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Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' Discharged By NIH

KPLU News - 1 hour 57 min ago
Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, who became the first person to contract Ebola on U.S.

Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

KPLU News - 1 hour 58 min ago
As Nigeria awaits the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls under a cease-fire deal with their Boko Haram captors, reports have come in that 25 more women and girls were abducted within a day of the truce being announced Saturday.

The government in Abuja has condemned the latest reported abductions from two villages in the country's northeast Adamawa state by suspected militants from the extremist group.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says the reported kidnappings came a day after the army claimed it had a deal with Boko Haram that included the release of more than 2

'Rebellion' Charts A Tumultuous, Formative Century

KPLU News - 1 hour 58 min ago
The 17th century was one of the most radical periods in all of English history. It was an era of enormous change, upheaval, debate and extreme violence, which saw the evolution of the modern British state as we know it today.

But the transition from a haphazard kingdom ruled by inconsistent medieval ideas to a modern, secular, efficient bureaucratic state wasn't easy.

VIDEO: Talking While Female

KPLU News - 1 hour 58 min ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDvPjm10CM0

A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

KPLU News - 1 hour 59 min ago
Biochemists aren't really known for their sense of humor. But we recently met one who was warm, inviting and downright hilarious. "When chemists don't know what something is, they call it a substance," quips Shirley Corriher.

Corriher is perhaps best known for authoring two books, Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, which netted her a James Beard Award, and BakeWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking.

Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

KPLU News - 1 hour 59 min ago
Making costumes from secondhand stuff is a part of the Halloween scene in 2014, according to Goodwill.

In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

KPLU News - 2 hours 1 min ago
Anyone who has spent much time in Minnesota's "Med City" can't help but notice that wheelchairs are everywhere.

From city parking ramps and downtown sidewalks to park trails and the local mall, the chairs have an inescapable presence.

More than likely that has do to with the fact that Rochester is home to Mayo Clinic, visited by thousands of patients every day. Many of them use wheelchairs to get around.

Oregon Chef Asks: Do You Have The Guts To Celebrate World Tripe Day?

KPLU News - 2 hours 45 min ago

An Oregon chef is asking if you have the guts to celebrate World Tripe Day today.

What is tripe? It's the lining of the cow's stomach.

Matt Bennett, owner of Sybaris Bistro in Albany, Oregon volunteered to promote consumption of beef stomach on behalf of the British-based Tripe Marketing Board.

Gull Identification I

KPLU News - 2 hours 45 min ago

  Relatively few gull species are common nesters in the Lower 48. But in October, both the variety and number of gulls increase dramatically. Gulls that nested in Alaska or Canada fly south to spend winter in more temperate climates. Western Gulls are present in the West all year, mostly near the coast. Mew Gulls turn up in the winter along the West Coast, and Herring Gulls can be seen in the East. October is an ideal time to learn which gull is which. Seen here, top to bottom, are Western, Thayer's, and Glaucous-wing Gulls.

Enviro Efforts To 'Green The Senate' Targeting Bellingham’s 42nd District

KPLU News - 6 hours 44 min ago

Democrats are eager to win back control of the state Senate in Washington. That means they need to take two seats from the Republican majority. One of the most hotly contested races is Whatcom County’s 42nd District, where incumbent Republican Doug Ericksen faces Democrat challenger Seth Fleetwood

It’s more conservative than a traditional swing district. But outside money is pouring, in and framing this contest as a battle over environmental interests. 

Marijuana Measures In Oregon, Alaska Reflect Lessons Learned In Washington

KPLU News - 6 hours 44 min ago

Two northwestern states are considering whether to follow Washington’s lead and legalize recreational marijuana. Oregon and Alaska will each take up the question on Nov. 4, and both ballot measures reflect lessons learned here.

There are plenty of different approaches to legalizing recreational marijuana, but for starters, there are basically two options on the menu: Colorado and Washington. So which one is more appealing to our neighbor states?

Can Seahawks Turn Adversity From Harvin Trade Into Opportunity?

KPLU News - 6 hours 45 min ago

The spotlight will be on the Seahawks once again this weekend as the team tries to bounce back from all the controversy that's been swirling around them recently. They play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on Sunday.

The Seahawks have been under intense scrutiny following back-to-back losses and the shocking trade of star receiver Percy Harvin.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is what happens when a defending Super Bowl champion makes a controversial mid-season trade that really amounts to a firing.

Redemption Is The Key To An Unlikely Friendship Two Musicians Shared

KPLU News - 6 hours 45 min ago

How exactly does a man in his 70s — a man who spent most of his adult life in and out of prison and constantly battling a drug addiction — become friends with a 14-year-old girl?

They find a common bond. And in the case of Frank Morgan and Grace Kelly, that bond was music. 

Roving, Free Health Clinic Sets Up Shop At KeyArena For Four-Day Stay

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:38

Even with the Affordable Care Act, adults in Washington are not getting the medical care they need often because they cannot afford deductibles or get into a Medicaid provider. Others go without eyeglasses and live with toothache because they don’t have coverage at all. This week, Seattle has a temporary clinic in an unlikely place to help solve some of those problems.

Amazon Shares Drop As Third-Quarter Results Disappoint Investors

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:15

Amazon disappointed investors Thursday by posting a bigger loss than expected, sending its shares down 11 percent in after-hours trading.

From Advertising To Nail Care, Washington Campaigns Spend Bucks

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:08

Political campaigns and committees in Washington have spent nearly $70 million so far this year. That includes statewide initiatives and legislative races.

So where’s all the money going? It’s everything from address labels to Zipcar rentals.

Park Service Construction Damaged Native American Burial Sites

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:59
Imagine being able to drive an all-terrain vehicle right up next to a sacred earthen Native American burial mound.

At Effigy Mounds National Monument, you can. Three million dollars' worth of illegal construction projects went on for a decade at one of the nation's most sacred Native American burial grounds in northeast Iowa.

B.C. Energy Minister Says U.S. Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:40

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty. Northwest utilities say your power rates would be lower if that electricity could be sold to California instead of being delivered to Canada for free.

This week in Spokane, the biggest players in the trans-national river basin are debating whether to extend that 50-year-old treaty.

Second White House Fence Jumper Had Been Arrested Before

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:35
The man who jumped the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with unlawful entry of the White House grounds and harming animals used in law enforcement.

According to officials, Dominic Adesanya kicked and punched two Secret Service dogs. NPR's Tamara Keith filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The dogs, Hurricane and Jordan, helped stop the fence jumper in his tracks on the White House lawn.

"They were taken to a veterinarian and treated for minor bruising.

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:32
Today's mobile phones can do almost everything a computer can.