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  • Money

    Lovers of Italian olive oil in for some sticker shock

    by Associated Press on Feb 21, 21:59

    From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices due to jump by as much as 20 percent. The combination of bad weather and pests hit the harvest in Southern Europe, most of all in Italy, where production is […]

  • Alaska News

    McConnell to head Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office

    by Associated Press on Feb 21, 14:41

    A former planner with the municipality of Anchorage will be the new director of the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office. Erika McConnell will join the state office March 20 after 14 years with the municipality, where she oversaw special land use permits for alcohol and wrote Anchorage’s marijuana land use regulations. She replaces acting […]

  • US/World

    Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

    by Associated Press on Feb 20, 6:46

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – State and federal authorities have told Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters at an encampment in North Dakota to leave. But many in the camp say they’re not going. The deadline is Wednesday. It comes amid concerns that spring flooding could wash tons of trash into nearby rivers. State officials are […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Push for ride-share companies in Alaska hits speed bumps

    by Associated Press on Feb 19, 12:09

    The drive to allow ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Alaska has hit speed bumps. The bill, from Anchorage Republican Sen. Mia Costello, faces opposition from taxi operators worried the entrance of ride-share groups will drive down wages for their drivers and from municipalities that don’t want to cede regulation to the […]

  • US/World

    Commission: ‘Systemic racism’ at root of Flint water crisis

    by Associated Press on Feb 19, 11:11

    Michigan civil rights officials say “systemic racism” going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint. The Michigan Civil Rights Commission issued a 130-page report Friday following three public hearings and other meetings to determine whether residents faced discrimination or racial bias. […]

  • Money

    Chrysler recalls some cars for loose bolts

    by Associated Press on Feb 18, 13:14

    Fiat Chrysler says it is recalling some Chrysler cars because driveshaft bolts can come loose on all-wheel drive models, increasing the risk of a crash. The automaker says affected cars include 2014-2017 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive. Chrysler says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace all eight front […]

  • US/World

    Executive order that incarcerated Japanese Americans is 75

    by Associated Press on Feb 18, 12:17

    Satsuki Ina was born behind barbed wire in a prison camp during World War II, the daughter of U.S. citizens forced from their home and locked up for years following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Roughly 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans were sent to camps across the West because the government claimed they might plot […]

  • Alaska News

    Criminal justice commissioner resigns

    by Associated Press on Feb 18, 11:12

    A supporter of Alaska’s sweeping criminal justice legislation is no longer a member of a commission that has recommended changes to the law. The Juneau Empire reports Juneau Police Department Lt. Kris Sell declined to comment after she resigned from the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. Commissioners provided input for a law that focused on punishments […]

  • Marijuana News

    Alaska State Troopers seize $600,000 in marijuana at grow near Tok

    by Associated Press on Feb 17, 14:49

    Alaska State Trooper investigators have seized marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $600,000 from an illegal grow operation near Tok. Acting on a tip, Fairbanks troopers in the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit on Wednesday contacted the occupants of a home at Mile 1316 Alaska Highway. Troopers say a suspected grow operation was […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano erupts, sends up ash cloud

    by Associated Press on Feb 17, 11:47

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska volcano that’s been active since mid-December has erupted again. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted just before 10 a.m. and sent an ash cloud to 25,000 feet. Ash can harm and stop jet engines. Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos is a threat airliners […]

  • Crime

    Lawyer: Esteban Santiago mentally competent to stand trial

    by Associated Press on Feb 16, 15:45

    Defense lawyers say the Alaska man accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six at a major airport in Florida is mentally competent to stand trial. Attorneys for 26-year-old Esteban Santiago told a federal judge Thursday that he understands court proceedings and can assist in his defense. Santiago is accused of flying from Anchorage, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    House votes to lift Obama limits on Alaska hunting, trapping

    by Associated Press on Feb 16, 12:31

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has approved a bill to lift some Obama administration restrictions on hunting and trapping of bears, wolves and other predators on federal lands in Alaska. The Fish and Wildlife Service said last year the rule will help maintain sustainable populations of bears, wolves and coyotes on national wildlife refuges across […]

  • Iditarod

    Officials work to get Fairbanks ready to host Iditarod start

    by Associated Press on Feb 16, 8:44

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Preparations for the world’s most famous sled dog race are underway in Fairbanks now that the race’s official start has been moved from the Anchorage area. Iditarod officials announced the switch last week due to low snow conditions in the Alaska Range. The Fairbanks North Star Borough has been working with […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Budget amendments include money for fires, caseloads

    by Associated Press on Feb 15, 19:58

    Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is seeking another $15 million for firefighting costs this year and additional funding for a state agency representing defendants charged in connection with a high-profile murder case. The Office of Public Advocacy is seeking $120,000 for an increased caseload. It is representing defendants who face charges in connection with the killing […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Yahoo issues new security warning to users

    by Associated Press on Feb 15, 15:19

    Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016. It’s the latest development in the internet company’s investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users’ data several years ago. It’s not clear how many users were affected by the malicious activity, which involved the use of forged cookies […]

  • Money

    IRS impostor scam robs elderly Americans out of life savings

    by Associated Press on Feb 15, 15:08

    It’s the top complaint to a U.S. Senate hotline for seniors: fraudsters posing as IRS agents, threatening arrests and demanding money. A Treasury Department official told lawmakers Wednesday that more than 10,000 people have reported falling prey to the so-called “IRS impersonation scam,” many of them elderly Americans. Phillip Hatch, who is 81, told a […]

  • Aviation

    Airplane lands without landing gear at Aleutians airport

    by Associated Press on Feb 15, 8:34

    UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) – Three people escaped injury when a commercial airplane landed without landing gear at an airport on the Aleutian Islands. Alaska State Troopers say the Grant Aviation flight landed Tuesday in Unalaska with a pilot and two passengers. The Super King Air 8200 was returning after a flight to Akun (ah-KOON) Island. […]

  • Crime

    Man charged with assaulting woman with stock of shotgun

    by Associated Press on Feb 15, 8:22

    UPPER KALSKAG, Alaska (AP) – A 48-year-old man suspected of assaulting a woman relative in a southwest Alaska village has been charged with two counts of felony assault. Wayne Holmberg of Upper Kalskag is being held on $100,000 bail at the Bethel jail. Medical personnel at the Upper Kalskag Clinic on Sunday reported the woman’s […]

  • Alaska News

    Juneau assembly cracks down on homeless sleeping downtown

    by Associated Press on Feb 14, 18:32

    The Juneau Assembly is cracking down on homeless people sleeping near downtown businesses. The city and borough assembly voted 5-4 Monday to pass an ordinance that will let police cite anyone caught sleeping on private property downtown between midnight and 7 a.m. KTOO radio reports the ordinance will take effect in April. The move followed […]

  • Alaska News

    Ex-crewman says cause of Alaska sinking may never be known

    by Associated Press on Feb 14, 14:40

    The brother of a crewman aboard a crab boat missing and presumed sunk in the Bering Sea says it’s likely no one will ever know what went wrong. Dylan Hatfield says a number of factors probably contributed to a capsizing Saturday morning of the 98-foot crab boat Destination with six crewmen on board. Hatfield spent […]