News archive from 7 January 2015

Seattle Seahawks get back center Max Unger, lose DT Jordan Hill

RENTON, Wash. Football has always been and will always be a sport about injury and attrition. So the news was both good and bad for the Seattle Seahawks after first-round bye in the NFL playoff draw: They get back center Max Unger, but lose defensive...

 

Strand of Oaks coming to Anchorage this March

Strand Of Oaks, aka Timothy Showalter and his band, will play two shows in Anchorage this March. The indie folk/rock musican's 2014 release "Heal" has recently earned wide acclaim. It was included on on the "Best Of 2014" list for...

 

Defensive resurgence underway at Duke

DURHAM Late in the first half of Duke's win over Boston College, the Eagles' best player, Olivier Hanlan, had the ball on the perimeter. Rasheed Sulaimon was smothering him, right up in his face staring at him and contributing to the noise echoing...

 
Despite plunging oil prices, Gulf on brink of boom

Despite plunging oil prices, Gulf on brink of boom

PORT FOURCHON, La. – Whoever is warning that slumping crude prices will curb oil production hasn't told the tenants of this bustling oil port. Cranes line two enormous slips, expanding capacity and building more facilities. Louisiana-based Bollinger...

 
Mercedes-Benz moves U.S. hq. to Atlanta from NJ

Mercedes-Benz moves U.S. hq. to Atlanta from NJ

Mercedes-Benz says it will move its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta from Montvale, N.J., to be closer to a significant customer base, its Alabama factory and -- though M-B didn't emphasize it -- for incentives it couldn't get from New Jersey. M-B says it...

 

Flu season peaking early in North Carolina

RALEIGH For the third year in a row, the flu season is hitting an early peak in North Carolina and appears to be more intense and widespread than in recent years, state health officials said Tuesday. Historically, flu activity in the state peaks...

 

Tillis sworn in as NC's newest Senator

Thom Tillis, the former N.C. House speaker, took the oath of office as a U.S. senator at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday as his wife, Susan, watched from the balcony. Vice President Joe Biden, who has the role under the Constitution as president of the Senate,...

 
Afghan women's gains in jeopardy as U.S. troops leave

Afghan women's gains in jeopardy as U.S. troops leave

KABUL — When police Brig. Gen. Jamila Bayaz was appointed chief of a Kabul district a year ago, one of her first acts was to walk around neighborhoods handing out her business card. "I told them to be in touch," she said. The simple act...

 
Etihad reconsiders policy after nightmare flight delays

Etihad reconsiders policy after nightmare flight delays

The Persian Gulf airline that stranded hundreds of travelers for hours on the tarmac in Abu Dhabi because of fog last weekend said Tuesday that it will reconsider its policy on how long passengers can be kept on airplanes while waiting to take off....

 

Shell, villagers agree to $83.5 million for huge oil spill

JOHANNESBURG Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community 55 million pounds (about $83.5 million) for the worst oil spill ever suffered in Nigeria. Wednesday's agreement ends a three-year legal battle in Britain over two spills in...

 
Dan Sullivan sworn in as Alaska's new senator

Dan Sullivan sworn in as Alaska's new senator

Dan Sullivan has been sworn in as Alaska's new U.S. senator. Sullivan is a Republican and a former state attorney general and Natural Resources commissioner. He defeated incumbent Democrat Mark Begich last November. Sullivan's swearing-in — along with...

 
U.S. Navy commander pleads guilty in massive bribery case

U.S. Navy commander pleads guilty in massive bribery case

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Navy commander pleaded guilty Tuesday in a massive bribery scheme involving a longtime military contractor in Asia who allegedly offered luxury travel, prostitutes and other bribes to Navy officers in exchange for confidential...

 
Report: Shooter at El Paso military hospital kills self

Report: Shooter at El Paso military hospital kills self

A shooter at a West Texas Veterans Affairs facility has shot himself in an incident in which a doctor also was shot, according to reports. A news conference on the incident at the El Paso VA Health Care System that was scheduled for 5 p.m. Mountain...

 
House edits rules to help members facing ethics probes

House edits rules to help members facing ethics probes

WASHINGTON — In one of its first actions of the new year, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved rules changes that could give lawmakers a new defense against ethics investigations. The new language, added Monday night to the sections that...

 

Market Fresh: Seafood and a glimpse of summer to come at the markets

The holidays are over, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate Alaska’s bounty -- there are new items at the local farmers’ markets, there are tasty Alaska seafood options and there is even a hint of summertime. The Center Market has its...

 

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