News archive from 15 March 2015, page 2

Burmeister leads Iditarod frontrunners to Kaltag

Burmeister leads Iditarod frontrunners to Kaltag

Thirty-nine-year-old Aaron Burmeister -- born and reared in Nome and schooled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks -- was leading the 49th state's biggest sporting event toward the Bering Sea Coast on Saturday night. As the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog...

 

Marijuana Policy Project continues support for Alaska marijuana campaign

The national group Marijuana Policy Project, the primary financial sponsor of Alaska's initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, continues to advocate in the Last Frontier as lawmakers attempt to draft marijuana legislation. MPP intends “to...

 

Tugboat sinks off NY's Fire Island; 1 dead, 3 rescued

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A tugboat captain died and three crew members were rescued Saturday when their boat sank in icy and stormy waters about a mile off Fire Island, authorities said. One of the crew members managed to make a cellphone call to the...

 
Burmeister leads Iditarod front runners to Kaltag, with King right behind

Burmeister leads Iditarod front runners to Kaltag, with King right behind

Thirty-nine-year-old Aaron Burmeister -- born and reared in Nome and schooled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks -- was leading the Iditarod toward the Bering Sea coast on Saturday night. As the race reached Kaltag, the final checkpoint on the...

 
Alaska needs more people like June Stein

Alaska needs more people like June Stein

If you are around politics long enough, you come to know there is but a single certainty: It is as nasty as the floor of a bologna factory, and twice as messy. Eventually, unless you have the soul of a dung beetle, it will turn your stomach. Take, for...

 

U.S. missions in Saudi Arabia halt services over security

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh and two other diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia are cancelling all consular services for two days over security fears. The Embassy says it and missions in Jiddah and Dhahran will provide no...

 
Premier: China faces tough task to hit lower growth rate

Premier: China faces tough task to hit lower growth rate

BEIJING – China faces a tough task to achieve about 7% economic growth in 2015, but the world's second largest economy will still post "strong growth" while reforming its economic structure and streamlining government, China's Premier Li...

 

Thomas 2nd, Anders 7th for UAA at indoor track championships

UAA's Cody Thomas racked up a career-best heptathlon score Saturday to claim second place in that event at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Thompson, a junior from New Zealand, piled up 5,488 points,...

 
Death toll in Pakistan church blasts rises to 10

Death toll in Pakistan church blasts rises to 10

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A senior Pakistani hospital official says the death toll in twin blasts outside a church in the eastern city of Lahore has risen to ten. Dr. Anjum Habib Vohra says 48 people were also wounded in the violence Sunday. A senior...

 
Justin Bieber apologizes, still gets roasted

Justin Bieber apologizes, still gets roasted

LOS ANGELES — Justin Bieber chose an interesting way to start a new chapter in his life. Or at least try. At the end of a massive celebrity beat-down at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber on Saturday night, Bieber apologized to the world from...

 
Books: New and noteworthy

Books: New and noteworthy

USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner (William Morrow, fiction, on sale March 17) What it's about: Historical fiction about the famed designer (1883–1971) who brought us the...

 
How to find space hogs on laptop hard drive

How to find space hogs on laptop hard drive

Q: My laptop doesn't have enough space to install an operating-system update. What's the easiest way to free up some room? A: For a while, this question had gone out of style as ever-larger hard drives outstripped our abilities to stuff them with...

 
Netanyahu fights to stave off election defeat

Netanyahu fights to stave off election defeat

JERUSALEM — Hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life this weekend, as a rival aided by a former consultant to President Obama threatens to oust the long-serving Israeli leader in Tuesday's parliamentary election....

 
On the Verge: Fetty Wap crowns a 'Trap Queen'

On the Verge: Fetty Wap crowns a 'Trap Queen'

This week in "On the Verge," USA TODAY's spotlight on breakthrough artists, Brian Mansfield talks to New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap. First New Jersey, then the nation. Last year, as his song Trap Queen was taking off in clubs around his...

 
Curl up with 5 good book apps

Curl up with 5 good book apps

Grab your child and a good book to celebrate March being National Reading Month. And it doesn't have to be of the paper variety, as there are now tons of great ones appearing in the app stores as book apps. Just as paper books come in many different...

 
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