California's Camp Fire Becomes The Deadliest In State History

Updated at 10:35 a.m. ET At least 42 people have died in a wildfire in Northern California that burned through the town of Paradise with shocking speed, making the Camp Fire the deadliest in state history. Fire crews are working to fight that blaze, along with another large wildfire in Southern California, where at least two deaths have been reported. "We certainly hope that the fatality count doesn't increase, but we know there is a strong potential for that" as emergency crews sift through...

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Kate Staley, from Penn State's Counseling and Psychological Services, holds one of the Red Folders.
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In efforts to mitigate mental health concerns, Penn State’s student government and Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS, collaborated to create the Red Folder Initiative.

It is what it sounds like: a bright red folder outlining three steps for faculty and staff concerned about a student’s mental health. First, recognizing indicators of distress; second, responding appropriately; and finally, referring the student to the appropriate campus resource.

Franklin Zimring from the University of California, Berkley, Vesla Weaver from Johns Hopkins University, and Michael Walzer from the Institute for Advanced Study.
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A recent conference by the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State brought researchers into the Ethics of Policing to State College.

Franklin Zimring, from the University of California, Berkley, studies police use of lethal force in the United States. Vesla Weaver from Johns Hopkins University studies how contact with the criminal justice system affects political engagement. Michael Walzer from the Institute for Advanced Study studies the differences between police and soldiers.   

This episode is being released on Veterans Day, a time when people across the United States remember and thank those who have served in the military. While the military remains one of the most respected institutions in the U.S., it's also one of the most misunderstood.

The Penn State Concert Choir in rehearsal.
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On the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, France, Great Britain and Germany signed the Armistice.  It was an agreement that ended the fighting of WWI as a prelude to peace negotiations. 

On Sunday, the day of that centennial, the Penn State Concert Choir will perform “MEMORIA: A Cantata for the Centenary of the Armistice.”  It was written by composer Scott Eggert, who lives in Annville, Pennsylvania.

Eggert was commissioned to create this music especially for the Armistice anniversary.  He says he was free not just to write the music, but to choose his own texts.

WPSU Jazz Archive - November 9, 2018

Nov 9, 2018
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on November 9, 2018, and hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features new jazz releases from the Dave Douglas & Frank Woeste Quartet, Johannes Wallman, , Christian McBride, Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson with Mulgrew Miller, Eric Harland, Jon Batiste, Stefon Harris & Blackout, and Bob James. 

This I Believe: I Believe In Waking Up

Nov 8, 2018

There are many things that define my life: my love of swimming and theatre, my desire to be with my friends at all times, my inclination to stay up late to finish a good book. My late nights, paired with early-morning workout sessions, mean I drink a lot of coffee, because I believe in waking up.

The Beta Theta Pi fraternity house where Penn State student Timothy Piazza was fatally injured in Feb. 2017.
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Another former Beta Theta Pi fraternity member is going to trial in the case related to the hazing death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza. Braxton Becker, the house manager of the now-banned Beta Theta Pi, will go to trial facing three charges of tampering with evidence, obstruction and hindering apprehension, for allegedly deleting security camera footage of the house basement.

In Tuesday's midterm elections, incumbents including Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Congressmen Tom Marino and Glenn Thompson were reelected.
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Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has won a second term, along with running mate John Fetterman. U.S. Senator Bob Casey also won re-election for a third term, beating Republican U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, who was supported by President Trump. The two races were called early on in the evening.

Pennsylvania Voters Say Nation Headed Wrong Way

Nov 6, 2018
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A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Pennsylvania said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for governor, U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 41 percent of Pennsylvania voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 57 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Last polls close at 8 p.m. ET. 



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Commercial Satellites Reveal North Korean Missile Base

Commercial satellite imagery has revealed the location and layout of a previously undisclosed North Korean missile base, including deep underground tunnels designed to house the weapons. The base, known as the Sakkanmol missile operating base, is located around 85 miles northwest of the South Korean capital of Seoul (38.584698° 126.107945°). According to researchers who spotted the base , it consists of a series of above-ground buildings, including barracks and vehicle maintenance facilities,...

