MV Fennica. (Photo courtesy of Shell)

Shell finds fracture in hull of icebreaker

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An icebreaker leased to Shell had to return to Dutch Harbor early Friday morning after its hull was found to have a rupture.

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Video: Senior Prom at the Juneau Pioneer Home

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Every year, the senior citizens living at the Juneau Pioneer Home throw a “senior prom.”

In this email dated Oct. 17, 2013, Maj. Gen. Thomas Katkus seeks input on his response to a reporter's questions. Sean Cockerham, a D.C. based reporter for McClatchy, published a story 10 days later exposing investigations into sexual misconduct in the Alaska National Guard. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

Analysis of National Guard records released under Walker yields few significant findings

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One of the biggest issues of last year’s governor’s race was the state of the Alaska National Guard.

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Street children sleep on a discarded mattress on a center island near a road crossing in Manila, Philippines, in April. After 15 years of the Millennium Development Goals, Asia as a region has had the fastest progress, reports the U.N., yet hundreds of millions of people there remain in extreme poverty.
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How To Eliminate Extreme Poverty In 169 Not-So-Easy Steps

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The Millennium Development Goals, set in 2000, revolutionized the fight against poverty. Now the world is setting Sustainable Development Goals. But critics say there may be too many priorities.

Sitka’s ANB Harbor, home to many local trollers. (Greta Mart/Photo by KCAW)

After 8 days, Southeast king opening to close

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Southeast commercial trollers will soon take a break from the king salmon harvest, but the final target this year remains anyone’s guess.

Pond on ANWR coastal plain. (Photo: USFWS)

Young amendment blocks ANWR wilderness plan

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Young’s amendment to the Interior Department spending bill passed the House Tuesday by voice vote after a brief debate.

The Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak. (Photo courtesy of the Alutiiq Museum)

Alutiiq Museum named state’s first natural and cultural history repository

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The recognition is especially significant because they’re the second nationally accredited tribal museum in the United States.

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Ketchikan moves forward with tobacco tax

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The suggested tax is $3 per pack of cigarettes, or 75 percent of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. Tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes, also would be taxed at a similar rate.

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University of Alaska Fairbanks rededicates nearly century-old campus

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Officials on Monday re-enacted a ceremony that occurred about a century ago with speeches, blessings and the recitation of a speech given by Judge James Wickersham, a key player in the school’s history.

Hilcorp acquires Cook Inlet assets of Exxon Mobil subsidiary

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Houston, Texas,-based Hilcorp plans to purchase two offshore platforms from XTO Energy and a tank facility and offices in Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula.

Fisheries board member cited for violating fishery closure

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Frederick Johnson said he thought fishing closed at 6:30 p.m., but the actual closure happened at 6:00 p.m.

Anchorage police say human jawbone found

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Police say nothing else suspicious was found in the area. The state medical examiner’s office will try to determine a positive identification from the bone.

Man in custody after barricading self in village; 1 dead

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Troopers say the man was taken into custody in Selawik Monday afternoon. Troopers flew to the village earlier in the day after receiving a report shortly after 4:30 a.m. that a man was shooting a firearm in the village.

Troopers: 2 missing people found dead near Denali Highway

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The bodies of the pair were found inside a dilapidated trailer in the area after troopers heard noises coming from the vehicle Sunday afternoon. Troopers say there was no response when communication was attempted.

Troopers: Man barricades self in Alaska village, with 1 dead

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Four troopers flew to the community of Selawik Monday morning after receiving a report shortly after 4:30 a.m. that a man was shooting a firearm in the village.

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Comedian Bill Cosby, seen here performing in January, is the subject of at least one open criminal investigation, according to Los Angeles police.
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LAPD Says It’s Investigating Bill Cosby Over Sexual Assault Allegations

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says his department would investigate any sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby — even past the statute of limitations.

A photo of Brittany Maynard, who moved to Oregon to end her life as she was dying of brain cancer, sits on the dais of the California Senate's health committee in March.
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Lacking Votes, California Assembly Shelves Aid In Dying Bill

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Proponents of a bill that would let doctors give dying people lethal prescriptions ran into opposition from Latino Democrats. Backers say they’re not through trying for approval.

"Monky" silk screens posters for some of Peru's top chicha bands.
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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government … Not So Much

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Walk down a street in Peru and you’ll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren’t impressed.

Motorcycle gang-related gunfire killed nine people at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, on May 17. More than 170 people were arrested on charges of "engaging in organized criminal activity."

Texas Bikers Arrested After Waco Shootout Say They Are Innocent

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Ester and Walt Weaver are among the 177 people jailed after a fight between rival motorcycle clubs in May. They say the guns they carried are legal and they weren’t part of the clubs or the violence.