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After Devastating Injury, Austrian Pole Vaulter Is Breathing On Her Own

KPLU News - 2 hours 20 min ago
Kira Grunberg, Austria's top women's pole vaulter who suffered a horrible injury during training Thursday, is breathing on her own and could soon leave intensive care.

Sailing Federation Will Test Waters For Viruses In Brazil's Olympics Venues

KPLU News - 3 hours 43 min ago
Saying that recent stories about raw sewage in Brazilian waterways that will serve as Olympics venues in 2016 helped "wake us up again and put this back on the agenda," the head of sailing's world governing body says his group will test for viruses and bacteria in the water.

The International Sailing Federation's chief executive, Peter Sowrey, tells the AP that the move is prompted by concerns over athletes' health and safety.

The news comes days after the AP

MH370 Update: Recovered Jet Section Arrives At French Lab For Testing

KPLU News - 4 hours 43 min ago
The piece of a jet that's believed to be from a Boeing 777 — the same model of a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing last year — is now in France, where it will be examined in a government laboratory near Toulose.

After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."

The airline also says that MH370 "is believed to be the only 777 to have crashed south of the equator since the jet came into service 20 years ago."

Speaking about the debris, ocean circulation

In Germany, Asylum-Seekers Could Fill A Chronic Workforce Need

KPLU News - 5 hours 34 min ago
For pharmacists in ever-diverse Berlin, communicating with customers requires a variety of languages.

Just ask German pharmacist Julia al-Erian, who tries in English to engage a young Arab man who is trying to buy acne cream. He gives her a blank stare, so she tries explaining in German how the medicated lotion works.

He looks perplexed, says "hold on" in German, then turns to a friend and speaks Arabic.

Recognizing the man's language, Erian calls for Mayssoun Alkhalaif, a Syrian refugee.

Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

KPLU News - 6 hours 6 min ago
Because superPACs aren't legally allowed to donate money directly to or coordinate with a political campaign, founders often give them patriotic but purposefully-vague names. There's Keep the Promise (supporting Ted Cruz), Opportunity and Freedom (Perry), Priorities USA Action (Clinton), and Pursuing America's Greatness (Huckabee).

SuperPACs can raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, individuals, and other associations and can spend freely to support or oppose a given candidate.

But not every superPAC aims for a serious name or even a serious platform.

Kurdish Militias Appear To Be Sidelined By U.S.-Turkey Military Deal

KPLU News - 6 hours 25 min ago
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Kerry Aims To Repair Relations With Egypt

KPLU News - 6 hours 25 min ago
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Winds Of Change? Rhode Island Hopes For First Offshore Wind Farm

KPLU News - 6 hours 25 min ago
Aboard a ferry off the coast of Rhode Island, state and federal officials take a close look at a steel structure poking out of the ocean. It's the first foundation affixed to the seafloor for a five-turbine wind farm off the state's coast.

It's a contrast to what's happening off the coast of Massachusetts.

Edison's 'Little Monsters' Restored To Their Original Freakishness

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Some Kazakhs Celebrate The Loss Of the 2022 Winter Olympics

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SuperPac Filings, Candidates' Forums: The Week In Politics

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Zimbabwe May Give Land Back To Some White Farmers

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France Refuses To Sell Two Warships To Russia

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Police-Community Collaboration Has Helped Kept Peace In Cincinnati

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How Sierra Leone's Most Famous Journalist Helped NPR Get The Ebola Story

KPLU News - 7 hours 6 min ago
It's an open secret among journalists: When reporting a major news story in an unfamiliar country, it's great to have a "fixer."

That's the catch-all term we use for our local guides to language and logistics — the people who can translate documents, interpret during interviews and generally help you figure out the most efficient and the safest way to get from one location to the next.

But if you're particularly lucky you'll find a top notch fellow journalist from the country to work with. That's what happened when I was reporting on Ebola in Sierra Leone.

No Shame, No Euphemism: Suicide Isn't A Natural Cause Of Death

KPLU News - 7 hours 6 min ago
Beware the mention of natural causes, as in my mother's obituary:

"Norita Wyse Berman, a writer, stockbroker and artist ... died at home Friday of natural causes. She was 60."

Sixty-year-olds don't die of natural causes anymore. The truth was too hard to admit.

Fifteen years on, I'm ashamed of my family's shame. Those attending her funeral and paying shiva calls knew the truth anyway. People talk.

One of the many ironies of dying young is that my mother was a true believer in modern medicine.

Coding Camp to Baltimore Schools: Bring Us Your Bored!

KPLU News - 8 hours 34 min ago
On the second floor of Morgan State University's engineering building, Jacob Walker, 12, is putting the finishing touches on a ruler he's just created.

Not yet an actual ruler. One he's designing on the computer. He just needs to add his initials — then it's time to produce it on a 3-D printer.

Jacob starts seventh grade in the fall and has big dreams. Building this ruler is all part of the plan.

"When I was a child," he says, "I loved to play with Legos, and it inspired me to be an engineer when I get older."

Jacob is one of some 50 boys in this free, four-week camp at Morgan State.

Israeli Officials Promise To Find Arsonists Who Killed Palestinian Child

KPLU News - 10 hours 6 min ago


Win Tickets To Manhattan Transfer

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 16:59

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcomes back vocalese legends Manhattan Transfer for four nights and six shows. Band members are Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Trist Curless. Show times Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm and Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm all nights.


Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

KPLU News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:37
Doctors Without Borders is calling it a "champagne moment." The World Health Organization says it's a "game changer."

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of participants who were at high risk for the virus. Although the results are preliminary, they offer new hope of finally stamping out the virus in West Africa — and preventing the next epidemic.

"It is a game changer because there was nothing that could protect people against Ebola — no drug, vaccine or medicine," says Dr.