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Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

KPLU News - 1 hour 36 min ago
Ebola is on the rise in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown.

Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

KPLU News - 1 hour 55 min ago
As Nigeria's military continues to battle Boko Haram fighters for control of towns and territory in the turbulent northeast, fearful residents are leaving — or being driven out of town.

Senators, Congressman Pile On To Call For Hanford Vapor Fix

KPLU News - 2 hours 8 min ago
 

For the third time this week, there are calls to protect workers from hazardous vapors at Hanford, this time from Washington’s congressional delegation.

Tech Week: Uber Under Fire, The Vision Behind Google's Lollipop

KPLU News - 2 hours 13 min ago
Uber's public-relations nightmare dominated the week's technology news. A senior executive at the ride-sharing firm suggested that Uber should dig up dirt about media critics of the company.

In Response To Attacks, Israel Takes Down Palestinian Homes

KPLU News - 3 hours 56 min ago
After a spate of deadly violence in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to speed up home demolitions of attackers as a punishment and deterrent.

This week, the family home of Palestinian Abdel Rahman Shaludi was destroyed.

BirdNote: Great Horned Owls Calling

KPLU News - 4 hours 1 min ago

It's late autumn, and a fledgling Great Horned Owl calls to be fed. Judging from the young bird's persistence, the parents seem to be responding only with calls, not with food.

These entreaties can go on for weeks. Both parents let the fledgling know that it's time for him to feed himself. 

Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

KPLU News - 4 hours 13 min ago
A football dream ended in Texas last night, as the little town of Booker saw its high school team lose for the first time this year, eliminating them from the state playoffs.

It's Crunch Time For The Iranian Nuclear Talks

KPLU News - 5 hours 1 min ago
Can Iran and six world powers reach a historic deal over Iran's nuclear program by Monday? The negotiations are at a crucial phase. As the deadline nears, regional hopes and fears are rising in equal measure.

A successful nuclear deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions could finally defuse one of the most dangerous crises in the Middle East.

Highway Bandits Steal Blood Believed To Contain Ebola Virus

KPLU News - 5 hours 53 min ago
A roadway robbery in Guinea resulted in an alarming haul this week, as thieves made off with cash, personal items – and a batch of Red Cross blood samples from patients believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

The incident happened in southern Guinea, an area close to two other West African nations hit hard by the outbreak: Liberia and Sierra Leone.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports:

"Robbers riding on a motorbike waylaid a taxi and made off with cellphones, jewelry and cash near the town of Kissidougou.

"The authorities in Guinea warn that the bandits also

Diplomats Look To Solve Iran's Nuclear Issue As Deadline Nears

KPLU News - 6 hours 39 min ago
Hoping to broker a deal to ease years of disputes over Iran's nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomats are locked in negotiations in Vienna. They have until Monday to reach a permanent deal.

The talks stem from an interim agreement between Iran and six leading world powers – the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – that called for Iran to halt production of enriched uranium, in addition to other concessions. In return, the U.S.

Obama Grandmother Continues Life's Work Of Educating Young Kenyans

KPLU News - 7 hours 18 min ago
The United States has seen many fundraisers headlined by an Obama in recent years, but this week it won't be the president or the first lady — it will be his step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, who is raising funds to build a school and hospital in her hometown, Kogelo, Kenya.

Obama, who runs the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation and was honored with an Education Pioneer award at the United Nations on Wednesday as part of its Women's Entrep

National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

KPLU News - 8 hours 4 sec ago
Digging for wild ginseng pays: It sells for thousands of dollars in overseas markets. But it is illegal to take ginseng from national parks, where authorities are working to thwart poachers.

They come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Jim Corbin, a plant protection specialist with North Carolina's agriculture department, is out to protect wild ginseng root from the poachers.

Ginseng is short – about shin height and has little red seeds, like tiny cranberries.

Tensions In Ferguson Simmer As Grand Jury Meets

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
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In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
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Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
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Asians Benefit, Not Just Latinos, From Obama's Immigration Action

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
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Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
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You Might Be Surprised When You Take Your Temperature

KPLU News - 10 hours 28 min ago
What's your temperature?

That's the question of the hour. The Ebola virus has made taking your temperature part of everyday conversation. People in West Africa are doing it. People returning from the region are doing it. And so are the overly paranoid in the United States.

For anyone who's been exposed to the virus, a body temperatures of 100.4 or higher has been deemed the point of concern. The goal, of course, is that magic number: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Except 98.6 degrees isn't so magical after all.