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Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 00:21

This year's 11 top-grossing films starring black actors and by black directors almost doubles the number of last year's slate of comparable films. Industry watchers say Hollywood needs a stronger infrastructure of support for black filmmakers to sustain this level of racial diversity on and off the screen.

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Wet Snow Complicates Power Restoration In Maine

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 23:21

A band of heavy, wet snow is causing renewed concerns for utility companies in Maine just a week after an ice storm left parts of northern New England in the dark.

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Report: 70 Journalists Died On The Job In 2013

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 23:06

At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013. That includes 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Successive Suicide Bombings In Russia Kill Dozens

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 22:49

A blast that tore through an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during Monday's morning rush hour, killing 14, was probably carried out by suicide bombers from the same organization behind a railway explosion a day earlier, officials said.

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Cook Inlet activity suggests boosted oil and gas production may be on the way

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2013-12-29 20:38
Cook Inlet activity suggests boosted oil and gas production may be on the way With oil and gas exploration on the rise in Cook Inlet Alaska, dock space and marine services are at a premium. And a new joint venture sees opportunity in all that demand.December 29, 2013

With same-sex marriage rulings across the country, Alaska's LGBT community considers its options

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2013-12-29 20:34
With same-sex marriage rulings across the country, Alaska's LGBT community considers its options In one year, same-sex marriage bans in a dozen states have overturned. With big changes coming even to conservative Utah, some in the Alaska LGBT community are exploring their options.December 29, 2013

Important fishery regulation question at core of Kookesh overfishing case

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2013-12-29 20:34
Important fishery regulation question at core of Kookesh overfishing case A reinstated 2009 case that charged former state Sen. Albert Kookesh and three others with overfishing could have bigger implications for fisheries management in Alaska.December 29, 2013

No simple solutions to Alaska aviation's deadly year

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2013-12-29 20:34
No simple solutions to Alaska aviation's deadly year While there's no easy answers for why 2013 saw so many aircraft fatalities in Alaska, more emphasis on good decision-making could be key to preventing such future tragedies.December 29, 2013

Alaska lawmakers can learn lesson from great tennis match of 2013

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2013-12-29 20:31
Alaska lawmakers can learn lesson from great tennis match of 2013 COMMENTARY: The time and energy that went into tennis court arguments in Anchorage will not be wasted if legislators learn from their mistakes. A change in the way the Legislature handles the budget is long overdue. December 29, 2013

Sitka polar dippers take annual plunge

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2013-12-29 18:01

Eric Jordan (r) leads the charge up the ramp at Saturday’s dip. (KCAW Photo/Rich McClear)

On Saturday (12-28-13) about 100 Sitkans took a swim without wet suits, dry suits, or survival suits — although one was in a Santa suit — in the Sitka Channel near the University of Alaska. The Annual Polar Dip was sponsored by the Sitka High School National Honor Society. KCAW’s Rich McClear was there and asked the only reasonable question a reporter could ask: Why?

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Woman found dead due to cold exposure in Anchorage

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2013-12-29 16:03
Woman found dead due to cold exposure in Anchorage Police said that a woman sleeping in a tent in Alaska's largest city was found dead Saturday morning. The 57-year-old woman's death is the second due to cold exposure in one week in Anchorage.December 29, 2013

AK Beat: Big Lake woman allegedly spits blood at Alyeska Resort employee

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2013-12-29 15:07
AK Beat: Big Lake woman allegedly spits blood at Alyeska Resort employee An 18-year-old woman may face charges of assault and criminal mischief after an incident at the Alyeska Resort hotel in Girdwood where troopers say she cut herself with a mirror and spat blood at a security officer.December 29, 2013

Remembering Eydie Gorme, A Vegas Singer Without The Drama

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 14:40

Eydie Gorme was most famous for being half of the husband-and-wife singing duo Steve and Eydie, with her husband of nearly 60 years, Steve Lawrence. But on her own she was known for her range, her deftness in English and Spanish and her sense of humor. She passed away in August in Las Vegas.

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The FBI Investigator Who Coined The Term 'Serial Killer'

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 14:13

Robert Ressler spent his career researching crimes that were tough to understand. He thought that by figuring out how — and why — violent criminals worked, he could help police identify suspects. He came face to face with notorious killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. Ressler died earlier this year. He was 76.

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Air Evacuation Is Being Considered For Antarctic Passengers

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 13:39

Two vessels with ice breaking equipment have failed to rescue the ship. A third is on its way, but if it fails, passengers may have to be rescued via helicopter.

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Tardy students? Arctic Canadian town turns to emergency alarm

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2013-12-29 13:38
Tardy students? Arctic Canadian town turns to emergency alarm In Kugluktuk, Nunavut, the community's emergency siren now sounds at 8:30 a.m. every school day to get the kids out of bed and into class.December 29, 2013

French High Court OKs 75 Percent Tax For Top Earners

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 12:22

The millionaire tax was a campaign promise from French President François Hollande. Film star Gerard Depardieu famously fled the country to avoid paying the tax.

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'League Of Their Own' Inspiration Didn't Mind A Dirty Skirt

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 12:00

Baseball legend Lavonne "Pepper" Paire Davis was the inspiration for Geena Davis' character in A League of Their Own. In the 1940s, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League put young women on the field at a time when they just didn't play ball. Paire Davis died earlier this year at age 88.

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Lebanese Ambassador To U.S. Remembered As A Voice For Moderation

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 11:35

At his funeral in Beirut, Sunnis discussed what Mohamad Chatah's killing means for the future of moderation in Lebanon.

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Years Of Turmoil Weigh On Beirut As Syria Strains Lebanon

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 10:37

Violence from the crisis next door in Syria has been seeping into Lebanon for months. The city is also absorbing a new flood of Syrian refugees. One man who has lived in the city his whole life says it might finally be time to leave.

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