Manchester Bombing Suspect's Father, Brother Said To Be Arrested In Libya

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET The father and younger brother of suspected Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi have been arrested in Libya, according to multiple news outlets. A spokesman for Libya's Special Deterrent force tells The Associated Press and Reuters that Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, and his brother Hashim have been detained for questioning in Tripoli. Libyan security spokesman Ahmed bin Salem told the wire services that Ramadan Abedi was taken into custody Wednesday; no...

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JPR Live Session: Shelby Earl

Shelby Earl ’s first two albums earned the kind of raves any musician would kill for. Upon hearing her 2011 debut, Burn the Boats , NPR’s Ann Powers called Earl her “ new favorite songwriter ,” and she wasn’t alone. Accolades followed from Rolling Stone to the Wall Street Journal and a million music sites in between that positioned her somewhere to the left of Neko Case, a few blocks from Sharon Van Etten, catercorner to Angel Olsen.

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The Age Of Wiggly Reality, Examined

"Facts are facts." "You can argue about the meaning, but not about the facts." Insert your favorite phrase on facts and reality here. Telling the truth seems to be taking a beating in today's world. Brooke Gladstone gets to watch the process in her role as co-host of "On The Media," heard on JPR. She gives us some off-air thoughts in her small book The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time .

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3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved

A remarkably complete fossil of a young child suggests that key elements of the human spinal structure were already in place in an ancient human relative 3.3 million years ago. The child, about three years old, likely died suddenly and quickly drifted into a body of water, where she was covered in sediment that eventually hardened to sandstone, Zeray Alemseged of the University of Chicago tells The Two-Way. His team found the well-preserved fossil in 2000 in Dikika, Ethiopia, and for years...

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Congress and Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

Top officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn't even try to act enthusiastic as they unveiled details of their agency's proposed 2018 budget , which includes drastic cuts in spending. "We're going to do the best we can," said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. "It's my job to implement that plan." The broad outlines of this budget, with its 20 percent cut in the USDA's discretionary spending, had been released two months ago. This week, it became clear exactly what the Trump...

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Coast Guard Will Stop Injuring Animals For Medical Training

May 19, 2017

Oregon's Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden has written to the US Coast Guard applauding its decision to temporarily suspend live-tissue training on animals.

To prepare staff for injuries they might encounter during a search and rescue, Coast Guard trainers shoot or cut sedated pigs or goats.

After receiving treatment, the animals are euthanized.

Animal rights groups have long fought the practice.

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Marilyn Hersey, 79, credits a monster with saving her life.

“It wasn’t like I had to go out and kill the Gila monster before I got [its saliva] or anything like that,” Hersey said. “It was just the idea.”

The saliva from the Gila monster, a venomous lizard that dwells in arid North American deserts like the Sonoran, is a mild but extremely painful neurotoxin. It’s also the key ingredient in medications used to treat type-2 diabetes.

How Oregon Is Trying To Fix Its Chronic Disease Crisis

May 19, 2017
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The headquarters of the state agency that handles chronic disease sits on the seventh floor of the Oregon State Office Building in Portland.

It overlooks one of the healthiest parts of the state.

Across the Willamette River, one can see the entirety of the city’s Pearl District — a healthy living hub where it’s easy to grab a kale shake on the way to a trendy cardio-kickboxing class.

But what that view doesn’t show is the massive health crisis going on in Oregon.

Eric Teel

Shelby Earl’s first two albums earned the kind of raves any musician would kill for. Upon hearing her 2011 debut, Burn the Boats, NPR’s Ann Powers called Earl her “new favorite songwriter,” and she wasn’t alone. Accolades followed from Rolling Stone to the Wall Street Journal and a million music sites in between that positioned her somewhere to the left of Neko Case, a few blocks from Sharon Van Etten, catercorner to Angel Olsen.

Ji-Elle, Public Domain,

It's well established that urban areas have an effect on even remote environments. 

For example, it's hard to find places to see the stars in the night sky when there's a city nearby. 

And it's not just visuals, it's sounds, too... Recent research shows that the sounds of human society intrude well into rural areas, with an effect on sensitive animal species and habitats in which they should be generally free of humans.

Karen McClintock is an psychologist, author, teacher, and pastor. 

Much of her writing and her workshops focus on eradicating sexual shame.  It's a subject she knows from her own family: McClintock's father was gay, at a time and place in America when many men could not afford to be publicly gay. 

It's a story she tells in her new book My Father's Closet

Oregon Governor Signs Laws To Expand Rights For Foster Kids

May 18, 2017

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed two bills into law Wednesday securing new rights for foster kids.

One bill gives foster kids with siblings the right to be placed together whenever possible and the right to communicate with a sibling when not placed together.

The second bill makes it easier for foster youth between 16 and 20 to live independently.

Authorities think this summer is going to be average for wildfire activity.

Despite a cool, wet winter, that still means about 4,000 small and large fires. And while oncoming El Niño ocean conditions may mean a warmer than usual summer, there’s no indication of drought.

But John Saltenberger with the US Fish and Wildlife Service says there is one wild card. The hundreds of thousands of people who’ll be in the Oregon wilderness to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

The Oregon Health Authority is fighting assertions from the Secretary of State that it’s spending millions on health benefits for ineligible people.

The problem stems from the collapse of the state's health exchange, Cover Oregon, in 2014.

Health authority spokesman Robb Cowie said the agency knew it didn’t have fully accurate data, so it got permission from the federal government to pause enrollment.

Cowie said OHA started making sure everyone on Medicaid was eligible last year, and it’s completed about 740,000 cases so far.

It could turn into the biggest rummage sale in Oregon history.

Gov. Kate Brown has an ambitious plan to raise $5 billion by selling off a wide range of public assets, from surplus property to possibly even some state agencies.

Brown’s plan, which is supposed to be fleshed out by a still-to-be-formed task force, could play an important role in helping pay down the massive $22 billion unfunded liability in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System.


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