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Obama Lays Out Approach To Climate Change In U.N. Speech

KPLU News - 1 hour 14 min ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaxxx6dO0Gs

Your Guide To Dining From The Dump

KPLU News - 1 hour 15 min ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuD1oDth6es

To Make Interval Training Less Painful, Add In Tunes

KPLU News - 1 hour 15 min ago
There's increasing evidence that interval training, which involves alternating short bursts of harder exercise with easier recovery periods, delivers more health benefits than exercising at a steady rate.

But if you've tried it, you may have decided that exercising quite hard, even for short periods of time, is about as much fun as peeling off your toenails one by one.

Rosh Hashana's Sacred Bread Offers Meaning In Many Shapes And Sizes

KPLU News - 1 hour 15 min ago
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on Sept. 15, 2012.

Challah is a rich, eggy bread baked every week for the Jewish sabbath, or shabbat. But for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year that starts tomorrow at sundown, it gets a few tweaks. There's a little extra honey or sugar, for a sweet new year. And instead of the usual long braid, it's round.

Mimi Wilhelm, who bakes challah for her family every week, teaches a challah-making class through Chabad Oregon.

Sandhill Cranes Wait Out The Storm

KPLU News - 2 hours 20 min ago

  At the fall equinox, gillnetter Misha Noonan would often get stuck at the far east end of the Copper River Delta, waiting out the storms. Once the storms were so unrelenting, that not only were fishermen unable to return to Cordova, but Sandhill Cranes were unable to proceed with their southeast migration. He writes: "Every morning, a test flight of scouts would lift off and attempt - unsuccessfully - to get around a nearby cape. The tenth morning broke calm and clear. The scouts lifted off at first light. They called loudly and excitedly to the flock on the ground. They seemed to say, '1,000 feet, clear and calm. 2,000 feet, visibility unlimited! 3,000 feet, we're outta here!'" Share your story below.

Part 2: Returning Chinook Exposed To Bathtub Of Contaminants In Puget Sound

KPLU News - 6 hours 20 min ago

Editor's Note: Fifteen years ago, Puget Sound salmon were listed under the Endangered Species Act. Despite the billions of dollars spent on recovery since, the results remain mixed. Some runs are seeing record returns while others are facing one of their worst years ever.

To learn more about the challenges of salmon recovery, this series follows one Chinook run from the open ocean to Puget Sound, through the Ballard Locks, past Renton and finally home to native spawning grounds on the Cedar River.

Puget Sound is one of the most enchanting bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest. Framed by mountains to the east and west, its physical beauty is part of what attracts new people to the region every year.

A total of 115 towns and cities surround this deep inland fjord. But the Sound’s geography is also part of what makes it toxic for fish that migrate through it.

Read the full story on our companion site, northwestsalmon.org >>>

Part 2: Returning Chinook Exposed To Bathtub Of Contaminants In Puget Sound

KPLU News - 6 hours 20 min ago

Puget Sound is one of the most enchanting bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest. Framed by mountains to the east and west, its physical beauty is part of what attracts new people to the region every year.

A total of 115 towns and cities surround this deep inland fjord. But the Sound’s geography is also part of what makes it toxic for fish that migrate through it.

Read and hear the full story on our companion site, northwestsalmon.org >>>

King County Executive Proposes Budget That Would Cut More Than 500 Jobs

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 20:44

The economy in King County is booming, but county government is planning to cut more than 500 jobs to balance its budget. King County Executive Dow Constantine says the problem is that state laws restrict the ability of local government to raise taxes to keep up with growth. 

With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_akxPhtZ1Q

Why A Teenage Mom Was Jailed In El Salvador For A Miscarriage

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5Tmzo0M3Yk

An 'Epilogue' That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:09
Will Boast's parents, Andrew and Nancy, met and married in Southampton, a port city on England's south coast. Fleeing the social and economic malaise that blighted the country in the late '70s — workers on strike, power outages and high inflation — and with ambitions for his young family, Boast Sr. moved them to Fontana, Wis., where he worked for a plastics company.

Will was in elementary school, and for him and his younger brother Rory, it was an adventure.

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:06
You know those foods and pills that promise to supply your body with "good bacteria?"

They may or may not make you healthier, but some of these "probiotics" do, in fact, appear to be effective in chickens.

Prosecutor To Drop All Seattle Marijuana Tickets

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:05

Seattle's elected prosecutor said Monday he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.

Six Months After Oso Landslide, Lawsuit, Legal Claims Ongoing

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:00

Six months ago Monday, forty-three people lost their lives in the Oso landslide. So far, nearly 60 legal claims have been filed against the state of Washington stemming from the slide.

Attorney Karen Willie says a half-year later a “deep wound” remains from Oso. I spoke with her at 10:37a.m., the exact-six month anniversary.

Prosecutor Says White House Intruder Had 800 Rounds Of Ammunition In Car

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:50
The man who jumped a fence and made it past the White House's North Portico on Friday had 800 rounds of ammunition inside his vehicle, a prosecutor said on Monday.

Fox News reports:

"Prosecutor David Mudd revealed the new details about the high-profile security breach during an initial court appearance on Monday in Washington, D.C. At the hearing, suspect Omar J.

3 Afghan Army Officers, Who Had Gone Missing, Detained At Canadian Border

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:47
Update at 2:49 p.m. ET. Officers Found At Canadian Border:

After going missing over the weekend, three Afghan officers, who were being trained in the United States, were detained at the Canadian border, a Pentagon official tells NPR's Tom Bowman.

The news was first reported by WCVB-TV's Karen Anderson.

Massive Volcanic Eruption Is Making Iceland Grow

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:36
The tiny, island nation of Iceland is in the middle of a growth spurt. For the past month, the country's Bardarbunga volcano has been churning out lava at a prodigious rate. And the eruption shows no signs of abating.

It all began with a swarm of earthquakes in late August, according to Rikke Pedersen, with the Nordic Volcanological Center at the University of Iceland.

German Amazon Workers Strike For Better Wages

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:35
Employees from the online retailer Amazon.com in Germany are on strike.

The two-day event affects logistics centers, where workers want a collective wage agreement to bring conditions in-line with other retail sectors in the country.

Amazon faces very different labor conditions in Germany. Most of the workers there are covered by collective bargaining.

Being Good Isn't Zero Sum

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:35
As a (mostly vegan) vegetarian for ethical reasons, I've encountered all sorts of responses to arguments for animal welfare.

Hillary Exhilaration Helps Energize Generation Z

KPLU News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:27
Question young, first-time voters about whom they will be supporting in the 2016 presidential election — via a callout on NPR's Facebook page — and you will receive more than 700 all-over-the-map responses.

Some thoughtful, some insightful.