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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

KPLU News - 7 hours 5 min ago
Air pollution comes from many sources — power plants, industrial production and fires, to name a few. In Pittsburgh, the most polluted city east of California, according the American Lung Association, avoiding dirty air while outdoors can be difficult, if not impossible.

Ana Velinova Sings At SAM On Jazz Northwest

KPLU News - 7 hours 8 min ago

Bulgarian born singer and songwriter Ana Velinova trained in Sophia, L.A. and Boston and has performed in New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria and elsewhere.  

Now a resident of Seattle, she recently sang in the Art of Jazz series at The Seattle Art Museum with an all-star Seattle quartet including Marc Seales, Mark Taylor, Jeff Johnson and D'vonne Lewis.   

'It's For You To Know That You Forgive,' Says Holocaust Survivor

KPLU News - 7 hours 50 min ago
Around this time 70 years ago, following the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in Europe, the world was coming to grips with the scale of the holocaust, and how to deal with crimes so horrendous, they're almost incomprehensible.

That process is still ongoing.

Right now in Germany, a 93-year-old former Nazi who served at Auschwitz is on trial. Holocaust survivor Eva Kor flew to Germany to testify about her experience in the camp.

"If there would be hell on Earth, Auschwitz looked to me like that and in some way it was," Kor says.

Remembering Nobel Prize-Winning Mathematician John Nash

KPLU News - 7 hours 50 min ago
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Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

KPLU News - 9 hours 23 min ago
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State and that they lost western Anbar province to the extremist group despite outnumbering their opponents.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Carter said that although Iraqi forces, or ISF, "vastly outnumber" ISIS in western Anbar, and in their loss of the provincial capital, Ramadi, last week, "What apparently happened is the Iraqi fo

Malaysia Finds Gravesites In Camps Used By People Smugglers

KPLU News - 11 hours 25 min ago
Malaysian authorities say they've discovered numerous gravesites in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human smugglers along the Thai-Malay border.

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

KPLU News - 14 hours 10 min ago
Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET

John Forbes Nash, Jr., the Nobel laureate known for his groundbreaking work on game theory and differential equations, was killed along with his wife in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police say. He was 86.

His death was first reported by NJ.com citing a police official. NPR has confirmed the report through longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg.

Greece Warns That It Will Probably Miss Next Month's Debt Payment

KPLU News - 15 hours 55 min ago
Greece is warning that unless it can reach a deal with its creditors, it will be unable to make a debt payment to the International Monetary Fund next month.

Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis, speaking on Greek television, said bluntly that four installments totaling 1.6 billion euros ($1.76 billion) "will not be given and is not there to be given."

As Reuters writes that Greece "has been shut out of bond markets and [has had its] bailout aid locked." Athens, it says "has been scraping state

Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

KPLU News - 16 hours 29 min ago
Hundreds of villagers in Nepal have fled to higher ground after a landslide today cut off the flow of a major river, creating a dam that could burst at any time, inundating towns downstream.

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, reports that authorities are warning residents that the blockage of the Gandaki River could burst and that torrents of water could sweep away villages for miles downstream.

"We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places," Interior Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters.

"Mountain slopes have become f

Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

KPLU News - 16 hours 30 min ago
Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli wasn't always rich.

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Martinelli started off as a credit officer at Citibank in Panama. He bought one business, then another.

Ohio To Set Standards For Police Use Of Deadly Force

KPLU News - 17 hours 32 min ago
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Cleveland Police Arrest Protesters After Officer's Aquittal

KPLU News - 17 hours 37 min ago
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As ISIS Expands Its Control, U.S. Policy Is Questioned

KPLU News - 17 hours 37 min ago
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Author Says Researcher Faked Gay Marriage Opinon Study

KPLU News - 17 hours 37 min ago
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With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah

KPLU News - 17 hours 37 min ago
The dirt roads on the border between Syria and Lebanon wind across a mountain range dotted with little wild flowers.

It's windswept and deserted except for a few hilltop outposts with clumps of gray tents, machine-gun nests and flags that fly the green and gold colors of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.

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Activists Cross The DMZ In Controversial Peace Demonstration

KPLU News - 17 hours 37 min ago
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Macedonia Goes On A Baroque Building Binge

KPLU News - 17 hours 37 min ago
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Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July

KPLU News - 17 hours 37 min ago
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Controversy Follows Women's Group As It Crosses Inter-Korean Border

KPLU News - 19 hours 34 min ago
The much-publicized peace walk across the inter-Korean border was really a bus ride.

No Resume? Criminal Background? No Problem At This Yonkers Bakery

KPLU News - 19 hours 57 min ago
The open-hiring policy at Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y., invites local residents to apply for jobs — regardless of their immigration status, whether they have criminal or drug records, or even prior work experience.

It's all part of the company's social-justice business model, based on the philosophy of Bernie Glassman, an aeronautical engineer-turned-Buddhist monk who founded the industrial food facility in 1982.

"He was a visionary — he thought business success and social justice were two sides of the same coin,