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Greek Stocks Drop Sharply As Market Reopens For First Time Since June

KPLU News - 1 hour 37 min ago
Five weeks after an economic crisis forced its closure, Greece's stock market reopened to a flurry of selling and falling prices Monday. Banks led the losses on the Athens Stock Exchange, which is also coping with poor manufacturing data.

When it opened, the Athens Stock Exchange General Index plummeted from 797.52 down to a new 52-week low of 615 — a drop of nearly 23 percent.

Get Ready For The Biggest Week Yet In The GOP Race For President

KPLU News - 2 hours 1 min ago
The inaugural 2016 debate for the White House Thursday will be the first time many voters will be tuning into the volatile GOP campaign for president, and candidates are praying they'll get a boost and not a bust from the face-off.

"The level of engagement has been very low," said Rick Wilson, a Florida-based national GOP strategist.

Allegations Of Corruption Dog Mexico's First Lady Angélica Rivera

KPLU News - 3 hours 44 min ago
Eight months ago, Mexico's first lady, known for her fondness of designer clothes and European vacations, made a public promise to sell a multi-million-dollar mansion bought under controversial circumstances. She's purchasing the home, at below market rates, from a contractor with lucrative connections to her husband.

The scandal has been one of the biggest to rock the president's administration.

How A Scientist's Slick Discovery Helped Save Preemies' Lives

KPLU News - 3 hours 53 min ago
In 1953, Dr. John Clements realized something fundamental about the way the lung functions — an insight that would ultimately save the lives of millions of premature babies.

The story begins in 1950, when the U.S. Army sent Clements, a newly graduated physician, to the medical division of what was then called the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, Md. Clements was interested in doing research in biochemistry. His commanding officer was of a different mind.

"'We don't need any biochemists,' " Clements recalls the officer saying.

Baltimore Launched Martin O'Malley, Then Weighed Him Down

KPLU News - 3 hours 53 min ago
This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home.

Ghosts Of Katrina Still Haunt New Orleans' Shattered Lower Ninth Ward

KPLU News - 5 hours 12 min ago
The flooded streets and destroyed homes of the New Orleans neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward were among the most powerful and iconic images from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath 10 years ago.

Now, much of New Orleans is back — more than half of the city's neighborhoods have recovered some 90 percent of their pre-storm population.

That's not the case for the Lower Ninth.

Today, there's a feeling of desolation on nearly every block of the predominantly African-American neighborhood.

One of the first things you notice is the many empty lots, several on every street.

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Plays Charles Mingus In Concert On Jazz Northwest

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 15:00

For its season finale, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman, played music by Charles Mingus (1922-1979).  Charles Mingus was one of the most significant American Composers of the Twentieth Century.  

Born in Nogales, New Mexico and raised in Watts,  he rose to prominence in New York during the 1940s Bop Era playing with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and others.  As a leader himself from the 50s on, his groups toured around the world playing his original compositions exclusively.

As First Presidential Debate Looms, A Look At The Landscape Of The Race

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 14:09
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Review Of Leaked Test Results Shows Doping Is Widespread In Track And Field

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 13:03
According to a review of the results of 12,000 blood tests, the world of track and field has a doping problem that is as big as the one cycling had at the height of Lance Armstrong's popularity.

That's according to the Sunday Times and Germany's public broadcaster ARD/WDR, which obtained a leak of documents with the bloodwork of 5,000 athletes.

The International Association of Athletics Federations, track and

A Hitchhiking Robot's Journey West Ends Early ... In Philadelphia

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 11:12
After a bunch of really nice humans helped a hitchhiking robot traverse the length of Canada and most of Germany, the robot was going to try to make it from Massachusetts all the way to California.

HitchBOT is the brainchild of two Canadian social scientists.

Mexican Photojournalist Found Dead In Country's Capital

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 08:22
A Mexican photojournalist, who worked for, among others, the investigative outfit Proceso, has been found dead along with four other people at an apartment in the country's capital.

According to Article 19, a group that advocates for press freedom, Rubén Espinosa is the 88th journalist killed in Mexico.

But this death is different.

President Obama To Unveil Tough Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 06:47
Calling it the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," President Obama said his administration would unveil the final version of a proposal aimed at curbing the amount of carbon pollution put out by power plants.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that the new regulations are actually tougher than the ones unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency in a draft proposal in June of 2014.

Two big numbers: The regulations require that po

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 05:59
It started so well. When Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, the United States swiftly cobbled together a broad coalition, unleashed a stunning new generation of air power and waged a lightning ground offensive that lasted all of four days. Iraqi troops were so desperate to quit that some surrendered to Western journalists armed only with notebooks.

Kuwait was liberated, U.S. commander Gen.

More Plane Debris Washes Up On Réunion Island

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 05:52
More debris has washed on shore of the French Island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

From Paris, reporter Jake Cigainero tells our Newscast unit that French authorities believe the debris could be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Jake filed this report:

"Taking a Sunday morning stroll on the beach in La Réunion, walkers stumbled upon mangled metallic debris with what appears to be a type of door handle.

"Authorities believe the piece of metal could belong to flight MH370, which disappeared in March last year en route from Kuala Lampur to Beijing.

Obama To Detail Tougher Plan To Fight Climate Change

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 05:28
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Mormons Face A Painful Loss If The Church Severs Boy Scout Ties

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 05:15
The vote by the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders last week was a blow to some religious conservative organizations that have long been connected to scouting, especially the Mormon Church, which has deep roots in the Boy Scouts.

The church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has used the Boy Scouts as its official program for young men for more than 100 years, according to Qin Monson, a political science professor at Brigham Young University.

"The church took the Boy Scout program and decided its values and mission aligned closely

Less-Addictive Opioids Could Boost Drug Firms' Image

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 04:31
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Could Biden Catch Clinton In A White House Bid?

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 04:30
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Nusra Front Attacks U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 04:27
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NFL's First Female Coach Raises The Perennial 'Distraction' Question

KPLU News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 04:27
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