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Gunman Made Anti-Police Posts Before Killing NYPD Officers

KPLU News - 1 hour 24 min ago
The gunman who ambushed and killed two New York City police officers in their patrol car before committing suicide reportedly posted messages on social media suggesting the assault was revenge for deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of authorities.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, posted on an Instagram account before the shootings: "I'm putting wings on pigs today.

Two Cops Killed In Brooklyn; Fleeing Suspect Kills Himself

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On The Pakistani Taliban: 'You Can't Do Politics ... Killing Children'

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Filmmaker: Sony Hack Will Make Satirists Think Twice About Content

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With Election, Tunisia Solidifies Its Democracy Success Story

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Is This A Goat Or A Sheep? It's Harder Than You Think

KPLU News - 3 hours 1 min ago
So perhaps you noticed a post I wrote last weekend about how you know if your goat is happy. Yes, scientists do study that.

The story had a cute picture of a goat at the top, taken by a photographer in Dakar, Senegal.

Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

KPLU News - 5 hours 24 min ago

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For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas Cheer Is Wrapped Up In Lefse

KPLU News - 5 hours 27 min ago
For many Norwegian-American families, the biggest Christmas treat isn't foil-wrapped chocolate or sugar-dusted cookies. It's lefse, a simple flatbread.

Lefse are sort of like soft tortillas, made mostly out of mashed potatoes (with a little fat and flour mixed in to form a tender dough). They're usually spread with butter and sugar, or rolled up with a bit of lingonberry jam. And families that make them make them by the dozens.

"It's probably one of the first foods I fell in love with," says Megan Walhood, who lives in Portland Ore., and has family roots in Norway.

Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 13:21
Remember when we told you earlier this month that a gas station in Oklahoma City had lowered its price for regular unleaded to $1.99 a gallon?

Well, now that trend is nationwide: GasBuddy.com, which monitors prices across the country, says the $1.99 sign is up over pumps in 24 states.

Decorated Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward Dies At 95

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:38
Lowell Steward, one of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, has died at age 95 at a hospital in Ventura, Calif., his family says.

Steward, a Los Angeles native who flew 143 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross among other awards, died on Wednesday.

He joined the Army Air Corps after graduating from Santa Barbara College in 1941.

U.N. Reports More Than 7,000 Ebola Deaths Since March

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 09:58
The number of people who have died from the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola has crossed the 7,000 mark, the World Health Organization reports, after it recorded another 392 deaths from its previous total of 6,900 earlier this week.

The total number of infected, nearly all of them in West Africa, is at 19,031, up from 18,569 in the previous report.

BirdNote: Morning In Oaxaca

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 09:00

A winter morning in Oaxaca, Mexico - a great time to visit old friends who spent the summer in the United States.

Yellow-rumped Warblers and Western Tanagers - northern summer-nesters that winter in western Mexico - mingle with resident Berylline Hummingbirds, Gray Silky-Flycatchers, and this Crescent-chested Warbler.

Purchasing shade-grown coffee can help our neotropical migrants.

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 07:59
President Obama is not the only one thinking about the precedent set when Sony decided not to release the comedy The Interview.

4 Gitmo Prisoners Released For Return To Afghanistan

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 07:36
Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET

The United States has released four Afghan detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who were returned to Afghanistan — the latest in a series of releases of inmates in recent weeks.

Reuters says: "The men were flown to Kabul overnight aboard a U.S. military plane and released to Afghan authorities, the first such transfer of its kind to the war-torn country since 2009, a U.S.

A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 06:13
Shannon Johnson, a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, found that when she talked to youngsters about sea snails, she communicated a little more effectively if she skipped the technical description and called them "punk-rock snails."

"Their entire shells are covered in spikes," Johnson explains.

'Going There' in 2014

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 06:03
We've been privileged in these last few months to share the stories of many Americans, some of them famous, but most of them not. We came together through some avenues we know well — books, music and theater. Sometimes, we found each other through pathways that have only recently become a big part of our lives, such as the #BeyondFerguson hashtag that brought so many young people to an August community meeting in that city. Our New Year's Resolution is to keep these honest and vital conversations going.

North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:40
North Korea, which denies that it had anything to do with a hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, now wants to help the U.S. root out the real culprit. But true to form for Pyongyang, the dubious offer comes tinged a threat of "serious" consequences should Washington decline.

An unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman says his country can prove it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony that was directed at an upcoming release of the satire film The Interview, about an assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But the spokesman says the U.S.

Twelve Weeks To A Six-Figure Job

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:03
Marlon Frausto is in pursuit of the new American dream. Just a few weeks ago he left his job, in Hispanic marketing for the legal industry, and moved to San Francisco.

Every day he wakes at 5:30 a.m., commutes 45 minutes by train, and studies until 9 or 10 at night. He's spending down his savings and says he's getting help from "my loving family."

At age 26, Frausto has gone back to school. Sort of.

Suddenly, Russia Is Confident No Longer

KPLU News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:42
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