Transportation
8:45 am
Mon January 30, 2012

AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $3.49

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.49.

That's up 2 cents in a week and 7 cents in a month. It's 6 cents higher than the national average.

Some metro prices from Monday's AAA survey: Bellingham $3.62, Bremerton $3.54, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.56, Tacoma $3.54, Olympia $3.55, Vancouver $3.53, Yakima $3.61, Tri-Cities $3.29, Spokane $3.18.

health
8:42 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Snohomish County trying to slow whooping cough

EVERETT, Wash. — Snohomish County health officials are trying to slow the spread of whooping cough by offering free vaccinations to low-income adults at risk of contracting the disease.

The Daily Herald reports about 450 doses will be available from the health district Saturday in Everett and Marysville.

Snohomish County typically has 24 to 45 cases of whooping cough a year. So far it already has 51.

Japanese Tsunami
8:39 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Japanese official inspects Neah Bay flotsam

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — An official from the Japanese consulate in Seattle has visited the home of a Port Angeles man to inspect a large black float he found near Neah Bay to determine if it's some of the first debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last March.

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Digital Life
4:39 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

Can capitalism keep Google from becoming evil?

A sign for Google is displayed behind the Google android robot, at the National Retail Federation, in New York. The announced changes to Google's privacy policy has drawn both positive and negative attention.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sun January 29, 2012 2:28 pm

Let's start with a quick Google experiment.

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Digital Life
2:24 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

On Amazon, an uneasy mix of plagiarism and erotica

An article in Fast Company magazine looks at plagiarism in the world of self-published ebooks on Amazon.
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Originally published on Sun January 29, 2012 9:26 am

Unlike traditional publishing companies, self-publishing programs like Amazon's Kindle Select lack the keen eyes of publishers, leaving room for copyright violations — and plagiarism.

Sharazade is the pen name of a writer and editor who is a rising star on Amazon's erotica section.

"I do a lot of traveling, and most of my stories are travel-based in some way, either set in an exotic location or having to do with modes of transportation ... or airports, airplanes, buses," she tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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All Tech Considered
9:35 am
Sun January 29, 2012

Clean up or quit: Facebook timeline brings back the past

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shows Timeline during the f/8 conference in San Francisco in September.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Sun January 29, 2012 1:17 am

Facebook's Timeline — the long-anticipated overhaul of the site — is rolling out across the world this week.

Timeline allows friends to surf through all your posts going back to the beginning of Facbeook time. Graphically it can be a beautiful thing. Mark Zuckerberg calls it a chance for users to tell the stories of their lives. And over the next few weeks users across the world will get it on their profile.

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Religion
9:22 am
Sun January 29, 2012

In France, 'de-baptism' seen as backlash to pedophile scandals

Though marginal, the de-baptism movement is growing, observers say.
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Originally published on Sun January 29, 2012 2:57 am

In France, an elderly man is fighting to make a formal break with the Catholic Church. He's taken the church to court over its refusal to let him nullify his baptism, in a case that could have far-reaching effects.

Seventy-one-year-old Rene LeBouvier's parents and his brother are buried in a churchyard in the tiny village of Fleury in northwest France. He himself was baptized in the Romanesque stone church and attended mass here as a boy.

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Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in June 2004, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy.

Beardsley has covered both 2007 and 2012 French presidential elections as well as the Arab Spring in Tunisia, where she witnessed the overthrow of the autocratic President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. She reported on the riots in French suburbs in 2005 and the massive student demonstrations in 2006. Beardsley has followed the Tour de France cycling race and been back to her old stomping ground — Kosovo — to report for NPR on three separate occasions.

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Artscape
9:16 am
Sun January 29, 2012

Seattle playwrights take on 'time' in latest Collective showcase

From the beginning of time when single-celled organisms were the only life on earth, to the multiverse where people can exist in parallel realities, to a dying woman who relives her romantic past through a photograph that freezes with the end of time – those are some of the plots for an upcoming showcase of Seattle-area playwrights.

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Business
6:35 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

Made in the USA: Saving the American brand

General Motors, headquartered in Detroit, recovered from near disaster after a financial bailout from the federal government.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 28, 2012 2:16 pm

A majestic building still dominates the skyline of Rochester, N.Y., the word "Kodak" shining brightly from the top. It's the legacy of George Eastman — the founder of the Eastman Kodak Co. — a company that helped Rochester thrive and gave it the nickname "Kodak Town."

In 1976, Kodak sold 90 percent of the film around the world. The company basically invented digital photography, but it couldn't figure out how to make the transition from film quickly enough to out-compete its Asian rivals. Of the 20 best-selling digital cameras in the U.S., not a single one is from Kodak.

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