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July 26, 2012

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The Senate will resume consideration of cyber security legislation. The House will consider a resolution condemning the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and legislation that would prohibit agencies from writing new rules or guidance that would cost more than $100 million for at least two years or until the unemployment rate drops below 6 percent.



AL-CanWith Warming, Peril Underlies Road to Alaska. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the Army Corps of Engineers an assignment: Build a road from British Columbia across the Yukon to Alaska - in eight months, before winter sets in. Japan had just destroyed much of the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor. Alaska was vulnerable to invasion (in fact, the Japanese occupied two Aleutian Islands that June). If Americans did not build a supply road linking Alaska to the heart of North America, the thinking went, invading Japanese would do it for them. But prospects for success were poor. The road would traverse 1,500 miles of mountainous subarctic terrain, most of it unsettled, heavily forested and unmapped. Engineers would face fierce cold, fierce heat, vicious insects, and vast stretches of permafrost and boggy terrain called muskeg that swallowed bulldozers whole. New York Times


Ice Damages Hull of Sealift Ship Near Iqaliut: Two other cargo ships struck at mouth of Frobisher Bay. Ice buildup in parts of the Eastern Arctic are causing sealifts to delay unloading their cargo, meaning people and companies expecting cargo by ship will have to wait a bit longer. According to officials with Desgagn