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News Roundup: October 31, 2014


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A new app described as ‘Uber for snowplowing’ launched in Anchorage last week, and it’s gotten a friendlier reception than its namesake. [Alaska Dispatch News]

The Anchorage School District announced new requirements and timelines for military recruiters to get back into local schools – and the Alaska National Guard is going to have a harder time than the other branches. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs has an incredibly talented and adorable crew. ADN gives us the scoop on how these dogs are trained to save lives. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Election Day

Control of the U.S. Senate may hinge on whether Mark Begich holds on to his seat – and based on current polling, analysts have pretty much no idea whether that is going to happen. [FiveThirtyEight]

Just in time for the election, the New York Times’ Upshot blog put together a series of informative charts showing who has benefited the most from the Affordable Care Act. Spoiler alert: it isn’t low income people in Republican-controlled states. [New York Times]

40,000 voter registrations mysteriously disappeared in Georgia, and with just a few days until Election Day, the courts are refusing to do anything about it. [ThinkProgress]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was caught telling members of an all-male country club that if he is elected in 2016, “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.” Awkward. [POLITICO]

The World Series

Mo’ne Davis, the rockstar pitcher who led her team to victory in the Little League World Series, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the MLB World Series — and killed it, naturally. [Mashable]

And in case you’ve been living under a rock, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Here’s a dancing panda to celebrate. [YouTube]

Other World-Related News

The FCC is suing AT&T for dramatically throttling connection speeds for customers with supposedly “unlimited” plans – in some cases after they used as little as 3GB of cellular data. [Consumerist]

You might have seen some articles recently claiming that Sundays are the cheapest days to buy plane tickets. One travel expert says that’s actually a meaningless statistical quirk. [Cranky Flier]

Public Radio International profiled some of the undocumented workers who helped rebuild New York and New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. [PRI]

A woman and her boyfriend who beat and tortured the woman’s eight-year-old son to death for playing with dolls plead guilty to torture and first degree murder this week, in exchange for being sentenced to life in prison instead of the death penalty. [The Bilerico Project]

The Weird and Awesome World

Uber ran a promotion this week where you could request a bunch of kittens delivered to your door in exchange for a $30 charitable donation. Sadly, Anchorage wasn’t one of the participating cities. [Consumerist]

A company in Minnesota is bribing its employees to complete their timesheets on time by offering free beer. [Consumerist]

A thief in Germany distracted pharmacy staff by squirting them with her breast milk. [The Local]

Darth Vader ran for Parliament in Ukraine, but wasn’t allowed to vote for himself because he refused to remove his helmet. Really. [Cheezburger]

And in the scariest news of the week, Sarah Palin hopes to run for office again someday. Happy Halloween. [Daily News-Miner]


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