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  • Sci/Tech

    Facebook makes changes to ‘trending topics’ after review

    by Associated Press on May 23, 15:52

    Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined this and other reforms in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. […]

  • Fairbanks

    High school runner dies after collapsing at competition

    by Associated Press on May 22, 20:26

    A high school freshman has died after collapsing at his region’s track and field championships. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Monroe Catholic High School freshman Joseph Balko had just finished his 3,200-meter run Friday when he appeared to lose consciousness. He died Saturday. Details of what caused his death were not available. Emergency responders arrived […]

  • US/World

    7-year-old boy wakes up dad, pair escapes house fire

    by Associated Press on May 22, 12:50

    Authorities in Orange County say a 7-year-old boy didn’t hesitate when he smelled smoke at his home, waking up his sleeping father so the pair could escape a spreading fire. The Orange County Register says the boy was getting ready for bed Saturday night when he smelled smoke and saw that the garage of his […]

  • Crime

    Man takes plea deal in 2014 collision that killed passenger

    by Associated Press on May 22, 10:53

    A man will be sentenced in a 2014 collision that killed an 18-year-old passenger. The Juneau Empire reports 20-year-old William Buchkoski pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge ahead of a Monday trial. Investigators say Buchkoski was driving with two passengers when he failed to yield and a semi T-boned his vehicle. The crash killed […]

  • Health

    Unusual concern in massive listeria-based frozen foods recall

    by Associated Press on May 21, 11:40

    Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses and deaths worry it’ll be difficult to get consumers to dig through their freezers and check for products they may have bought as far […]

  • Alaska News

    Troopers shoot young male bear near Kodiak school

    by Associated Press on May 20, 17:59

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Wildlife Troopers have shot and killed a brown bear in Kodiak following a week of reported bear sightings in the community, including near an elementary school where the animal was ultimately killed. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports (http://bit.ly/1OQesah) the three-year-old male bear was shot Wednesday. It had been verified near […]

  • Alaska News

    State of Alaska pursuing long-term plan for ferry system

    by Associated Press on May 20, 15:41

    The state of Alaska wants a long-term plan for its ferry system that can be financially sustained and will meet the needs of users. Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday signed an agreement with the president of the board of the Southeast Conference. That group got its start decades ago pushing for what became the Alaska […]

  • Alaska News

    Body identified as missing Gambell woman

    by Associated Press on May 20, 15:01

    A body found outside the Bering Sea island community of Gambell has been identified as a missing village woman. Alaska State Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain says the woman was 22-year-old Gladys Aningayou of Gambell. Family members reported Aningayou missing Sunday. Searchers Monday found a body several miles outside of Gambell. DeSpain says there were difficulties […]

  • Alaska News

    Observatory lowers threat level for Alaska volcano

    by Associated Press on May 20, 12:48

    The Alaska Volcano Observatory has lowered the threat level for a remote volcano near the Aleutian Islands. The observatory says eruptions and minor ash emissions that began May 13 at Pavlof Volcano have ended and seismic activity associated with lava effusion is not being detected. The observatory is lowering the alert level from “watch” to […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate holds steady

    by Associated Press on May 20, 10:43

    The state Department of Labor says Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.6 percent in April. That’s the same rate as March but is higher than the comparable U.S. rate of 5 percent. The department says Alaska’s adjusted rate has held steady at 6.6 percent since October. State economists say the steady rate […]

  • News

    Murder charges cap downward spiral for ex-Arizona lawmaker

    by Associated Press on May 19, 13:09

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Shortly before his arrest in an Alaska slaying, a former Arizona lawmaker raised concerns among his Facebook friends with messages saying he was looking for work, even odd jobs. Then, he posted cryptic apologies to “everyone for anything” he may have done in office. Weeks later, Mark DeSimone was charged with […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Veteran ’60 Minutes’ newsman Morley Safer dies at 84

    by Associated Press on May 19, 10:13

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says veteran journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer has died at age 84. Safer was equally at home reporting on social injustices, abstract art and war-time atrocities. He already was a CBS News mainstay in 1970 when he joined “60 Minutes,” which had debuted just two years earlier. He […]

  • DayBreak

    Nokia plans return to mobile market with cellphones, tablets

    by Associated Press on May 19, 7:30

    Nokia is back in the game. The pared-down Finnish telecoms company, which currently focuses on networks, says it is bringing out “a new generation” of cellphones and tablets together with a new company called HMD. Nokia said Wednesday that HMD, led by a group of former Nokia and Microsoft executives, will help it return to […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Hawaii scholars study chances of giant Alaska quake, tsunami

    by Associated Press on May 18, 16:29

    University of Hawaii researchers say there’s a 9 percent chance that an earthquake measuring magnitude 9 or greater will strike Alaska’s Aleutian Islands within the next 50 years and send large tsunami waves to Hawaii. Geophysicist Rhett Butler said Wednesday he thought to do the study after a magnitude 9 earthquake struck off northern Japan […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Man’s body found in midtown Anchorage homeless camp

    by Associated Press on May 18, 11:36

    Anchorage police say a body was found Wednesday in a homeless camp in midtown Anchorage. Police in a release say the body of a male was found in a camp a short distance away from a home improvement store on Tudor Road. There was no sign of foul play, and police say the body appeared […]

  • Crime

    Suspect arrested in Fairbanks stabbing death

    by Associated Press on May 18, 11:01

    A Fairbanks man is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder in a stabbing death early Tuesday morning. Fairbanks police say 23-year-old Charles Peter Yaska turned himself in Wednesday in connection to the death of 28-year-old Claudius Jackson. Police just before 1 a.m. Tuesday received a report of an assault at a south Fairbanks home. […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska’s new ferries will be named Tazlina, Hubbard

    by Associated Press on May 17, 14:32

    Alaska’s two new ferries will be named the Tazlina and the Hubbard. Gov. Bill Walker’s office announced the new names in a release Tuesday. The ferries had to be named after one of the state’s 745 named glaciers. The naming process was an essay contest for Alaska school students. In all, there were 488 essays […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Gov. Walker signs bill clearing way for Dave & Buster’s to open in Alaska

    by Associated Press on May 17, 11:00

    Bill Walker has signed into law legislation that would clear the way for the restaurant Dave & Buster’s to do business in Alaska. The bill, from Sen. Lesil McGuire, makes clear that businesses with arcade-style games in which tokens can be redeemed for onsite toys and candy or claw machines used to grab goodies from […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Guy Clark, Grammy-winning musician, dead at 74

    by Associated Press on May 17, 9:00

    Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Guy Clark has died. Clark died Tuesday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, according to his manager, Keith Case. He was 74 and had been in poor health, although Case didn’t give an official cause of death. A native of Monahans, Texas, Clark was known for such hits as “L.A. Freeway” and “Desperados […]

  • Weather News

    Fairbanks breaks 101-year-old high temperature record

    by Associated Press on May 16, 6:29

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The city of Fairbanks set new record high temperatures over the weekend, including one record set more than 100 years ago. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1TR9SEI ) that the temperature recorded Saturday at Fairbanks International Airport was 82 degrees, or 2 degrees warmer than the previous record set on that […]