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Arab Airstrikes Against Yemen Reportedly Could Continue For Months

KPLU News - 2 hours 49 min ago
Yemeni President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi described Shiite Houthi rebels who have occupied parts of the country, including the capital, Sanaa, as "puppets of Iran."

The remarks by Hadi, who was forced to flee Yemen amid the rebel onslaught, come as a Gulf diplomatic official quoted by news agencies says that Arab nations allied against the Houthis could continue their airstrikes against the Shiite militia for months.

At an Arab summit held in Egypt, Hadi left no doubt that he believed the Houthis were being controlled by Tehran: "I say to the puppets of Iran and its toys: ...

Amid Violence, Nigerians Go To The Polls To Choose A President

KPLU News - 4 hours 11 min ago
Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

Nigerians turned out in large numbers to select their next president, a contest between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and his rival, former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

The voting occurred as at least six people were killed in two attacks in the country's northeast, where Boko Haram militants are active. According to Reuters, gunmen opened fire on voters in two locations, killing three at each of them.

In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Discord

KPLU News - 6 hours 1 min ago
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Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots

KPLU News - 6 hours 1 min ago
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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

KPLU News - 6 hours 1 min ago
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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

KPLU News - 6 hours 1 min ago
Shane Avery practices family medicine in Scott County, Ind. In December, a patient came to his office who was pregnant, and an injection drug user.

After running some routine tests, Avery found out that she was positive for HIV. She was the second case he had seen in just a few weeks.

"Right then, I kind of realized, 'Wow, are we on the tip of something?' " Avery says. "But you just put it away. ... It's statistically an oddity when you're just one little doctor, you know?"

It wasn't just a blip.

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

KPLU News - 6 hours 1 min ago
In spring, West Bank almond trees bloom white. Dry brown hills turn temporarily green and are dotted with bright wildflowers. The ewes and nanny goats of Bedouin herders that wander the West Bank eat well this time of year.

It's cheese season.

I first watched a Bedouin woman, Mechchas Bne Menneh, make salty goat cheese last spring, while out on a story about confrontations between her clan and Israeli soldiers.

Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal

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Nigerians Vote In Tight Presidential Election

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Germanwings Pilot Had Extensive Medical History

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Ex-Ambassador: Rebels In Yemen Exploited A Vacuum

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Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher

KPLU News - 6 hours 37 min ago
This weekend, NPR Ed is featuring dispatches from teachers about the ups and downs of their work.

Early each December, the HR department of Orange City Schools in Pepper Pike, Ohio, places a checklist in our mailboxes. It asks about our employment plans for the next school year. Choices include sabbatical leave, acquiring advanced degrees, and the one everyone dreams of checking: I will be retiring at the end of the current school year.

When that paper arrived in my mailbox last year, I was feeling discouraged.

Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall

KPLU News - 6 hours 37 min ago
For more than two weeks, public debate in South Africa has been dominated by a statue. Students at the University of Cape Town have been demonstrating to have the bronze figure of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes removed from its central position on campus. Rhodes bequeathed the land on which the university was built, but he also slaughtered Africans by the thousands in colonial conquest and helped lay the foundations of apartheid in South Africa.

The protesters have occupied part of an administration building and wrapped the statue in black plastic.

Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

KPLU News - 7 hours 39 min ago


Win Tickets To Willie Jones III At Jazz Alley

KPLU News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes jazz drummer Willie Jones III for two nights with his superlative quintet: Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Eric Reed (piano), Ralph Moore (tenor sax) and Buster Williams (bass) touring in support of his latest live album, The Willie Jones III Sextet Plays The Max Roac

Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life

KPLU News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:58
In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.

During my reporting trip to Havana, I spoke with Julio Alvarez, the owner of Nostalgicar in Havana.

He joked that one thing Cubans should thank Fidel Castro for is all the old, majestic American cars that are now making him money.

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

KPLU News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:05
Can you spend your way out of an historic drought? Not really, but the consensus in Sacramento these days seems to be that money certainly helps.

Just days after it was introduced, California Gov.

Italy's Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Conviction

KPLU News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:43
Italy's highest court has overturned a murder conviction in the case of Amanda Knox.

The court's decision puts an end to a story that began in 2009 when Knox was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kirchner two years earlier. The verdict was overturned in 2011. But a year later, the Court of Cassation overturned the acquittal and sent the case back to an appeals court in Florence.