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News Roundup: September 12, 2014

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The VA clinic in Wasilla has no doctors, and no applicants for its vacant positions. [Alaska Public Media]

A 25-year-old from Florida was arrested for stalking Bristol Palin, after sending her “approximately 1,000” Facebook messages and then showing up in her Wasilla driveway. [Alaska Dispatch News]

There seems to be a recurring theme of Alaska Republicans embarrassing themselves by comparing things to slavery. [Alaska Commons]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that a state ferry likely killed a humpback whale near Kodiak this summer. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker would prefer to stay away from social issues, but in reality that is unlikely to be possible. [Alaska Commons]

A 64-year-old man in Delta Junction was arrested for driving a car without a license after police noticed he had a homemade license plate on his car. When pulled over, the man claimed that he would charge police $15,000 in gold to answer any questions, as a “Constitutional Rights Investigator Sovereign Citizen Without Prejudice.” [Daily News-Miner]

Commerce

Results for last quarter show that Lego has snatched the title of world’s largest toy maker away from reigning champ Mattel. [Business Insider]

Etsy, a popular marketplace for homemade goods (and “homemade” international imports) has banned the sale of Redskins merchandise on its website. [PR Daily]

Budweiser is testing a pilot program in Chicago and Denver that allows you to send a beer to a Facebook friend for their birthday. [Mashable]

National News

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld New Jersey’s ban on so-called “therapeutic” efforts to change the sexual orientation of children. [Think Progress]

A Republican state senator in Georgia wants to end Sunday voting in one part of the state because there are too many Black people voting. [Talking Points Memo]

The American Humanist Association says that an atheist man was denied reenlistment in the Air Force for refusing to take an oath containing the words “so help me God.” [Air Force Times]

A comprehensive study released by the Center for Disease Control found that nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States report having been raped. [Jezebel]

The Federal Reserve released its 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances, which shows that the top 10% of white families own pretty much everything. [American Prospect]

A not-so-bright Southwest Airlines passenger was arrested on September 11th after setting the publicly visible name of his phone’s WiFi hotspot to things like “Southwest – Bomb on Board.” [ABC News]

Jerks who Steal Produce from Children

A group of fifth graders in Central Maine were reportedly “very sad” after someone stole 100 onions that they had grown over the summer. The onions were to be divided between the school cafeteria and a local homeless shelter. [Consumerist]

Over the weekend, someone stole all of the pumpkins from a class of New Mexico preschoolers who had grown them from seedlings. [Associated Press]

Warm and Fuzzy

A 3-year-old got a 3D-printed prosthetic hand designed to look like Iron Man’s. [Geekologie]