3:45 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Viral images, the military's recurring nightmare

A still frame taken from a YouTube video purportedly shows Marines who desecrated three dead men thought to be members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 2:26 pm

The U.S. military says it's investigating a video that appears to show Marines desecrating the corpses of Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan. Regardless of those findings, the outrage in the Islamic world is likely to be severe, as with other disturbing images that have surfaced during U.S. wars in Muslim countries over the past decade.

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

How Do Land Birds End Up In A Tiger Shark's Belly?

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 1:39 pm

Scientists are facing a riddle. For two years, researchers at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama have been studying the diets of Tiger Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico and they found that the sharks not only eat sea creatures, but also make a habit of eating land birds. Yep that's right woodpeckers, catbirds, kingbirds and swallows have all been found in their bellies.

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Washington State Legislature
2:25 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Bill would allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington 16 and 17-year-olds could preregister to vote while getting their first driver’s license under a bill in Olympia. That idea got a hearing Thursday. But those teens still won’t be able to vote until they turn 18.

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2:13 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

The agony of Steve Ballmer: From Monkey Boy to mogul?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughs as he talks at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Thursday in 2007. Back then, Ballmer compared Microsoft's search technology to a precocious toddler - one who would eventually grow up to rival nemesis Google.
Associated Press

No question, Steve Ballmer has always been a mogul, it just hasn’t seemed like it in the media. For instance, there’s all that “monkey boy” business on YouTube that so far has been watched 4,078,680 times.

Then there was the guy who made international news by calling for Ballmer to be fired.

Now, though, the love is on. In a long and humanizing article in Business Week today, Ballmer gets his due as the man at the top of a resurgent Microsoft.

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Judge Declares Natalee Holloway Legally Dead

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 12:34 pm

An Alabama judge signed an order that declares Natalee Holloway, the teenager who went missing in Aruba while on a high school graduation trip, legally dead. Holloway was last seen in 2005.

The AP reports:

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Money Matters
1:19 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Record high gas prices predicted for the NW this year

Rising gas prices are no laughing matter
A Siegel

Seattle area gas prices are currently in the neighborhood of $3.50/gallon, but that may not last long. Fuel price monitoring website is predicting the price of regular unleaded will reach a record high of $4.40 to $4.65 a gallon here by Memorial Day weekend.

GasBuddy's annual price forecast sees extreme volatility in 2012, with rising tensions between Iran and the West playing a big role. Other factors include concerns about refinery maintenance and the hurricane season.

KPLU Studio Sessions
12:48 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval coming to KPLU

Arturo Sandoval.

A Mis Abuelos by trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is a song in which during 5 minutes and 25 seconds, Sandoval manages to record a song with literally everything a trumpet player ever wanted to do in it.

Lightening fast fingers, unbelievable range that didn’t compromise the tone, and intense energy. Trumpeter and former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen is quoted as saying “Who in the hell is this guy?”

Find out this Friday (1/13 at 12:15 PM PST) when Sandoval comes in for a studio session  at KPLU.

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Luggage check
12:33 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Armed at Sea-Tac: TSA finds 2 handguns in carry-on bags

SEATAC, Wash. — Security officers found handguns two straight days at checkpoints at Sea-Tac Airport.

The Transportation Safety Administration says a .22-caliber was found in the carry-on bag Thursday of a man flying to San Francisco. It was loaded with eight rounds, including a bullet in the chamber.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

In Alaska: Nome still waits for fuel, big shovels headed to Cordova

A member of the Alaska National Guard clearing a walkway in Cordova earlier this week.
Spc. Balinda O'Neal, Alaska National Guard AP

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 5:55 am

It's hard to fathom from afar just how rough the weather has been in parts of Alaska for the past month or so. It's winter, sure. But things have been particularly brutal. And there seems to be no end in sight.

Here's some of the latest news about how thing are going:

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Preview: How much is a top quarterback pick worth to the Seahawks?

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III shakes hands with Baylor head coach Art Briles after Griffin announced Wednesday that he would skip his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Do the Seahawks have a chance of getting him? Art Thiel says it's slim.
Tony Gutierrez AP Photo

Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III announced this week he was skipping his senior year and entering the NFL draft. That got a lot of Seahawks fans wondering whether the team would make a play for him.

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