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  • Crime

    Noble Drilling reps plead guilty to 8 felony counts

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 19, 10:08

    Representatives from Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, which operated a drill ship in the Arctic, pleaded guilty to eight felony counts in Anchorage federal court Friday morning. As part of a plea agreement with the federal government, the company admitted breaking both environmental and maritime laws when it worked as a contractor for Shell while drilling for oil […]

  • DayBreak

    Sound, light sculpture a tribute to Anchorage’s past and future

    by Hope Miller, Megan Mazurek on Dec 19, 9:56

    A group of local artists is lighting up the darkest days of winter. More than a year in the making, The Light Brigade’s large-scale sound and light sculpture in downtown’s popular Elderberry Park is near completion. The piece, called “Follow the Light,” includes more than 50,000 LED lights and roughly 850 individually lit fiber optic […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    FBI: North Korean government behind Sony Pictures hack

    by Jake Miller / CBS News on Dec 19, 9:46

    The FBI formally blamed North Korea for the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in a statement released Friday, saying the bureau “now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions.” The FBI said it based its conclusion, in part, on similarities between “the infrastructure used in this […]

  • State

    Walker considers delay in legal marijuana sales

    by Associated Press on Dec 19, 9:30

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he’s considering a 90-day delay in implementing legal marijuana sales. Alaska voters in November approved legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1xtQicb) reports Walker told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce he’s exploring a delay in the part of the measure that allows for commercial sales. The ballot […]

  • Adopt-a-Pet

    Meet Chloe, this week’s Daybreak Adopt-A-Pet

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 19, 9:23

    She’s a great companion in search of a friend. Daybreak’s Adopt-A-Pet is Chloe, a 4-year-old yellow lab full of smiles and affection for everyone she meets. She has possible hip dysplasia, but don’t let that fool you. Chloe is active, energetic and loves to go on walks. “Instead of hikes, maybe just some good long […]

  • Forecasts

    Daybreak weather, Dec. 19

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 19, 7:43

    Mostly to partly cloudy skies today with a few rain and snow showers for the Prince William Sound and eastern Kenai Peninsula. In the Southeast skies will remain gray with some rain showers. In the Interior skies will be mostly sunny for most of the region. On the North Slopes skies will be mostly cloudy […]

  • US/World

    Canadian ‘Ghost barge’ drifts 500 miles across Arctic Ocean

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 19, 7:20

    After a barge was cut loose from a tug during a severe October storm north of Canada, it was dubbed the “ghost barge,” because no one was on it. But somehow it managed to travel 500 miles and remain intact. The Marine Exchange of Alaska, which tracks shipping in the Bering Sea, says it recently […]

  • Local

    Barrow’s Hepa highlights the T-Bird Classic

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 19, 7:04

    Freshman big man Kamaka Hepa led Barrow to a first-round win against Kodiak 64-26 in the T-Bird Classic Thursday night. Hepa finished the night with 24 points and nine rebounds. In other T-Bird Classic games, Ila Hughes and Charmaine Fabricante led the Kodiak girl’s team over the Service Cougars 59-29. Hughes finished with 17 points […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Minnesota climber begins solo ascent of Denali

    by John Thain on Dec 19, 6:45

    Climbing season on Denali is long over, but for Lonnie Dupre, it’s just beginning. The 53-year-old Minnesota man is attempting to be the first person to summit it alone in January. It’s his fourth attempt after trying similar expeditions in 2013, 2012, and 2011. The closest he came was just over 17,000 feet (summit is […]

  • State

    NTSB works to improve safety in Alaska skies

    by Dave Leval on Dec 18, 22:51

    The National Transportation Safety Board has new investigators to find out what causes plane crashes in Alaska: There are now four in the Anchorage office after the agency recently added two new people. The two additions include the first female investigator in the state, Millicent Hoidal. “It shouldn’t be a surprise,” Hoidal said. “I should […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Brett takes a phat ride on a fat ride

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 18, 22:25

    It’s been a bleak winter for snow lovers like myself, but that’s not stopping me from getting out. This week I took part in one of the fastest growing sports in Anchorage. “Everyone has a fat bike now. Anchorage is the mecca of fat biking, so it’s great,” said Will Ross, race director of the Abominable […]

  • Local

    Early homecoming brings Christmas surprise for Anchorage third grader

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 18, 22:00

    Sounds of Christmas cheer floated through the hallways at O’Malley Elementary School Thursday morning. The students from Renee Hughes’ third grade class, including 8-year-old Emory Fedd, thought the news cameras were there to hear them sing carols. Instead we were waiting for his mom, Capt. Katrina Fedd, home from deployment in Korea. “It’s the holidays. […]

  • State

    New fire station fills gaps in Mat-Su coverage

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 18, 21:21

    There’s a brand new public safety building in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Central Mat-Su firefighters and EMS are packing up and moving in. Station 51 is the borough’s largest: It cost $8 million and has a lot of unique features, including a drive-in apparatus bay for ambulances and fire trucks, a central warehouse for stocking medical supplies and […]

  • Local

    Camp grows on sidewalk by Anchorage shelter

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 18, 20:23

    The death of an Anchorage woman in a tent across the street from the Brother Francis Shelter is shedding light on a growing problem — the number of people who camp on the sidewalk directly across the street. Dorothy Kinzie, 47, was found unresponsive in her tent last Saturday. The tent was pitched on the […]

  • State

    TSA rules for smooth holiday travel

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 18, 19:19

    People go through security at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport every day and every day, people get flagged at  the checkpoint. It slows everything down and during the busy holiday season, that’s something the Transportation Security Administration wants to avoid. When it comes to liquids in carry-ons, the TSA prohibits anything larger than 3.4 ounces. Other prohibited […]

  • State

    Laptop drive collects computers for foster kids

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 18, 18:38

    This holiday season, an Alaska group is stepping forward to help give local foster kids a leg up on their education. Facing Foster Care in Alaska — an organization comprised of youth and alumni of the state’s foster care system — recently launched its “Laptops 4 Foster Youth” drive, which aims to provide donated laptops […]

  • Local

    Anchorage firefighters torch Christmas tree to prove a point

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 18, 14:45

    It was Anchorage’s first Christmas tree fire of the year. And it was set on purpose by firefighters to prove a point: It only takes a minute for a Christmas tree to be engulfed in flames. “There are over 200 fires annually caused by Christmas trees. And unfortunately a lot of fatalities are involved with […]

  • Local

    HS girls hockey: Dimond/West gets the win

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 18, 12:38

    Wednesday’s girls high school hockey game started quietly … but it didn’t finish that way. Dimond/West 7 South/Bartlett 4

  • Sci/Tech

    Code for Anchorage merges community and technology

    by Hope Miller on Dec 18, 12:28

    On a slushy December night in Anchorage, a group of tech-oriented types gathered at The Boardroom downtown, a meeting spot for independent professionals and small companies. Seated around a conference table, they munched on pizza and sipped from cans of beer as one by one, they rattled off a few facts about themselves and touched on […]

  • Local

    PHOTOS: Seized sled dogs ready for adoption

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 18, 12:11

    Some of the dogs taken in from a Girdwood kennel will soon be available for adoption. At the end of November, the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center seized 13 dogs from musher Dario Martinez’s kennel after police say he committed suicide. The dogs were found emaciated due to lack of food and water. One dog was […]