News archive from 29 December 2014

New Jersey officials pleading for Mercedes to stay

German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz hasn't even publicly said it's considering moving its U.S. headquarters out of New Jersey, but some state officials are so concerned about the possibility they're campaigning publicly to try to keep the...

 

Walker orders new spending on Alaska megaprojects stopped

New Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Saturday that he’d put six high-profile state infrastructure projects on hold, citing Alaska’s $3.5 billion budget deficit that’s grown as oil prices have steeply dropped. Walker issued an order Friday halting new...

 
Fire destroys Anniston home

Fire destroys Anniston home

An Anniston home was destroyed by fire Saturday night, but details of the blaze were not clear Sunday. A shift supervisor who answered the phone Sunday at the Anniston Fire Department said a report on the fire wasn’t complete, and would have to be...

 
Best ads of 2014 are strong storytellers

Best ads of 2014 are strong storytellers

The best ads of 2014 share one literary trait: They tell stories — beautifully. Sometimes these stories are visual picnics. Some stir in haunting music that you find yourself inexplicably humming while brushing your teeth. Some hit just the right...

 
Alaska state budget director has Olympic credentials

Alaska state budget director has Olympic credentials

FAIRBANKS -- In assembling his cabinet and key support staff, Gov. Bill Walker has chosen a wide variety of independents, Democrats and Republicans, as well as one Olympic champion. Pat Spurgin Pitney, selected by Walker to be the state budget...

 
Minnesota family acquires Polaroid majority in $70M deal

Minnesota family acquires Polaroid majority in $70M deal

Fullscreen This photo provided by Gifts.com shows a Polaroid Onestep Closeup Camera Kit by Impossible. This refurbished, vintage Polaroid camera that's over 25 years old comes with the signs of wear and tear of a vintage item. Teens are loving the...

 
Fire safety training, equipment available for low-income residents

Fire safety training, equipment available for low-income residents

A local nonprofit is offering free home fire safety training and equipment to low-income residents. Anniston-based The Right Place, which mainly serves the area's homeless, started the program earlier this year with a $14,000 grant from the Community...

 
Kennedy Center Honors: A whirlwind weekend for Patricia McBride

Kennedy Center Honors: A whirlwind weekend for Patricia McBride

Patricia McBride has visited the White House multiple times and danced at the Kennedy Center for years with New York City Ballet, starting with its first season in 1971. So you can forgive her if her weekend in Washington, D.C., earlier this month has...

 
New book documents Alaska Natives' early struggles for indigenous rights

New book documents Alaska Natives' early struggles for indigenous rights

A Dangerous Idea: The Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Struggle for Indigenous Rights By Peter Metcalfe with Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy; University of Alaska Press; 160 pages; 2014; $24.95 >At the start of the 20th century, Alaska Natives were in legal...

 
Susan Bagwell shows passion for her profession

Susan Bagwell shows passion for her profession

  Patients under Susan Bagwell's care at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital arrive as strangers. They leave as family. "Patients come here not at their best — they're not feeling well, they're worrying about bills," Bagwell said. "So it's...

 
Sexual cannibalism: The gals are just hungry

Sexual cannibalism: The gals are just hungry

(NEWSER) – If you don't know about sexual cannibalism, here's a quick primer: It's most common among insects and arachnids, and typically involves a female luring in a male for sex only to eat it, often via beheading, thereby promoting egg development...

 
Umbrella insurance: Protection for that nest egg

Umbrella insurance: Protection for that nest egg

A retirement nest egg may make you feel like you've locked down your financial future, but don't get too comfortable. Getting hit with a liability lawsuit in your retirement years could turn your life upside down. While your insurance may cover some...

 
Box Office: 'Hobbit' wins, 'Interview' has strong VOD sales

Box Office: 'Hobbit' wins, 'Interview' has strong VOD sales

LOS ANGELES Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the...

 

Tainted land worries residents

ASHEVILLE Developer Richard Green had nearly everything in place to build upscale homes on the heavily polluted land next to an old electronic components plant in the mountains outside Asheville. All he needed was a permit. So when the local board of...

 

Dimond girls open with win at Nevada hoops tournament

Dejha Canty scored 25 point and Nikki Forrey had nine points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dimond girls to a 68-51 win over Chapparal (Nevada) on Saturday in the opening game of the Gator Winter Classic in Henderson, Nevada.  The Lynx had the day off...

 

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