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Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge

AP US News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:44am
Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge Associated Press - 21 August 2014 16:44-04:00 News Topics: General news, Lifestyle, Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Biomedical research services, Lou Gehrig's disease, Stem cell research, Parochial schools, Glaciology, Medical research, Religion, Social affairs, Health care industry, Industries, Business, Neurological disorders, Diseases and conditions, Health, Cell biology, Biology, Science, Primary and secondary education, Education, Earth science People, Places and Companies: Pope John Paul II, Cincinnati, Ohio, Iowa Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tech Tips: Sprint's good rates come with a price

AP Technology News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:41am
Tech Tips: Sprint's good rates come with a price Associated Press - 21 August 2014 16:41-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Personal finance, Technology, Mobile telecommunications services, Mobile phones, Consumer electronics, Telecommunications services, Telecommunications, Industries Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

AP Top news - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:38am
Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens Associated Press - 21 August 2014 16:38-04:00 News Topics: General news, War and unrest, Kidnapping, Rebellions and uprisings, Crime People, Places and Companies: Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian territories, West Bank, Israel, Gaza Strip, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

AP Top news - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:38am
Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola Associated Press - 21 August 2014 16:38-04:00 News Topics: General news, Ebola virus, Foreign aid, Humanitarian assistance, Travel laws and regulations, Travel restrictions and advisories, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Health, International relations, Government and politics, Government regulations, Travel safety, Travel, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Alpha Conde, Boubacar Diallo, Liberia, West Africa, Guinea Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

AP Politics - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:22am
Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup Associated Press - 21 August 2014 16:22-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Chuck Hagel, United States, Iraq, Syria Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

AP Top news - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:12am
Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine Associated Press - 21 August 2014 16:12-04:00 News Topics: General news, War and unrest, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Ban Ki-Moon, Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Minsk, Donetsk Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

2 American Ebola patients released from hospital

AP Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:10am
ATLANTA (AP) — After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday. 2014-08-21T08:05:00-04:00 2014-08-21T12:05:54-04:00

Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

AP Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. 2014-08-19T12:32:00-04:00 2014-08-19T16:32:02-04:00

A Pick Six of new passing combos

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:10am
Just what Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III need: more dynamic receivers. 2014-08-20T23:17:00-04:00 2014-08-21T03:17:54-04:00

Hoyer beats injury, Manziel to win starting job

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:10am
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Brian Hoyer defied long odds — and stiff-armed Johnny Football — to keep his dream job. 2014-08-20T14:40:00-04:00 2014-08-20T18:40:20-04:00

Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial

AP US News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:01am
Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial Associated Press - 21 August 2014 16:01-04:00 News Topics: General news, Child abuse, Sexual assault, Violent crime, Acts of torture, Kidnapping, Trials, Legal proceedings, Crime, Animation and comics, Crimes against children, Law and order, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment People, Places and Companies: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

AP US News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:59am
US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban Associated Press - 21 August 2014 15:59-04:00 News Topics: General news, Gays and lesbians, Same sex marriage, National courts, Marriage, Family issues, Social affairs, Gay rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, National governments, Government and politics, Courts, Judiciary People, Places and Companies: Bill Clinton, Pam Bondi, Miami, Florida, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:56am
Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal Associated Press - 21 August 2014 15:56-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Movies, Entertainment, Legal proceedings, Lawsuits, Sexual abuse, Law and order, Violent crime, Crime People, Places and Companies: Bryan Singer, Hawaii Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thai army ruler named prime minister

AP Top news - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:54am
Thai army ruler named prime minister Associated Press - 21 August 2014 15:54-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Elections, Armed forces, Army, National elections, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Prayuth Chan-ocha, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand, United States, Bangkok, Southeast Asia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US housing recovery appears to be back on track

AP Business News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:34am
US housing recovery appears to be back on track Associated Press - 21 August 2014 15:34-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Home sales, Home selling, Mortgages, Residential construction, Mortgage rates, Home buying, Real estate brokers, Economy, Real estate, Residential real estate, Lifestyle, Personal loans, Personal finance, Building construction, Construction and engineering, Industrial products and services, Industries, Real estate services, Professional services People, Places and Companies: Janet Yellen Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ex-Marine waives extradition from Alaska

AP Alaska News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:27am
Ex-Marine waives extradition from Alaska The Desert Sun - 21 August 2014 15:27-04:00 News Topics: General news, Homicide, Extradition, Crime, Violent crime, Law and order People, Places and Companies: Christopher Lee, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Alaska Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

AP Politics - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:24am
Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation Associated Press - 21 August 2014 15:24-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Criminal investigations, Shootings, Assault and battery, Violent crime, Police, Crime, United States Supreme Court decisions, Supreme courts, Law and order, General news, Law enforcement agencies, National courts, National governments, Courts, Judiciary People, Places and Companies: Michael Brown, William Rehnquist, Eric Holder, Rodney King, Missouri, North Carolina, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Charlotte Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

