Alaska Masonic Temple demolished after roof caves in

A historic Alaska temple, which has stood for 112 years, was demolished after the roof caved in.

News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. AKDT

Officials say the Alaska Division of Elections has certified a ballot initiative that aims to strengthen state law that protects salmon habitat. Alaska's Energy Desk reports the Stand for Salmon initiative could appear...

Sports Minute: Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press

Zach Norvell Jr. had 28 points, Rui Hachimura added 25 and Gonzaga is headed back into the Sweet 16 with a 90-84 victory over Ohio State in the West Region. Norvell hit the late tiebreaking 3-pointer against UNC-Greensboro...

Superstore chain Fred Meyer to stop selling guns, ammunition

Superstore company Fred Meyer says it will stop selling guns and ammunition.

Alaska elections officials certify salmon ballot initiative

Officials say the Alaska Division of Elections has certified a ballot initiative that aims to strengthen state law that protects salmon habitat.

Coast Guard to upgrade Kodiak air fleet with new model

Officials say Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak is upgrading its fleet of multipurpose airplanes to a new model over the next two years.

2 Iditarod mushers seek aid due to weather conditions

Two veteran dog mushers required emergency help Friday due to weather conditions during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Fisher: Improved revenue outlook good but deficit persists

A new forecast from the state anticipates additional revenue of more than $200 million this fiscal year and next amid higher anticipated oil prices.

Southwest Alaska man dies in snowmobile crash on tundra

A southwest Alaska man died when his snowmobile crashed on tundra.

Alaska lawmakers OK spending for extra current-year costs

The Alaska Legislature has passed a spending bill intended to cover some of the more pressing unexpected costs for the current budget year.

Recovering bodies of Alaska climbers could be months away

Authorities say the bodies of two experienced climbers who are presumed dead on a southeast Alaska mountain likely won't be recovered for months.

Roof collapses on building housing Alaska fitness center

A building housing an Alaska fitness studio partially collapsed and fire officials say heavy snow may be the reason.

Grand jury indicts 13 accused of rioting at Fairbanks prison

A Fairbanks grand jury has indicted 13 inmates suspected of rioting at Fairbanks Correctional Center in August.

Alaska senator backs bill to allow pot business banking

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a bipartisan group of senators are pushing legislation that would allow legal marijuana businesses to use banks to store profits.

Trans-Alaska pipeline fights 22 million cyberattacks per day

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company's chief information officer says his team fights off about 22 million cyberattacks per day.

States: US government to rewrite 2 endangered species rules

States that challenged endangered species regulations say the Trump administration has agreed to rewrite rules about how to designate areas considered critical to a species' recovery.

The Latest: Official cites no lack of care in Iditarod death

The Latest on the death of a dog during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):

Iditarod dog with signs of pneumonia dies

Alaska musher Katherine Keith has had dogs die in the last two Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races, both of suspected problems from pneumonia.

Western US governors take aim at worst invasive species

Western U.S. governors have compiled their first region-wide list of the worst invasive species for their states.

Human error blamed for fuel oil spill at Savoonga tank farm

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says human error caused a 22,000-gallon fuel oil spill in a village on St. Lawrence Island.

San Francisco one of few US cities with marijuana lounges

Marijuana smokers across the country are finding it easier to legally buy their favorite strains, but frustratingly difficult to legally spark up.

Alaska tribe receives $10M in federal funds for trails

An Alaska tribe on Nelson Island has received more than $10 million in federal funds to construct trails.

North Pole Blockbuster Video store to close in April

Time has run out for one of the last remaining Blockbuster Video stores in the country.

Co-pilot sues Alaska Airlines, says flight captain raped her

An Alaska Airlines pilot is suing the company under Washington state's anti-discrimination law, claiming its response was inadequate after she says she was drugged and raped by a colleague during Minneapolis stopover...

2 climbers missing on Alaska peak presumed dead, police say

Authorities say two climbers missing on a mountain in southeast Alaska are presumed dead.

