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News Roundup: July 4, 2014


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If you’re missing a bag of THC-infused candy, now is a good time to re-assess your storage practices. [Anchorage Daily News]

For the second time in six months, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at greater oil industry access to the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. [Alaska Public Media]

So many in Alaska lose friends and loved ones and never get a chance to find out what happened. Here’s hoping that those looking for Samuel Arrington can take some comfort from this bit of closer. [Anchorage Daily News]

Buy this man a beer! A ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska plucked a dog off a cliff ledge near Exit Glacier. [New Jersey Herald]

A British woman is on a three-year journey circumnavigating the world using paddle-power, and stopped recently in Unalaska. [Anchorage Daily News]


A multinational study of adult literacy and numeracy skills suggest America’s K-12 schools aren’t nearly as competent as we like to think. Or, to put it another way: Skulz ar not gud. Is y yu no gud at math or reddin. [New York Times]

And to top things off, we’re not really raising kids that can qualify for military service, either. [Wall Street Journal]

But at least some people qualify and they do a really good job, like Adm. Michelle Howard, the first four-star woman in U.S. Navy history. Nice job, ma’am! [Washington Post]

Demonstrations demanding Beijing allow free election of its territory’s next leader have resulted in hundreds of arrests. [Aljazeera]

The U.S. Supreme Court is making friends all over the place this week. On Monday, SCOTUS dealt a limited blow to organized labor by ruling that some government employees did not have to pay any fees to the unions representing them. [New York Times]


Police say a Boynton Beach man argued with his girlfriend over women’s rights, then violently attacked her rabbit when she said she wanted to end the relationship. Don’t be this guy. [CBS 12 News]

And then there’s this.

The Associated Press doesn’t need people to write stories anymore, because robots. Or at least quarterly earning’s reports (which are probably kind of dull and frees up writers for other projects). Look at that: we found the bright side! [Mashable]

The FDA has approved Rewalk Robotics’ personal exoskeleton for personal use by paraplegics, because robots…can be helpful. [Boing Boing]

Did the news about Facebook’s emotional experiment get under your skin? Here are some fictional stories about what happens when computers control our emotions. [io9]