AP US News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:24am
Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation Associated Press - 21 August 2014 15:24-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Criminal investigations, Shootings, Assault and battery, Violent crime, Police, Crime, United States Supreme Court decisions, Supreme courts, Law and order, General news, Law enforcement agencies, National courts, National governments, Courts, Judiciary People, Places and Companies: Michael Brown, William Rehnquist, Eric Holder, Rodney King, Missouri, North Carolina, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Charlotte Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

AP Politics - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:23am
GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap Associated Press - 21 August 2014 15:23-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Military correctional systems, Armed forces, Legislature, Government regulations, Army, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Bowe Bergdahl, Mitch McConnell, Barack Obama, United States, Afghanistan, Cuba Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Alaska Shorts: Raven’s Letter to Edgar, 
by Ned Rozell

49 Writers - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:00am
Ned Rozell

Dear Edgar:
I was poking around in a bin of opportunity (“Dumpsters” to your type, with a capital D for some reason) the other day and came across a newspaper that said you died in October 160 years ago. Bummer. I had seen your famous poem about us, in another bin (you wouldn’t believe what people throw out), and I wanted to chew your ear for a minute.
First of all, thanks for calling us “stately” on first reference. I’m with ya. In fact, we’re the real state bird of Alaska, no matter what those placemats say. Willow ptarmigan — whose idea was that? You ever see a willow ptarmigan with personality? Take a poll of Alaskans, Eddy, they’ll give you their state bird, the same “ebony bird” you made famous in 1845.
No other creature has the guts to go where we go. Climbers on Denali try to hide their food from us at 17,000-foot high camp, but it doesn’t work. We wait until they throw a bit of snow over their food and stagger away. Then we dig it up and poke away. Easy money.
And the oilfields around Prudhoe Bay — no trees, blowing snow, about a gazillion below in winter. Those big-money workers up there do a Christmas Bird Count every year, and they record just one species. You know which one it is, baby. Biologists up there have seen us nesting in drilling rigs and feeding our chicks when it’s 30 below. Thirty below! Know where the robins are then, Edgar? Florida! One biologist named Stacia captured a few of us up there to fit us with wing tags. She had trouble re-capturing us for her studies, so — get this — she wore a fake moustache to fool us! But we still know it’s her.
We only hang out in Prudhoe because your type is there, Edgar. Don’t take this the wrong way, but you guys are slobs. You don’t finish what you eat. Today, humans are what wolves were 250 years ago. Once, we were all over the Great Plains, and today we’re not. It’s not that we don’t like wide-open spaces, it’s just that there’s no more bison there, and there’s no more wolves, who, like furry can-openers, would open the buffalo for us.
It’s kind of odd you lived on the East Coast, Edgar. It’s hard to find a raven in Baltimore, except for those ones on the football helmets (Purple ravens?! C’mon guys, black is beautiful!). Today we prefer the West Coast and the far North, from Baja to Barrow. We really like caribou and other prey species, and in Alaska there’s more caribou than people, and there’s lots of wolves and bears left to scatter carcasses around the landscape for us. Ever picked at a fleshy backbone on a hot summer’s day, Edgar? Heaven.
Back to your poem. Let me see if I remember it: Once upon a midnight dreary, after rapping on a chamber door, a raven stepped into a dark parlor, perched on a bust of a Greek goddess, and terrified a bereaved lover by answering all his questions with the word “Nevermore.”I heard that a University of Alaska Fairbanks English professor once picked apart your poem like we do a road-killed red squirrel. He suggested your narrator’s ingestion of opium might have given the raven its voice. That’s baloney. We talk all the time. We squawk, we knock; we make sounds like rocks thrown into water. A Fairbanks scientist who followed us around with a recorder came up with 30 distinct phrases in the raven dictionary. Lucky for him he couldn’t translate them.
The farther I read into your poem, the more you punch up the descriptions. You describe the raven as ghastly, grim, ungainly, gaunt, ominous, grave, a devil, a thing of evil, a fiend and a demon. I’m flattered, but others have held us in pretty high esteem. In Norse mythology, for example, the god Odin employed two ravens with the names Thought and Memory to fly the world and inform him of what was happening out there. We were less dependable for Noah, when a pair of us failed to return to the ark after he sent us to search for land. We probably found some carcasses out there; why go back for hard-tack and scurvy?
In Alaska, we’re treated as we should be. Every Native group has raven stories. In many stories, including those of the Tlingit, Haida, and Koyukon, Raven is the god who created the sun, the Earth, the stars, the moon, and humankind. We are also the tricksters who deceive others in our endless quest for food. True, all true. And tell me, Edgar, what has the moose created? Nothing but moose nuggets.
A biologist once told Ned Rozell that Alaska contains large chunks of nothingness because of two things — bugs and cold air. He has cursed both in a few decades of wandering ice and muskeg but has hiked on due to the fact that he just can't figure out how wolves get enough to eat. This excerpt from “Raven’s Letter to Edgar” comes from the Alaska Sampler 2014, a free e-book.
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