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Thousands Reportedly Flee Battle For Tikrit

KPLU News - 1 hour 26 min ago
Thousands of refugees have fled fighting in Tikrit, according to the U.N., as Iraqi forces backed by Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga battle to expel Islamic State extremists from the city.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that ISIS militants have set fire to oil wells in Iraq's north in an effort to slow government forces.

According to the news agency: "On Thursday, militants set fire to some oil wells outside the city, an oil official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release information.

A 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton?

KPLU News - 1 hour 31 min ago
A Charlotte news station reported on Monday that the Ritz-Carlton, one of prosperous uptown Charlotte's swankiest hotels, added what looks suspiciously like a black tax to the lobby bar tabs of patrons in town last week for the CIAA, the popular mega-tournament for basketball teams at historically black colleges and universities from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

Charlotte resident Patrice Wright and her husband Tony stopped into the Ritz's Lobby Bar as they often do

'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa

KPLU News - 1 hour 51 min ago


Guest Student DJ Margaux Bouchegnies: 'Through Jazz We Tell A Story'

KPLU News - 1 hour 59 min ago

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air.  The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Puget Sound Community School's Margaux Bouchegnies is the Student DJ for the month of March.  Margaux's hour will air from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 5.  

Why Is The VP Of Sierra Leone Running The Country By Laptop?

KPLU News - 2 hours 44 sec ago
Ebola hasn't been in the news much lately.

That's because the number of new cases has plummeted since the height of the epidemic late last year. In fact, the turnaround has been so dramatic that Liberia, once the hardest-hit country, is now on the brink of declaring itself Ebola-free.

But two headlines from Sierra Leone this week caught our attention.

According to reports, a boat with sick fishermen sparked a new outbreak in the capital.

Study: At 'Rate My Professors,' A Foreign Accent Can Hurt A Teacher's Score

KPLU News - 2 hours 48 min ago
"So-and-so is really, really hard to understand." Or: "His accent is so distracting." I remember hearing off-the-cuff remarks like this a few times in college, complaints by classmates about TAs and instructors, almost all of them of Asian descent and non-native English speakers.

Along these lines, Nicholas Subtirelu, a linguistics grad student at Georgia State University, recently published a study in the journal Language in Society about student b

Mass-Market Stocks In Handcrafted Goods: Etsy Preps To Go Public

KPLU News - 2 hours 49 min ago
For sale: lovingly handcrafted shares of Etsy stock, proudly produced in the USA by a team of entrepreneurs, designers and coders. Please note, there may be some variation in size, color and profits.

A decade ago, Etsy launched as a way for crafters and DIY-ers to sell their handmade goods online.

Snow Is Delicious. But Is It Dangerous To Eat?

KPLU News - 3 hours 24 min ago
Many people will see the snow that's currently blanketing much of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill.

As for me, I like to think of snow as food.

Growing up in Missouri, I consumed as much snow ice cream as possible from November to March. Each time the winter sky let loose, I caught a bowl of fresh flakes.

Injectable Goo Developed In Seattle Could Help Stop Trauma Patients From Bleeding To Death

KPLU News - 3 hours 31 min ago

Seattle-based researchers have developed a synthetic substance that might help prevent some severely injured people from bleeding to death. The injectable polymer is designed to make blood clots stronger, forming a kind of bandage that can stem or stop bleeding, even from internal wounds. Blood loss is the second leading cause of death following a trauma, such as a crash or gunshot.

It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

KPLU News - 3 hours 44 min ago
Put down that screen: Today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. World Book Day celebrations include storytelling and dressing up as favorite characters. We bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

Many young (and less-young) readers are using the occasion to dress up as beloved characters from pirates and the doughnut-dispensing Mr. Panda to Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series.

Even more than usual, the Web is bursting with lists of favorite books today.

Florida Man's Facebook Post Against Employer In Emirates Leads To Jail

KPLU News - 3 hours 45 min ago
Ryan Pate's anger stemmed from Abu Dhabi-based Global Aerospace Logistics refusal to extend his leave so he could recover from a back injury.

Ringling Bros. Says No More Circus Elephants By 2018

KPLU News - 3 hours 46 min ago
What's the "Greatest Show On Earth" without elephants? Starting in 2018, anyone attending the iconic Ringling Bros.

U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Gag Order In Mine Disaster Case

KPLU News - 4 hours 23 min ago
A federal appeals court has vacated a sweeping gag order in the criminal case involving former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and the 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster.

More than two dozen news organizations, including The Charleston Gazette and NPR, filed appeals after U.S.

State Lawmakers Keep Busy While Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare

KPLU News - 4 hours 33 min ago
As the nation awaits a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, lawmakers in many states are moving ahead with a range of Affordable Care Act bills, some of which seek to bolster the law and others that are bent on derailing it.

The Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, focuses on subsidies paid to millions of Americans who purchased health insurance through exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. At issue: whether subsidies issued through exchanges operated by the federal government are legal.

Plane Skids Off Runway At New York's LaGuardia; No Injuries

KPLU News - 5 hours 26 min ago
Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET

A Delta flight carrying 130 passengers and crew skidded off a snow-covered runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport, slamming through a fence on the side of the tarmac.

Passengers were evacuated and officials did not immediately report injuries.

Flight 1086, an MD-80, was inbound from Atlanta. The incident, which occurred about 11:05 a.m.

Michael Brown's Family Will File Civil Suit Over His Death

KPLU News - 5 hours 31 min ago
The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black man who was slain by Ferguson, Mo., police last August, say they will file a civil lawsuit over his death.

India Threatens BBC Over Decision To Air Rape Documentary In U.K.

KPLU News - 5 hours 49 min ago
India says it will take action against the BBC for broadcasting a documentary in the U.K. about the fatal 2012 gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi.

We're Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That's Bad For Business

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Did you take a lunch break yesterday? Are you planning to take one today?

Chances are the answer is no. Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people step away for the midday meal.

Second-Day Proceedings Underway In Boston Marathon Trial

KPLU News - 6 hours 55 min ago
Jurors will hear more testimony today in the trial of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, a day after a dramatic admission of guilt and often-heartbreaking accounts from victims and survivors of the deadly 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 260 others.

The trial began Wednesday with the admission of Tsarnaev's guilt by his defense attorney.

Winter's Final Punch? Forecasters Say Maybe

KPLU News - 7 hours 25 min ago
Tired of winter?