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  • Sci/Tech

    Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

    by Associated Press on Mar 22, 7:10

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family via the app – the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing. The location-monitoring feature will begin rolling out Wednesday in an update to the Google […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Australia couple are 1st foreigners to own US radio stations

    by Associated Press on Mar 21, 23:18

    An Australian couple with roots in Alaska has broken a longstanding barrier to full foreign ownership of U.S. radio stations. The Federal Communications Commission recently approved a request by Richard and Sharon Burns to increase their interest in 29 radio stations in Alaska, Texas and Arkansas from a combined 20 percent to 100 percent. It’s […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska city passes moratorium on gravesite reservations

    by Associated Press on Mar 21, 19:44

    The city of Kenai in south-central Alaska is holding off on allowing residents to reserve gravesites in the city’s 10-acre cemetery. The Peninsula Clarion reports the City Council approved a moratorium on gravesite reservations last week. Reservations for living immediately family members of those buried in the cemetery will be the only ones allowed until […]

  • Alaska News

    Bill signed allowing for opioid overdose drug distribution

    by Associated Press on Mar 21, 13:47

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker has signed into law legislation allowing state health officials to extend a program for broader distribution of a drug used to prevent opioid overdose. Last month, in declaring rampant opioid abuse a public health disaster, Walker proposed spending about $4.1 million in federal grants through August 2021 for […]

  • Military

    Afghanistan supports sending more US forces

    by Associated Press on Mar 21, 12:23

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Afghanistan says it wants the Trump administration to send more forces and help meet “military shortfalls” in the battle against the Taliban and the Islamic State group. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani welcomed the recent call by U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander in Afghanistan, for an increase of a few […]

  • Alaska News

    Pebble, EPA seek more time to try to resolve lawsuit

    by Associated Press on Mar 20, 18:08

    Additional time has been requested to try to resolve a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the group pursuing a gold-and-copper mine in southwest Alaska. Attorneys for the Pebble Limited Partnership and EPA on Monday asked that the lawsuit remain on hold until May 4. Monday was the deadline for a status […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Young not convinced GOP bill is right for health care woes or Alaska

    by Associated Press on Mar 20, 15:30

    The longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House says he isn’t convinced that a GOP bill pending in Congress takes the right approach to addressing health care problems, particularly for a high-cost, remote state such as Alaska. Rep. Don Young told reporters Monday that there can’t be a one-size-fits-all approach to health care. Young says that’s […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks leaders propose ending assembly meeting prayers

    by Associated Press on Mar 20, 6:41

    Some Fairbanks officials have proposed removing prayers from the beginning of borough assembly meetings. The Daily News-Miner reports that Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly members Shaun Tacke, Andrew Gray and Christopher Quist wrote a measure that would remove the nonsectarian invocation from the assembly’s meeting agendas. Tacke says the assembly represents the entire community and […]

  • Crime

    You’re nabbed! French gendarmes find thief stuck in window

    by Associated Press on Mar 19, 14:06

    Arrests can’t come any easier than this. French gendarmes called to a robbery found the suspected thief stuck in a hole he’d made with a hammer in a shop window. The national gendarmerie on Sunday published a photo appearing to show the man half-in and half-out of the hole. “Drunk, he robbed a shop but […]

  • Health

    No opioids, please: Clearing the way to refuse prescriptions

    by Associated Press on Mar 19, 14:04

    A growing number of states are working to help patients make it clear to medical professionals they don’t want to be prescribed powerful opioids. Connecticut and Alaska are two of the latest considering legislation this year that would create a non-opioid directive that patients can put in their medical files. It formally notifies health care […]

  • US/World

    North Korea tests newly developed high-thrust rocket engine

    by Associated Press on Mar 19, 11:59

    North Korea has tested a new type of high-thrust engine to propel its rockets. Leader Kim Jong Un attended the test at the Sohae launch site, according to a report by the Korean Central News Agency, which added the test was intended to confirm the engine’s thrust power and gauge the reliability of its control […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

    by Associated Press on Mar 18, 18:25

    Chuck Berry, the rock ‘n’ roll founder who defined its joy and rebellion in “Johnny B. Goode” and other classics, has died in St. Charles County, Missouri, west of St. Louis. He was 90. St. Charles county police say they responded to a medical emergency Saturday afternoon and found Berry unresponsive. He could not be […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Password security tips to help you foil hackers

    by Associated Press on Mar 18, 18:15

    NEW YORK — Details from this week’s federal indictment of Russian hackers charged with compromising hundreds of millions of Yahoo accounts reveal that many people are still not taking routine precautions to safeguard their email accounts — and hackers are exploiting that. The Russian hackers didn’t have to work very hard to break into people’s […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Judge denies expedited hearing to allow invocation op-ed

    by Associated Press on Mar 18, 11:46

    An Alaska Superior Court judge has denied a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member’s request for an expedited hearing that would have allowed him to publish an op-ed supporting an ordinance that would remove prayer from the beginning of assembly meetings. The Peninsula Clarion reports that Homer assembly member Willy Dunne was challenging the assembly’s contract […]

  • Alaska News

    Kodiak farmer finds invasive seeds in popular brand of chicken feed

    by Associated Press on Mar 17, 10:39

    A Kodiak farmer has discovered seeds from an invasive plant species prohibited in Alaska in a popular brand of poultry feed. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that Bells Flats Poultry LLC owner Chris Ford discovered Cirsium arvense – also known as creeping or Canada thistle – seeds in Scratch and Peck brand feed. The Alaska […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Trump’s first budget boosts military, cuts domestic programs

    by Associated Press on Mar 16, 9:27

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee is slamming proposed budget cuts to the IRS, an agency that is down more than 17,000 employees since 2010. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts […]

  • US/World

    Trump admin halts Obama-era rule on fracking on public land

    by Associated Press on Mar 15, 20:43

    The Trump administration says it is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The administration said in court papers filed Wednesday that it is withdrawing from a lawsuit challenging the Obama-era rule and […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Assembly member challenges borough’s invocation policy

    by Associated Press on Mar 15, 14:58

    A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member is challenging a clause in a legal nonprofit’s contract in order to defend the borough in an ongoing lawsuit over the assembly’s invocation policy. The Peninsula Clarion reports that Assembly member Willy Dunne, of Homer, filed a civil complaint on Thursday asking for a temporary injunction that would allow […]

  • US/World

    Prosecutors: death decision months away in Santiago case

    by Associated Press on Mar 15, 11:03

    Federal prosecutors say a decision is months away on seeking the death penalty for the suspect in a Florida airport shooting rampage. Esteban Santiago, of Anchorage, Alaska, is accused in the Jan. 6 shooting that killed five and wounded six at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Prosecutors and defense attorneys for the 26-year-old Santiago said at […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska ferry for sale, state seeks at least $1.5 million

    by Associated Press on Mar 13, 13:53

    The state of Alaska is offering for sale a ferry that it says it no longer can afford to maintain and operate. The state transportation department, in a release, says the minimum bid price for the Taku will be $1.5 million. Sealed bids are due by May 9. The department says it’s selling the Taku […]