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  • US/World

    UN: Freedom of assembly in US threatened by inequality

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 19:18

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) – A United Nations expert says the right of freedom of assembly in the United States is threatened by racial, social and economic inequality. Maina Kiai, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, said in a statement issued Thursday that “racism and the exclusion, persecution […]

  • Alaska News

    Condition of abandoned fishing vessel off Alaska unknown

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 19:08

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The condition of a fishing vessel abandoned is unknown days after the crew abandoned ship. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says a salvage vessel is expected to arrive at the last known location of the Alaska Juris late Thursday. Officials said heavy fog has created low visibility concerns, and prevented […]

  • Aviation

    What to know before you head to Arctic Thunder this weekend

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 28, 17:52

    Preparations are under way for Arctic Thunder 2016, but there are a few things organizers want you to know before you go. The Boniface Parkway and Richardson gates will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers will be on hand to help direct traffic to parking. Remember: All vehicles will be […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD looking for clothing donations for annual back-to-school drive

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 16:46

    The new school year is right around the corner and the Anchorage Police Department wants to make sure students in need have everything necessary for the year. As part of APD’s second annual Clothesline Project, the department is asking for donations of new or gently used clothes for students in K-12. “The idea is to get […]

  • Health

    Ice Bucket Challenge funds ALS gene discovery

    by CBS News on Jul 28, 15:48

    The ALS Association is crediting money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a gene’s connection to the progressive, fatal disease. The viral fundraising campaign raised more than $100 million for the association. At its peak in 2014, Facebook filled up with videos of people allowing buckets of ice water to be dumped on […]

  • News

    Skydiver Luke Aikins to jump from plane without parachute or wingsuit

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Jul 28, 15:28

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – He’s made 18,000 parachute jumps, helped train some of the world’s most elite skydivers, done some of the stunts for “Iron Man 3.” But the plunge Luke Aikins knows he’ll be remembered for is the one he’s making without a parachute. Or a wingsuit. Or anything, really, other than the clothes he’ll […]

  • Weather News

    Garden Report: Plants that pique curiosity

    by Rachael Penton on Jul 28, 15:15

    If you’re looking for a conversation starter, there are plenty of extraordinary plants to choose from. Some of them have strange names, shapes or even creepy characteristics. Take the Pothos for example. This plant is also known as “Devil’s Ivy” because it’s nearly impossible to kill. The bright green vines will add some color to your […]

  • Alaska News

    Officials point to unextinguished campfire as cause of McHugh Fire

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 14:28

    Last updated at 3:24 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 The McHugh Fire, which began on July 16 and burned roughly 778 acres just south of Anchorage, was caused by an unextinguished campfire, according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. “The point of origin of the escaped fire was north of the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD gets rid of citizen DUI task force

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 28, 14:12

    Anchorage police introduced a bold initiative during the summer of 2013 after a rash of drunk driving deaths — citizen patrols. However, as of Wednesday, the program has been eliminated completely. The department organized the use of citizen volunteer patrols to find and report drunk drivers to police, who in turn, arrested them. Former Anchorage Police […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AST looking for man after early morning Wasilla car chase

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 13:14

    Authorities are looking for a Palmer man after he was arrested following a high-speed car chase in Wasilla, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch. Early Thursday morning, troopers tried to pull over 33-year-old John Linebaugh for moving violations, according to the dispatch. But, Linebaugh did not stop. Instead he drove at a speed of more […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Contentious Alaska sex ed measure to take effect without Walker’s signature

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 12:48

    The Latest on legislation that would limit who could teach sex education in Alaska public schools (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Legislation that would restrict who could teach sex education in public schools is becoming law without Gov. Bill Walker’s signature. Walker faced a Thursday deadline to make a decision about the bill, which critics […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Flooding forces temporary closure of Anchorage public assistance office

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 11:40

    Flood damage has forced the temporary closure of a state public assistance office in Anchorage. The department of health says its public assistance office on Muldoon Road will be closed until Aug. 8. Department spokesman Clay Butcher said the closure could last longer if carpeting needs to be replaced or something else unforeseen happens. He […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaska Democratic chair: Higher standard for women leaders like Hillary Clinton

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Jul 28, 11:08

    The chairwoman of the Alaska Democratic party says the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and all woman leaders are held to a higher standard than men. Casey Steinau says the perception is that Clinton has to come across as “warm,” but no one is saying Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn’t warm enough. Steinau says […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage police investigating Wednesday night homicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 9:37

    Police have charged an Anchorage man with two counts of murder following a late night stabbing, according to a Thursday morning release. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Anchorage Police Department was called to a “possible homicide” at the 900 block of East 46th Court in Midtown. When officers arrived, they found 33-year-old Kelly Frederick being […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    394-year-old Shakespeare book on display in Juneau

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 8:27

    Alaska’s state library has opened a new exhibit featuring a nearly 400-year-old William Shakespeare book containing 36 plays. The Juneau Empire reports visitors to the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum in Juneau can view Shakespeare’s First Folio through Aug. 24. The visiting copy of the book, printed in 1623, is one of only 234 […]

  • Crime

    Former teller charged with credit union embezzlement

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 8:08

    A 23-year-old Anchorage resident was arraigned this week on a charge of embezzling from a credit union. Federal prosecutors say Shanice Mano took more than $100,000 from her former employer, Credit Union 1. Mano was a teller at the credit union. Prosecutors say she accessed customer accounts without authority and transferred money to accounts that […]

  • Only in Alaska

    ‘Timeless and ageless’: Celebrating Lauren Maxwell’s 3 decades of journalism

    by Jessica Stugelmayer on Jul 28, 7:03

    Many things in Alaska have stood the test of time. People, especially those who aren’t born here, don’t always make the cut. Lauren Maxwell began her career with KTVA 11 News on this day 30 years ago. Back then, the whole town was younger, seedier and steeped in money. “I’ve been lucky to have covered […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: Police locate missing 4-year-old girl

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 27, 20:58

    Last updated at 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 Four-year-old Alyiah Touyon has been located and is safe, according to Anchorage police spokesperson Jennifer Castro. “Officers located her down the street at a residence a couple blocks away,” said Castro. “She’s safe and okay.” About 30 people turned out to help search for Touyon, but […]

  • Alaska News

    DOC commissioner stands by decision to close Palmer prison after backlash from union

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 27, 20:40

    The Alaska Department of Corrections commissioner issued a statement Wednesday standing by his decision to close the Palmer Correctional Center, despite backlash from the union representing correctional officers. On Tuesday, the DOC announced plans to close the prison by the end of the year due to state budget cuts. The 500 minimum to medium security […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Economic outlook shows declining consumer confidence, expected job losses in Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 27, 20:08

    Consumer confidence in Anchorage is at an all-time low, according to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s (AEDC) three-year economic outlook. AEDC randomly surveyed 350 households in Anchorage which rated their optimism on a scale of 1 to 100. In the second quarter, for the first time since AEDC started the survey in 2011, consumer optimism […]