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Warm Weekend Weather Will Depart For June Gloom Early Next Week

KPLU News - 1 hour 30 min ago

Expect continued warm weather through the weekend in Western Washington with morning clouds and temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s, according to Cliff Mass, KLPU's weather expert.

But the summer weekend weather won't hold through the early part of next week as clouds and rain move in and the temperature drops into the 60s, he added. Hikers in the Cascades will see the wet weather earlier with thunderstorms in the mountains predicted for this weekend.

"It will be quite a show," Mass said.

June Gloom

Mass said the what people in the western United States talk about when they mention 'June Gloom' actually begins in late May. The eastern Pacific Ocean area as far south as San Diego gets blanketed in low cloud layers. This is because the ocean is still cool but the atmosphere has begun warming up. 

The warm upper air caps the cool lower layer of air and turns it into a consistent cloudy blanket. Coupled with high pressure in the eastern Pacific, it forms and then it lingers like an unwelcome house guest.

5 Things You Should Know About Martin O'Malley

KPLU News - 2 hours 13 min ago


Idaho's Abortion Ban Is Unconstitutional, Federal Court Says

KPLU News - 2 hours 15 min ago
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's law prohibiting abortions after 20 or more weeks of pregnancy is "unconstitutional because it categorically bans some abortions before viability."

The court ruled in favor of Jennie McCormack and Dr. Richard Hearn (on behalf of himself and his patients), who had challenged Idaho's Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that restricts abortion in the state.

In 2011, McCormack was arrested and faced criminal charges after she ended a pregnancy by taking what's known as the abortion pill, RU-486.

First-Quarter Revision Puts GDP In The Red

KPLU News - 3 hours 4 min ago
It turns out that the harsh winter and a growing trade deficit took a bigger dent out of the U.S. economy in the first three months of the year than previously thought — with revised first-quarter GDP actually shrinking by 0.7 percent, according to the Commerce Department.

Commerce had earlier estimated output growing by 0.2 percent.

At FIFA Meeting, Israeli And Palestinian Delegates Shake Hands

KPLU News - 4 hours 15 min ago
Confusion and emotion broke out at Friday's FIFA Congress — and it wasn't over embattled leader Sepp Blatter. The leaders of the Israeli and Palestinian soccer organizations shook hands.

The much-discussed "handshake for peace" happened after the Palestinian Football Association withdrew its proposal that FIFA suspend Israel from international competition.

It was perhaps the only issue that could compete with the wide-ranging accusations of corruption and bribery that have dominated the international gathering of soccer's governing body this week.

U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

KPLU News - 4 hours 22 min ago
Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

The U.S. State Department announced today that Cuba has been dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

"The rescission of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission," the department said in a statement.

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Second Saudi Attack

KPLU News - 5 hours 4 min ago
The Saudi branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a second suicide bomb attack in as many weeks on a Shiite mosque in the kingdom.

At least four people — including the person thought to be the driver of the car bomb — were killed in the attack, which took place during Friday prayers at the al-Anoud mosque in Dammam in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.

The Islamic State said its "Najd Province" affiliate was responsible for the bloodshed.

Breath Holding In The Pool Can Spark Sudden Blackouts And Death

KPLU News - 5 hours 31 min ago
There's a dare that floats out on hot days by the pool: Who can hold their breath the longest? In shallow water, the challenge sounds fun or at least harmless. Competitive swimmers and divers crouch under the surface all the time, drilling breath holds to build endurance. But the practice can cause swimmers to faint and drown without warning and before anyone notices.

Whitner Milner was one of those people. The 25-year-old recreational diver and spear-fisher from Atlanta was training to hold his breath for three minutes. On April 16, 2011, he got into the family pool alone.

Look Who's Hanging Out With A Goat! It's Supermodel Chrissy Teigen

KPLU News - 5 hours 42 min ago
Goats have lots of unusual friends.

There's the goat and the hippo.

And the goat and the giraffe.

This month, Chrissy Teigen has a kid on her lap in a new photo series for DuJour magazine. (And she's not the first star to embrace the ungulate.

