Alaska Chief Justice Craig Stowers

Chief justice: Court system cuts ‘will have direct, negative effect’

Andrew Kitchenman
- “My friends, do not be afraid: Fear is the mind-killer," Chief Justice Craig Stowers told the legislature.

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Media wait at a checkpoint about 4 miles from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Ore., as the sun rises on Thursday. The FBI had surrounded the last four protesters holed up at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon and were waiting for them to surrender. (Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty Images)

After Tense Standoff, Final Occupier Apparently Has Left Oregon Wildlife Refuge

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Three of the last four armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge had surrendered earlier this morning. The last man has now given himself up to the FBI, according to audio from the site.

Corn is delivered to the Green Plains ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa. (Nati Harnik/AP)

The Shocking Truth About America’s Ethanol Law: It Doesn’t Matter (For Now)

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Ted Cruz doesn’t like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.

NATO on Thursday ordered a naval force to move immediately to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece. In this photo from last June, a Greek coast guard vessel arrives carrying migrants at the port of Mytilene, Greece, after a rescue operation. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

NATO Orders Ships Into Aegean Sea To Aid Migrant And Refugee Crisis

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The NATO maritime force will contribute “critical information and surveillance to help counter human trafficking and criminal networks,” says NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

A simulation shows gravitational waves coming from two black holes as they spiral in together. - S. Ossokine , A. Buonanno (MPI for Gravitational Physics)/W. Benger (Airborne Hydro Mapping GmbH)

In Milestone, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves As Black Holes Collide

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A U.S.-led team says it has seen waves in space-time from two black holes merging together. It is the first time humanity has directly detected such waves.

More Alaska News

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.

Sled dog race returns to Mushers Hall

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The GCI Open North American Championships will start and finish at the Mushers Hall in Fairbanks for the second straight year.

Hollis man charged with driving through ferry security gate

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A 35-year-old southeast Alaska man suspected of driving a van through a security gate at a ferry terminal was arrested Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers say Kenneth Burchfield of Hollis about 1 a.m. broke into a secured yard at the Inter-Island…

Icebreaker, Alaska village funds in Obama proposed budget

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President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget includes funding for construction of a new polar icebreaker and relocation costs for Alaska coastal communities threatened by erosion. But it faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Congress.

Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of insurance carrier

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Insurance regulators say they have lifted the suspension of an Oregon-based company to again offer health insurance policies in Alaska and Oregon.

TSA struggles to fill vacant positions at Alaska’s airports

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The Transportation Security Administration says it’s having difficulty filling the open positions at more than a dozen airports across Alaska. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that several factors have been attributed to the TSA’s hiring challenges, including the rural locations…