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South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks 'Vile,' Says Zulu King Accused Of Inciting Them

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:33
Goodwill Zwelithini is the influential king of South Africa's Zulu nation. Comments that he made last month — when he reportedly said head lice should be squashed and foreigners should pack their belongings and leave the country — have been blamed for igniting attacks on foreigners, resulting in at least seven deaths.

As California's Economy Reels From Drought, At Least One Industry Is Doing Fine

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:17
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A Day After Earthquake, Nepal Struck By Aftershocks

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:17
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Jazz Northwest For April 26

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:00

This week on Jazz Northwest we'll sample some new and recent recordings including a new old one from 1962 being issued for the first time!  Ernestine Anderson was just 34 years old and in the first bloom of her career when she sang at The Penthouse, a Pioneer Square jazz club where Jim Wilke was producing a weekly live and direct broadcast on KING-FM.  The aircheck of the broadcast is the source for this new first time issue on a HighNote CD.

Putin: 'No Regrets' Over Crimea Annexation

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:21
In a new documentary in Russia, President Vladimir Putin says that the annexation of Crimea just over a year ago was justified and righted a historical wrong.

In the film titled The President, Putin denies that the importance of the Black Sea peninsula is not strategic. "It's because this has elements of historical justice.

Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 10:20
Police in Baltimore say that 34 people were arrested and six police officers received "minor injuries" in protests Saturday afternoon and evening over the death in custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man.

In a statement today, police said a "small contingent of yesterday's protesters caused violent disruptions downtown and in

1 Dead, 4 Missing After Sudden Squall Hits Alabama Sailing Regatta

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 07:43
At least one person is dead and four others missing after a powerful storm swept through a race regatta in Alabama's Mobile Bay, capsizing sailboats.

Ideal race conditions suddenly turned Saturday afternoon, when winds quickly went from 15 knots to 50 knots, generating waves as high as 10 feet along the 18-mile course.

One body was plucked from the water and a Coast Guard search continued through the night and into this morning for four sailors still unaccounted for, The Associated Press quoted Petty officer Carlos Vega as saying.

"Apparently there were a number of vessels that became di

Eliud Kipchoge Edges Out Fellow Kenyans To Win London Marathon

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 06:50
In his first London Marathon win, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge edged past his countryman and defending champ Wilson Kipsang to win the distance race by five seconds, with a final time of 2:04:47.

High-Altitude Rescue Underway On Everest

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 06:13
Following a powerful quake that has killed more than 2,000 people in Nepal, a high-altitude effort is underway on the slopes of the world's highest peak to rescue trapped climbers and recover the bodies of those killed when the temblor triggered a massive avalanche that swept base camp.

At least 17 people were killed and more than 60 injured when a wall of snow and ice shook loose from the mountain and smashed through the tent city that is Everest Base Camp –- a staging area on the south (Nepalese) side of the mountain for support teams and climbers trying to reach the top of the 29,029-foot

What If Students Could Fire Their Professors?

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 05:03
"Welcome to Iowa State University. May I take your paper, please?"

A bill circulating in the Iowa state Senate would rate professors' performance based on student evaluations. Just student evaluations.

Low-rated professors would be automatically fired — no tenure, no appeals.

The bill's author, state Sen. Mark Chelgren, a Republican, argues that too many students are taking on student loan debt but not getting their money's worth in the classroom.

Pakistani Activists Mourn Slain Bookstore Owner

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:43
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Katmandu In Chaos After Massive Saturday Earthquake

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:42
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Baltimore Protests Turn Violent

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:42
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Everest Climbers Hit By Deadly Snow, Rock After Nepal Quake

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:42
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Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:42
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Who's Behind The Latest Ethnic Food Trend? Maybe It's A Government

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:03
Danny Kou, the executive chef at La Mar, an upscale Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco, says it's a good time to be him.

Kou moved from Lima to the United States when he was 21. It was 2001, and back then, Peruvian cuisine was still unfamiliar in North America.

But in the last few years, there 's been an explosion of Peruvian restaurants in major cities all over the U.S.

Would Doctors Be Better If They Didn't Have To Memorize?

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 02:36
Poor old Dr. Krebs.

Powerful Aftershock Jars Katmandu; Nepal Quake Toll Rises

KPLU News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 02:20
A magnitude 6.7 aftershock rumbled Katmandu and sent people running for open ground Sunday morning, a day after a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal and the region and killed at least 1,900 people.

The U.S.

8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner

KPLU News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 22:01


Devastating Earthquake Hits Nepal, Kills More Than 1,000

KPLU News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 14:22
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