Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court in 2012.

Justice Antonin Scalia, Known For Biting Dissents, Dies At 79

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- Scalia was perhaps the leading voice of uncompromising conservatism on the Supreme Court. In his 29 years on the court, he achieved almost a cult following for dissents.
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The Flying University

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This rare look inside Lemon Creek Correctional Center explores the impacts of literature and philosophy classes behind bars. The program traces its roots to underground philosophy courses in the Soviet Union – the original “Flying University.”

National News

A man drives his motorbike past damaged buildings on Wednesday in the city of Harasta, east of the Syrian capital, Damascus. (Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

Major Powers Call For ‘Cessation Of Hostilities’ In Syria — But It’s Complicated

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Big questions remain about what this will actually mean on the ground in a country torn apart by five years of war.

Deserted streets and a sign advising students to attend another school are seen in this photo of the Porter Ranch Community School, taken in January. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

After Nearly 4 Months, Porter Ranch Gas Leak Is Temporarily Plugged

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The leak was first reported in October; since then, more than 6,000 residents were forced to evacuate the area northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill in Cuba, in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that has divided the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches. (Andrew Medichini and Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

Will Cuba Meeting Of Pope And Patriarch Help Heal A 1,000-Year Rift?

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The split dates from when Christianity first spread through the Roman Empire. Friday’s meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill is the culmination of longstanding efforts to promote dialogue.

The Sand to Snow National Monument is one of three California areas designated as national monuments on Friday. Together they protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

Photos: Obama Declares 3 New National Monuments In California Desert

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The new designations protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands that include Southern California’s highest peak, thousands of Native American rock carvings, endangered animals and a ghost town.

More Alaska News

Research finds harmful algae toxins in Alaska marine mammals

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A study led by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists says toxins from harmful ocean algae were detected at surprising levels in samples of more than 900 Alaska marine mammals.

Sitka settles with man hit by stun gun in jail

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The city of Sitka has agreed to pay $350,000 to resolve a complaint threatening a lawsuit over the 2014 arrest of a man who was hit by a stun gun in the city jail.

Sitka to act on recommendations in landslide study

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Sitka officials say they plan to make land development improvements following the release of a study on the August landslides.

Fairbanks debates federal proposal on Alaska predator hunts

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Fairbanks residents have shown support for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal that would ban some bear, wolf and coyote hunts on federal wildlife refuges in Alaska.

Alaska adopts new rules for dispersant use in oil spills

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Alaska oil spill responders have adopted new rules for the rapid use of chemical dispersant but say dispersant will continue to be considered only rarely when mechanical cleanup is not practical. Chemical dispersant has been used on an oil spill…

Fire official dies in police shooting in Barrow

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A fire official in a northern Alaska town has died in a police-involved shooting.

Alaska mayor pays overdue fine for campaign violations

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An Alaska mayor has paid an unusually large fine for campaign finance violations after regulators threatened to refer the bill for collection by the state attorney general.

Kenai Peninsula remains top location for affordable housing

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While the price for homes is cheaper in Fairbanks, purchasing a home in the Kenai Peninsula Borough may be the most affordable option statewide.