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Researchers Looking At Ice To Answer Questions About Climate Change

KPLU News - 1 hour 58 min ago

Ancient gas bubbles preserved in ice are helping scientists figure out what the Earth’s atmosphere was like 40,000 years ago, and how it might change in the future.

The data is coming from a core of ice that resembles a PVC pipe. When the drilling is completed, almost a mile of ice will have been extracted from this inland site in western Antarctica.

British Fighters 'Escort' Russian Bombers Near U.K. Airspace

KPLU News - 2 hours 3 min ago
The British government has summoned Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom, asking him to explain why a pair of nuclear-capable Russian long-range "Bear" bombers had flown alarmingly close to U.K. airspace.

In a situation reminiscent of the Cold War, British Typhoon fighters were scrambled to intercept the TU-95s on Wednesday. Ultimately, the bombers did not enter U.K.

Gunman Reportedly Kills 3 U.S. Contractors In Attack At Kabul Airport

KPLU News - 3 hours 5 min ago
Three Americans who were working as contractors in Afghanistan died in a gunman's attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport complex Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

The news agency adds:

"It was not immediately clear who did the shooting or whether the shooter was a member of the Afghan security forces.

"The U.S. defense officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the incident was in the early stages of investigation."

In addition to the U.S. casualties, an Afghan citizen also died, the AP says.

Update at 3:35 p.m.

Washington Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Whale, Dolphin Performances

KPLU News - 3 hours 15 min ago


SeaWorld is famous for its choreographed dolphin and Orca whale performances. Now a Washington state lawmaker wants to make sure what happens at SeaWorld stays at SeaWorld.

Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker introduced legislation to prohibit marine mammal shows in Washington.

Proposed Washington Law Would Ban Holding Phone While Driving

KPLU News - 3 hours 22 min ago


It’s long been against the law to text and drive in Washington, but the rules would get much stricter under a proposal introduced Wednesday in the legislature.

The sponsors believe it’s time to update state law to keep up with technology. 

McCain Calls Protesters 'Low-Life Scum' At Senate Hearing

KPLU News - 3 hours 23 min ago
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lashed out at anti-war demonstrators protesting the presence of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a Senate hearing, calling them "low-life scum."

Kissinger, 91, and other former secretaries of state in both Republican and Democratic administrations, were at the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chairs, for a hearing on global security challenges.

A small group of protesters held banners calling Kissinger a "war criminal" and urged his arrest for U.S.

Agriculture Officials To Kill 5,000 Birds In Washington State Due To Avian Flu Outbreak

KPLU News - 3 hours 26 min ago

Government agriculture officials will kill 5,000 pheasants and turkeys due to a bird flu outbreak at a hunting operation Washington's Okanogan county.

About 40 birds at a game farm in Riverside, Wash. were ill over the weekend and tested positive for bird flu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Washington will kill the entire flock and establish a quarantine around it.

Treasure Hunter Who Disappeared With Shipwreck Loot Appears In Court

KPLU News - 3 hours 40 min ago
A treasure hunter, who located a sunken ship with perhaps the greatest loot in history but later disappeared in an alleged attempt to cheat investors and his crew of their cut, has been found.

Senate Prepares To OK Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

KPLU News - 3 hours 58 min ago
The Senate could vote as early as today on a bipartisan measure to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite a veto threat from President Obama.

"The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. But the Keystone jobs debate has been important for the Senate and for our country," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said before the vote.

Meet The Park Ranger Who's Right At Home In The Northwest's Wettest Landscape

KPLU News - 4 hours 44 min ago

Editor’s Note: This story originally ran as part of our new show, “Sound Effect,” which airs on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

“Smell that, Gabriel.”

Jon Preston waves a jumble of moss under my nose. It looks very much like a green wig. I oblige and breathe in a lungful of earthy air.

U.S. Classifies Some Basic Statistics About Afghan Security Forces

KPLU News - 4 hours 44 min ago
The American command in Afghanistan has for the first time in six years classified detailed statistics about the Afghan security forces — everything from equipment and training to attrition.