Former state ferry, in service for 50 years, leaves Alaska

A former state ferry has departed from Alaska after serving in the Alaska Marine Highway System since 1963.

Alaska students rally on Capitol steps for school safety

A crowd of students and adult supporters rallied in front of the Alaska Capitol Wednesday to draw attention to school safety.

The Latest: Musher says Iditarod win is 'out of this world'

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Agency sets timeline for environmental study of LNG project

The federal agency responsible for studying the environmental impact of the Alaska LNG project has released a timeline for completing its review.

Autopsy scheduled for man who exchanged shots with troopers

An autopsy will determine the cause of death for a 27-year-old man who exchanged gunfire with Alaska State Troopers.

The Latest: Norwegian in last mandatory Iditarod rest period

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Alaska bases had at least 5 kid-on-kid sex assault reports

A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other kids on base.

Norwegian musher maintain Iditarod lead

A Norwegian musher continues to lead the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday.

2020 Board of Fisheries meeting headed to central peninsula

The Board of Fisheries meeting in 2020 will be held in the central peninsula area for the first time in 20 years.

Scientist: Shore hit with 10x more debris from 2011 tsunami

Scientists say more than 10 times the usual amount of debris has washed ashore in North America since a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck seven years ago off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami with waves up to 30 feet...

Tipped workers invoke #MeToo in fight to raise minimum wage

Advocates for restaurant workers want to do away with the below-minimum wage for tipped workers, saying it forces them to tolerate harassment if they want to be paid.

Prominent Florida donor launching gun-reform group

A prominent Republican donor says he is among those launching a new group aiming to pressure Congress to enact what he calls reasonable gun legislation.

Weather hampers search for climbers on Mendenhall Ice Field

Foul weather continues to hamper the search for two climbers who failed to return from the Mendenhall Ice Field near Juneau.

The Latest: Norwegian takes the lead in the Iditarod

The Latest on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):

Welch withdraws nomination to marijuana regulatory board

The man nominated by Gov. Bill Walker to fill the public safety seat on Alaska's marijuana regulatory board has withdrawn from consideration after losing his law enforcement job.

Wasilla man charged with stealing vehicles, eluding troopers

A 33-year-old Wasilla man is in custody after a wild traffic chase in which he is suspected of stealing two vehicles.

Petit leads 3-man field as Iditarod mushers reach the coast

The Iditarod is shaping up to be a three-man race as mushers hug the frozen Bering Sea coast as they head for Nome.

Kodiak Jack's rebranded as The Spur; soldier ban remains

A Fairbanks night club that's been deemed a nuisance property has new owners and a new name, but military leaders say it will still be off-limits to local soldiers.

Online definition sparks concern over Juneau sports nickname

Juneau School District students have decided to reevaluate the nickname they chose for their new combined sports teams because an online resource has a derogatory definition.

The Latest: Iditarod leader Petit arrives in Unalakleet

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Alaska musher continues to lead Iditarod

Alaska musher Nic Petit continues to lead the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Alaska's population declines for first time in decades

Recent figures show Alaska's population declined for the first time since the late 1980s.

Fate unclear for Alaska smoke-free workplace bill

The fate of legislation that would mandate smoke-free workplaces in Alaska is unclear. A powerful lawmaker is blocking its advancement and others so far have been unwilling to push the issue, despite the bill's...

The Latest: 4th musher drops out of Alaska's Iditarod race

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Front-runners pass halfway mark of Alaska's Iditarod race

A native of France has regained the lead as front-runners pass the midway point in Alaska's 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Report: Hatchery salmon harvest low as wild stocks return

A state report indicates that hatchery-produced salmon accounted for 21 percent of Alaska's commercial harvest last year, the lowest percentage since 1995.

Kenai officials plan expansion for city cemetery

Kenai officials are planning to expand the city's cemetery as the current site has about 20 plots remaining.

