Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year

...and casino dealer. "Just because the price of gas is going down, that doesn't mean anything."___Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter at
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Belarusians set to re-elect Lukashenko

...or decided against trying to get on the ballot for an election they considered a farce.Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian writer who was awarded the Nobel Literature Prize last week, was among those critical of the election."For Lukashenko it's not...
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A Putin craze takes hold in Middle East

...set fire to a Russian flag. "We will trample on your heads," read one banner, addressing the Russians.? Salama reported from Baghdad. Associated Press writer Albert Aji in Damascus and Lynn Berry in Moscow contributed reporting.
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"Read Local: An Alaska Book Week Celebration" to be held Oct. 10

...elections) and Joan Kane ("Cormorant Hunter's Wife," "Hyperboreal"), as well as a special announcement by Alaska Writer Laureate Frank Soos of Fairbanks. Kane and Soos will participate via Google Hangouts.Hayes' book "Blonde Indian" is the...
Alaska Science Forum: Unusual songbird meets an early snowstorm

...could not survive without that in their harsh world. Like us, they are programmed for optimism."? Ned Rozell is a science writer for the Geophysical Institute. Since the late 1970s, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute has provided...
US airman who thwarted French train attack stabbed

...generally considered safe.Skarlatos tweeted Thursday: "Everybody send prayers out to the Stone family today."_____Associated Press writer Juliet Williams in Sacramento contributed to this report. Watson contributed from San Diego.
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Anchorage teen among poets honored by first lady

...frustrations on the paper."The first lady said she gained emotional and academic benefits from writing, because she improved as a writer and critical thinker in the classroom.Mrs. Obama added that arts education programs are "absolute necessities_" rather...
Russian warships fire cruise missiles into Syria

...Pentagon and in Europe about the risk of accidents or unintended conflict.___Vasilyeva reported from Moscow. Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey and Sarah El Deeb and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed to this report.
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Goodell, owners expect future vote on LA relocation

...its deal to carry NFL broadcasts for six more years. SiriusXM has partnered with the NFL since 2004.___AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this story.___AP NFL website: and
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Northern bog lemmings at cliff's edge?

...pdf?docID=14742 Read more on USFWS's website here: ? Contact Juneau Empire outdoors writer Mary Catharine Martin at


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