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First (Lots Of) Snow, Now Rain And Flooding Threaten Western New York

KPLU News - 3 hours 30 min ago
Western New York can't catch a break. First, it was paralyzed by a mountain of lake-effect snow and unseasonably cold weather. Now, things are thawing and rain is moving in. By Monday, meteorologist say the high temperature could hit 60 degrees.

As USA Today reports, that could cause some serious flooding.

12-Year-Old Boy Carrying Replica Gun Dies After Cleveland Officer Shoots

KPLU News - 4 hours 49 min ago
A 12-year-old boy carrying a replica gun has died after a Cleveland Police officer opened fire on Saturday.

According to a statement, police received a call warning of someone pointing a gun at people near a playground

"Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands," police say. "The suspect did not comply with the officers' orders and reached to his waistband for the gun.

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

KPLU News - 4 hours 52 min ago
First, there was James Foley. Then Steven Sotloff. Finally, Abdul Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter Kassig. All three were American hostages, brutally murdered by the so-called Islamic State.

This past week the White House confirmed that it's conducting a review of its hostage policy, but in a press conference, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States will not change its policy on ransoms: America does not pay them.

Instead, the review will focus on how the U.S.

BirdNote: A Blizzard Of Snow Geese

KPLU News - 4 hours 54 min ago

An immense field appears to be covered with snow, blanketed in white. But a closer look reveals more than 10,000 Snow Geese.

Snow Geese nest on Wrangel Island, in the Chukchi Sea off northern Siberia. Don't miss the amazing video by Barbara Galatti!

Tunisia Holds First Presidential Election Since Revolution

KPLU News - 6 hours 4 min ago
Four years after its revolution sparked the broader Arab Spring, Tunisians headed to the polls on Sunday to pick their next head of state.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"With more than two dozen candidates contesting the presidency and more than 50% of the vote required for an outright win, the race was considered likely to go to a runoff next month.

"The front-runner is Beji Caid Essebsi, 87, whose faction garnered the largest share of seats in last month's parliamentary vote, bu

Ugly Christmas Tree Will Be Replaced In Pennsylvania Town

KPLU News - 7 hours 24 min ago

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Ferguson Activist: It's A Wicked Air Looming

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
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Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama"s Plan

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
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Tunisian Election Complete's Its Transition To Democracy

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
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Iran Talks Intensify On Day Before Deadline

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
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MTA Targets 'Man-Spreading' And Other Subway Faux Pas

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
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Marion Barry, D.C. Former Mayor, Dies At 78

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
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Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
Kristy Rodriguez is sprinting on a treadmill. She's wearing dark green shorts, a matching T-shirt, and white sneakers. The pace keeps getting faster.

Rodriguez is at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, taking part in a Marine Corp experiment to determine whether women will be allowed to serve in ground combat units.

"A lot of people think that we can't do it," she says.

U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
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Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

KPLU News - 11 hours 2 min ago
The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty — unless you're a microbe.

When Thanksgiving Was Weird

KPLU News - 11 hours 3 min ago
Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween.

People – young and old – got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils. Thanksgiving mask balls were held in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montesano, Wash.

As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

KPLU News - 11 hours 5 min ago
In 2008, Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham traveled with her then-partner from their home in Mississippi to San Francisco, a few months after gay marriage became legal in California. They'd been together for about a year and a half before they decided to get married.

After the ceremony, they went back to Mississippi, where they lived together. Then a year later, they decided to split up.

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

KPLU News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 23:59
Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.

The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C.