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Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft

AP US News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:51am
Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:51-04:00 News Topics: General news, Missing persons, Homicide, Arrests, Celebrity legal affairs, Crime, Violent crime, Law and order, Celebrity, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment People, Places and Companies: Brandon Lee, California, San Bernardino, United States, Anchorage, Alaska Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ukraine: Dozens of civilians killed in convoy

AP Top news - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:43am
Ukraine: Dozens of civilians killed in convoy Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:43-04:00 News Topics: General news, War casualties, Rebellions and uprisings, War and unrest, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Ukraine, Donetsk, Russia, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

AP Politics - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:41am
No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:41-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Indictments, Arrests, Legal proceedings, Political corruption, State governments, Executive vetoes, Crime, Court citations, Law and order, General news, Political issues, Legislation, Legislature, Presidential elections, National elections, Elections People, Places and Companies: Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Texas, South Carolina, United States, Austin Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

AP Top news - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:40am
100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:40-04:00 News Topics: General news, Science, Wildlife poaching and smuggling, Animal poaching and smuggling, Elephants, Death rates, Health statistics, Wildlife, Environmental concerns, Environment, Environment and nature, Crime, Mammals, Animals, Health, Demographics, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Kenya, Africa, East Africa, Tanzania, China Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

'Don't know' if Missouri teen shot with hands up

AP US News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:38am
'Don't know' if Missouri teen shot with hands up Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:38-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Homicide, Violent crime, Crime, Police, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Michael Brown, Jay Nixon, Benjamin Crump, O.J. Simpson, Missouri, St. Louis Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption

AP Top news - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:37am
Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:37-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Volcanic eruptions, Natural disasters, Volcanoes, Glaciers, Accidents and disasters, Environment and nature People, Places and Companies: Iceland Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

On vacation break, Obama discusses Iraq, Missouri

AP Politics - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:26am
On vacation break, Obama discusses Iraq, Missouri Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:26-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, State governments People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Jay Nixon, Michael Brown, Lisa Monaco, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Scott Brown, United States, Iraq, Missouri, District of Columbia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US Senate race draws focus in Alaska primary

AP Politics - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:23am
US Senate race draws focus in Alaska primary Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:23-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Elections, Primary elections, State taxes, Oil and gas industry, State governments, Legislature, Senate elections, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Business, Energy industry, Industries People, Places and Companies: Joe Miller, Lisa Murkowski, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mark Begich, Buzz Aldrin, Karl Rove, Don Young, Alaska, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US Senate race draws focus in Alaska primary

AP US News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:23am
US Senate race draws focus in Alaska primary Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:23-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Elections, Primary elections, State taxes, Oil and gas industry, State governments, Legislature, Senate elections, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Business, Energy industry, Industries People, Places and Companies: Joe Miller, Lisa Murkowski, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mark Begich, Buzz Aldrin, Karl Rove, Don Young, Alaska, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Chiefs' Charles sidelined by freak slip down hill

AP Sports News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:20am
Chiefs' Charles sidelined by freak slip down hill Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:20-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Athlete injuries, NFL football, Athlete health, Professional football, Football People, Places and Companies: Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Andy Reid, Alex Smith, Eric Fisher, Brandon Flowers, Kendrick Lewis, Ron Parker, Marcus Cooper, Sean Smith, Dwayne Bowe, Cam Newton, Dee Ford, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Ryan Succop, Travis Kelce, Aaron Murray, Kansas City Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Biden welcomes Castro amid 2016 VP chatter

AP Politics - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:19am
Biden welcomes Castro amid 2016 VP chatter Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:19-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Joe Biden, Julian Castro, Barack Obama Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

AP Politics - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:18am
Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80 Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:18-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Elections, Obituaries, Legislature, Political parties, Supreme courts, Political organizations, National courts, National governments, Courts, Judiciary People, Places and Companies: Jim Jeffords, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Trent Lott, John Ashcroft, Larry Craig, Ronald Reagan, Clarence Thomas, George W. Bush, Tom Daschle, Richard Cheney, United States, Vermont, Rutland, District of Columbia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

AP US News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:18am
Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80 Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:18-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Elections, Obituaries, Legislature, Political parties, Supreme courts, Political organizations, National courts, National governments, Courts, Judiciary People, Places and Companies: Jim Jeffords, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Trent Lott, John Ashcroft, Larry Craig, Ronald Reagan, Clarence Thomas, George W. Bush, Tom Daschle, Richard Cheney, United States, Vermont, Rutland, District of Columbia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion

AP Technology News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:16am
Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:16-04:00 News Topics: General news, Technology, Embassies, International relations, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Julian Assange, Ricardo Patino, United Kingdom, London, Ecuador Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid

