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Protesters hold a sign Saturday that reads, in Portuguese, "Don't kill our children," in a march against police and gang conflicts that have left residents of the Complexo de Alemao favela in the crossfire. Silvia Izquierdo/AP

Rio’s Favelas Feel The Peace — And The Pressure — Of Pacification

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Before hosting the World Cup, Brazil launched a program to pacify high-crime slums. The project has cut violence in some areas, but in others residents have been caught in the police crossfire.

Renowned British neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, pictured in London in 1983, died Sunday of cancer. He was 82. United News/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain

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Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British-American neurologist and author, has died of cancer at the age of 82.

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Can Health Care Be Cured Of Racial Bias?

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Even as the health of Americans has improved, the disparities in treatment and outcomes between white patients and black and Latino patients are almost as big as they were 50 years ago.

President Obama greets residents in New Orleans on Thursday while in town to mark 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. Andrew Harnik/AP

Obama: Katrina A ‘Man-Made’ Disaster Caused By Government Failure

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The president said that what started out as a natural disaster became something much worse when government didn’t “look out for its own citizens.”

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Spice is also known as synthetic cannabis and is often marketed as herbal incense. (Creative Commons photo by Lance Cpl. Damany S. Coleman)

Cost of spice-related emergencies adds up in Anchorage

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The operational cost of responding to such calls is about $150,000, plus a cost billed to patients.

Pacific walrus. (Photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)

Walrus leave ice, come ashore on Alaska’s northwest coast

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Pacific walrus have come ashore on Alaska’s northwest coast in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change.

Alaskans attend a rally in Anchorage for Medicaid expansion.
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Judge to rule Friday in Medicaid expansion case

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After hearing arguments Thursday afternoon, Judge Frank Pfiffner says he would rule at noon Friday on the legislature’s request to halt the process.

Doreen Brown. (Photo courtesy Anchorage School District)

Yup’ik educator appointed to National Advisory Council on Indian Education

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Alaska has the third lowest graduation rate in the country for Alaska Native and American Indian students — about 51 percent in the 2010-11 school year.

The Koyukuk River has shifted 70 feet in the last few days. (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Judge blocks new federal rule on jurisdiction of waterways

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A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waters.

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Rate increases approved for individual health care market

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The state Division of Insurance has approved average rate increases for next year of nearly 40 percent for the two companies providing individual health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.

Alaska State Troopers car. (Creative Commons photo by Amanda Graham)

Sentencing continues for case related to troopers’ deaths

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The sentencing hearing will be continued next week for a man accused of evidence tampering in the deaths of two Alaska State Troopers.

NPR's series looks at the human toll of mandatory minimum prison sentences. The White House and the Justice Department have taken the unprecedented step of asking for candidates who might win early release from prison through presidential pardons or commutations in the final years of the Obama presidency.
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Department reports death at Fairbanks jail

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Few details have been released, including whether the deceased was male or female, or how the person died.