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Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least.

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Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected.

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Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. At the same time, the interim Ukrainian government has called for a new offensive on pro-Russia militants holed up in government buildings across eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats are scrambling to find a way to de-escalate the crisis.

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Slaughter In South Sudan Raises Fears Of Future Violence

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Prompted by calls for violence on the radio, South Sudanese rebels have slaughtered hundreds of civilians. As Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International explains, details are just starting to emerge.

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Palestinian Talks Could Heal Leadership Divide And Anger Israelis

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Palestinian leaders say they're close to a deal that would end the seven-year division between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

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Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policies in an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely, according to the White House. As part of the effort, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is listening to recommendations from a range of groups.

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Obama Raises Curtain On 4-Country East Asia Trip

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

President Obama is visiting East Asia, stopping in Japan and three other countries. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they're not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors.

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Justice Dept. Opens Door To Freedom For Some Nonviolent Offenders

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

The Justice Department is considering clemency for thousands of people who are incarcerated on nonviolent drug charges and who have also served at least 10 years of their sentences.

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Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making?

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Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:27

Does Rep. Allyson Schwartz's pro-Affordable Care Act television ad signal a new thinking among Democrats running in statewide races?

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Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:17

The U.N. reports that hundreds of civilians were hunted down and killed. NPR's Gregory Warner explains the roots of the conflict in a nation that's not yet 3 years old.

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2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:04

Millions of pilgrims are expected Sunday for the joint canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Rome is cleaning up, and preparing everything from first aid stands to portable toilets.

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Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:50

The Safe Carry Protection Act, known to critics as the "Guns Everywhere Bill," was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. It is considered among the most permissive such measures in the country.

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In Lawsuit, American Muslims Claim FBI Used No-Fly List To Bully Them

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:33

The four men claim they were approached by FBI agents to become informants. When they declined, they say they were put on the no-fly list.

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Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:13

The ex-U.S. Army intelligence analyst formerly known as Bradley Manning, made the request to reflect a change in gender identity.

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Music performances planned this week

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:05

Roy McPherson speaks about the Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert and Ketchikan Community Concert Band performances. 23band

“The Jungle Book” to be performed by more than 260 students

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:02

Students from Fawn Mountain Elementary speak about the musical they’ll be performing on May 1st.  23jungle

Ford-Slack steps down from Sitka High School

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:58

PJ Ford-Slack has been at Sitka High for 4 years. (SHS photo)

Sitka’s high school principal has resigned.

PJ Ford-Slack met briefly with district superintendent Steve Bradshaw and his successor, Mary Wegner, before Monday night’s school board meeting and indicated that she would not sign her contract for next year.

Tuesday morning it became official.

Ford-Slack is known to everyone as “Dr. PJ.” Mary Wegner says she will be missed.

“Dr. PJ has been a champion for students in the four years that she’s been here. And we are sorry to see that she’s turned in her resignation today, effective at the end of her contract, which is ten days after students leave. And she will — I believe — stay in Sitka, and we hope to have her continue to be involved in our programs as we can, just not as the principal of the high school.”

Wegner didn’t know what role Ford-Slack would serve in the district in the future — only that she would be welcome when available. Ford-Slack is helping manage a medical crisis in her immediate family.

Ford-Slack’s departure is creating a third vacancy in the district’s administrative team. A search is currently underway for assistant principals at Blatchley and Sitka High. Wegner says this is a good foundation for recruiting a new principal at the high school.

“Sitka’s an amazing place and we do really good things, and I think we’ll draw good candidates. And we’ve definitely appreciated the contributions that Dr. PJ has made over the time that she’s been with us, and she’s leaving the high school in a good position to move forward.”

Prior to her taking the job of principal at Sitka High, PJ Ford-Slack was a superintendent in Delta.

Sign-Ups for Denali Road lottery to open May 1

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:57

ANCHORAGE — Sign-ups for the annual Denali Road lottery are set to begin May 1.

Officials with Denali National Park and Preserve say people can apply for the lottery until midnight May 31.

People can no longer sign up for the lottery by regular mail. Entries can be made online or by phone.

Winners of the four-day lottery will be announced in mid-June.

Under the lottery, 400 vehicles will be allowed to travel the road with day-long permits each day from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15, weather permitting.

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Soldier Faces Hearing In Killings Of Iraqi Boys

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:55

There is a preliminary court martial hearing scheduled today in Washington state for Sergeant First Class Michael Barbera, formerly of Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson on murder charges.

Barbera was charged after an expose ran in a Pittsburgh newspaper about the killing of two unarmed teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago.

Not much has been said about it by the military. The hearing is at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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