With Vice President Biden, President Obama makes remarks regarding the  nuclear deal with Iran. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Alaska senators don’t support Iran deal

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The Obama administration faced a tough crowd Wednesday morning as it defended its nuclear agreement with Iran to Congress. Both of Alaska’s senators are among lawmakers who say the deal is bad for the U.S. and the region.

Tongass National Forest near Ketchikan, Alaska. (Creative Commons photo by Mark Brennan)

Conservationists declare victory in court’s Tongass road ruling

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a 2003 exemption on Wednesday that would have made it possible to build roads through the Tongass National Forest.

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Kiehl to introduce ordinance adding sexual orientation, gender identity as protected classes

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Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl is working on a city ordinance that would ban sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the private sector.

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UCLA report examines sexual orientation and gender discrimination in Alaska

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The UCLA Williams Institute published a report last week looking at workplace discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Subsistence fish camp on the Koyukuk River. (Public Domain photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Subsistence Board vote makes Saxman rural again

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The Federal Subsistence Board voted during a work session Tuesday in Anchorage to return communities to the status they held before 2007.


Bethel Advances The Possibility of A City-Run Liquor Store

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A possible vote on local option comes as the city appeals the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s rejection of their formal protest of Bethel Native Corporation’s liquor store application.

Harbor seals rest on ice near South Sawyer Glacier in 2007. (Photo courtesy NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

Feds ask cruise ships, boats to stay farther away from seals

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Federal officials want cruise ships, tour boats and kayaks to stay far away from harbor seals in Alaska’s glacial fjords.

A westward view of downtown Naknek in the summer. (Creative Commons photo by Todd Arlo)

Work on one of the state’s few capital projects begins in Naknek

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The Bristol Bay Borough is working on one of the few projects in the state’s capital budget this year — an upgrade to the sewer system in Naknek. The borough received almost $500,000 from the state for the project this…

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.

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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.

Officials arrest 4 in Kodiak drug raid

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A statement from Kodiak police says officials found 120 grams of heroin and 146 grams of methamphetamine. Officials also seized more than $23,000 in cash and nine guns.

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Mourners Shanicca Soloman cries in the embrace of friend Terrell Whitney outside funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati on Tuesday.
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University Of Cincinnati Police Officer Charged In Killing Of Unarmed Black Man

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The Hamilton County Prosecutor said the shooting of Sam DuBose was “asinine” and “totally unwarranted.” Officer Ray Tensing, the prosecutor said, should have never been an officer.

Brian Hopson, assistant superintendent at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, stands in one of its many empty units. The 360-bed facility was full when it opened eight years ago, but is now at half capacity.
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Meant To Keep Youths Out Of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There

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Nationwide, juvenile incarceration has dropped by half since 1999 — but the probations that have replaced it hold teens to sometimes subjective standards and often include electronic monitoring.

Onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A.
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On Wyatt Cenac, ‘Key & Peele,’ And Being The Only One In The Room

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Wyatt Cenac’s much-publicized confrontation with Jon Stewart says a lot about the pitfalls of being The Only One In The Room. But turns out there’s some interesting social science behind it, too.

An illustration from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, published 1897. Between the 1860s and 1920, when Prohibition went into effect, American bartending came into its own.
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The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To Love Mixed Drinks

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The Manhattan, the daiquiri, the martini. These classic cocktails were all born between the 1860s and Prohibition, an era when American bartending got inventive — and theatrical.