
When you face a choice about hotels, restaurants or cars, the chances are you head to the Web for help.

Online ratings have become essential tools for modern consumers. Health care is no exception to the ratings game, especially when it comes to hospitals.

Many people check up on hospitals before they check in as patients. But there's a catch. A hospital that gets lauded by one group can be panned by another.

Some of the biggest names in health quality research got together to look at the variation in ratings among four of the top arbiters: Consumer Reports, U.S.

Rapper Jin Tries To Stretch His '15 Minutes' Of Fame

KPLU News - 3 hours 52 min ago



Man's Identity Questioned In LAPD Skid Row Shooting

KPLU News - 4 hours 30 min ago
New details have emerged in the case of a homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police Sunday, as officials say he was the subject of a federal warrant related to violating probation.

Study Highlights Washington's Gender Wage Gap

KPLU News - 4 hours 39 min ago

The year 2071 is when the state's gender wage gap is projected to close if things continue as they are.  

A new study commissioned by the Women's Funding Alliance shows that more immediate change would not only close the gender wage gap, but also boost the state's economy.

The study says there has been some progress.  Women here are more likely to earn a college degree than they were 20 years ago.  Voter turnout rates are higher for Washington women than in the nation as a whole, and the gender wage gap has narrowed since the 1950s. 

For U.S. Children, Minorities Will Be The Majority By 2020, Census Says

KPLU News - 5 hours 37 min ago
America is heading toward the day when whites will no longer make up the majority of the population. And U.S. children will get there soon, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. The agency also says the overall U.S.

Watch A Film From Mali: The Day Before The Music Died

KPLU News - 5 hours 39 min ago
Just its title has an ominous sense of finality: The Last Song Before the War.

The documentary by Kiley Kraskouskas presents the 2011 Festival in the Desert, a showcase for Mali's incredible musicians that had been held underneath the stars outside of Timbuktu for 12 years. Ten months after the joyous celebration depicted in the film, Islamic extremists took over that part of the country.

Gnancy's Gnocchi Are Occhi-Docchi

KPLU News - 5 hours 42 min ago

I've never been able to make Italian potato Gnocchi (NYOH-kee).  I admitted my secret shame to Nancy Leson in this week's Food for Thought. "I just end up with this soggy, waterlogged mess.  They almost dissolve.  Where am I goin' wrong, here?"  Nancy's answer was a question.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins For Dzokhar Tsarnaev

KPLU News - 6 hours 40 min ago
The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev begins in earnest Wednesday, with opening statements in a capital trial that's expected to last several months.

Federal Agents Carry Out Search For Evidence Of Illegal Support For 'Birth Tourism'

KPLU News - 6 hours 59 min ago
Federal agents searched more than three dozen locations across three counties in Southern California yesterday for evidence of so-called "maternity tourism" operations.

Maternity tourism — or birth tourism — is when a citizen of another country travels to the U.S. to give birth, so the child automatically receives U.S. citizenship.

That in itself is not illegal. But federal authorities are investigating several businesses that may be breaking the law by helping wealthy Chinese women obtain U.S. visas under false pretenses.

Claude Arnold is the lead investigator for U.S.

Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

KPLU News - 8 hours 38 min ago
Dennis Whedbee's crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, N.D.

It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrick hand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top of the well when it suddenly blew.

Oil and sludge pressurized at more than 700 pounds per square inch tore into Whedbee's body, ripping his left arm off just below the elbow.

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

KPLU News - 10 hours 8 min ago
Around four million unauthorized immigrants are stuck in legal limbo more than two weeks after a federal judge in Texas suspended President Obama's move to temporarily protect them from deportation.

Many of these parents of U.S.

Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That

KPLU News - 10 hours 10 min ago
Look closely.

Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget (page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Obama administration has already done a lot to make the FAFSA easier — if not shorter. Online technology now allows students to skip questions that don't apply to them.

Congress wants to go even further.

Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:59
Round 2 in the legal battle over Obamacare hits the Supreme Court's intellectual boxing ring Wednesday.

In one corner is the Obama administration, backed by the nation's hospitals, insurance companies, physician associations and other groups like Catholic Charities and the American Cancer Society.

In the other corner are conservative groups, backed by politicians who fought in Congress to prevent the bill from being adopted.

In 2012, a bitterly divided high court upheld the law as constitutional by a 5-to-4 vote.

Live Studio Session: Christian McBride Trio - The Bass Boss Returns

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:28

Back in 2012, bassist Christian McBride stopped by the KPLU performance studios for a mini-concert with pianist Peter Martin.  It was one of the most elevating duet performance we’d ever heard.  

This time, though, Christian brought his trio with him: Pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.  

Should Hotel Owners Be Forced To Hand Over Guest Records To Police?

KPLU News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:26
Hypotheticals about hunting lodges and Motel 6 saved the oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday from being strangled by legal weeds.

At issue was a Los Angeles ordinance that requires hotel and motel owners to record various pieces of information about their guests — drivers license, credit card and automobile tags, for instance.