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Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

KPLU News - 2 hours 19 min ago
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 - 2 hours 47 min 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."

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 - 2 hours 47 min ago
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 - 3 hours 14 min ago
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 - 3 hours 18 min ago
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 - 4 hours 12 min ago
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 - 5 hours 8 min ago
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 - 7 hours 39 min ago
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 - 9 hours 6 min ago

 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.

Police: Malaysia Uncovers 139 Mass Graves Believed To Hold Migrants

KPLU News - 9 hours 24 min ago
Police in Malaysia say they have uncovered more evidence of human smuggling, with the discovery of at least 139 graves along the country's border with Thailand.

The bodies were found in 28 abandoned forest camps that authorities believe smugglers built to hide migrants who are from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Ex-Israeli Leader Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 8 Months In Corruption Trial

KPLU News - 9 hours 49 min ago
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who as recently as 2009 led his country, was sentenced Monday by a Jerusalem court to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter.

As we reported in March when Olmert was convicted in the case:

"At issue are cash-stuffed envelopes that Olmert took from U.S.

More Heavy Rain Predicted For Texas, Oklahoma

KPLU News - 10 hours 25 min ago
The National Weather Service is forecasting more heavy rain today in parts of Texas and Oklahoma that are reeling from weekend flooding that damaged and destroyed homes and killed at least three people.

The National Weather Service predicted severe thunderstorms in north and northeast Texas, southeast Oklahoma and southwest Arkansas.

Colleges To Students: Don't Trash Those Dorm Castoffs, Donate!

KPLU News - 11 hours 7 min ago
The goat barn at the Putnam County fairgrounds in Greencastle, Ind., will soon be full of, well, goats. But right now it's full of folding tables stacked with clothes, books and housewares — including an anatomically correct coffee mug in the shape of a woman.

At the tables are families, lots of them. Some waited in line for more than an hour to get first dibs on the larger items, like furniture and appliances. Carrie Ardito was first in that line and ran to the back to claim a clothes dryer.

"Yeah, I wasn't expecting one.

It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 sec ago
It's impolite to stare. But when it comes to severely injured soldiers, maybe we don't look enough; or maybe we'd rather not see wounded veterans at all. That's the message you get from photographer David Jay's Unknown Soldier series. Jay spent three years taking portraits of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but before that — for nearly 20 years — he was a fashion photographer. His stylish, artful images appeared in magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

An Island Wonders: Why Are The Sharks Attacking So Often?

KPLU News - 14 hours 48 min ago
The 850,000 people who live on the French island of Reunion, east of Madagascar, depend on the Indian Ocean that surrounds them. Most homes are near the sea, fishing is a major industry and beaches bring the tourists.

But the ocean has also become a source of dread to this French island. Since 2011, sharks have attacked 16 people, killing seven of them. It's a sharp jump from previous years and has left islanders at a loss to understand why.

Bishop Talon, 22, was attacked off a beach called Étang-Sale in February.

Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

KPLU News - 15 hours 18 min ago
Haneen Radi learned to run by walking.

"I used to walk," says the 36-year-old mother of four. "I saw people running and said, I'll try that."

Radi took off. In the decade since then she's finished eight marathons, and she now coaches a girls' running club with 80 members.

"I'm another person when running," Radi says. "I'm happy, I'm smiling."

A few months ago, Radi decided to organize a marathon in Tira, her hometown in northern Israel.

"I thought, I'm bringing something very nice to my society," Radi said, surrounded by supporters at a recent rally on Tira's main street.

On Memorial Day, Learning The Story Behind The Markers

KPLU News - 15 hours 38 min 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."

Walk through a town square this Memorial Day and you might just see a marker or monument commemorating sacrifice in war.

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

KPLU News - 15 hours 40 min ago
American medicine is heading into new terrain, a place where a year's supply of drugs can come with a price tag that exceeds what an average family earns.

Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts says last year more than half a million Americans racked up prescription drug bills exceeding $50,000.

Barbara Haedtke of Portland, Ore., knows this all too well.

A Royal Visit To Pacific Lutheran University

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 23:07

The Pacific Northwest has deep Norwegian roots and nowhere was that more evident than at Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday.

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway came for a visit to the school that was founded 125 years ago by Norwegian immigrants. The King was in the Northwest to speak at PLU's Commencement ceremony in the Tacoma Dome, but made a quick trip to the university first, where he was welcomed by hundreds of students and and  other well wishers from around the region.

LISTEN: A sound portrait of HM King Harald V's visit:

Juan Pablo Montoya Wins Second Indy 500

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 23:04
Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

It was his second victory at the Brickyard — the first was 15 years ago.

Montoya started 15th and twice drove from the back of the field.

He held off fellow Team Penske racer Will Power in the final two laps of the race.