Muhammadu Buhari Becomes Nigeria's President

KPLU News - 7 hours 37 min ago
For the first time since Nigeria won its independence in 1960, the country has inaugurated an opposition figure as its next president.

Muhammadu Buhari, a retired general who ruled the country back in the '80s after a military coup, was sworn in as president of Nigeria on Friday.

The BBC reports:

"He has taken over from Goodluck Jonathan, who urged his successor to unite the country in the face of the threat from Boko Haram militants.

Seattle Arena Investor Hansen Looking For Teammate, Facing Hurdles

KPLU News - 7 hours 59 min ago

Investor Chris Hansen confirmed in interviews this week that he is looking for a new teammate in his Seattle arena project. Hansen's plan for a basketball and hockey arena in the SoDo district recently received a favorable Environmental Impact Statement.

But the process is far from over. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel said there are bigger hurdles ahead, including the question of which sport should come first.

Amid Corruption Scandal, FIFA Will Hold Presidential Election

KPLU News - 9 hours 4 min ago
Just two days after a group of leading officials were arrested and charged with corruption and bribery, FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is holding a presidential election.

The Swiss Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, who has been FIFA's chief since 1998, is facing off with Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, but don't expect a big shakeup.


New Jersey Lassa Fever Death Reveals Holes In Ebola Monitoring System

KPLU News - 12 hours 13 min ago
This week a man died in New Jersey of a hemorrhagic fever. This by itself is fairly unusual in the Garden State. Making the case even more odd was that the man was being monitored for Ebola by New Jersey health officials and the case should have been caught earlier.

The events expose a hole in a public health system meant to track potential Ebola cases.

The 55-year-old New Jersey resident worked in the mining industry and traveled frequently to West Africa.

A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

KPLU News - 12 hours 16 min ago
Publishing's big week is almost over. The industry's annual convention, BookExpo America, ends Friday in New York, and on Saturday the publishing world opens its doors to the public with BookCon, where avid readers will get the chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors.

Last year, the lack of diversity on author panels at BookCon spawned the We Need Diverse Books campaign, which in turn sparked renewed conversation about the lack of diversity in publishing.

On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness

KPLU News - 12 hours 17 min ago
On the shores of California one recent morning, female Marines were heaving heavy chains to secure amphibious assault vehicles that soon would roll into the waves.

The exercise was one part of a yearlong experiment aimed at settling the question of whether women can handle the punishing world of ground combat.

Told by the Pentagon that it must open combat roles for women by 2016 — unless it can show a good reason not to — the Marine Corps has partnered with the University of Pitt

It All Came Down To 'Nunatak'

KPLU News - 12 hours 36 min ago
I started off wondering whether I might be able to spell a few of the words right. I ended up realizing that most of them I had never even heard of before.

Iridocyclitis. Cibarial. Pyrrhuloxia.

Federal Maritime Regulator Says Tacoma And Seattle Port Alliance Is A `Great Idea’

KPLU News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 16:49

The cargo shipping industry is in the midst of big changes and that’s prompting the ports of Seattle and Tacoma to forge an alliance.

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero, the top regulator of the nation's ports, says the alliance is a "great idea."

Cholera Surges In Haiti As Rain Arrives Early

KPLU News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 15:41
At a government-run clinic in Diquini, near Port-au-Prince, doctors are treating a handful of cholera patients.

One of them is Givenchi Predelus. For five days, the high school sophomore has been lying on a cot with a towel over his midsection and an IV in his arm, listening to tinny music on his bare-bones cellphone.

Predelus speaks in a whisper, a sign of what cholera has done to his strength. "Only one other person in my area has cholera," he says, through an interrupter. "She sells patties on the side of the road.

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

KPLU News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 15:24
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.

According to the U.S.

CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

KPLU News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 15:15
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still trying to figure out how the military managed to ship anthrax spores that were apparently live from one of its facilities to more than a dozen labs across the United States.

"We have a team at the [military] lab to determine what may have led to this incident," says CDC spokesman Jason McDonald.