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Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

KPLU News - 2 hours 19 min ago
Hundreds of villagers in Nepal have fled to higher ground after a landslide today cut off the flow of a major river, creating a dam that could burst at any time, inundating towns downstream.

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, reports that authorities are warning residents that the blockage of the Gandaki River could burst and that torrents of water could sweep away villages for miles downstream.

"We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places," Interior Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters.

"Mountain slopes have become f

Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

KPLU News - 2 hours 20 min ago
Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli wasn't always rich.

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Martinelli started off as a credit officer at Citibank in Panama. He bought one business, then another.

Ohio To Set Standards For Police Use Of Deadly Force

KPLU News - 3 hours 22 min ago
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Cleveland Police Arrest Protesters After Officer's Aquittal

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
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As ISIS Expands Its Control, U.S. Policy Is Questioned

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
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Author Says Researcher Faked Gay Marriage Opinon Study

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
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With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
The dirt roads on the border between Syria and Lebanon wind across a mountain range dotted with little wild flowers.

It's windswept and deserted except for a few hilltop outposts with clumps of gray tents, machine-gun nests and flags that fly the green and gold colors of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.

These posts are new.

Activists Cross The DMZ In Controversial Peace Demonstration

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
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Macedonia Goes On A Baroque Building Binge

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
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Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
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Controversy Follows Women's Group As It Crosses Inter-Korean Border

KPLU News - 5 hours 24 min ago
The much-publicized peace walk across the inter-Korean border was really a bus ride.

No Resume? Criminal Background? No Problem At This Yonkers Bakery

KPLU News - 5 hours 47 min ago
The open-hiring policy at Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y., invites local residents to apply for jobs — regardless of their immigration status, whether they have criminal or drug records, or even prior work experience.

It's all part of the company's social-justice business model, based on the philosophy of Bernie Glassman, an aeronautical engineer-turned-Buddhist monk who founded the industrial food facility in 1982.

"He was a visionary — he thought business success and social justice were two sides of the same coin,

Cleveland Protesters Arrested After Officer's Acquittal

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 23:48
Cleveland police in riot gear made a number of arrests Saturday night as protesters poured into the streets, angry over the acquittal of a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.

Demonstrators chanting anti-police slogans temporarily blocked a downtown street and gathered outside the courthouse, the Associated Press reports.

Cleveland Simmers In Wake Of Officer's Manslaughter Acquittal

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 14:01
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Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 14:01
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Huge Crowd In El Salvador For Beatifcation Of Slain Archbishop

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:36
Oscar Romero, the Catholic archbishop who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980 by a member of a right-wing death squad, has been beatified in a ceremony in the country's capital today that drew at least a quarter of a million people.

The beatification is the last step before canonization, when the Vatican would declare Romero a saint.

Email Slip Reportedly Reveals United Kingdom Plan For Possible EU Exit

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 12:40
In what is being described as an embarrassing release of a confidential email, the Bank of England may have inadvertently revealed that it is making financial plans for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, should that ever come to pass.

Earlier this month, the newly reelected British Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated his party's commitment to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on continued membership in the EU.

According to The Guardian,

Sound Effect, Episode 20: Comfort Zones

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 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 week, we get into and out of our ‘Comfort Zones.’

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:23
The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple. Brelo had fired 49 shots at the couple following a car chase. Reporter Nick Castele of member-station WCPN speaks with host Scott Simon about the ruling. Copyright 2015 NPR.

Cleveland Officer Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Suspects

KPLU News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 08:01
A judge handed down a verdict of not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter against a Cleveland officer charged in the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — unarmed suspects who were caught in a 137-shot hail of police gunfire following a high-speed chase.

Citing testimony from a doctors for the prosecution and defense, Judge John P.