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Combat Training: Can Female Marines Get The Job Done?

KPLU News - 4 hours 47 min ago
NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Lance Cpl. Jasmine Abrego is an office clerk who dreams of becoming a warrior.

She's flat on her stomach in the dirt, in full combat gear. Suddenly she pops up, slings a 44-pound metal tripod on her back and lurches forward in a crab-like run. Finally, she slams the tripod to the ground.

Upfront Costs Of Going Digital Overwhelm Some Doctors

KPLU News - 4 hours 49 min ago
Dr. Oliver Korshin practices ophthalmology three days a week in the same small office in east Anchorage he's had for three decades. Many of his patients have aged into their Medicare years right along with him.

For his tiny practice, which employs just one part-time nurse, putting all his patients' medical records in an online database just doesn't make sense, Korshin says.

An African Village Inspires A Health Care Experiment In New York

KPLU News - 4 hours 51 min ago
There's a project in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York that has a through-the-looking glass quality. An organization called City Health Works is trying to bring an African model of health care delivery to the United States.

Ann Reynolds Clave Gringa Concert On Jazz Northwest

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 15:00

Pianist and composer Ann Reynolds brought her Clave Gringa band to The Seattle Art Museum to warm up a cool evening  for this month's Art of Jazz Concert, presented by Earshot.  The concert was recorded for broadcast and highlights aired on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, November 23 at 2 pm.

With Deadline Looming, Whispers Of Extension Begin In Iran Nuclear Talks

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 13:19
With a deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers less than 24 hours away, the negotiators have started talking about a second extension.

Quoting unnamed State Department officials, Reuters and the Associated Press report that Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Sunday and discussed the possibility of extending negotiations past the Monday deadline.

For months, the two sides have been trying to hammer out a historic accord curbing Iran's nuclear programs.

Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:12
For veterans like Katherine Keleher, Facebook can be a nightmare.

When the 25-year-old former Marine had a photo of her posted to "Just the Tip, of the Spear" last fall, she was so nervous she couldn't bear to look and asked a friend to check the page for her. The group's name, abbreviated JTTOTS, plays off of innuendo and the Marine Corps moniker as the Tip of the Spear.

"I freaked out; I wouldn't even look at first," Keleher said. "I have all of my social media set up so that it's private and so I was really confused how in the world they got a photo of me.

Running Late? Nah, Just On 'CPT'

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:50
In our semi-regular Word Watch feature, we take a look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story.

Back when Code Switch was just a zygote, we spent a day holed up in a teeny room tossing around different names we could call ourselves. Many of them never would see the light of day, which was probably — OK, definitely — for the better.

First (Lots Of) Snow, Now Rain And Flooding Threaten Western New York

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:24
Western New York can't catch a break. First, it was paralyzed by a mountain of lake-effect snow and unseasonably cold weather. Now, things are thawing and rain is moving in. By Monday, meteorologist say the high temperature could hit 60 degrees.

As USA Today reports, that could cause some serious flooding.

12-Year-Old Boy Carrying Replica Gun Dies After Cleveland Officer Shoots

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 09:05
A 12-year-old boy carrying a replica gun has died after a Cleveland Police officer opened fire on Saturday.

According to a statement, police received a call warning of someone pointing a gun at people near a playground

"Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands," police say. "The suspect did not comply with the officers' orders and reached to his waistband for the gun.

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 09:02
First, there was James Foley. Then Steven Sotloff. Finally, Abdul Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter Kassig. All three were American hostages, brutally murdered by the so-called Islamic State.

This past week the White House confirmed that it's conducting a review of its hostage policy, but in a press conference, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States will not change its policy on ransoms: America does not pay them.

Instead, the review will focus on how the U.S.

BirdNote: A Blizzard Of Snow Geese

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 09:00

An immense field appears to be covered with snow, blanketed in white. But a closer look reveals more than 10,000 Snow Geese.

Snow Geese nest on Wrangel Island, in the Chukchi Sea off northern Siberia. Don't miss the amazing video by Barbara Galatti!

Tunisia Holds First Presidential Election Since Revolution

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 07:50
Four years after its revolution sparked the broader Arab Spring, Tunisians headed to the polls on Sunday to pick their next head of state.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"With more than two dozen candidates contesting the presidency and more than 50% of the vote required for an outright win, the race was considered likely to go to a runoff next month.

"The front-runner is Beji Caid Essebsi, 87, whose faction garnered the largest share of seats in last month's parliamentary vote, bu

Ugly Christmas Tree Will Be Replaced In Pennsylvania Town

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 06:30


Ferguson Activist: It's A Wicked Air Looming

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 04:21
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Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama"s Plan

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 04:21
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Tunisian Election Complete's Its Transition To Democracy

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 04:21
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Iran Talks Intensify On Day Before Deadline

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 04:21
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MTA Targets 'Man-Spreading' And Other Subway Faux Pas

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 04:21
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Marion Barry, D.C. Former Mayor, Dies At 78

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 04:21
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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

KPLU News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 04:21
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