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Alaska Fears Fallout Of Shell’s Arctic Drilling Decision

By Dan Joling ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell’s dry hole in the Chukchi Sea may be disappointing to shareholders, but it’s potentially devastating to Alaska. The company’s decision to end oil exploration in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future means the state must find another source to fill the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline and […]

Coast Guard Academy Professor Uses 3D Printer on Icebreaker

By Julia Bergman NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — In the back corner of Ron Adrezin’s office a 3D printer is hard at work. A constant, rhythmic whirring meant that the printer was turning out, slowly but surely, a plastic, custom-made shoe insert. Adrezin, a mechanical engineering professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, used the […]

New Squabble Looms Over Minnesota Political Office Space

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Another squabble is shaping up over offices for Minnesota politicians. The 83-year-old State Office Building that is the main workspace for 134 House members and their staffs is in need of more than $100 million in repairs, according to the agency that manages government properties. But a bitter aftertaste from […]

The Calder Flamingo: Three Years After Its New Paint Job

By Ray Henry and Susan Montoya Bryan Alexander Calder’s Flamingo came to roost in Chicago in 1973. The 50-ton carbon steel, red sculpture was pieced together with incredible precision, like a giant 3D jigsaw puzzle. Unlike the nearby horse-like Picasso, which is made of Cor-Ten steel, which requires no painting, the Flamingo must be painted, […]

In 2015, Nearly 3 Dozen Alaska Villages Lack Basic Plumbing

By Rachel D’oro ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Flush toilets and running water are elusive dreams for Paul Dock and other residents of impoverished Alaska villages where indoor plumbing has historically cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to install in just one home. Residents in at least 30 isolated communities far from the state’s meager road […]