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Jericho Isn't Cecil's Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

KPLU News - 2 hours 58 min ago
Two non-profit conservation groups in Zimbabwe are telling distinctly different stories about a lion that's seen as an ally of Cecil, the popular 13-year-old animal whose death at the hands of an American hunter in July sparked international outrage.

"We are absolutely heart broken," the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Saturday, announcing via Facebook page that Jericho, which it called Cecil's brother, was shot and killed at 4 p.m.

After A West Bank Home Goes Up In Flames, Tensions Flare In The Region

KPLU News - 3 hours 2 min ago
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SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

KPLU News - 3 hours 2 min ago
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Wildfires In California Spur Emergency Declaration; 1 Firefighter Dead

KPLU News - 5 hours 39 min ago
With 20 major wildfires burning in California, the state's governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency. Nine of those fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres; a firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one of them, in Northern California.

From Los Angeles, Danielle Karson reports:

"The U.S. Forest Service is investigating how David Ruhl died. He was killed while fighting a wildfire in Modoc National Forest.

"A search began Thursday night, when Ruhl couldn't be contacted. His body was found Friday morning.

Déjà Vu: Sound Effect, Episode 30

KPLU News - 6 hours 12 min ago

 Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, our ragtag radio team has curated another "best of" episode. 

After Devastating Injury, Austrian Pole Vaulter Is Breathing On Her Own

KPLU News - 8 hours 23 min ago
Kira Grunberg, Austria's top women's pole vaulter who suffered a horrible injury during training Thursday, is breathing on her own and could soon leave intensive care.

Sailing Federation Will Test Waters For Viruses In Brazil's Olympics Venues

KPLU News - 9 hours 46 min ago
Saying that recent stories about raw sewage in Brazilian waterways that will serve as Olympics venues in 2016 helped "wake us up again and put this back on the agenda," the head of sailing's world governing body says his group will test for viruses and bacteria in the water.

The International Sailing Federation's chief executive, Peter Sowrey, tells the AP that the move is prompted by concerns over athletes' health and safety.

The news comes days after the AP

MH370 Update: Recovered Jet Section Arrives At French Lab For Testing

KPLU News - 10 hours 46 min ago
The piece of a jet that's believed to be from a Boeing 777 — the same model of a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing last year — is now in France, where it will be examined in a government laboratory near Toulose.

After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."

The airline also says that MH370 "is believed to be the only 777 to have crashed south of the equator since the jet came into service 20 years ago."

Speaking about the debris, ocean circulation

In Germany, Asylum-Seekers Could Fill A Chronic Workforce Need

KPLU News - 11 hours 37 min ago
For pharmacists in ever-diverse Berlin, communicating with customers requires a variety of languages.

Just ask German pharmacist Julia al-Erian, who tries in English to engage a young Arab man who is trying to buy acne cream. He gives her a blank stare, so she tries explaining in German how the medicated lotion works.

He looks perplexed, says "hold on" in German, then turns to a friend and speaks Arabic.

Recognizing the man's language, Erian calls for Mayssoun Alkhalaif, a Syrian refugee.

Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

KPLU News - 12 hours 9 min ago
Because superPACs aren't legally allowed to donate money directly to or coordinate with a political campaign, founders often give them patriotic but purposefully-vague names. There's Keep the Promise (supporting Ted Cruz), Opportunity and Freedom (Perry), Priorities USA Action (Clinton), and Pursuing America's Greatness (Huckabee).

SuperPACs can raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, individuals, and other associations and can spend freely to support or oppose a given candidate.

But not every superPAC aims for a serious name or even a serious platform.

Kurdish Militias Appear To Be Sidelined By U.S.-Turkey Military Deal

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 min ago
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Kerry Aims To Repair Relations With Egypt

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 min ago
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Winds Of Change? Rhode Island Hopes For First Offshore Wind Farm

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 min ago
Aboard a ferry off the coast of Rhode Island, state and federal officials take a close look at a steel structure poking out of the ocean. It's the first foundation affixed to the seafloor for a five-turbine wind farm off the state's coast.

It's a contrast to what's happening off the coast of Massachusetts.

Edison's 'Little Monsters' Restored To Their Original Freakishness

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 min ago
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Some Kazakhs Celebrate The Loss Of the 2022 Winter Olympics

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 min ago
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SuperPac Filings, Candidates' Forums: The Week In Politics

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 min ago
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Zimbabwe May Give Land Back To Some White Farmers

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 min ago
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France Refuses To Sell Two Warships To Russia

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 min ago
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Police-Community Collaboration Has Helped Kept Peace In Cincinnati

KPLU News - 12 hours 28 min ago
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How Sierra Leone's Most Famous Journalist Helped NPR Get The Ebola Story

KPLU News - 13 hours 9 min ago
It's an open secret among journalists: When reporting a major news story in an unfamiliar country, it's great to have a "fixer."

That's the catch-all term we use for our local guides to language and logistics — the people who can translate documents, interpret during interviews and generally help you figure out the most efficient and the safest way to get from one location to the next.

But if you're particularly lucky you'll find a top notch fellow journalist from the country to work with. That's what happened when I was reporting on Ebola in Sierra Leone.

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