Archive for December 13th, 2018

Florida Executes Inmate As Report Cites 'Continuing Erosion' Of Death Penalty

US & World | | December 13 2018, 11:20 PM

Both executions and death sentences have declined dramatically since their peak in the late 1990s, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

7-Year-Old Migrant Girl Dies Of Dehydration And Shock In Border Patrol Custody

US & World | | December 13 2018, 9:40 PM

The girl's death underscores the crisis precipitated by large groups of families seeking asylum where there are inadequate facilities to detain them.

Man Who Sexually Assaulted Woman On Plane Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2018, 7:40 PM

Prabhu Ramamoorthy cried after the sentencing in Detroit on Thursday. His lawyers had called for leniency from the judge arguing, "He will suffer long after this sentence is done."

Head of sheriff oversight panel wants to know about secret cliques

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2018, 6:16 PM

The head of the civilian commission that oversees the L.A. County Sheriff's Department says in 2019 the panel will focus on use of force, discipline, deputy behavior in the jails and investigations into reports that some deputies are still participating in secret cliques identified by tattoos.

Yum and Yuck: The Psychology Of What We Eat...And What We Spit Out

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 13 2018, 4:00 PM

This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, we dig into the culture and psychology that determines the foods that make us salivate and the scents that make us squirm.

Suspected Strasbourg Shooter Reportedly Killed By Police

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 13 2018, 3:20 PM

The suspect had been the target of a massive manhunt since Tuesday.

Kotex Recalls Some Tampons After Reports Of Unraveling Inside Body

Health | | December 13 2018, 2:00 PM

Some boxes of U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, regular absorbency, have a "quality-related defect" that left pieces of the tampon inside the bodies of some consumers — in some cases causing infection.

Trump Defends Hush-Money Payments In Fox News Interview

Politics | | December 13 2018, 2:00 PM

The president says he never directed his onetime personal attorney Michael Cohen to do anything wrong. Cohen pleaded guilty Wednesday to making illegal payments before the 2016 election.

Scientists Say Gene-Edited Babies Claim Is 'Wake-Up Call' For World

Health | | December 13 2018, 1:20 PM

U.S. National Academy of Medicine, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and Chinese Academy of Sciences call for international gene-editing standards. Critics blast statement as inadequate.

A Virus Can Eavesdrop On Bacterial Communication

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 13 2018, 10:20 AM

A researcher had an idea about viruses that was wild. And it turned out to be true.

Warring Sides In Yemen Agree To Cease-Fire In Key Port City

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 13 2018, 9:20 AM

After week-long peace talks at a castle in Sweden, the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels have agreed to a cease-fire in Hodeidah, a strategically significant city held by the rebels.

Apple Will Build $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Adding 5,000 Jobs

US & World | | December 13 2018, 7:20 AM

The tech company says the move is expected to make it Austin's largest private employer. The city already has more Apple employees than anywhere else outside the company's headquarters in California.

Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2018, 5:00 AM

Courts should be added to the list of "sensitive locations" that ICE officials are to avoid, judges say, arguing the justice system depends on safe and equal access to the court system.

Does More Federal Aid Raise Tuition Costs? Not For Most Students, Research Says

Education | | December 13 2018, 5:00 AM

Experts say there isn't solid evidence that federal aid drives up college prices, except in one sector: for-profit colleges.

As Election Fraud Probe Centers On N.C.'s 9th District, A Cynical Cloud Settles In

Politics | | December 13 2018, 4:20 AM

"We'll never have any decent people run for office again," said one lifelong Bladen County resident. The district might have to rerun the primary and general elections for Congress.

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone

Health | | December 13 2018, 4:00 AM

The U.S. surgeon general has called on "bystanders" to be equipped with the opioid reversal drug to save lives. But when a nurse answered that call, her application for life insurance was denied. Why?

Almost 15,000 Migrant Children Now Held At Nearly Full Shelters

US & World | | December 13 2018, 4:00 AM

With government shelters across the country nearing capacity, officials are considering a range of options from releasing the children more quickly to building more tent cities.

China Detains Second Canadian Citizen

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 13 2018, 2:20 AM

Chinese authorities have detained another Canadian citizen this week, allegedly for harming national security. The detentions appear to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a Huawei executive.

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Surprise, surprise. Americans are getting less sleep.

| December 13 2018, 9:38 AM

A new study published by researchers at USC, Arizona State and the University of South Carolina discovered a hike in Americans getting six hours or less of sleep a night.

In honor of Utah’s ‘reply-all’ fiasco, we invite you to share your worst email-related faux pas

| December 13 2018, 9:26 AM

Maria Peterson, a deputy director at Utah’s Department of Corrections, sent an email last week to invite about 80 of her colleagues to the annual holiday party.

Big brother has a new target: Your license plate

| December 13 2018, 9:19 AM

Automatic license plate readers (ALPR’s) have begun popping up in neighborhoods around the U.S. in order to deter property crime, and according to residents -- it’s working.

NPR: Tronc's $2.5M payout to former LA Times publisher to keep ‘secret recordings’ from coming to light

| December 13 2018, 9:18 AM

NPR is reporting that Tronc - the former owner of the Los Angeles Times - paid its then publisher Davan Maharaj $2.5 million dollars to keep recordings he had secretly taped of company chairman Michael Ferro using a racial slur.

Los Angeles approves short-term rental regulations. What will they mean for you?

| December 13 2018, 9:10 AM

On Tuesday, LA’s City Council approved regulations for short-term rentals such as Airbnb, restricting people to renting only their “primary residence.”

Progressivism is having a political moment, but some in the movement fear that the brand is becoming diluted

| December 13 2018, 9:07 AM

Ahead of the 2020 election, more and more Democrats are identifying as “progressive.”