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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 23:59
Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.

The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C.

Ferguson Grand Jury Will Reportedly Meet Again Monday

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 14:19
As a grand jury considers whether Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges over the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, many in the St. Louis suburb are calling for calm, even as they prepare for what could be a sharp public reaction to the jury's decision.

Saying "the grand jury is still gathering information," the St.

UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 13:01
Citing "great sorrow, great rage" and "great determination," University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says she's suspending all the school's fraternities until Jan. 9.

Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:25
Ebola is on the rise in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown.

Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:06
As Nigeria's military continues to battle Boko Haram fighters for control of towns and territory in the turbulent northeast, fearful residents are leaving — or being driven out of town.

Senators, Congressman Pile On To Call For Hanford Vapor Fix

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:52

For the third time this week, there are calls to protect workers from hazardous vapors at Hanford, this time from Washington’s congressional delegation.

Tech Week: Uber Under Fire, The Vision Behind Google's Lollipop

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:47
Uber's public-relations nightmare dominated the week's technology news. A senior executive at the ride-sharing firm suggested that Uber should dig up dirt about media critics of the company.

In Response To Attacks, Israel Takes Down Palestinian Homes

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 09:05
After a spate of deadly violence in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to speed up home demolitions of attackers as a punishment and deterrent.

This week, the family home of Palestinian Abdel Rahman Shaludi was destroyed.

BirdNote: Great Horned Owls Calling

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 09:00

It's late autumn, and a fledgling Great Horned Owl calls to be fed. Judging from the young bird's persistence, the parents seem to be responding only with calls, not with food.

These entreaties can go on for weeks. Both parents let the fledgling know that it's time for him to feed himself. 

Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:48
A football dream ended in Texas last night, as the little town of Booker saw its high school team lose for the first time this year, eliminating them from the state playoffs.

It's Crunch Time For The Iranian Nuclear Talks

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:00
Can Iran and six world powers reach a historic deal over Iran's nuclear program by Monday? The negotiations are at a crucial phase. As the deadline nears, regional hopes and fears are rising in equal measure.

A successful nuclear deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions could finally defuse one of the most dangerous crises in the Middle East.

Highway Bandits Steal Blood Believed To Contain Ebola Virus

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:08
A roadway robbery in Guinea resulted in an alarming haul this week, as thieves made off with cash, personal items – and a batch of Red Cross blood samples from patients believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

The incident happened in southern Guinea, an area close to two other West African nations hit hard by the outbreak: Liberia and Sierra Leone.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports:

"Robbers riding on a motorbike waylaid a taxi and made off with cellphones, jewelry and cash near the town of Kissidougou.

"The authorities in Guinea warn that the bandits also

Diplomats Look To Solve Iran's Nuclear Issue As Deadline Nears

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:22
Hoping to broker a deal to ease years of disputes over Iran's nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomats are locked in negotiations in Vienna. They have until Monday to reach a permanent deal.

The talks stem from an interim agreement between Iran and six leading world powers – the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – that called for Iran to halt production of enriched uranium, in addition to other concessions. In return, the U.S.

Obama Grandmother Continues Life's Work Of Educating Young Kenyans

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:43
The United States has seen many fundraisers headlined by an Obama in recent years, but this week it won't be the president or the first lady — it will be his step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, who is raising funds to build a school and hospital in her hometown, Kogelo, Kenya.

Obama, who runs the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation and was honored with an Education Pioneer award at the United Nations on Wednesday as part of its Women's Entrep

National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:01
Digging for wild ginseng pays: It sells for thousands of dollars in overseas markets. But it is illegal to take ginseng from national parks, where authorities are working to thwart poachers.

They come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Jim Corbin, a plant protection specialist with North Carolina's agriculture department, is out to protect wild ginseng root from the poachers.

Ginseng is short – about shin height and has little red seeds, like tiny cranberries.

Tensions In Ferguson Simmer As Grand Jury Meets

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:55
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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:55
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In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:55
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Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:55
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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:55
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