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'Transformers' Inspires Chinese Farmer-Artists

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

Some Chinese farmers have left their plows and taken to welding giant robot replicas in public spaces. The craze follows release of the new Transformers movie, China's biggest-ever box office hit.

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Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is killing dozens by the week. Medical workers have responded by expanding a field hospital, taking extraordinary measures to contain infection.

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Gaza Evacuees Crowd Into Schools Remade As Shelters

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

While Israelis seek refuge from Hamas rockets in ubiquitous shelters, Palestinians crowd into schools to escape Israeli airstrikes. Conditions there grow dire as the conflict drags on.

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LA Mayor Offers To Shelter Immigrant Kids, Angering Protesters

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he is working with the White House to house unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally. He talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the controversial decision.

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Justice Dept. Charges FedEx For Online Drug Shipments

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

The Justice Department has indicted FedEx for shipping prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies. FedEx had been warned, and now faces up to $1.6 billion in fines if found guilty.

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Plane Crash Is A 'Powerful Tragedy' For The Netherlands

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

Dutch editor Willem Schouten tells NPR's Arun Rath that people in the Netherlands are saddened and outraged over the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight. Nearly 200 of victims were Dutch.

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International Outrage Grows Over Treatment Of Ukraine Crash Site

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.

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Israel Says Attacks On Its Forces Killed 13 Soldiers

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 04:26

Israel sent more troops into Gaza on Sunday, stepping up tank fire and airstrikes ahead of the short-lived cease-fire.

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James Garner, Of The '70s TV Show 'The Rockford Files,' Dies

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 04:18

Actor James Garner, whose wise-cracking but affable character made hits out of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.

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Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 03:40

The U.S. secretary of state says a mix of U.S. intelligence and social media reports "points a very clear finger at the separatists" having brought down the plane with a surface-to-air missile.

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A YouTube Video Is Doctor's Secret Weapon Against Back Pain

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 01:05

Back pain is common. Nearly all of us have at least one episode in our lives, and two-thirds of us will have it repeatedly. Exercise, though it may seem counterintuitive, is often the best medicine.

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EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-07-20 00:08

JUNEAU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.

The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.

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Ice cave collapse

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-07-20 00:08

The U.S. Forest Service warned Alaskans that the popular ice caves on the west side of the Mendenhall Glacier were unstable. By Friday morning a tour guide reported that the warning had proved prophetic — a large portion of the caves’ entrance had collapsed.

But for Juneauites who have seen the caves in-person, the term “collapsed” may not be the most appropriate, as the caves are still accessible.

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Sitka man gets medal, 6 decades late

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-07-20 00:07

SITKA — After a delay of more than six decades, Mike Perensovich has received the prestigious Air Medal for the some 200 missions he flew as a flight engineer in the Berlin Airlift.

To say he’s been patient would be an understatement.

“I waited for a while, but then I forgot about it,” said the longtime Sitkan. “It wasn’t until later years, and a friend said if I didn’t press it, they would.”

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NASA project to check out summer sea ice

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-07-20 00:07

FAIRBANKS — NASA is using a high-altitude, converted U2 spy plane to test technology over Arctic sea ice for future applications.

The long-winged ER-2 jet is based in Fairbanks for three weeks for testing and developing technology for satellite applications, KUAC reported.

The three-week project using airborne laser technology will allow scientists to get a preview of a satellite mission NASA plans to launch in 2017. It’s also a follow-up to a 2012 scan in Iceland using the laser technology, known as Lidar.

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Refinery owner loses water cleanup legal challenge

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-07-20 00:07

FAIRBANKS — A North Pole refinery owner has lost its latest challenge in a long-running attempt to get a petroleum company to pay for groundwater contamination that contributed to the refinery’s closure.

Flint Hills Resources Alaska cannot pursue damages against the former owner of its North Pole refinery, Williams Alaska Petroleum, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

In November 2013, Judge Michael P. McConahy determined that the statute of limitations had expired by the time Flint Hills had filed its lawsuit. He made the same ruling this month.

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Chris Thompson: Men’s retreat offered more than fishing

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 22:34
Chris Thompson: Men’s retreat offered more than fishing Recently, I accompanied a group of men, mostly members of Baxter Road Bible Church, a popular East Anchorage church, on a float and fishing trip down the Gulkana River.July 19, 2014

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Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 22:21
On television in AnchorageLocal listings for Sunday and Monday.July 19, 2014

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Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 22:18
In the areaRead about upcoming events around Anchorage.July 19, 2014

Seldom visited Aniakchak park is a gem for paddlers when weather clears

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 20:25
Seldom visited Aniakchak park is a gem for paddlers when weather clears

Traveling the coast of Aniakchak National Monument was spectacular. When the water was calm, the group paddled. At low tide, they hiked the coast, and bushwhacked or used the numerous bear trails for land crossings – not necessarily a good idea. 

July 19, 2014