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'Device,' Possibly A Small Drone, Discovered On White House Grounds

KPLU News - 3 hours 5 min ago
The White House says a device was found on the grounds of the executive mansion overnight, but adds it posed no threat to the first family. Several news reports say the device was a small drone.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are in India; their daughters, Sasha and Malia, stayed behind with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.

"There is a device that has been recovered by the Secret Service at the White House," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, who is with Obama in New Delhi.

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

KPLU News - 3 hours 20 min ago
Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

A report out today from the American Enterprise Institute says a growing number of colleges and universities are offering, or soon will offer, credits in exchange for direct demonstrations of learning.

Obama Attends India's Republic Day Celebrations

KPLU News - 3 hours 34 min ago
President Obama became the first U.S.

From New Jersey To Maine, Northeast Braces For Massive Blizzard

KPLU News - 4 hours 20 min ago
Nearly 30 million people in the Northeast are bracing for what the National Weather Service is calling a potentially historic blizzard that could bring more than 2 feet of snow today and Tuesday to parts of the region.

Blizzard warnings have been issued all the way from the New Jersey shore to coastal New England from this afternoon through late Tuesday.

The National Weather Service said New York could get as much as 2 feet of snow; Boston and Providence, R.I., could get up to 2 ½ feet.

Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

KPLU News - 6 hours 23 min ago
Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking to NPR's Morning Edition, says he's concerned about retaining qualified U.S. military service members amid the "stress and strain" of more than 13 years of continuous warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In one of his last interviews in the job he's held since February 2013, Hagel refers to the "hidden consequences" of "nonstop war" faced by American combat forces since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

KPLU News - 7 hours 2 min ago
When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome.

Rising Football Star: Prepare For The Worst, Pray For The Best

KPLU News - 7 hours 22 min ago
As the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots prepare to face off at the Super Bowl on Sunday, a scandal about under-inflated balls is still dominating headlines.

While that subject has been a trending topic on Twitter, it is just the latest in a series of controversies this season.

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

KPLU News - 7 hours 24 min ago
Nearly half of all reported sports concussions occur during a high school football game or practice. And even when injured bodies are ready to get back on the field, injured brains might not be ready to return to class.

But how long should these student athletes be out of school? A day? A week? A month? The latest research supports the idea of a gradual return to class and other activities, in a flexible program that's tailored to each student's injury and recovery from symptoms, rather than a blanket insistence on strict isolation and total rest for everyone.

Pacific Science Center Opens Doors, Turns Down Lights For Autistic Kids

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 15:49

On a Saturday at the Pacific Science Center, life-size robotic dinosaurs roar. A giant video monitor shows a person sneezing as a spray of mist shoots down from the ceiling. Nearby, naked mole rats scurry blindly through a maze of tunnels.

And since it's all mud and rain outside, the place is packed with curious children and adults trying to keep up with them.

Loud noises, bright lights, crowded spaces: This is exactly the situation Mike Hiner tries to avoid with his 20-year-old son Steven, who is autistic.

Jazz Northwest For January 25th

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 15:25

Over 3 decades of jazz from the Pacific Northwest is featured on this week's Jazz Northwest Sunday, January 25 at 2 PMPacific.  An upcoming two trombone tribute to Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana will feature Rodger Fox (NZ) and David Marriott Jr (WA) at the Royal Room.  It seemed like a good excuse to listen again to the spectacular trombonists Rosolino and Fontana as they played at The Bayside in Vancouver BC in 1978.

Got $15 Million? Actor Rowan Atkinson Has A Car For Sale

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 13:58
Mr. Bean is selling his car.

No, not the lime green British Leyland Mini that was the prop for so many of the character's antics. We're talking about the purple McLaren F1 'supercar' owned by the actor who plays Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson.

Ukraine's President Hopes To Revive Shattered Peace Process

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 12:07
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he will "calm" fighting between his forces and Russian-backed separatist in the country's east a day after rocket fire killed 30 people in and around the port city of Mariupol.

Poroshenko, speaking after an emergency meeting of Ukraine's security council, said reviving a shattered peace deal agreed in September was the only way out of the conflict.

The Ukrainian leader also said that, in case there was any doubt, that intercepted radio transmissions showed conclusively that it was the rebels who attacked government-held Mariupol, hitting an open-ai

Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 12:04
The Obama administration is proposing new protections for large portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The U.S.

Several Killed In Egypt Amid Clashes Marking Anniversary Of Uprising

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 08:17
At least nine people are dead in the Egyptian capital following clashes between police and Islamist protesters marking the fourth anniversary of 2011 uprising that ousted then-President Hosni Mubarak.

The Associated Press said nine people had been killed, but Reuters and ITV News put the figure at 11.

'Blizzard-Like' Conditions In Store For Parts Of Northeast

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 07:29
Parts of the U.S.

Future Of Eurozone At Stake In Today's Greek Elections

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 06:39
Greeks citizens cast ballots today in an election that is being closely watched, as the outcome could decide whether the troubled country stays the course on a European Union austerity plan.

In 2010, as Greece was on the verge of a default on its sovereign debt, Athens agreed to unpopular austerity measures in exchange for billions of euros from its fellow European Union countries and the International Monetary Fund. The measures have cut salaries and pensions.

A GOP Weekend, Courtesy Of The Koch Network And Citizens United

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 06:33
Republican presidential hopefuls are turning out this weekend for two big events, but just one of them, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, plans to be at both.

Cruz is among seven possible contenders who spoke Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, cosponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and the group Citizens United. Sunday night, Cruz is scheduled to join two possible primary rivals, Sens.

Suspected Boko Haram Militants Attack Another Nigerian Town

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 05:18
In the latest attack by the suspected Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria, militants shelled the northeastern city of Maiduguri, Reuters reports quoting witnesses.

The BBC says fierce fighting is reported on the outskirts of Maiduguri, which is "home to tens of thousands of people who have fled the attacks by Boko Haram attacks and was visited on Saturday by President Goodluck Jonathan."

Reuters says:

"The assa

'Walking The Walk' With Students ... And Screaming Fans

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 05:13


Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

KPLU News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 05:00