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Largest roster in history preparing for nationals

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-02 13:32
The Yukon’s ElderActive Recreation Association (ERA) will be sending more than 130 participants to the Canada 55+ Games this summer.

Yanukovych: 'I Was Wrong' To Ask Russian Troops Into Crimea

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 13:00

The ousted Ukrainian president says Moscow's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula is "a major tragedy" and he hopes to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to return it.

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Kodiak Coast Guard officer recounts finding dead bodies of his coworkers

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:41
Kodiak Coast Guard officer recounts finding dead bodies of his coworkers On the second day of testimony in the trial of James Michael Wells, accused of killing two Coast Guard members, jurors heard from the man who discovered the bodies of his slain coworkers.April 2, 2014

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Season’s Maximum Extent

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:31

Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent this year on March 21.

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, this year’s  extent averaged 5.7 million square miles – that’s more than a quarter-of-a-million miles less than the average extent measured between 1981 and 2010, but it is also slightly above the record low measured in 2006.

This year’s was the fifth lowest maximum extent measured, but it’s also the fifth latest in terms of timing since researchers began keeping records 35 years ago.

Scientists attribute a brief surge in sea ice extent in mid-March to winds over both the Barents and Bering Seas that pushed ice pack south temporarily.

Scientists say air temperatures over the Arctic in late march were unusually high.

Investigation Of Alaska National Guard Sexual Assault Allegations Underway

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:28

The head of the federal  National Guard Bureau says the investigation now underway into allegations of sexual assault and harassment within the Alaska National Guard should not be hidden away.

General Frank Grass. (Department of Defense photo)

In response to questions from Sen. Lisa Murkowski at a congressional hearing this morning, General Frank Grass said investigators from the Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations are on the case.

“What we’ve done at the request of the state is sent up an investigation team, about three weeks ago,” General Grass said. “We’re looking at a broad brush of complaints and we’ll do the analysis.”

“I’m free to come brief you in more detail on where we’re at on that and how much time it might take.”

Murkowski accepted the general’s offer but says the outcome of the investigation should be transparent to remove the cloud hanging over the Alaska National Guard. Gen. Grass agreed, although he said the report would go to the governor.

Some of the allegations date back as far as 2010.

Despite what some say, upper Kobuk villages withhold support of Ambler road

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:15
Despite what some say, upper Kobuk villages withhold support of Ambler road OPINION: There are people in Juneau speaking to lawmakers about industrial development in the Ambler area, but they do not speak for all of the people in that corner of Northwest Alaska.April 2, 2014

Run When You're 25 For A Sharper Brain When You're 45

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:14

Here's the latest bit of evidence that exercise keeps the brain fit. Much of the research has been in older people, but this study found that being fit in your 20s makes you sharper in middle age.

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Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:13

Thirteen years in the making, the Prison Rape Elimination Act is starting to have an impact. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's "ill-conceived," but many other states are adopting the law's standards.

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Missing for a year, Eagle River man's body found in home's storage area

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:05
Missing for a year, Eagle River man's body found in home's storage area A 37-year-old man who had been missing since last March was found dead in his Eagle River home Monday, when his ex-wife discovered his body while getting the home ready for new renters.April 2, 2014

Dogged By Scandal, DC Incumbent Goes Down In Primary

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

The incumbent mayor of the nation's capital will not be re-elected. A federal investigation into Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, along with allegations lodged just weeks before the election, helped propel his closest opponent to a surprise double-digit victory in the Democratic primary.

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Survey: Americans Skeptical Of Prison For Non-Violent Drug Crimes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

Attitudes toward drug use continue to evolve. A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that more people favor alternatives to prison for non-violent drug offenders.

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High Court's Campaign Finance Ruling Has Critics Dismayed

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

Adam Lioz, of the public policy organization Demos, says that Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will further empower a small, elite group of political donors. He offers a critical perspective on the ruling.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

A divided Supreme Court eliminated the overall limits on a donor's contributions to federal candidates and campaigns, while leaving in place the limit on what a donor may give to one candidate.

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Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

Texans overwhelmingly choose cars and trucks for their commutes, but in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, policy leaders have incentives to support cycling. They say it's good for business.

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Onscreen But Out Of Sight, TV Preachers Avoid Tax Scrutiny

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

The IRS has not audited a church in five years. Some televangelists are taking advantage of that inaction to shield millions of dollars from public scrutiny.

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Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:44

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Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:27

Tuna, swordfish and other migratory fishes are being overfished by vessels on the high seas. A new proposal says we should close these international waters for a few years to let the fishes rebound.

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Putin Divorce Final; Ex-Wife Expunged From Kremlin Bio

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:18

The Russian president and Lyudmila, his wife of 30 years, announced in June they intended to end their marriage.

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Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:24

In nine months the human brain grows from a single cell to more than 80 billion. Mapping how genes are activated gives scientists clues to the origins of mental disorders like autism.

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Proposed changes to teachers' retirement funding could hamper Alaska's borrowing power

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:12
Proposed changes to teachers' retirement funding could hamper Alaska's borrowing power A proposed change to how the state pays teachers' retirement benefits brought up in the state House would dip into the underfunded Teachers' Retirement System Trust Fund and switch instead to a "pay-as-you-go" system. April 2, 2014

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