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At risk in Senate, Democrats seek to rally blacks

By Jonathan Marin, New York Times WASHINGTON — With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office. Read More:

Putin calls for talks about ‘statehood’ in eastern Ukraine

By Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post MOSCOW — As European leaders delayed new sanctions against Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Sunday for talks that included the issue of “statehood” in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are trying to throw off the government in Kiev. Read More:

U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi forces break Islamic State’s siege

By Erin Cunningham and Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi troops aided by U.S. airstrikes entered the besieged town of Amerli Sunday, residents and Iraqi officials said, after a months-long blockade by Islamic State militants that had surrounded the Shiite Turkmen village and raised fears of an impending massacre. Read More:

Senate candidates disagree on solution to outside spending ‘problem’

By Nathaniel Herz, ADN ANCHORAGE – One of the few areas in which incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican challenger Dan Sullivan see eye to eye is their position on the more than $12 million spent this year by outside groups seeking to influence the outcome of their election. Read More:

Senate campaign heats up in Alaska

By Lacie Grosvold, Channel 2 News ANCHORAGE – The most recent spat of ads from the top candidates for U.S. Senate attempts to connect republican nominee Dan Sullivan to a 2013 murder case. Sullivan’s campaign calls the U.S. Senator Mark Begich ad distasteful, while the Democrats claim an oversight on Sullivan’s part could have helped […]

Editorial: Political ads show relentless focus on trivia rather than real issues

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial FAIRBANKS – Among those who have the power to do anything about it, this editorial will almost certainly fall on deaf ears. That’s a strange thing to say right off the bat and continue anyway, but this is an issue that deserves discussion whether it sways those controlling advertising budgets for […]

Interior wildfire season quietest since 2004

By Jeff Richardson, News-Miner FAIRBANKS — Summer 2014 will be remembered by many as the Interior fire season that never came. Read More:

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