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Seeing Iraq horror, Europe reconsiders reluctance

AP Top news - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:54pm
Seeing Iraq horror, Europe reconsiders reluctance Associated Press - 15 August 2014 05:54-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Humanitarian assistance, International relations People, Places and Companies: David Cameron, Angela Merkel, Sigmar Gabriel, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, United Kingdom, Europe, Germany, France, Italy, Iraq, Brussels, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

New fighting hits South Sudan

AP Top news - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:53pm
New fighting hits South Sudan Associated Press - 15 August 2014 05:53-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Weather patterns, Hunger, Climate, Environment and nature, Poverty, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: South Sudan, Kenya, Sudan Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

China, S. Korea blast Japan's war shrine visits

AP Top news - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:51pm
China, S. Korea blast Japan's war shrine visits Associated Press - 15 August 2014 05:51-04:00 News Topics: General news, World War II, Prayer, Cabinets, Government and politics, Events, Religion, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Park Geun-hye, Shinzo Abe, Akihito, Japan, Tokyo, South Korea, East Asia, China Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Stocks mostly gain as Ukraine rhetoric dialed down

AP Business News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:28pm
No charges for SC cop who shot 70-year-old NC man Associated Press - 15 August 2014 06:33-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime People, Places and Companies: South Carolina Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope in Ferguson

AP US News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:23pm
Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope in Ferguson Associated Press - 15 August 2014 05:23-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Police, Protests and demonstrations, Violent crime, Crime, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics, Political and civil unrest People, Places and Companies: Jay Nixon, Barack Obama, Trayvon Martin, Eric Holder, Missouri, St. Louis Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Billionaire Berggruen drops stake in German chain

AP Business News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 8:42pm
Billionaire Berggruen drops stake in German chain Associated Press - 15 August 2014 04:42-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news People, Places and Companies: Berlin, Germany Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thousands heading to opposition rally in Pakistan

AP Top news - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 8:27pm
Thousands heading to opposition rally in Pakistan Associated Press - 15 August 2014 04:27-04:00 News Topics: General news, Militant groups, Political resignations, Military facilities, War and unrest, Government and politics, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Nawaz Sharif, Ali Khan, Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan, Islamabad, South Asia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Asia stocks mostly higher after US gains

AP Business News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 8:07pm
Asia stocks mostly higher after US gains Associated Press - 15 August 2014 04:07-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Stock prices, Currency markets, Japanese yen, Stock indices and averages, Stock markets, Financial markets, Leading economic indicators, Economy, Euro People, Places and Companies: Vladimir Putin, Crimea, Japan, East Asia, Russia, Ukraine, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

12 Russian armored vehicles join aid convoy

AP Top news - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:59pm
12 Russian armored vehicles join aid convoy Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:59-04:00 News Topics: General news People, Places and Companies: Ukraine, Russia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

France marks 70 years since Allies freed south

AP Top news - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:51pm
France marks 70 years since Allies freed south Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:51-04:00 News Topics: General news, Normandy landings, World War II, Events People, Places and Companies: Francois Hollande, France Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Manfred given mandate to manage MLB changes

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:39pm
Manfred given mandate to manage MLB changes Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:39-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sports, MLB baseball, Sports TV, Doping, Baseball, Professional baseball, Sports governance, NFL football, Men's sports, Television programs, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Sports media, Professional football, Football People, Places and Companies: Pete Rose, George Steinbrenner, Bud Selig, Frank McCourt, Adam Silver, Donald Sterling, Roger Goodell, San Francisco, Baltimore, United States, San Jose Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

AP Politics - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:34pm
Congressman wants to curb military surplus program Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:34-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime, Military legal affairs, Legislature, Law enforcement agencies, Police, General news, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Hank Johnson, Eric Holder, Claire McCaskill, Rand Paul, John Kirby, John Boehner, Missouri Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:32pm
San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:32-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Sports, Music, Entertainment, Concerts, Rock music, Professional football, Football, NFL football, MLB baseball, Professional baseball, Baseball, Men's sports People, Places and Companies: Paul McCartney, Joe Montana, Willie Mays, Pope John Paul II, San Francisco Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:32pm
San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:32-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Sports, Music, Entertainment, Concerts, Rock music, Professional football, Football, NFL football, MLB baseball, Professional baseball, Baseball, Men's sports People, Places and Companies: Paul McCartney, Joe Montana, Willie Mays, Pope John Paul II, San Francisco Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

