Severe weather
8:19 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Weather Service warns of severe Bering Sea storm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The National Weather Service is warning that a severe Bering Sea storm has the potential for widespread damage when it hits western Alaska.

Forecasters expect 40 to 55 mph winds with higher gusts Tuesday night and Wednesday over the west coast.

A bulletin issued Monday by the Weather Service said the storm is expected to intensify "into one of the most severe Bering Sea storms on record." The agency is describing the storm as "extremely dangerous and life-threatening."

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Wait ... bonds aren't supposed to beat stocks!

Wall St. sign with blue jacketed traders on their lunch break in the background.
David Paul Ohmer Flickr

Over the past 30 years, U.S. Treasuries have out-performed the stock market. Bloomberg's Cordell Eddings reports the last time that happened was 150 years ago. What's going on?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein says this is a rare event and not "the new normal."

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Voting problems
5:45 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

How 11,000 ballots went missing; statewide ballot problems emerge

An embarrassing computer glitch -- but one that anyone can relate to -- in King County explains why 11,000 voters didn’t receive their ballots until just over a week before Election Day. And, just as that problem was resolved, Washington's Secretary of State discovered that 21,000 voters around the state may not have received ballots.

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4:57 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Suicide-prone West suffers from stigma, few services

Image by the American Association of Suicidology

Idaho is releasing a new plan that seeks to combat the state's high rate of suicide. Idaho ranks sixth in the nation for suicide, according to the latest figures. Oregon's not far behind at number 12. It's part of a trend in the West, where the suicide rate is higher than the national average.

Alaska typically tops the list, followed by the Lower 48's intermountain states. Experts say, frankly, they're not sure why. But many have a hunch about the factors: isolation, depression-inducing climates, and lack of access to mental health services.

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4:03 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Alaska Airlines will use biofuel on 75 flights

Derin Flickr

This month, some Alaska Airlines flights will be flying on used cooking oil as they travel from Seattle to Portland and Washington D.C.

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The Salt
3:59 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Organic isn't always safer when it comes to botulism

Gourmet and organic, yes. But also a source of deadly botulism.
Food and Drug Administration

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 2:31 pm

Organic Italian olives are the unlikely suspects in a new botulism outbreak, which has sickened two people in Europe. The Food and Drug Administration has urged people not to eat Bio Gaudiano organic olives stuffed with almonds, and the United States distributor has recalled the product.

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Capital punishment
3:36 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Idaho denies petition to commute first execution in 17 years

An Idaho commission is declining to commute the death sentence for convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades. Rhoades received life in prison for one murder, and the death penalty for brutally killing two other women in 1987. He's scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 18 outside of Boise.

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UW Ocean studies
2:17 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

UW 'gummy bear experiment' asks, will it crush?

Compared to the Styrofoam cup on the left that stayed topside, the cup sent into the ocean depths collapsed under the pressure to about a quarter of its original size. The gummy bears didn't compress nearly as much, but look worse for the wear.
University of Washington

When you’re sending scientific equipment 18,000 feet below the surface of the ocean, sometimes it can be fun to show the world what that kind of pressure can do to a gummy bear or a Styrofoam cup.

So, scientists from the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory – who have been on expedition in the South Pacific near Samoa to study massive underwater waves – attached a camera to snap photos of objects being crushed under the weight of the ocean.

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Global Health
12:46 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Bill Gates says he was nervous addressing G20

Talking to the BBC about global health and poverty, Bill Gates also discussed the issue of the Greek crisis overwhelming the G20 talks and how nervous he was because of the opportunity to move the agenda of nations.

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11:30 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Update: Boeing 787 lands safely after landing gear trouble

All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 takes off for the airplane's inaugural commercial flight to Hong Kong at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Boeing's new 787 plane ran into its first technical glitch Sunday when the landing gear failed to deploy during a flight in Japan.

Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter says the pilots of Japan's All Nippon Airways used "an alternate procedure that worked." The plane landed safely and there were no reported injuries.

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