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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company's spent grain — the waste accumulated from the brewing process — into steam which powers the majority of the brewery's operations. Company officials now joke they are now serving "beer-powered beer."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks for gun buyers.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Neal Ronquist has been named publisher of the Traverse City Record-Eagle. His appointment was announced Sunday by Henry Bird, a senior vice president of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., which owns the Record-Eagle. Ronquist succeeds Al Frattura, who resigned in May. Ronquist has worked in the newspaper industry for 22 years and most recently was group publisher of five daily papers in central Indiana, including the Chronicle-Tribune in Marion.
YUCAIPA, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus carrying dozens of men, women and children from Tijuana, Mexico, crashed in the mountains of Southern California after spending Sunday at a winter recreation area, killing at least eight and as many as 10 people, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) — The last completed book we are likely to get from Maurice Sendak remembers a man he often insisted was the real genius of the family, his brother Jack. Sendak died last May at age 83 after years of health problems, but had managed to finish "My Brother's Book," published this week. Admirers of "Where the Wild Things Are" and other Sendak stories will recognize its themes of danger, flight and fantasy, captured in a dreamy-scary swirl that demonstrates Sendak's debt to William Blake.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sting, Rihanna and Bruno Mars will hit the stage for a special performance at next week's Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced Monday that they will perform together at the Feb. 10 awards show. Triple nominee Kelly Clarkson will also take the stage. Beyonce, Prince, Jennifer Lopez and country singer Hunter Hayes will be presenters at the Grammys, which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight Monday, as a military spokeswoman said that French forces plan to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce was just warming up at the Super Bowl: The singer has announced a world tour. "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" will kick off April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia. The European leg of the tour will wrap up May 29 in Stockholm, Sweden. The tour's North American stint starts June 28 in Los Angeles and ends Aug. 3 in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the Barclays Center.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Around the Super Bowl and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of everything surrounding the game: WHAT A GAME! SUPER BOWL SUPER INDEED This year's Super Bowl sure lived up to its name.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis says a new Minnesota Vikings stadium puts the city in a position to host another Super Bowl. Mayor R.T. Rybak says Minneapolis put on a great show for the Super Bowl in 1992, and with a new, first-class stadium, it would be even better the second time around.