AP Business News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:22pm
Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:22-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Automobile manufacturing, Asset sales, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Ownership changes, Corporate news People, Places and Companies: United States, Royal Oak, Shreveport Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Alaska Shorts: From Cold River Spirits, by Jan Harper-Haines

49 Writers - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:00am
Jan Harper-HainesWhen the Chena River overflowed its banks in 1948, as it did nearly every spring, Fairbanks took on the appearance of a slowly moving lake. The dirty brown water, dotted with chunks of ice, logs, carcasses of dead animals, and other debris from the long winter, spread across the little river town.
Lapping steadily, the floodwater crossed First Avenue and crept up the steps of the Episcopal Church and into the Masonic Temple. It leisurely entered saloons on Second and filled stores and houses all the way down Barnette Street past Seventh.
On Garden Island, the water hesitated at the steps of the Alaska Railroad depot like a mannerly aunt unsure of her welcome. A moment later, it washed across the old plank floor, covered the benches along the walls, and reached the top of the ticket counter.
The river rose fourteen feet as it flowed into truck stop cafes and smoky dives where the only women were bleary-eyed hoostitutes.
The water appeared smooth, even languid, but its rapid undercurrents and eddies swirled with energy. The force was enough to carry away sections of wooden sidewalk and cave in cellar doors all over town. With no hesitation it entered Louise Minook Harper’s log cabin on Fifth, five blocks from the river.
A drunk wading home from the bars on Second stumbled on a washed out section of sidewalk and was swept into the river where he smacked his head on a passing log. His body was found a few days later, tangled in the flotsam of a floating tree.
That morning two other men died in a fight in the Nevada Bar over the timing of the Chena breakup. A third man, clutching the winning ice pool ticket, suffered a black eye and cracked his false teeth in the commotion. When two officers from the Territorial Police arrived, big and blustery in their uniforms, the survivor convinced them the two men had stabbed one another. This stretch of truth was heartily supported by the bartender and other none too sober patrons.
When the river receded a few days later, flood-weary residents reclaimed their homes and took stock of the damage. Whites, Natives, hoostitutes, and prominent families dragged muddied books, ruined mattresses, and unrecognizable whatall into the street to be hauled away.
The sour stench of mildew, river sludge, and dog poop gagged Louise when she opened the shed door. “Chanh na hanh!” she swore, turning her head and blinking as she propped open the door with a shovel and stood outside while the cramped space aired.
Her glance fell on Sam’s trunk in the corner. It was slimy with mud.
Holding her breath, Louise grabbed the cracked leather handle. The muck made a sucking noise as she pulled the trunk from the shed. Inside, Sam’s papers and notebooks squished at her touch. His penciled words were blurred, and those written in ink were a blue smear. Louise glimpsed the butt of a pistol wedged into one side of the trunk.
She looked around her small, muddy yard. Her house was already full of damp clothes, smelly rugs, and bedding. There was no place to dry the trunk’s contents. On top of that, the stove was filled with silt. The electricity was out and they still had no drinking water.
“The trunk is gone? Dad’s stories are gone?” Flora Jane tightened her lips to keep them from quivering. Louise glanced at her oldest daughter and sighed.
Jan (Petri) Harper-Haines is Koyukon Athabascan, Russian, Irish and Dutch-German. Her non-fiction has appeared in First Alaskans Magazine, West Marin Review, Alaskan Embers and Cirque. She is currently working on Jimmy’s Song, a novel of suspense set in Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley. This excerpt comes from Cold River Spirits, a biography of Jan’s Athabascan mother and grandmother and their lives on the Yukon. It explores their rich cultural heritage and their heartrending, and often humorous, struggles to transition from a life intertwined with nature to a more fast-paced world. You can read more in the free Alaska Sampler 2014.
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