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Italy's Berlusconi Discovers Social Media As A Campaign Tool

KPLU News - 1 hour 19 min ago
Italy holds regional elections on Sunday, and one politician trying to make a comeback is the scandal-plagued former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Taking his cue from Italy's digitally savvy young Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Berlusconi has opened an Instagram account, posting more than 60 photos on the first day alone.

We see Berlusconi posing with trophies of his soccer team, A.C.

Tacoma Offers Businesses A One-Time Amnesty Program To Settle Unpaid Tax Bills

KPLU News - 1 hour 26 min ago

The city of Tacoma is trying to get business owners to settle their unpaid tax bills by offering a one-time amnesty that will let businesses off the hook for penalties and interest if they come forward and pay. 

At Least 5 Are Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

KPLU News - 2 hours 2 min ago
Storms continued to move through Texas and Oklahoma, dumping torrential rains that led to deadly flooding.

According to CNN and The New York Times, at least five people have been killed in those two states and 12 people are missing in Texas.

The Times reports:

"'It had been raining here for weeks, a lovely wet spring after years of drought.

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

KPLU News - 2 hours 23 min ago
In early May, Nasser Abufarha drove through the rural farmlands around Jenin in the northern West Bank and noticed the timeless features of village life.

Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable Reach Merger Deal

KPLU News - 2 hours 52 min ago
Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications announced on Tuesday that they had reached a merger deal.

If the deal is completed, the new company would become a major rival to Comcast Corp.

With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

KPLU News - 4 hours 23 min ago
The Rick Perry that Iowans were promised in 2012 may have finally shown up — four years too late.

The former Texas governor's much-heralded first presidential run quickly cratered four years ago, beset by stumbles from a candidate who was still recovering from back surgery and never seemed to find his footing on a national stage.

But last week in campaign stops in Northwest Iowa, the likely GOP presidential hopeful was back to his gregarious, confident self on the first of three days he spent barnstorming a state that could make or break his 2016 comeback hopes.

Walking into a meet and g

A Special Focus On Caring For Vets At The End Of Their Lives

KPLU News - 6 hours 35 sec ago
NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Caring for the nation's veterans at the end of their lives can be a complex task. Service members — especially combat veterans — can struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret.

The Army and the VA are working to help them. At one Army hospital in Seattle, its mission is to make those last days meaningful.

Mark Goodwin rode a Harley.

Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

KPLU News - 6 hours 1 min ago
It's a warning sign at art museums around the world: "Don't touch the artwork."

But Spain's famous Prado Museum is changing that, with an exhibit where visitors are not only allowed to touch the paintings — they're encouraged to do so.

The Prado has made 3-D copies of some of the most renowned works in its collection — including those by Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — to allow blind people to feel them.

It's a special exhibit for those who normally can't enjoy paintings.

"Since I went blind, I've been to muse

With Live Video Apps Like Periscope, Life Becomes Even Less Private

KPLU News - 6 hours 3 min ago
Cameras are ubiquitous — from the ones in our cellphones to the security cams in parking lots and shops. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video is raising new questions about privacy.

Streaming video cameras aren't new, but new apps have made it super easy to stream from a smartphone. Periscope is popular because it can be streamed on Twitter, which recently purchased the app.

I turned it on in a parking lot in a mall in San Francisco.

Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet

KPLU News - 6 hours 5 min ago
There's a scene in the television series The Office that says all you need to know about the paper industry's image these days. The sad-sack of a company, Dunder Mifflin, is launching an advertising campaign — and just in time, says one of the sad-sack employees. Whenever he tells people he works for Dunder Mifflin, they assume the company make mufflers or muffins or mittens but "frankly all of those sound better than paper, so I let it slide."

In the real world, paper doesn't appear to be faring much better. Not only are U.S.

Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

KPLU News - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 13:58
The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald today after he was arrested for domestic violence in California – his second arrest in the past nine months.

The Chicago Tribune adds:

"McDonald was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, the Santa Clara, Calif., police department said. It's the second time since Aug.

'Remember The Maine' — In Indiana!

KPLU News - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 13:30
NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

It was the spark that led to America's first overseas war. After an explosion sank the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, the cry rose up in the U.S.

In California, Technology Makes "Droughtshaming" Easier Than Ever

KPLU News - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 13:30
California's drought is turning neighbor against neighbor, as everyone seems to be on the lookout for water wasters.

Take Los Angeles resident Jane Demian, for example. She recently got a letter from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Water Conservation Response Unit, about an unverified report of prohibited water use activity at her home in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of L.A.

Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

KPLU News - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 13:03
It's early evening in Friendship Cemetery, the local graveyard in Columbus, Miss. The white tombstones are coated with that yellow glow you only see right before dusk.

Students from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science are spread out among the gravestones. They're dressed up in costumes: A tall brunette is wearing a dark maroon dress her grandmother made.

For Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Fans Kick It Up A Notch

KPLU News - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 12:59
Soccer fans are replacing their favorite club jerseys for national colors as the best female players in the world prepare to face off in Canada for World Cup 2015, which starts on June 6.

The American Outlaws, considered the biggest U.S. national soccer fan association, has already been rocking red, white and blue to cheer on the women's national team.

About a hundred American Outlaws fans marched into the StubHub stadium in Carson, Calif., to support the U.S. women against Mexico for a World Cup Send-Off Series game on May 17.

Reports: Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55B

KPLU News - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 12:05
Charter Communications, the No. 4 U.S. cable company, is reportedly close to buying Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest, for $55 billion, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are reporting.

On Memorial Day, Obama Honors Sacrifices Of Service Members

KPLU News - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 11:09
Americans are paying tribute today, Memorial Day, to the sacrifices of service members in the nation's earliest conflicts and the newest.

President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside Washington.

Some 5,000 people were at the grounds of the cemetery, which Obama called "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself.

Iraq, Iran Push Back Against Defense Secretary's Comments On Iraqi Forces

KPLU News - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 08:38
Updated at 1:04 p.m. ET

Iraq and Iran are refuting Defense Secretary Ash Carter's assertion that Iraqi forces lacked the "will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State, resulting in the loss last week of Anbar Province and its capital, Ramadi.

Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, told The Associated Press Ramadi's loss was due to mismanagement and poor planning by some senior military commanders.

"Carter was likely given incorrect information because the situation on ground is different," he told the AP.

Dispute Over Shell’s Drilling Equipment Continues As Port Prepares Case For Seattle Hearing Examiner

KPLU News - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 07:10

 The City of Seattle has determined that some of the oil drilling equipment parked on the edge of Elliott Bay does not have the right kind of permit. This includes the large yellow platform called the Polar Pioneer.