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Tensions In Ferguson Simmer As Grand Jury Meets

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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

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In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

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Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

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Asians Benefit, Not Just Latinos, From Obama's Immigration Action

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Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

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You Might Be Surprised When You Take Your Temperature

KPLU News - 5 hours 36 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.

Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

KPLU News - 5 hours 37 min ago
Winter is creeping down on northern Pakistan from the Himalayan Mountains. The skies are cloudless and bright blue. The air is as cool and refreshing as champagne.

This is the season for swaddling yourself in a big woolen shawl. And it's also the season when Pakistanis try not to ... let the bustards get them down.

I'm talking about the Houbara bustard.

Win Tickets To Roberta Gambarini At Jazz Alley

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini for two nights only. Band members are Justin Robinson (sax), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Win Tickets To Roy Hargove Quintet

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes acclaimed trumpeter, composer and bandleader Roy Hargrove for four nights! Band members are Roy Hargrove (trumpet), Justin Robinson (sax), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums).

Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:26
Business groups have long been active players in the nation's immigration debate. They represent employers who need to recruit workers, after all — employers who are sometimes investigated, even prosecuted, for hiring workers who are not approved to work in the U.S. legally.

Many big employers have been pushing for reforms that would allow them to keep more science and technology workers and skilled laborers in the country.

Kerry, Iranian Counterpart Meet Again In Nuclear Talks

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:06
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, added another meeting today in Vienna in the push toward an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Iranian news reports had earlier said Zarif was returning to Tehran for further instructions.

An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:27
One reason the Ebola virus is so terrifying is that it's so lethal. Researchers estimate that the strain circulating in West Africa is killing upwards of 70 percent of those it infects. And even among those getting care, as many as 64 percent are dying.

But some doctors in Sierra Leone say it doesn't have to be that way. An Ebola treatment facility in the capital of Freetown claims to have improved the odds of survival — with little resources or money.

Sierra Leone's government set up the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in some classrooms at a former police training academy.

Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:27
For Joel Bowman, decades of bike commuting started feeling like hard work. So the 66-year-old Atlanta resident recently switched to an electric bicycle and now when he rides Bowman feels like the wind is at his back.

An e-bike looks a lot like a regular bike, but with an integrated electric motor, and it doesn't burn gasoline like an old-fashioned moped.

These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:27
We need more stories and books that treat Mexican immigrants as humans — novel idea, right? But far too often, the media and authors cast them as sinners or saints, with little deviation from cliches established decades ago.

That's why I recommend the writer Sam Quinones, and his two collections: True Tales from Another Mexico and Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration.

Sakuma Praises Obama's Immigration Move But Says It Doesn't Solve His Farm's Labor Shortage

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:16

Steve Sakuma, one of the owners of Sakuma Brothers Farms, a Skagit Valley berry farm that’s been in the spotlight for a labor dispute, calls President Obama’s announcement on immigration a "good first step." But he says it doesn’t solve a labor shortage the farm has faced.

In the past, Sakuma has called the current immigration system broken, saying it’s not good to have so many workers living in the shadows and it limits their upward mobility. For that reason, Sakuma praised the president’s move to protect some workers from deportation and let them work here legally.

Texas Education Panel OKs New History, Social Studies Textbooks

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:46
The Texas State Board of Education has voted to approve the use of 89 history and social studies books across the state.

The 10-5 vote in the Republican-controlled panel was along party lines. The Texas Tribune has more:

"In total, they approved 89 products for eight different social studies courses that will be used in Texas public schools for the next decade.

Poo Power: New British Bus Runs On Human Waste

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:46
A bus in Britain is making headlines for running on gas – and we're not talking about petroleum or natural gas. The Bio-Bus runs on biomethane gas that's produced by human sewage and food waste.

The Bio-Bus has 40 seats and a range of around 186 miles on a full tank. When it officially goes into service next week, it'll run as a shuttle between the city of Bath and the Bristol airport, along with other routes.

It's not hard to imagine the Bath Bus Company's newest power source prompting jokes.

Texas Hits The Books

KPLU News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:23
In the education world, all eyes were on Texas Friday.

For the first time since 2002, the Texas State Board of Education voted to adopt a new generation of social studies products. That includes some 89 textbooks, workbooks and other classroom materials. The vote matters because, with about 5 million students, the state has a big impact on the national textbook market.

As for what's in the books, that wasn't entirely clear until Friday.