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Joe Cocker, rock legend, dead at 70

By Radio.com Joe Cocker has died after a long battle with lung cancer, reports ITV News. He was 70 years old. Cocker was known for his bluesy, gravely voice and skyrocketed to prominence with his cover of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which he performed at Woodstock in 1969. Read More:

Pope Francis warns Vatican leaders against ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s’

By Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post WASHINGTON – Every year  around this time, Pope Francis and the senior governing cardinals, bishops and priests of the Vatican — referred to as the Curia — meet for an exchange of Christmas greetings. This year, Pope Francis brought a little something extra for the Curia: a 15-point “catalog” of […]

FAA, industry launch drone safety campaign

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign. Read More:

Former Milwaukee police officer won’t be charged in death of black man in park

By Monica Daveydec, New York Times NEW YORK –  A former Milwaukee police officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of a black man he encountered in a park earlier this year, a prosecutor announced on Monday. In recent demonstrations there, protesters asserted that the shooting was another example of needless force against […]

NYC police commissioner defends Mayor de Blasio’s handling of the officers’ shootings

By Jerry Markon and Peter Hermann, Washington Post WASHINGTON – New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton acknowledged Monday that Mayor Bill de Blasio has lost the trust of “some officers” after the killings of two patrolmen Saturday, but he defended the mayor’s handling of the shootings and said De Blasio supports the police. Read […]

Amid budget gloom, good news on Alaska health care costs

By Pat Forgey, ADN JUNEAU — In a rare bit of good financial news for Gov. Bill Walker and state budget writers, the soaring health care costs of years past appear to have leveled off. Next year, they’re even projected to go down. Read More:

Killing some Alaska megaprojects may prove costly

By Alex DeMarban, ADN ANCHORAGE – Known for big pursuits and outsized dreams, Alaska might have to slash some of its long-pending megaprojects now that crashing oil prices threaten to gut the budget. But state officials involved in planning two of the state’s big transportation initiatives — nationally scorned as a road to nowhere and […]

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