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GOP Senator's 'Public Hanging' Comment Roils Mississippi Runoff Election

In a video posted on Twitter over the weekend, Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi is seen complimenting a supporter by saying, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row." Hyde-Smith, who is white, is the appointed incumbent locked in a runoff for her Senate seat with Democratic challenger Mike Espy, a former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary who is African-American. The now viral video was posted on Twitter Sunday by Lamar White Jr., publisher of a...

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Death Toll In California Wildfires Climbs To 44

Updated at 10:48 p.m. ET Wildfires continued to tear through Northern and Southern California on Monday, where firefighters were at the mercy of dry air and whipping winds fanning the deadly blazes. At least 44 people have died statewide; many people remain unaccounted for. In a year of record-breaking fires, Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott told NPR's All Things Considered the Camp fire in the north and Woolsey fire in the south may be "the most destructive and the deadliest" on record for the...

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Police Fatally Shoot Black Security Guard Who Detained Shooting Suspect

When police arrived after reports of a shooting over the weekend at a bar outside Chicago, witnesses say Jemel Roberson, a 26-year-old security guard who worked there, had already subdued the alleged assailant, pinning him to the ground. Adam Harris, who was at Manny's Blue Bar in Robbins at the time of the incident on Sunday, told WGN-TV that Roberson was holding "somebody on the ground with his knee in his back, with his gun in his back" when officers from neighboring Midlothian got there...

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A Third Rail No More: Incoming House Democrats Embrace Gun Control

The deadly mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last week came less than a day after dozens of Democrats who campaigned on promises to strengthen gun laws were elected to the House of Representatives. Across the country, candidates from Virginia, Georgia, Texas and Washington state bluntly called for more gun safety, seemingly emboldened to take on the National Rifle Association. In total, 95 candidates endorsed by Giffords PAC won seats in the House. Giffords PAC is the gun...

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Alexander Hamilton's Heirlooms Loaned To Philadelphia Museum

For generations, precious artifacts once belonging to Alexander Hamilton were stowed away in a cardboard box and handed down through his family with little fanfare. Now they will be shared with the public after a great- great- great- great- great- grandson loaned several heirlooms to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Hamilton was one of Gen. George Washington's top aides during the Revolutionary War, went on to be the first secretary of the Treasury and achieved a...

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Rep. Steve King Denied Comparing Immigrants To 'Dirt' — Audio Says Otherwise Rep. Steve King, the Iowa Republican known for hard-line stances on immigration and racist remarks, challenged a conservative magazine to release audio to prove that he had compared immigrants to "dirt." So The Weekly Standard did. The magazine reported last week that King, who won reelection earlier this month despite being called out for his white nationalists views, made the incendiary comment. On Friday, King tweeted in response that the...

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How The Beatles Made 'The White Album'

Fifty years ago, just before the holidays in 1968, The Beatles put out not just a new album, but a double album, something relatively unheard of at the time. The album art was a stark, white, glossy cover with raised, slanted lettering that simply said, "The Beatles." That self-titled album, with its 30 songs that span genres from American country music to avant-garde tape collage, has come to be known as "The White Album." And in celebration of it's birth 50 years ago, The Beatles label...

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A True Believer Remembers Stan Lee

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New Physical Activity Guidelines Urge Americans: Move More, Sit Less

You've likely heard the idea that sitting is the new smoking. Compared with 1960, workers in the U.S. burn about 140 fewer calories , on average, per day due to our sedentary office jobs. And, while it's true that sitting for prolonged periods is bad for your health, the good news is that we can offset the damage by adding more physical activity to our days. The federal government has just updated recommendations for physical activity for the first time in 10 years, essentially to get that...

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Can A Woman's Rising Social Status Bring Down Rates Of Domestic Violence?

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EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama Reads From Her Forthcoming Memoir 'Becoming'

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After NRA Mocks Doctors, Physicians Reply: 'This Is Our Lane'

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The American Academy Of Pediatrics On Spanking Children: Don't Do It, Ever.

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