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Nose-to-nose with a polar bear? In Alaska, it’s normal

Clouds roiled on the horizon, saturated and spitting as six of us waited in the sterile anteroom of the Northern Alaska Tour Company’s aviation office in Fairbanks. A giant map of the state hung on the wall, and my gaze returned to it repeatedly. There we were, landlocked in Alaska’s center. Further north, beyond the massive Yukon River valley, was Deadhorse, an oil town at the mouth of Prudhoe Bay. East of Deadhorse, cleaving to the landmass below it and perched on the blue Beaufort Sea, was our destination: Kaktovik, the only occupied village in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Here, polar bears converge every fall, waiting for sea ice to form so they can head out and live adrift throughout the winter.

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Marriage on the rocks needs quick help

My wife and I have been married for almost 10 years. We are in our mid-30s. We don’t have children. We have hit a brick wall. She says that she completely resents me for not going to family functions and doing couples activities. I will try harder to do more of these things.

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Beneficiary says emphatic ‘no thanks!'

Dear Amy: A man who I was romantically involved with many years ago announced to me that he is making me the beneficiary on his insurance policy. I am fond of him, but could never spend my life with him because he constantly made bad decisions throughout the years.

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Mort and Rambler: A friendship that is pure joy

Service dog Rambler is a lab from Canine Companions for Independence. He works with Morten Johnson of Kingsburg, bringing joy to the life of a man who was feeling increasingly isolated by Multiple sclerosis.
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Mort and Rambler: A friendship that is pure joy

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New Cultural Arts District Park lights up downtown Fresno

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Santa HQ offers families in Fresno an interactive experience for the holiday

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