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6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

KPLU News - 4 hours 30 min ago
Six writers have withdrawn from the PEN American Center's annual gala on May 5 in protest against the free-speech organization's decision to give the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award.

The writers who have withdrawn from the event are Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi, The New York Times

Leave The Selfie Sticks At Home, Wimbledon Says

KPLU News - 4 hours 32 min ago
Taking the same stance as the Kentucky Derby and other big events, the All England Lawn Tennis Club is telling ticket holders for this year's Wimbledon not to try to bring selfie sticks to matches.

The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

KPLU News - 4 hours 37 min ago
On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank while traveling up the Mississippi River, killing an estimated 1,800 people.

The event remains the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history (the Titanic killed 1,512 people).

James Holmes Trial Set To Begin In Colorado, 3 Years After Cinema Shooting

KPLU News - 5 hours 56 min ago
More than 1,000 days after James Holmes opened fire on an audience at a midnight movie in Aurora, Colo., his trial will begin in earnest Monday. His defense team admits Homes killed 12 people and injured 70 more; the trial is expected to turn on questions about Holmes' sanity – and whether he should be executed.

Opening statements in the trial will be delivered in Arapahoe County District Court Monday, nearly three years after the attack.

Giant Washington Quake: It's Entiat's Fault

KPLU News - 6 hours 30 min ago

In December of 1872, an earthquake shook the Pacific Northwest so hard that a Seattle resident described watching near-tidal waves roil Lake Union.

And it wasn’t just Seattle; the quake shook from Eugene, Oregon to Canada. It triggered a landslide near Wenatchee that briefly dammed the Columbia River.

More Than 3,700 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake's Toll Rises

KPLU News - 7 hours 13 min ago
Nepal's devastating earthquake that hit Saturday is now blamed for at least 3,700 deaths. Reconstruction is estimated to cost billions. International aid efforts are underway, but aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging.

Rescue crews and aid groups are working to reach survivors — but their efforts are being hampered by the stricken areas' remote locations. Roads that are drivable are clogged with traffic.

Officials warn the death toll could go much higher.

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

KPLU News - 9 hours 7 min ago
We've all heard that an aspirin a day can keep heart disease at bay. But lots of Americans seem to be taking it as a preventive measure, when many probably shouldn't.

In a recent national survey, more than half the adults who were middle age or older reported taking an aspirin regularly to prevent a heart attack or stroke.

Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday

KPLU News - 9 hours 27 min ago
People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states.

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Aims For A Lot From His High-Profile Visit To U.S.

KPLU News - 9 hours 55 min ago
Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is in the U.S. all this week for a tightly-packed visit that will focus largely on the strong ties between the U.S. and its closest Asian ally.

There was a time not so long ago that the prime minister's office in Toyko appeared to have a revolving door. Japan went through four prime ministers during President Obama's first three years in office alone.

Abe was first elected as prime minister in 2006, but that tenure lasted just one year, in large part because of health problems.

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

KPLU News - 9 hours 56 min ago
The U.S. Supreme Court directly confronts the question of gay marriage this week with a whopping two and a half hours of oral argument, accompanied by plenty of prognostication afterwards about the expected results. It won't be until June that we learn how the issue is settled nationally.

Drop-In Home Chefs May Be An Alternative To Assisted Living

KPLU News - 9 hours 58 min ago
A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there's all that time standing on your feet. It's one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities.

But a company called Chefs for Seniors has an alternative: They send professional cooks into seniors' homes.

In Texas, Questions About Prosecuting Truancy

KPLU News - 9 hours 59 min ago
As long as there have been schools and classes, there have have been students who don't show up. And educators scratching their heads over what to do about it.

In most states, missing a lot of school means a trip to the principal's office. In Texas, parents and students are more likely to end up in front of a judge.

Truancy there is treated as a criminal offense, a class C misdemeanor. In 2013, school districts in the state filed 115,000 truancy cases. The problem is so big, state lawmakers and the U.S.

Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

KPLU News - 10 hours 27 min ago
It's been nearly three years since 12 people were killed in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight premier of the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre, but there are two key questions: Was he insane and should he be put to death?

When the gunman stormed the theater and began firing into the crowd, Tom Teves says his son Alex made a split-second decision to shield his girlfriend.

"He had to make a choice to save his girlfriend and die, or let her die.

South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks 'Vile,' Says Zulu King Accused Of Inciting Them

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:33
Goodwill Zwelithini is the influential king of South Africa's Zulu nation. Comments that he made last month — when he reportedly said head lice should be squashed and foreigners should pack their belongings and leave the country — have been blamed for igniting attacks on foreigners, resulting in at least seven deaths.

As California's Economy Reels From Drought, At Least One Industry Is Doing Fine

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:17
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A Day After Earthquake, Nepal Struck By Aftershocks

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:17
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Jazz Northwest For April 26

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:00

This week on Jazz Northwest we'll sample some new and recent recordings including a new old one from 1962 being issued for the first time!  Ernestine Anderson was just 34 years old and in the first bloom of her career when she sang at The Penthouse, a Pioneer Square jazz club where Jim Wilke was producing a weekly live and direct broadcast on KING-FM.  The aircheck of the broadcast is the source for this new first time issue on a HighNote CD.

Putin: 'No Regrets' Over Crimea Annexation

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:21
In a new documentary in Russia, President Vladimir Putin says that the annexation of Crimea just over a year ago was justified and righted a historical wrong.

In the film titled The President, Putin denies that the importance of the Black Sea peninsula is not strategic. "It's because this has elements of historical justice.

Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 10:20
Police in Baltimore say that 34 people were arrested and six police officers received "minor injuries" in protests Saturday afternoon and evening over the death in custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man.

In a statement today, police said a "small contingent of yesterday's protesters caused violent disruptions downtown and in

1 Dead, 4 Missing After Sudden Squall Hits Alabama Sailing Regatta

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 07:43
At least one person is dead and four others missing after a powerful storm swept through a race regatta in Alabama's Mobile Bay, capsizing sailboats.

Ideal race conditions suddenly turned Saturday afternoon, when winds quickly went from 15 knots to 50 knots, generating waves as high as 10 feet along the 18-mile course.

One body was plucked from the water and a Coast Guard search continued through the night and into this morning for four sailors still unaccounted for, The Associated Press quoted Petty officer Carlos Vega as saying.

"Apparently there were a number of vessels that became di