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By Roberta Rampton ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources. The move, part of a push to convince Americans to support Obama's plans to curb climate change, has long been urged by Arctic advocates as climate change opens up the region to more shipping, mining and drilling. The announcement came as Obama heads to the coastal town of Seward, named after Secretary of State William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska in 1867 from Russia.
A package containing radioactive material has been missing for more than 10 days and a US university is urgently appealing for help in tracking it down, a report said. Texas A&M University was quoted by local broadcaster KBTX as saying Monday that the missing FedEx shipment contains a "radioactive source for research purposes" and does not pose a risk -- as long as the contents are not disturbed. The package was shipped to the Texas A&M Radiation Safety Office but the university was "confident" it had not been received, according to a university statement quoted by KBTX.