Northwest wheat heading to Yemen

PORTLAND, Oregon — Seven ships loaded with wheat grown in America’s Pacific Northwest are sailing for Yemen, where a stalemated civil war has pushed more than 8 million people to the brink of starvation.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, which administers the Food for Peace program, purchased the wheat to benefit America’s wheat farmers and people in crisis. It was then handed over to the U.N.’s World Food Program to be shipped and distributed in Yemen.

North Slope shaken by 2 large quakes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An earthquake and an aftershock that followed Sunday were the two largest recorded temblors to rock Alaska’s North Slope, according to quake experts.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook the ground at 6:58 a.m. Sunday on the northern side the Brook Range, the mountains that run west to east from northern Alaska to Yukon Territory. The epicenter was 343 miles northeast of Fairbanks.