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Justice Ginsburg Recovering After Heart Stent Implant

KPLU News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked right coronary artery, but she was expected to be back on the bench when the court reconvenes on Monday.

The 81-year-old justice experienced some chest pain last night while working out with her trainer. She was persuaded to go to the hospital, where sources say an examination found a blocked artery but no other damage to her heart.

Those Phone-Obsessed Teenagers Aren't As Lonely As You Think

KPLU News - 2 hours 10 min ago
A recent dinner with my friends went something like this:

"Wait, who is going to take a Snapchat of all of us when our drinks arrive?"

"Oh no, I can't! My phone is dying."

"Guys, this is such a stereotypical millennial conversation. I am totally tweeting about this."

So I guess I understand why older folk fret that youngsters these days are losing out on authentic social connections because of social media.

But it looks like the kids are going to be all right, researchers say.

Mass: Rain Returning On Thanksgiving, Possible Lowland Snow Saturday

KPLU News - 2 hours 26 min ago

Forget any hopes you may have had for skiing over the holiday weekend. But you might see some snow at sea level.

A Somali Aid Worker Would Rather Give Out Cash Than Free Food

KPLU News - 3 hours 23 min ago
In 2011, drought hit Somalia hard, triggering a famine that ultimately killed some 260,000 people.

Former CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault

KPLU News - 3 hours 25 min ago
Jian Ghomeshi, a former radio host in Canada, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

The charges carry sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.

Ghomeshi was a star at CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, and hosted Q, one of its most popular programs. Last month, CBC first suspended and then fired Ghomeshi.

The Native American Side Of The Thanksgiving Menu

KPLU News - 3 hours 31 min ago
A version of this story was originally published on Nov. 21, 2012.

Everyone knows the schoolhouse version of the first Thanksgiving story: New England pilgrims came together with Native Americans to share a meal after the harvest.

If Supreme Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel

KPLU News - 3 hours 32 min ago
Exactly what would happen to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in three dozen states where the federal government runs the program?

Legal scholars say a decision like that would deal a potentially lethal blow to the law because it would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are its backbone, as well as the mandate requiring most Americans to carry coverage.

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Hissing And Sighing: The Lament Of Sex Workers In Sierra Leone

KPLU News - 3 hours 36 min ago
When a man drives by the strip at Lumley Beach in downtown Freetown at night, he'll probably hear a sharp hiss. That's not an unusual sound in Sierra Leone. People hiss instead of whistling — to get your attention, to call for the bill at a restaurant, to buy a bottle of water on the street.

But the hissing along a stretch of beachfront road at Lumley Beach has a different purpose. It's the sound prostitutes make, and they've perfected the hiss. That's why they're called serpents.

Transactional sex isn't unusual in Sierra Leone. Economic opportunities are slim and slimmer.

Weekly Innovation: A Seat That Fits In Your Pocket

KPLU News - 3 hours 37 min ago
If you're traveling this holiday season, you'll inevitably be doing a lot of standing around.

Whether it's standing in an airport security line or waiting at a crowded gate, it would be nice to take a load off in the midst of the travel rush.

A Warning For Latin America's Faltering Economies: 'Innovate Or Die'

KPLU News - 3 hours 45 min ago
One look at the Brazilian flag and you think: This must be a space-age, high-tech country. That star-spackled orb in the middle glowing like a planetarium. The banner wrapped around it hailing "Order and Progress." Engineers must be rock stars there, right?

Unfortunately, no. And that's a big reason Brazil and much of the rest of Latin America are headed into a steep economic slump these days.

BirdNote: The Ears Of An Owl

KPLU News - 4 hours 8 min ago

Exactly where are an owl's ears? Well, the eyes of this Great Gray Owl are set in a broad, dish-shaped face.

Ridges of tiny hair-like feathers rim the owl's face, creating "facial disks." Just below the margins of the facial disks, concealed by feathers, are the openings to the owl's ears. 

For Native Alaskans, Holiday Menu Looks To The Wild

KPLU News - 4 hours 49 min ago
When Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving meal, most tables will feature traditional fare: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries. But should you be looking for a different kind of holiday meal, head for rural Alaska.

That's where Nellie Gamechuck lives, in a village squeezed between tundra and a bend in the river in the southwest part of the state. Ask her what's for dinner on Thanksgiving, and she opens up the deep freeze. "Walrus meat, moose meat," she says. Digging down through the layers, she reaches the dessert level: salmonberries.

And where does all this food come from?

Justice Ginsburg Has Heart Procedure, Is Resting Comfortably

KPLU News - 5 hours 9 min ago
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing, is "resting comfortably" after a heart procedure, the court said in a statement.

Ginsburg, 81, "experienced discomfort during routine exercise" on Tuesday and was taken to a Washington, D.C., hospital. According to the statement, doctors inserted a stent in her right coronary artery to address a blockage.

"She is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours," the statement said.

Update at 10:57 a.m. ET.

EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

KPLU News - 5 hours 56 min ago
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new rules today to reduce emission levels for smog-causing ozone, which is linked to asthma and other health problems.

The proposed rules would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb to 70 ppb.

Patient Safety Journal Finds Violations, Tightens Standards After Scandal

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
The aftershocks of what some have called the patient safety movement's first scandal continue to reverberate in the medical community, most recently in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety.

The journal's editorial team reviewed 10 articles by Dr. Chuck Denham, the publication's previous editor, and said nine had potential conflicts of interest, five of them undisclosed.

After 50 Years, An Olympic Medal Dispute Is Resolved

KPLU News - 6 hours 52 min ago
American figure skaters Vivian and Ronald Joseph placed fourth in the 1964 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

University Of Virginia Apologizes To Student Who Says She Was Gang Raped

KPLU News - 7 hours 3 min ago
The University of Virginia publicly apologized on Tuesday to a student who told Rolling Stone magazine that she was gang raped during a fraternity party in 2012.

As we reported, the magazine's harrowing account led to protests and a university ban on fraternities until January.

Sandy Hausman, of NPR member station WVTF, filed this report for our Newscast Unit:

"University President Teresa Sullivan expressed rage after reading of

In Ferguson, A Trove Of Evidence — But No Trial

KPLU News - 7 hours 11 min ago
On Monday night, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCullough delivered the news that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Winter Storm Threatens Thanksgiving Day Travel

KPLU News - 8 hours 8 min ago
A big winter storm spinning its away across the East Coast of the United States is expected to wreak havoc on Thanksgiving Day travel plans.

The National Weather Service says that travelers from the Carolinas all the way up to New England could see significant snow and the entire East Coast will see some kind of precipitation.

Weather.com reports:

"As of late Tuesday, a cold front