Eareckson Air Station, on Shemya Island. (Public Domain photo by U.S. Air Force)

Hong Kong to LA flight diverts to Aleutian island

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The airline reports all 276 passengers and 18 crew onboard the plane are safely on the ground.

Tahltan First Nation elders and other tribal members protest exploratory drilling at the Doubleview Hat prospect site. It's on a tributary of the Taku River. (Photo courtesy Tahltan Central Council)

B.C. tribal protest stops mine exploration, for now

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Developers of a mine on a Taku River tributary have stopped work after an on-site protest by a British Columbia tribal government. The Taku enters the ocean near Juneau.

Dr. Greg Salard during a Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors meeting in Dec. 2012. (Photo courtesy of Wrangell Sentinel)

Wrangell doc found guilty of sharing child porn

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A jury has convicted former Wrangell Dr. Greg Salard of receiving and distributing child porn after an hour and a half of deliberations.

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Two transient orcas make their way through an Tracy Arm fjord. Sawyer Glacier is in the background. (Creative Commons photo by Rennett Stowe)

NOAA issues new voluntary guidelines for vessels in glacial fjords

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The previous guideline was 100 yards, but the agency says that’s inadequate. An agency study published this month concluded that a single ship in a fjord can cause up to 14 percent of seals to leave floes for the water.

Se. Lisa Murkowski. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources)

Murkowski fends off thorny add-ons to energy bill

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Murkowski and Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington all but pleaded with the other senators not to stuff the bill with features that might become poison pills.

Delsenia Glover, center, protests outside the office of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo against a deal struck this year to extend rent control in New York for four years. (AP)

As Rent Skyrockets, More Cities Look to Cap It

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The city council in Richmond, California, voted last week to cap how much rent landlords could charge tenants in the San Francisco Bay Area city where rents have increased an estimated 30 percent over the last four years. In Seattle,…

Kivalina’s new store, owned by Seattle-based Alaska Native Industries Cooperative Association, celebrated its grand opening with hot dogs and hamburgers for the community. (Photo by Janet Mitchell)

As subsistence foods become scarce, Kivalina celebrates a new store

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It’s been a festive day in the Northwest Arctic community of Kivalina as residents celebrate the grand opening of a new store. It’s an end to eight months of struggle with limited supplies after Kivalina’s store burned to the ground Dec. 5.

Margaret Pohjola is Calista's new board chair. (Photo courtesy of Calista Corp.)

Native regional corporation for Western Alaska elects first-ever chairwoman

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Calista says in a news release that Pohjola has done accounting work for Cook Inlet Tribal Council, NANA and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in management and has been on Calista’s board since 1987.

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MV Fennica. (Photo courtesy of Shell)

Activists rappel off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker

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Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard says the protesters dangling off the bridge early Wednesday have enough water and food to last for days.

Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle signs a copy of his new book “American Sniper” for a Camp Pendleton sailor at the base’s Country Store, Jan. 13. “American Sniper” is Kyle's first person account of how he went from a Texas cowboy to one of the most distinguished snipers in the military. (Public Domain photo by Cpl. Damien Gutierrez)

Anchorage hospital for service members named for Chris Kyle

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A new Anchorage hospital for veterans and active duty military in need of mental health care has been dedicated to the late Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who inspired the movie “American Sniper.”

Barge carrying marine debris could reach Seattle by Aug 5

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The large-scale barge project is funded in part with $900,000 from Alaska’s share of a $5 million gift from the Japanese government for the cleanup of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

6.3 earthquake hits Southcentral

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The epicenter was 44 miles south-southwest of Redoubt Volcano on the west side of Cook Inlet, almost due west of Anchor Point, near Pedro Bay.

Woman fatally shoots herself outside Seward prison

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Alaska State Troopers say 31-year-old Amanda Bee of North Pole fatally shot herself just before 5 p.m. Monday outside Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward as several Department of Corrections officers watched.

Alaska governor discusses Medicaid expansion decision

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Gov. Bill Walker says he believes his bill to expand Medicaid would have passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to be progressing toward a vote.

Rising river level near Sutton threatens Glenn Highway

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Residents were warned to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice as rains increased the water level to take over another 15 feet of river bank in certain areas.

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Dana Bowerman's lifelong best friend Michelle Elliott holds a photograph of the two together. Bowerman is serving a nearly 20-year sentence for federal drug conspiracy charges. She was holding out hope for clemency for nonviolent drug offenders but it is unlikely that she will receive an early release date.
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After Hope For Early Release, Prisoners’ Applications Stuck In Limbo

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The Obama administration offered help to nonviolent offenders like Dana Bowerman, but more than half the applications sent to the Clemency Project 2014 have not been processed.

Carol McMullen-Pettit (right), a Premier Tutor at The Princeton Review, goes over SAT test preparation with 11th-grader Suzane Nazir in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
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Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT and ACT?

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George Washington University is the latest and one of the largest private universities to drop its admissions testing requirement.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don’t Exist

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In his new book, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

Jennifer Welter, who played in a Texas Revolution game as a running back in 2014, will help coach the linebacker corps for the Arizona Cardinals this summer. Michael Prengler/CSM

Arizona Cardinals Hire Female Coach For Training Camp And Preseason

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“I am honored to be a part of this amazing team,” says Jen Welter, an athlete and sports psychologist.