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Devastating Earthquake Hits Nepal, Kills More Than 1,000

KPLU News - 8 hours 54 min ago
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Protesters Pledge To 'Shut Down' Baltimore Over Police Custody Death

KPLU News - 11 hours 59 min ago
Protesters who have turned out in the streets of Baltimore for several days to express anger over the police custody death of Freddie Gray have promised their largest demonstrations to date this afternoon.

Organizers and supporters, who vowed to "shut down" the city, were using social media to share video of crowds gathering to protest the April 12 death of Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in custody.

Gray died last Sunday, a week after officers chased him down and arrested him in the Gilmor Homes project in West Baltimore.

Sound Effect, Episode 16: Repetition

KPLU News - 12 hours 16 min ago

 

   "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 are playing all hits in this first ever “Sound Effect” best of episode.

Indonesia Sets Executions For 3 'Bali Nine' Drug-Smugglers

KPLU News - 14 hours 9 min ago
Two Australians and a woman from the Philippines convicted nearly a decade ago of drug smuggling in Indonesia have been informed by authorities that their execution by firing squad is imminent.

"Indonesian authorities today [Saturday] advised Australian consular officials that the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be scheduled imminently at Nusa Kambangan prison in central Java," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.

It is unclear whether an exact date has been set for Chan and Sukumaran — convicted of being ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine"

On Everest, Quake-Triggered Avalanche Leaves Death, Chaos

KPLU News - 15 hours 18 min ago
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As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

KPLU News - 16 hours 35 min ago
One day soon, you may be waiting in line for a coffee, eyeing a pastry, when your smart watch buzzes with a warning.

Flashing on the tiny screen of your Apple Watch is a message from an app called Lark, suggesting that you lay off the carbs for today. Speak into the Apple Watch's built-in mic about your food, sleep and exercise, and the app will send helpful tips back to you.

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction.

Who, Or What, Crashed The Market In A Flash In 2010?

KPLU News - 16 hours 43 min ago
It has been five years since the so-called flash crash on Wall Street raised big questions about computerized trading. What caused the flash crash has been a topic of debate ever since. U.S. officials revived the debate this week by arresting a little-known trader in London.

May 6, 2010, started out as an ordinary trading day on Wall Street.

Nearly 1,000 Dead In Powerful Earthquake In Nepal

KPLU News - 17 hours 54 min ago
Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET

A powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake has struck Nepal near the capital Kathmandu today, killing at least 876 people there as well as dozens in three neighboring countries as it leveled houses and temples and triggered avalanches on Mount Everest at the peak of the climbing season there.

Authorities feared the death toll was likely to go up — perhaps dramatically — as more information comes in from remote and isolated parts of the region.

International Guard: How The Vietnam War Changed Guard Service

KPLU News - 18 hours 2 min ago
The Vietnam War changed the National Guard.

During that conflict, joining the guard was seen as a way to avoid the draft; during America's recent wars, the guard and reserve made up nearly half the forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can trace the transformation of the guard back to the few units from it that did go and fight in Vietnam.

Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World

KPLU News - 18 hours 9 min ago
The Hubble Space Telescope this week celebrates 25 years in Earth's orbit.

Patti Reagan: Hinkley Still Capable Of Violence

KPLU News - 18 hours 9 min ago
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Protesters Plan To 'Shut Down' Baltimore Saturday

KPLU News - 18 hours 9 min ago
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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

KPLU News - 18 hours 9 min ago
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To West Baltimoreans, 'The Largest Gang Is The ... Police'

KPLU News - 18 hours 9 min ago
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Kansas City Royals Break Bad: The Week In Sports

KPLU News - 18 hours 9 min ago
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Flood Of Desperate Refugees Tests Spaniards' Tolerance

KPLU News - 18 hours 17 min ago
Pepe Guerrero is a doorman at a high-rise building in Malaga, on Spain's Mediterranean coast. From his post he looks out at the turquoise blue waters — where hundreds of Arab and African migrants have drowned in recent weeks.

"They're people — human beings like us," he says. "Searching for a better life."

But Guerrero says he's divided.

Powerful Quake Hits Nepal; Death Toll Rising

KPLU News - 18 hours 17 min ago
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Rap City: Sweat, Hope & Hip-Hop In Dakar

KPLU News - 19 hours 13 min ago
An orange streetlight glows over the sandy street corner. The surrounding alleys and cement buildings disappear into darkness at the edge of the light. It is 11 p.m. on this July night,, temperatures are still in the high 80s and a cool breeze is nowhere to be found.

Young men hustle to arrange hulking, rusted speakers on either side of a small wooden platform. Others hover by the streetlight. They wear crisp T-shirts with bold lettering and splashes of color.

A loud beat blasts from the stacks of speakers, drawing dozens of people out into the center of the street.

Invisible For Generations, 'Hidden Armenians' Emerge In Turkey

KPLU News - 20 hours 56 min ago
A century after Ottoman forces massacred an estimated 1 to 1.5 million Armenian Christians, some of the remaining Armenian Turks are taking tentative steps out into the open.

Pop-Up Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

KPLU News - 21 hours 13 min ago
Welcome to a special pop-up podcast from NPR's Washington Desk. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments Tuesday on whether same-sex marriage bans are constitutional, our correspondents give their take on the legal questions before the court and seismic shift in the culture and politics on this issue.

Gay marriage is now legal in 36 states.