AP Business News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:16am
US stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:16-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Stock prices, Analyst ratings and recommendations, Stock indices and averages, U.S. dollar, Currency markets, Discount store and superstore operators, Multi-line retail, Retail industry, Financial markets, Stock markets, Leading economic indicators, Economy, Stock performance, Corporate stock, Corporate news, Retail and wholesale, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries, Euro People, Places and Companies: Janet Yellen, Ukraine, Russia, United States, Jackson Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Phil Simms considers not using 'Redskins' on TV

AP Sports News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:08am
Phil Simms considers not using 'Redskins' on TV Associated Press - 18 August 2014 15:08-04:00 News Topics: Sports, NFL football, Professional football, Football People, Places and Companies: Phil Simms, Jim Nantz Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Alaska Shorts: A Last Walk in the Woods, by Dan Walker

49 Writers - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:00am

The consensus among people I know is that we wait too long before we finally put our sick, old pets to sleep.  That was on my mind when I finally decided to put my old dog Nelson down.  I saw that his mind was more confused than ever, and as he paced around the yard overlooking the lake, I knew he had reached a point from which he couldn't return.  We had already decided that this was the place he should end his days, had been preparing ourselves for a year.   Now, it seemed the time had come.  After a final family conference, I walked him up away from the cabin and the lake, away from Madelyn shut in the cabin with radio turned up, and away from the trail that lead back to the car. 
The rain-soaked tall grass wet us quickly as we pushed through the devil’s club and wild raspberries that clutch at us with their tiny claws.  Sometime the leash would catch on a stalk of devil’s club or Nelson would go the wrong way around, so I would stop untangle us then move on forward, following the moose trails through the alder and birch forest.   Nelson came along willingly as always, and I didn’t need the leash, but I didn’t want to have to chase him down if he wondered off or decided to go back to the cabin and the dry straw bed beneath it that he refused to use.  He so hated the rain and this would not have been his choice for a walk, but he was followed me willingly with confusion thick in the big black soul of his eyes. 
I wanted to find a good spot away from the cabin and wanted a hole I could roll him into and cover with logs and leaves without digging something to scar the wild dense forest floor with my grief, so I carried the axe instead of the shovel.  Then I found a downed birch that had fallen away from another tree, lifting and pulling it’s rots so the standing tree had bit of a cave beneath it, a den there under the arch of the roots big as a dog, and dry too.
That’s where I made my stand, talking soft words to those big black eyes, and crying a bit as I gave him half a slice of ham and then the rest of it and while his head was down I felt a great surge of motion and I put the gun to his head real quick like I was in a rush and the body lurched with the shot behind the ear then I fired five or four more time times fast and muffled against the wet white hide.  The body thrashed and twitched then was limp.  I moved with planned efficiency of a criminal, lifting the limp carcass by the feet -- two in each hand-- and slid my old friend down into the dry dark den where he lay down out of the rain in the loamy odor of forest earth surrounded by the birch roots and me looking down with my share of guilt then saying something like,   “Here you go, get out of the rain, old boy.”    I knew it was a good place where maybe the bears wouldn’t do the work of digging him out or the wolverines.  I took the axe to some alders and laid them over the dog and hacked up some root from the fallen tree and layered that over the opening with chunks of birch branch and more alder to fill in the holes until there was bower of green alder dripping its rain leadened leaves on me.  I was wet all through by now even under my raincoat because I had left my hood down and the zipper open so only my shoulders and back were covered, really.  The woods were wet all around me except in that den under the roots with that crazy old dog white dog that hated the rain, and I wondered if I should bring in some fresh moose shit I had seen on the way up to cover the blood place where he died, but the rain was already washing it. 
I picked up my 22 rifle and the axe, noticing then those shaking hands trembling in the evening wet woods where I was leaving a dog who had given me ten good years and more.  I walked back to the cabin and stood in the downpour before the lake by the porch thinking how right my son-in-law was when he said, “Every good dog deserves a last walk in the woods.” 
Dan Walker is a homesteaders’ son who grew up to become a teacher and a writer in Seward.  He has published essays, professional articles, and fiction in magazines and literary journals such as the Journal of Geography and the old We Alaskans. Now, when he is not training writing teachers, he is working on two book length projects, a memoir and an autobiographical fiction.  Dan is the 2014 winner of first prize for fiction in the Alaska Daily News/UAA Writing contest. 
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What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 8:28pm
Found this found poem at twitter where i rarely roam as the shack_poet. Thanks Emily Wall for the prompt. knife found in muskeg, peat, rust browned blade fashions paper lantern into wings my departure under their power requires no jumper cablesFiled under: community, energy, experiments, Poetry, Storytelling, Writing
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