After nearly an hour's flight north from Baghdad, a cavernous C-130 military cargo plane touches down. Aboard are reporters, Pentagon officials and the man who has occasioned this trip, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

The plane taxis along an airstrip that as recently as July was controlled — and then largely destroyed — by Islamic State fighters.

This is the Qayyarah Airfield West, just 30 miles south of Mosul.

From Cambridge and Oxford to Lancashire and Surrey, the fees at all English universities are capped — and a new rate hike, from £9,000 to £9,250 (roughly $11,070 to $11,378) is angering critics, particularly those who say the increase didn't undergo legislative review.

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has asked the State Department to list its workers who focus on gender equality and ending violence against women, in what's being seen as an echo of an earlier request for the Energy Department to list employees who work on climate change.

The plan began with an idle thought.

Glancing at a map earlier this month, Owen Delaney realized something funny: Seen from above, the Diana Fountain in London's Bushy Park bears a striking resemblance to the bulbous nose of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — at least, it would if that famous nose of his were blue. At any rate, that fountain-nose would look better if seen in the context of a full face.

So, Delaney decided to do it himself.

Rare Snowfall Blankets Dunes in The Sahara

Dec 22, 2016

On Monday, a rare and beautiful thing happened: There was a dusting of snow on the red sand dunes of the Sahara.

The snow fell on the northern Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which is known as the "gateway to the desert."

Karim Bouchetata, an amateur photographer there, grabbed his camera and took a number of photos before the snow melted later that day. He uploaded them to Facebook, where the surreal images quickly went viral.

Pope Francis has outlined more reforms to the Roman Catholic Church, including elevating more women and lay people to leadership positions and focusing more on the multicultural nature of the modern church.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reported that it's the third year in a row the pope has used his Christmas address to Vatican employees to lecture them about how they must change:

Donald Trump, it seems, has been listening to NPR.

On Wednesday's Morning Edition, NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with former House speaker and Trump adviser Newt Gingrich on a wide range of topics concerning the president-elect's transition to the White House.

The holiday season is a time when lots of people take to the air, flying to see relatives or go on vacation. But when it comes to seasonal travel, humans are totally outnumbered by insects.

That's according to a newly published study in the journal Science, which found that more than 3 trillion migrating insects fly over south-central England each year.

There was no shortage of sad news in 2016.

And because we're a blog that covers global health and development, we covered a lot of those sobering stories: the toll of diseases like Zika, the bombing of hospitals in conflict zones, the suffering caused by poverty and by discrimination against women.

But we published a lot of hopeful stories as well. We asked our team at Goats and Soda to pick some of the stories from this year that inspired them the most. We hope you're inspired too.

In the midst of multiple fundraising attempts that raised questions about whether the Trump family is selling the promise of personal access to the highest bidder, Eric Trump says he will stop directly raising money for his personal charity.

"As unfortunate as it is, I understand the quagmire," Trump told the New York Times.

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Property owners who lost homes or had other structures destroyed by the October firestorms can have their properties cleaned of any hazardous waste and debris at no out-of-pocket cost through a program being offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, they must act quickly. The state of California’s Office of Emergency Services has set the deadline to sign up for the program by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

The Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County held a public outreach meeting on Friday, November 2, 2017 to discuss the importance of communications during emergencies such as the recent Redwood Valley fire. You can listen to Reporter Sarah Reith's coverage of this meeting. 

We hear from the Sanitation District Board candidates of

   the November 7, 2017 election.  

We hear from the Sanitation District Board candidates of

   the November 7, 2017 election.  

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Tickets are selling fast, but there are still some left - so don't put it off any longer, call the Little River Inn at 937-5942 or stop by the front desk. This will be a great night! Heard regularly on Oak & Thorn, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. They create a "chamber folk" sound with fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán.

Program Showcase

Dean Baker - Sensible Economics

2 hours ago

To hear this interview with Dean Baker, click on this link: https://forthright.media/2017/11/15/dean-baker-sensible-economics/

Dean Baker co-founded The Center for Economic and Policy Research in 1999. He is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and NPR. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.

Plastics In The Oceans

Nov 14, 2017

On The Ecology Hour tonight, we talk with Dr. Sean Anderson, Chair & Professor in the Environmental Science and Resource Management Program, California State University Channel Islands.  Our topic will be "Plastics in the Oceans," and we will hear about the sources, extent, and effects of plastics contamination on marine life.

Jeffrey Parker

One of the bigger shocks of the Redwood Complex Fire was the collapse of both landline and cell phone service and internet in Willits and other areas distant from the fire zone.

Wednesday evening on Mendocino Works, we’ll investigate what caused these cascading outages, ask what you can do to prepare for the next disaster, and explore what local firms are doing to improve telecoms in a rural region that the big companies prefer to ignore.

Guests will include:

CASA

In collaboration with Mendocino County's child and family service organizations, KZYX is running regular Public Service Announcements (PSAs) highlighting a different agency each month. We are currently featuring CASA of Lake and Mendocino County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).

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