A carry team at Dover Air Force Base trains on the proper protocol for a dignified transfer.
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At Dover Air Force Base, Bringing Home The Fallen With Grief And Joy

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The rituals of caring for the remains of service members are carried out with special grace by the staff at Dover Air Force Base. “We believe in what we’re doing here,” says one. “We love them.”


As budget negotiations continue, little public action from legislature

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Lawmakers have until June 1 to pass a budget before layoff notices are sent to state employees, and until July 1 before Alaska experiences a partial government shutdown.

Humpback whale diving in Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by Tony Hisgett)

Juneau Whale Watch pays nearly $12K in violation fines

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cited the company last fall for violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

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Nepalese villagers wave after collecting aid dropped by an Indian helicopter in Khanigaun, Nepal.
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Remembering Marines Who Died On A Mission Of Mercy In Nepal

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Six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers died in a helicopter crash while delivering earthquake relief supplies. NPR’s Scott Simon reflects on the kind of people who risk their lives for strangers.

Byron Nicholai. (From I Sing. You Dance.)

Y-K’s Facebook phenom helps kick off Arctic Council Chairmanship

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A Tooksook Bay teenager who became a singing sensation on Facebook performed for ambassadors and Arctic VIPs at the State Department in Washington D.C. last week.

Anchorage. (Creative Commons photo by Frank K.)

State takes control of nursing facility for repeat violations

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The state says the nursing home had plenty of prior warning that it needed to improve.

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Unhappy public speaks for first time in special session

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The House Finance committee allotted three hours for input on the state operating budget, and more than 80 people spoke.

Clear Air Force Station. (Public domain photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

For $1B radar, it’s Clear

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The selection of Clear helps solidify Alaska’s role as host to the ground-based mid-course missile defense system, designed primarily to shoot down warheads from North Korea.

The smoke of the record fire year of 2004, so thick it lowered air temperatures by as much as 20 degrees. (Photo by Ned Rozell)

Anatomy of the worst fire year

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In a gorgeous warm May this year, we have not yet sniffed the bitter scent of flaming spruce. When we do, many of us will think back to a year that still haunts us.

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Ferry breakdown strands Alaska brew festival attendees

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The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku suffered a mechanical problem Sunday during the annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival in Haines.

Water levels drop enough for repairs to Dalton Highway

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Culverts are being installed on the north end of the highway to allow flood waters to flow back into the main channel of the Sag River.

Fast response, wary public keeping Alaska wildfires down

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Unseasonably warm and dry temperatures coupled with grasses that remain brown from lack of moisture are making spring fire danger high.

Anchorage airman catches first king salmon at Ship Creek

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He caught the fish around 9 p.m. and says three more salmon were caught by fishermen shortly after that.

Alaska Troopers investigating unsalvaged bear carcasses

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State hunting regulations require hunters to salvage meat from bears killed between January and May.

Image captured from the walrus cam.

Alaska’s popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

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A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach is once again streaming on the Internet.

Portion of Dalton Highway to remain closed until next week

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Water levels vary along the 80-mile closure, but state transportation officials say about 2-feet of water is over the road at some parts.

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Princeton University professor John Nash speaks during a news conference at the university in Oct. 1994 after being named the winner of the Nobel Prize for economics.
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‘Beautiful Mind’ Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

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The Nobel Prize winner who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with his wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.


Pinning Down One Scientist’s Legacy

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Physicist Erwin Schrödinger is best known for his cat thought experiment and his wave equation. But he published many other works that deserve recognition, says guest blogger and author Paul Halpern.

Drag queen and gay rights activist Rory O'Neill, also known by the stage name, Panti, celebrates with supporters of same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle as they await the result of the referendum on Saturday.
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Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

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Both sides in the debate conceded that the referendum to enshrine marriage equality in the Irish constitution has succeeded.

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Where Has Housing Grown the Fastest Since 2010?

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In every state except for Rhode Island, the number of housing units increased between 2010 to 2014.