Gen. John Campbell, who is leading the NATO coalition's non-combat mission in Afghanistan, said he now considers all that sensitive operational information that could help the Taliban.

Campbell said he decided to classify details about the Afghan forces because they could be used by insurgent fighters to threaten both Afghan and U.S.

Portugal To Offer Citizenship To Descendants Of Expelled Jews

KPLU News - 4 hours 53 min ago
Portugal's Cabinet approved a law today that would offer citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled, burned at the stake or forcibly converted to Christianity 500 years ago.

"I do not want to say this is an historic amendment because I believe that for this matter, there is no possibility to amend what was done," Portuguese Justice Minister Paula Teixeira da Cruz said, according to The Associated Press.

Cleveland Hospitals Grapple With Readmission Fines

KPLU News - 5 hours 35 min ago
At the Cleveland Clinic's sprawling main campus, Morgan Clay is being discharged early one Tuesday afternoon.

Clay arrived a couple of weeks earlier suffering from complications related to acute heart failure. He's ready to go home. But before he can leave, clinic pharmacist Katie Greenlee stops by the room.

"What questions can I answer for you about the medicines?" Greenlee asks as she presents a folder of information about more than a dozen prescriptions Clay takes.

"I don't have too many questions," Clay says.

At Least 3 Dead, Dozens Injured In Explosion At Mexico City Maternity Hospital

KPLU News - 5 hours 38 min ago
At least three people are dead, after a gas tank truck exploded near a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday.

Television images showed the explosion caused the collapse of a big part of the hospital, the gas truck still smoldering as fighters tried to quell the blaze.

On Twitter, the Secretary of Public Safety said that 37 people were injured and emergency crews were working to find victims amid the rubble.

The Mexican newspaper

Examining The Sinister Background Of Argentina's Spy Agency

KPLU News - 6 hours 23 min ago
The mysterious death of an Argentine prosecutor has brought attention to the dark history of the country's intelligence agency. The Intelligence Secretariat began in the aftermath of World War II, when its first mission was to help Nazis fleeing Germany find shelter in Argentina.

Sri Lanka Plans Probe Into Alleged Atrocities During Civil War

KPLU News - 6 hours 39 min ago
In a further sign that Sri Lanka's newly elected president wants to deal with the country's troubled past, a government spokesman said today that a new probe is planned to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the island's 26-year civil war.

The announcement, reported by Reuters, comes as The Associated Press reports that President Maithripala Sirisena's government

French Police Question 8-Year-Old Over Alleged Support For Paris Gunmen

KPLU News - 6 hours 54 min ago
French police questioned Wednesday an 8-year-old boy in the southern city of Nice who allegedly made comments praising the gunmen who staged the deadly attack on the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Third-grader Ahmed, whose last name has not been released, refused to observe the minute of silence with his class following the attack on the magazine. He also allegedly expressed solidarity with the brothers who carried out the Jan.

Jordan Demands Proof Of Life From ISIS Militants

KPLU News - 7 hours 23 min ago
Jordan is asking the so-called Islamic State to prove that a pilot the group is holding is still alive.

Mohammed al-Momani, a spokesman for the Jordanian government, said the government is seeking proof of life before it releases Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who was convicted in relation to a deadly attack on a hotel in Amman.

As we reported, the Islamic State was said to have released a video Wednesday that called for al-Rishawi's release before suns

U.S. Scientist Jailed For Trying To Help Venezuela Build Bombs

KPLU News - 7 hours 49 min ago
A scientist who worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and pleaded guilty two years ago to promising to build nuclear weapons for Venezuela, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Argentina-born Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S.

Traveling To Experience Culture? Try Attending Foreign Sports

KPLU News - 8 hours 24 min ago

Travelers to places outside the United States go for any number of reasons: To see a new culture, meet different people, speak another language, or even blend in to a new place far from home. Our travel expert Matthew Brumley says in most countries, there’s a way to do all of those things at once: Go to a sporting event.