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Heat Tolerant, Tough Teeth, Lots Of Milk — They're Supergoats!

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Villagers in a rural district of Kenya are getting a helping hoof to adapt to climate change. A newly introduced breed of supergoat is cutting the number of months per year that villagers in the district of Nyando go hungry.

Galla goats are tough but loving. They tolerate heat and drought and have great teeth (which means they rarely need to be culled due to worn-down chompers). The goats also produce lots of nutritious milk and mature more quickly than the old straggly looking breeds that the Nyando farmers are used to keeping.

The Cautionary Tale Of A Big-Time Bracket Bust

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 15:35
About 25 years ago, John Bovery started a modest football pool out of his home in New Jersey. It had 57 participants, all friends and co-workers.

But thanks to word of mouth — and the multiplying factor of email — Bovery's pool grew to staggering proportions.

An Update On Yemen's Escalating Crisis

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:22
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Assessing The Ellen Pao Verdict

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:22
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What Is The Mystery Goo That Killed Seabirds In The Bay Area?

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:22
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Nigerians Go To The Polls

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:22
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British Fraudster Walks Out Of Jail Using Forged Bail Letter

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:42
Earlier this month, convicted fraudster Neil Moore showed prison authorities his bail letter and walked out the front gate of Britain's Wandsworth jail in south London.

There was only one thing wrong with the picture: the letter was a fake — an elaborate forgery produced by the 28-year-old inmate.

According to The Telegraph, Moore hatched the plan a year ago, using a mobile phone smuggled into the prison to set the scheme in

Sound Effect, Episode 12: Lost And Found

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:00

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this time around, it’s tales of lost and found.

Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Bill Sparks Firestorm Of Controversy

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:45
When Indiana's Republican Gov.

Snowdrift, The Lost Cat That Didn't Really Want To Be Found

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:15

If you've ever lost a pet and were lucky enough to find it, you know the sharp pain of expecting the worst and then the huge wave of relief when you are reunited with animal. I experienced this roller coaster so many times I lost count.

These searches and reunions involved the same animal; a cat named Snowdrift.  This clever little cat was technically lost, a lot, and I’m not so certain he ever really wanted to be found, by me.

Arab Airstrikes Against Yemen Reportedly Could Continue For Months

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:51
Yemeni President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi described Shiite Houthi rebels who have occupied parts of the country, including the capital, Sanaa, as "puppets of Iran."

The remarks by Hadi, who was forced to flee Yemen amid the rebel onslaught, come as a Gulf diplomatic official quoted by news agencies says that Arab nations allied against the Houthis could continue their airstrikes against the Shiite militia for months.

At an Arab summit held in Egypt, Hadi left no doubt that he believed the Houthis were being controlled by Tehran: "I say to the puppets of Iran and its toys: ...

Amid Violence, Nigerians Go To The Polls To Choose A President

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:29
Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

Nigerians turned out in large numbers to select their next president, a contest between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and his rival, former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

The voting occurred as at least six people were killed in two attacks in the country's northeast, where Boko Haram militants are active. According to Reuters, gunmen opened fire on voters in two locations, killing three at each of them.

Pilot Who Downed Airliner Vowed 'To Do Something' To Be Remembered

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 05:25
Updated at 11:05 a.m.

In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Discord

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:39
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Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:39
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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:39
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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:39
Shane Avery practices family medicine in Scott County, Ind. In December, a patient came to his office who was pregnant, and an injection drug user.

After running some routine tests, Avery found out that she was positive for HIV. She was the second case he had seen in just a few weeks.

"Right then, I kind of realized, 'Wow, are we on the tip of something?' " Avery says. "But you just put it away. ... It's statistically an oddity when you're just one little doctor, you know?"

It wasn't just a blip.

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:39
In spring, West Bank almond trees bloom white. Dry brown hills turn temporarily green and are dotted with bright wildflowers. The ewes and nanny goats of Bedouin herders that wander the West Bank eat well this time of year.

It's cheese season.

I first watched a Bedouin woman, Mechchas Bne Menneh, make salty goat cheese last spring, while out on a story about confrontations between her clan and Israeli soldiers.

Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:39
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Nigerians Vote In Tight Presidential Election

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:39
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