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Jordan Tests Coalition Against ISIS With Offer To Negotiate

KPLU News - 1 hour 36 min ago
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Yes, Your Toilet Paper Squares And Rolls Are Shrinking

KPLU News - 1 hour 36 min ago
Robert Siegel talks to Steven Chercover, a research analyst who studies the paper and forest industries, about the trend of shrinking toilet paper rolls. The old standard square sheet of 4.5 inches wide by 4.5 inches long has been getting increasingly smaller. Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Israeli Soldiers Killed In Renewed Fighting With Hezbollah

KPLU News - 1 hour 36 min ago
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Super Bowl Coaches More Alike Than You Might Think

KPLU News - 1 hour 36 min ago
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In 'The Americans,' Art Imitates Real Life Lies

KPLU News - 1 hour 36 min ago
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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

KPLU News - 1 hour 36 min ago
The FDA is considering whether to approve the experimental use of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to help stop the spread of dengue fever and other diseases. Mosquito control officials in the region say they hope to get approval to begin releasing the insects in the Keys as soon as this spring.

There are few places in the United States where mosquito control is as critical as the Florida Keys.

Live Studio Session: Trio Subtonic

KPLU News - 1 hour 43 min ago

One of Portland, Oregon’s best known jazz group is Trio Subtonic.  They’ve made their mark on the Northwest independent and jazz music scenes, crafting three albums worth of original compositions by the band members: on keys, Galen Clark; on bass, Bill Athens; and on drums, Russ Kleiner.  

On a quick zoom through Seattle (they were in town for a one-nighter), the Trio kindly made time to visit the KPLU studios for a performance/interview with host Abe Beeson.  Check out their original blend of jazz, Brazilian and funk.  

Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

KPLU News - 2 hours 6 min ago
When you think of the federal government and computers, these days, the image that likely comes to mind is the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

But the government is changing the way it develops and designs software systems.

Ad Fumble: GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Puppy Commercial Amid Outrage

KPLU News - 2 hours 10 min ago

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Supreme Court Tells Oklahoma To Put Off Executions, Citing Drug Dispute

KPLU News - 2 hours 31 min ago
The execution of three inmates has been put on hold, as the Supreme Court intervenes in a case that involves the controversy over the drugs states use to put people to death. The justices cited the sedative midazolam, which has been used in three executions that did not go smoothly.

The Supreme Court's stay is likely to hold until April, when it will hear arguments from three inmates who say that Oklahoma's execution protocol violates the U.S.

Jordan Considers Handing Over Prisoner For Hostage Pilot

KPLU News - 2 hours 38 min ago
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At 100, Dartmouth Grad Still Writing His Class Notes

KPLU News - 2 hours 43 min ago
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Judge Throws Out Convictions Of Civil Rights Pioneers, 'Friendship 9'

KPLU News - 2 hours 44 min ago
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Where Is All That Excess Oil Going?

KPLU News - 2 hours 47 min ago
There's a term traders use when the price of a commodity like oil has fallen because of oversupply but seems guaranteed to rise again.

It's a market that's "in contango," says Brenda Shaffer, an energy specialist at Georgetown University.

End Of Life Care Can Be Different For Veterans

KPLU News - 2 hours 47 min ago
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India Grows, Russia Shrinks: Mapping Countries By Population

KPLU News - 4 hours 29 min ago
World maps distort. It's inherent in their design.

Take a spherical object (the Earth) and try to represent it on a flat plane (paper). Some parts of the sphere are going to get distorted. (On most maps, Canada and Russia get puffed up, while countries along the equator get shrunk.)

Every now and then, though, you stumble across a map that enlightens.

That's how we felt when we saw the awesome map made by Reddit user TeaDranks. The map resizes countries based on their population.

China Continues To Push The (Fake) Envelope

KPLU News - 5 hours 38 min ago
Nobody does fake like China. In 2011, a fake Apple store popped up in the southwestern city of Kunming. It looked so authentic, even some employees thought it was real.

This year, three farmers in central China set up a fake local government.

This month, police shut down a fake bank in the eastern city of Nanjing, where depositors reportedly lost nearly $33 million.

The fake bank had the trappings of a real one.

2 Israeli Soldiers Killed In Attack Near Lebanese Border

KPLU News - 6 hours 32 min ago
Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded during an attack near the Lebanese border on Wednesday.

Hezbollah, a long time Israeli rival in Lebanon, claimed responsibility for the attack and Israel told the United Nations that it would take necessary steps to defend itself.

According to Haaretz, an unarmored vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile near the border.

Is It OK To Pay Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking?

KPLU News - 7 hours 10 min ago
Women who smoke while they're pregnant are more likely to have health problems, and their babies are at risk, too.

Judge Throws Out Friendship 9's Civil Rights-Era Conviction

KPLU News - 7 hours 36 min ago
A judge in South Carolina has thrown out the convictions of the Friendship Nine, nine black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter in 1961, at the peak of the civil rights movement.

"We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history," Judge Mark Hayes said before signing the order that vacated their trespassing convictions.