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Italian Coast Guard Rescues 3,700 Migrants In Mediterranean

KPLU News - 1 hour 30 min ago
Italy's coast guard says it has managed to rescue some 3,700 migrants in a single day from smuggler's boats off the coast of Libya in 17 separate operations designed to stem the tide of illegal immigration to Europe from refugees leaving North Africa.

The operations took place just weeks after an estimated 800 migrants were drowned when their boat capsized en route to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

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Baltimore Mayor Lifts Curfew

KPLU News - 1 hour 42 min ago
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced today that she was lifting a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Nepal's Medical Worries: Crowded Hospitals, Open Wounds

KPLU News - 2 hours 36 min ago
An estimated 14,000 were injured in April's earthquake in Nepal. The caseload is overwhelming hospitals in Kathmandu, says Dr. Bianca Grecu-Jacobs, a resident in emergency medicine from California who was working in Nepal when the quake struck.

"[In] the lobby areas, patients just are on the floor waiting," Grecu-Jacobs says via Skype from Katmandu. "They strung up IVs for patients who need them in whatever manner they can."

Grecu-Jacobs is now helping out in a hospital with logistics, working on sanitation and trying to prevent infections.

101-Year-Old Man Among Quake Survivors Found In Nepal

KPLU News - 2 hours 44 min ago
Rescue workers digging through the rubble in Nepal have discovered three survivors — including a man thought to be 101 — a week after a powerful earthquake leveled buildings in the South Asian country, killing more than 7,000.

NPR's Russell Lewis reports from Kathmandu: "The man was found alive in the rubble of his home northwest of the capital Kathmandu. He only had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for observation.

To Restore Its Shattered Treasures, Nepal Has A Secret Weapon

KPLU News - 4 hours 8 min ago
Blue-uniformed police do the heavy lifting in Dabar square in the city of Patan, one of Nepal's oldest. Moving wooden beams and stacking broken bricks, they sift through ruined monuments, some of which date back to the 1600s.

A considerable chunk of Nepal's cultural heritage crumpled under the intensity of the seismic energy released by the quake nine days ago.

A Boat Of Their Own: All-Women Team Tackles Sailing's Toughest Race

KPLU News - 4 hours 58 min ago
What's the worst thing about sailing through the fierce winds and mountainous seas of the Southern Ocean?

"Just being freezing cold," says Sara Hastreiter, a 30-year-old native of Wyoming who is crewing on the first all-women Volvo Ocean Race team since 2001. The eight-month around-the-world event, sailed in stages, set off from Spain in October.

"Getting out of your bunk when you're just violently shivering.

China Promises $46 Billion To Pave The Way For A Brand New Silk Road

KPLU News - 5 hours 4 min ago
Go to Xi'an city in northwest China, and you can still hear amateur musical ensembles playing court music from the Tang Dynasty.

Protesters Hope To Sustain Momentum In Baltimore

KPLU News - 5 hours 4 min ago
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In A Surprise Move, Saudi King Picks His Successors

KPLU News - 5 hours 4 min ago
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Amid Baltimore Protests, A 'Little Spotlight Of Joy'

KPLU News - 5 hours 4 min ago
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World Bank Accused Of Unfair Evictions

KPLU News - 5 hours 4 min ago
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Former Baltimore Mayor: Police Charges Send Signal On Arrest Standards

KPLU News - 5 hours 4 min ago
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Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot

KPLU News - 5 hours 50 min ago


What Happens To A Country When An Outbreak Of Ebola Ends?

KPLU News - 7 hours 14 min ago
Liberia is nearing a milestone. On May 9, its Ebola outbreak will be officially declared over, assuming no new cases between now and then.

But what happens when an outbreak of Ebola ends?

Dr. Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the co-discoverer of Ebola, visited the Democratic Republic of Congo last year. He wanted to show his wife the region where the first known outbreak of the virus took place.

Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

KPLU News - 7 hours 33 min ago
In order to improve the quality of health care and reduce its costs, researchers need to know what works and what doesn't. One powerful way to do that is through a system of "registries," in which doctors and hospitals compile and share their results. But even in this era of big data, remarkably few medical registries exist.

Dr. Martin Makary is a surgeon at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

KPLU News - 7 hours 50 min ago


American Pharoah Wins 2015 Kentucky Derby

KPLU News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 16:29
American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, has won the 141st Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:03:02.

He raced to victory before the largest Derby crowd ever — 170,513, reports The Associated Press.

American Pharoah, owned by Ahmed Zayat, was the favorite heading into the race at Churchill Downs in Louisville. He had to fight Firing Line and Dortmund for the victory; the three were neck-and-neck (and neck) for a stretch, but American Pharoah pulled ahead at the end.

For The Record: The Voices Of Baltimore

KPLU News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 15:27
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Psychological Association Accused Of 'Complicity' In Bush-Era Torture

KPLU News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 15:27
NPR's Arun Rath speaks with James Risen of the New York Times about a new report alleging that the American Psychological Association worked closely with the George W. Bush administration to help justify prisoner torture. Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

After Police Are Charged In Gray's Death, Baltimore Awaits Next Steps

KPLU News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 15:27
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