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The Boston Marathon Through The Eyes Of Two Men Who Love It

NPR News - 1 hour 26 min ago

The 117-year-old road race is full of lore and rich with history. We talk to two men who likely know the marathon better than anyone else on the course today.

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It's Time To Run Again In Boston: Here's The Schedule

NPR News - 1 hour 28 min ago

More than 36,000 runners and an estimated 1 million spectators are going to be on and along the streets for the 118th marathon — the first since last year's bombings.

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In Asian-Majority District, House Race Divides Calif. Voters

NPR News - 3 hours 19 min ago

The U.S. mainland's only Asian-majority congressional district sits in California's Silicon Valley, where two Indian-American candidates are trying to oust Japanese-American Congressman Mike Honda.

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I Am A Cupcake Warrior

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 4 hours 2 min ago

After winning Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Kastle Sorensen and her “Kastle’s Kreations” food truck have turned Alaska’s cupcake scene upside down.

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Village advances to national mascot finals

Southeast Alaska News - 4 hours 18 min ago

ANCHORAGE — The northwest Alaska village of Deering may be tiny — with just 130 residents — but its school mascot is in the running for a national championship of nicknames.

The Deering Northern Lights already got the top vote in a poll by USA Today over high schools from Alaska and five other Western states.

Online voting for the national championship opened up Friday and ends at 10 a.m. AKDT April 25, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

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Sitka Tribe awarded $250,000 Kellogg grant

Southeast Alaska News - 4 hours 19 min ago

SITKA — Sitka Tribe of Alaska is one of 30 recipients of the 2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants for family engagement projects, the foundation announced Thursday.

The STA grant is for $250,000 over three years for a project called “Wooch.een Yei Jigaxtoonei: Working Together to Increase Family Engagement.” STA’s application was among 1,000 received by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Mat-Su's 'dog publicist' uses Internet to save furry lives

Southeast Alaska News - 4 hours 19 min ago

ANCHORAGE — At the Mat-Su Borough Animal Care Facility on Sunday morning, Rachel Reese set up two portable lights, unzipped a canvas bag crammed with animal-sized cowboy hats, bow-ties and a cardboard sign that read “Free Hugs.” Then she readied herself for her rambunctious, leashed clients: the dogs of the animal shelter.

These are the dogs she hopes to put on the fast-track to adoption by posting their photographs on her Facebook page: Alaskan Shelter Dogs. You might call her a dog publicist.

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Who Should Pay To Keep The Internet's Locks Secure?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:44

Fortune 1000 companies rely on the open source software OpenSSL for their core business. Two-thirds of websites use it. But no one pays for it and it's never had a complete security audit.

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As session approaches end, Alaska Legislature signs off on gas pipeline plan

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:42
As session approaches end, Alaska Legislature signs off on gas pipeline plan The Parnell administration got what it wanted from the Legislature Sunday on its gas pipeline plan -- approval of a negotiating process aimed at developing contracts to perform the work necessary to decide if a pipeline will be built.April 20, 2014

How Do Companies Boost 401(k) Enrollment? Make It Automatic

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:42

More Americans are saving for retirement through their employers' 401(k) programs. That follows a move to automatically sign up workers to participate in the retirement savings plans.

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For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:41

When adults are absorbed in their mobile devices, the consequences for children are not good. Research shows kids act out more if they are competing with a mobile device for their parent's attention.

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Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:40

In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.

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LA County's New Watchdog May Not Have Much Bite

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:39

Max Huntsman's job is to monitor the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, one of the nation's most troubled law enforcement agencies. The only problem: He doesn't have any real legal power.

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Historic Alaska newsreels spotlight Last Frontier during territorial days

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:32
Historic Alaska newsreels spotlight Last Frontier during territorial days Newly-released historic footage of Alaska during its territorial days includes a 1932 silent film of grizzly bears frolicking in salmon streams, Mount Spurr erupting in 1953, and military training in the "lonely land" of the Last Frontier.April 20, 2014

Car Hits Packed Florida Church, Injuring About 20

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:15

The Lexus sedan slammed into the church Sunday night just as the annual Easter concert was about to begin. The car went through the building's brick outer wall and several rows of pews, police said.

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16-Year-Old Survives In Wheel Well Of Maui Flight

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 21:58

The teenage boy survived the trip from California to Hawaii on Sunday unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said.

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Grand Jury Probe Could Complicate Rick Perry's Prospects

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 21:52

A grand jury in Austin is considering whether the Texas governor abused his power when he carried out a threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding for public corruption prosecutors last summer.

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Legislature backs Tongass takeover plan

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-04-20 21:16

Lawmakers have voiced support for the Parnell Administration’s plan to take over Tongass National Forest acreage. (Courtesy USDA)

The Legislature has voted to support state plans to take over acreage in the Tongass National Forest.

Republican Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman proposed the resolution. It urges Congress to act on Gov. Sean Parnell’s request to take over federal acreage.

“Since the U.S. Forest Service is no longer able to provide enough timber in the Tongass National Forest to sustain a viable timber industry in Southeast Alaska, it is time for the governor to intervene,” Stedman wrote in his sponsor statement.

The resolution passed the Senate in March and the House on Friday, April 20, with little opposition.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 supports acquiring acreage by negotiation or purchase. The U.S. Forest Service is unlikely to act on the request.

The resolution does not specify the location or amount of Tongass land.

Parnell’s Timber Task Force in 2012 called for the state to manage up to 2 million acres placed in a trust by the federal government.

How Barrow and Atqasuk could aid the search for life beyond our solar system

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2014-04-20 19:39
How Barrow and Atqasuk could aid the search for life beyond our solar system The two North Slope villages have little radio activity, making them ideal for the observations made by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.April 20, 2014

Growing like cobwebs in Alaskans' thawing yards, 'snow mold' can be nuisance

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sun, 2014-04-20 19:38
Growing like cobwebs in Alaskans' thawing yards, 'snow mold' can be nuisance Ever noticed that gray fungus that appears when the snow has melted but the temperatures remain cool around the Last Frontier? Well, that's snow mold, and it's harmless to humans, but a scourge for golf courses.April 20, 2014

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