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While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:00

The NSA managed to penetrate the networks of the giant Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, documents show. Journalist David Sanger says cyber-espionage is an "entirely new field of conflict."

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First suspect arraigned in teen girl's shooting death

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-02 09:43
First suspect arraigned in teen girl's shooting death Lamar Burney is charged with the early morning murder of 15-year-old Precious Alex -- an accusation relatives say is particularly shocking since the families of the victim and the suspect are "definitely close."April 2, 2014

Is It Time To Reconsider Breast Self-Exams?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 09:40

A risque campaign that aims to boost self-exams for breast cancer has reignited a debate about whether they prevent cancer deaths. One doctor says it's time to change how women look for lumps.

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Financial planning simulation for students

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 09:29

The Financial Foundation Task Force, part of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, is holding a financial planning simulation at Shoenbar Middle School Friday. 7th graders will make decisions about what to spend on and what to save. Chelsea Goucher and Gail Klein joined KRBD to talk about the event.

A State Fossil For S. Carolina Faces Mammoth Obstacle

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 09:14

The state senate is wrangling with amendments to insert language inspired by the book of Genesis into a bill to make the Columbian mammoth the state's fossil.

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GM Has 'Culture Of Cover-Up,' Key Senator Says

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 09:14

For the second day, General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced tough questions from Congress about how her company responded to defects that contributed to at least 13 deaths.

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The Old And Mysterious Practice Of Eating Dirt, Revealed

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 08:46

Women, particularly pregnant women around the world, have been known to crave "white dirt." A filmmaker explores the hidden practice in the South, where baggies of the stuff are sold at flea markets.

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AK Beat: Anchorage jury reaches partial verdict in police discrimination case

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-02 07:39
AK Beat: Anchorage jury reaches partial verdict in police discrimination case Although jurors have reached a partial decision in a discrimination suit against the Anchorage Municipality by two former police officers, it won't become public just yet.April 2, 2014

Malaysian Official: Fate Of MH370 May Never Be Known

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 07:36

The country's police chief says the passengers aboard the missing Boeing 777 have been "cleared" and that a criminal probe is now focused on the pilots and cabin crew.

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Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 07:23

Risks to astronauts on extended missions include vision impairment, weakened bones and radiation exposure. There are also psychological risks from facing danger while being stuck inside a small craft.

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Drones Will Not Be Hunted In Colorado Town

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 07:04

The citizens of Deer Trail have rejected a proposal to issues licenses that would make it OK to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles. The idea was pushed by some who object to government surveillance.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 06:59

In a 5-4 decision, the court's conservative justices joined to eliminate the aggregate cap on contributions, but left in place a limit on donations to individual candidates.

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'Race Card Project' Is Among Peabody Award Winners

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 05:55

NPR's Michele Norris asked people to share thoughts about race and identity in six words. Her series of reports on Morning Edition offered insights on "pride, prejudice and identity," judges say.

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Job Growth Picked Up Some Speed In March, Survey Signals

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 04:56

Private employers added an estimated 191,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. Also, more jobs were added in February than previously thought.

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Oso Mudslide: As List Of Missing Shrinks, Death Toll Rises

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 04:23

The grim work of identifying victims continues in Washington state. Wednesday, the number of confirmed deaths was 29. Of those, 22 people had been identified. Another 20 people were missing.

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Tense Hours, Then Sighs Of Relief After Huge Quake Off Chile

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:45

Early reports indicate at least six people were killed, but that a major disaster may have been avoided. The temblor did generate a tsunami, but the waves apparently did not cause extensive damage.

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Finding A More Nuanced View Of Poverty's 'Black Hole'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:16

Thirty-seven percent of New Yorkers faced severe material hardship last year, but the city's official poverty rate is only 21 percent. Researchers are trying to find a better way to measure poverty.

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Teachers' pension proposal raises red flags

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 00:07

House Republicans presented their proposal for increasing education funding Tuesday, and with it came the first glimpse into legislative decision-makers’ thoughts on fixing the state’s growing unfunded liability problem.

Within Republican Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill, HB278, legislators proposed adopting a “pay-as-you-go” plan for addressing the retirement benefit question — one of the biggest issues facing the Legislature this session.

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House education plan saves Juneau $2.1M

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 00:06

The House Finance committee unveiled its revised omnibus education bill Tuesday, and while the matter is far from settled the initial impression is positive for the Juneau School District.

Originally proposed by Republican Gov. Sean Parnell, HB278 now calls for increasing the base student allocation by $185 this year and $58 in each of the following two years.

The increase, coupled with a change to a portion of the education funding formula related to school size, means Juneau’s increased funding would be about $2.1 million.

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Gasline website launched

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 00:01

As the state legislature continues to mull over the details of a complicated proposal to spur development of an Alaska gasline, the federal government is working to make it easier for Alaskans to understand what’s going on.

Lawmakers are tinkering with Republican Gov. Sean Parnell’s SB138, which outlines the state’s course of action going forward as it works with corporate partners ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada to build a large liquefied natural gas project.

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