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China And Beyond: NPR's Frank Langfitt Answers Redditors' Questions

NPR News - 9 hours 51 min ago

From his base in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt covers everything from the missing Malaysian airliner to why the Chinese are wild about Sherlock. Ask him anything at 3:15 p.m. EDT today at Reddit.

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After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile

NPR News - 10 hours 14 min ago

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas say they will attempt to form a unity government and end a seven-year rift. Previous efforts to resolve their feud have failed.

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UAS Ketchikan Report

Southeast Alaska News - 10 hours 24 min ago

Gail Klein speaks about registration.  Graduation is coming up May 3rd.   23uas

Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack

NPR News - 10 hours 31 min ago

Parents, you are going to want to read about this prototype from Volvo. It's fully inflatable and designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

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Music That Burns, Literally

NPR News - 10 hours 51 min ago

Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire. They call it a "Pyro Board," and it plays music by pulsing the beats in flame. When the singer hits a high note — stand back.

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Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment

NPR News - 10 hours 59 min ago

The president is on the first stop in an eight-day trip to Asia that also will see him visit Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.

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Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia ... With No Yeast

NPR News - 11 hours 4 min ago

Bacteria can make a bread rise and give it a cheesy flavor. That's the secret ingredient in salt rising bread, which dates to the late 1700s in Appalachia, when bakers didn't have yeast on hand.

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AK Beat: APD issues warrants for 2 after severe Sunday morning beating

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 11 hours 8 min ago
AK Beat: APD issues warrants for 2 after severe Sunday morning beating The Anchorage Police Department has issued arrest warrants for two men it believes responsible for a Sunday morning beating that put another man in critical condition with severe head trauma.April 23, 2014

Job Service Report

Southeast Alaska News - 11 hours 24 min ago

The latest Job Service Report from the Ketchikan Job Center.  23jobs

A Path Out Of Prison For Low-Level, Nonviolent Drug Offenders

NPR News - 11 hours 29 min ago

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that federal inmates serving long sentences for drug offenses will be eligible to apply for clemency if they meet six major criteria.

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American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents

NPR News - 11 hours 29 min ago

The reporter for Vice News was seized by gunmen on Tuesday but is "fine," according to a spokeswoman for his kidnappers.

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The Joys Of Spoiling

NPR News - 12 hours 11 min ago

In the Internet Age, spoilsports abound, What would drive someone to ruin it for everyone else?

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7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot

NPR News - 12 hours 17 min ago

Angry residents of a favela, or slum, set fires and threw bottles after a young man's body was found. They blame police for his death. Authorities have stepped up security in advance of the World Cup.

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Government Will Try To Persuade Sherpas To Stay On Everest

NPR News - 13 hours 17 min ago

Some of the guides have reportedly packed up to leave. Shaken by the deaths last week of 16 Sherpas, many don't want to climb this year. Negotiators are headed to Everest's base camp.

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Assembly approves Centennial Hall design

Southeast Alaska News - 13 hours 25 min ago

An architect’s rendering of the renovated Harrigan Centennial Hall (Courtesy of McCool Carlson Green)

The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night (4-23-14) unanimously approved the latest design for the renovation of Harrigan Centennial Hall.

The assembly had two options. They could approve a more “basic” renovation, including a new roof, new plumbing and electricity, new bathrooms and a new kitchen. Or they could endorse the architects’ full plan, which includes a new space for the Sitka Historical Museum, larger meeting rooms, and a more ambitious overhaul of the building’s exterior, including new landscaping on the hall’s south side.

At a work session before the assembly’s regular meeting, the building design committee, made up of Sitka residents, joined city staff in unanimously supporting the more ambitious plan.

Committee member Fred Reeder called Centennial Hall the “crown jewel” of Sitka.

“Every Sitkan either gets married here or dies here,” Reeder said, to laughter. “Or does something in this building.”

The city estimates that the full expansion would cost about $16-million, which would come from a combination of outside grants and the commercial passenger excise tax, also known as the cruise ship “head tax.”  The city already has over $10-million on hand, and the Alaska House and Senate have both included over $3-million for the project in their proposed capital budgets. The final budget, however, has been held up in last-minute legislative wrangling.

City Finance Director Jay Sweeney said that it’s in the city’s interest to make this project happen, whether or not the state funds materialize.

“If there is one single project that I would step forward as finance director and say that we had to do, and do right, and do the best we could, it would be the centennial building,” he said. “It’s the one place everybody steps foot in.”

Sweeney said that if necessary, the city can borrow from itself – essentially taking money from an existing fund and paying it back over time with future head tax dollars.

“And if it winds up that CPET funds for some unknown reason, are found to be objectionable to be used in this way, then I’ll find you a different way to pay for it,” Sweeney said. “I’m confident that there are multiple avenues to get this funded and it’s the right thing to do.”

In the end, the assembly voted 7-0 to approve the full expansion.

 

 

 

 

Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster

NPR News - 14 hours 25 min ago

Divers have found no air pockets where passengers might have taken refuge. They have, however, retrieved more bodies. The number of confirmed deaths has topped 150. An equal number remain missing.

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Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

NPR News - 15 hours 45 min ago

A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.

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In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope

NPR News - 15 hours 47 min ago

Washington, Ill., lost half of its assessed property value to a tornado in November, but residents who lost everything are eager to reclaim their hometown.

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Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom

NPR News - 15 hours 50 min ago

News reports indicate the 15-year-old was hoping to eventually get to Somalia, where his mother lives. He crawled into the wheel well of a jet that flew from California to Hawaii.

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'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet

NPR News - 16 hours 35 min ago

Investigators are studying a piece of metal discovered on a beach in western Australia to see if it might be debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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