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Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 05:45

About 100 girls were grabbed Monday. Officials have blamed a radical Islamist group. Late Wednesday, Nigeria's military said almost all the girls had been accounted for. That claim is in dispute.

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Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 05:11

Before foreign ministers gathered in Geneva, the prospect for progress on reducing tensions appeared to be be slim. But afterward, Secretary of State John Kerry said differences had been narrowed.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 04:38

The 304,000 applications filed last week means they were close to the lowest level since May 2007. Analysts say the news is another sign that the economy continues to grow.

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Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 03:55

It was one spy speaking to another, as Putin put it, when "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden asked the Russian leader on national TV whether his nation has a program like the U.S. National Security Agency's.

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To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 03:34

A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.

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No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 02:55

Divers are having difficulty getting into the capsized ship. It was sailing to a resort island Wednesday when it capsized. Most of the passengers were high school students on a school trip.

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Ukraine: 3 Killed After Black Sea Base Attack

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:25

A crowd of around 300 men armed with stun grenades and Molotov cocktails attacked the base, in the south-east part of the country late Wednesday, the interior ministry said in a statement.

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No Parnell-Mallott debates scheduled for Juneau

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:12

Republican Gov. Sean Parnell is ready to run for re-election.

On Wednesday, Parnell’s re-election campaign announced 10 campaign debates starting later this month and culminating in late October.

The debates are the first for Parnell, whose campaign says he has focused on legislative business while his presumed election opponents stump for votes.

For the capital city, Parnell’s schedule has a catch — Juneau didn’t make the cut.

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Sponsor pulls bill allowing guns on campus

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:10

JUNEAU — A bill that would allow people to carry concealed handguns on University of Alaska campuses has been pulled.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, asked the Senate Finance Committee during a Tuesday hearing to not take up the bill this year, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. This year’s legislative session is scheduled to end Sunday.

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Suspect's interview played in Kodiak murder trial

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:10

ANCHORAGE — The Coast Guard civilian charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak communications station told an FBI agent he was late getting to work the day of the deaths because he returned home to change a soft tire, but he had no explanation for why the trip of a few miles should have taken more than 34 minutes.

James Wells, 62, is charged in federal court with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Richard Belisle, 51, and Petty Officer First Class James Hopkins, 41, shortly after they arrived for work around 7 a.m. April 12, 2012.

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Expert: Westboro Baptist protesters unlikely to show

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:10

ANCHORAGE — An expert on hate groups said it was unlikely protesters from a nationally known Kansas church will show up in Alaska to picket two institutions, despite their announcements to do so.

The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka has announced plans to picket the Alaska Native Heritage Center and ChangePoint, a nondenominational church, both in Anchorage on June 1.

Southern Poverty Law Center senior fellow Mark Potok told the Anchorage Daily News that Westboro has a long history of scheduling pickets, but actually attends less than half of them.

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USDA files complaint against UAF over musk oxen deaths

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:10

FAIRBANKS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture accused the University of Alaska Fairbanks of possible Animal Welfare Act violations in the starvation deaths of 12 musk oxen at the school’s large-animal research station.

USDA spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa said Wednesday that an administrative judge will decide whether the university could face fines that an animal-rights group hopes total $10,000 per animal.

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Alaska pot supporters make deal with opponents

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:09

ANCHORAGE — The group behind a ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska said Wednesday it would gladly contribute funds to their opponents — if they prove pot is more dangerous than alcohol.

The challenge was made by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and involves both a new local opposition group and a national campaign that seeks to keep pot illegal.

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Alaska House names 20 Native languages "official" for state

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:09

The Alaska House voiced its unanimous support Wednesday for having 20 Alaska Native languages join English as the state’s official language.

After emotional speeches from several lawmakers, the body burst into rare applause after Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ HB216 was approved.

“It’s recognition that Alaska Native languages are Alaska’s languages,” Kreiss-Tomkins said. “It elevates the importance of revitalizing them and turning the tide of language loss — preventing them from going extinct.”

The bill now heads to the Senate, where its rapid approval is expected.

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:30

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:29

The two cases are the first in the country since 1999. The virus spread from neighboring Cameroon. When polio is on the move in Central Africa, the toll can be tragic.

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Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:28

Once status symbols for newly minted millionaires, horses are now the voiceless victims in Spain's economic crash. Two sisters are adopting horses that might otherwise end up in the food supply.

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When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:27

Most often, when married business owners divorce, both relationships sour. But that's not always the case. Some couples have figured out a way to make their companies succeed even after they've split.

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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:25

The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.

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John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 21:55

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.

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