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BirdNote: Reddish Egret - Lagoon Dancer

2 hours 8 min ago

The Reddish Egret, a particularly glamorous heron, is best known for its startling antics in capturing fish.

When fishing, the egret sprints across the lagoon, weaving left and right, simultaneously flicking its broad wings in and out, while stabbing into the water with its bill.

Fish startled at the egret’s crazed movements become targets of that pink dagger. At times, the bird will raise its wings forward over its head, creating a shadow on the water. It then freezes in this position for minutes. Fish swim in, attracted by a patch of shade and . . . well, you know the rest.  

Four Years After Revolution, Libya Slides Into Chaos

2 hours 27 min ago
There was hope in Libya and around the world for Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown four years ago.

But today, Libya is a country torn apart.

U.Va. Sorority Women Say Party Ban Is Patronizing

2 hours 52 min ago
Saturday is Boys' Bid Night at the University of Virginia, when fraternities welcome their new members.

Women from U.Va.'s sororities are always invited to join the Boys' Bid Night party, but this year, they're under strict orders from national sorority presidents to stay clear of frat houses. The orders come after a Rolling Stone article about a gang rape at U.Va.

Record-Setting Balloonists Touch Down In Mexico After Pacific Crossing

3 hours 32 min ago
The Eagles have landed.

Balloon pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, dubbed the "Two Eagles," who already set a distance record for a gas-filled balloon on Friday, have completed their nearly 7,000-mile journey across the Pacific from Japan to Mexico.

The Associated Press reports that Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M.

All Is Not So Well In The NFL Ahead Of Super Bowl Sunday

4 hours 22 min ago
Another day, another controversy.

It's been that kind of a year for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about it all Friday at his annual State of the League address in downtown Phoenix.

The most recent controversies — deflated footballs and Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch's refusal to talk to reporters — have dominated media coverage i

Merkel: No Relaxing Of Terms On Greek Debt

5 hours 5 min ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected any renegotiation of Greek debt after last week's election that brought an anti-austerity party into power in Athens.

Merkel said banks and creditors that extended Greece bailout loans to keep the government from defaulting on its sovereign debt have already must draw the line on already substantial concessions.

Serena Williams Wins Australian Open For 19th Grand Slam Title

6 hours 7 min ago
Serena Williams has beaten Russia's Maria Sharapova for her sixth Australian Open, clinching her 19th Grand Slam title.

Williams, 33, won the final 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

It was the tennis superstar's first Australian Open in five years and she managed to win despite fighting a severe cold that The New York Times says "left her occasionally coughing between returns and serves in the final."

The BBC says:

Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules

6 hours 31 min ago
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What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

6 hours 31 min ago
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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Drags On Into WInter

6 hours 31 min ago
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In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

6 hours 31 min ago
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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

6 hours 31 min ago
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An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

6 hours 31 min ago
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Just Your Typical Teenagers Helping To Fight World Poverty

7 hours 5 min ago
On Jan. 15, 15-year-olds around the world took a stand. Their goal was to make the world a better place 15 years from now by getting rid of poverty and disease.

A Former Child Soldier Finds Escape, Heaven Through His Music

8 hours 35 min ago
Emmanuel Jal was only 8 when he was dragged into Sudan's long civil war. Like 12,000 other children, he was recruited as a soldier, fighting and killing alongside South Sudanese armed groups.

Only a few, like Jal, have managed to escape.

This week, the United Nations says that it has made an agreement that will gradually release 3,000 child soldiers from the armed group called the South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction.

Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

8 hours 37 min ago
Football injuries have long been seen by some as a badge of honor.

Efforts To Free Japanese ISIS Captive 'Deadlocked'

10 hours 30 min ago
A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."

The fate of veteran war reporter Kenji Goto has been linked to that of another hostage, Jordanian fighter pilot Lt.

Listen: Another Seahawks Rally, This One In A Natural History Museum

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:12

Leading up to the Super Bowl on Sunday, there have been lots of rallies for the Seahawks. One of the most unusual took place in the Burke Museum, a natural history museum on the University of Washington campus.  

Washington Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Fantasy Sports

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:03

 

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests.

This is where sports fans build an imaginary team based on the stats of real players. They then compete in a league with other participants.

Win Tickets To 'Dear Elizabeth'

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:26

A life in letters. Sarah Ruhl, one of the most celebrated playwrights of her generation, paints a portrait of the remarkable 30-year friendship between two of the most honored American poets of the 20th century: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.