Alaska House leaders eye constitutional measure for dividend

Alaska House leaders plan to pursue a proposal to constitutionally protect the annual check Alaskans receive from the state's oil-wealth fund.

The Latest: Defending champion Seavey regains Iditarod lead

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The Latest: Zulkosky sworn in to Alaska House

The Latest on women serving in the Alaska Legislature (all times local):

Alaska lawmaker expected at work Monday after medical scare

The speaker of the Alaska House says he expects Rep. David Guttenberg back at work on Monday.

Number of women in Alaska Legislature to reach new high

Women in the Alaska Legislature are breaking barriers.

Village man dies after exchanging shots with state troopers

A southwest Alaska man suspected of assault died after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers.

Troopers launch search for climbers missing near Juneau

Alaska State Troopers in Juneau have launched a search for two experienced mountain climbers overdue from a trip.

Beluga calf rescued off Alaska moved to SeaWorld San Antonio

An endangered beluga whale calf rescued off Alaska's coast is now swimming in his new home at a SeaWorld theme park.

First musher to the Yukon River feted with gourmet meal

A native of France has been treated to a gourmet meal in the middle of the Alaska wilderness after he became the first musher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race to reach the Yukon River.

Alaska ferry issue strands basketball teams at tournament

An aging Alaska ferry suffered mechanical issues over the weekend, leaving six Southeast Alaska basketball teams stranded in Sitka.

1/5 of Kodiak students report bringing weapon to high school

Figures from an Alaska Department of Health study show 20 percent of high school students in Kodiak reported bringing a weapon to school within the last 30 days.

The Latest: Iditarod winner to take pay cut

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Alaska lawmaker taken to hospital

An Alaska lawmaker has been taken to the hospital following what a spokesman called a medical emergency at the state Capitol.

Lawsuit filed after US fails to list walruses as threatened

An environmental organization seeking additional protections for Pacific walruses is suing the Trump administration for failing to list the marine mammals as a threatened species.

Norwegian musher leads the Iditarod at the halfway point

If you're at the front of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, chances are you're speaking Norwegian.

Anchorage police start full-time patrols on Seward Highway

The Anchorage Police Department has announced it will immediately begin full-time patrols along the Seward Highway as far as Ingram Creek.

Tribes clear longest Kuskokwim road to date amid warm winter

Despite being one of the warmest winters on record, tribes along the Kuskokwim River have created the region's longest ice road.

State, federal officials hail action on Alaska road project

State and federal officials have signed an environmental review for an Alaska road project decades in the making.

Alaska Senate refuses to hear measure on marijuana policy

The Alaska Senate was supposed to consider a measure Wednesday saying the federal government's new enforcement policy on marijuana is an affront to Alaska voters, who voted to legalize recreational use.

The Latest: Musher says Iditarod official threatened him

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Navy begins under-ice submarine exercise off Alaska coast

The U.S. Navy has started testing and training of submarines under sea ice off Alaska's north coast that takes place every other year.

Maine's sea urchin harvest about average in 2017

Regulators say Maine fishermen's sea urchin harvest was about in line with recent averages in 2017.

Norwegian musher leads Iditarod early on race's fourth day

A Norwegian musher has seized the lead early on the fourth day of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Regulator wants to hold oil companies accountable for spills

An Alaska regulator has asked the legislature to make sure oil companies clean up old wells, even after the wells are sold to a different company.

Natural gas pipeline plans call for use of Kenai's water

Plans for an 800-mile natural gas pipeline say that if the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation builds its proposed liquefaction plant and export terminal in Nikiski, its water will come from the city of Kenai.

The Latest: DeeDee Jonrowe scratches from Iditarod

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Not so big chill: Arctic finishes warmest winter on record

New U.S. weather data show that the Arctic just finished its warmest winter on record, with plenty of open water where the ocean normally freezes.

Ryan Redington leads Iditarod, first musher to reach Nikolai

A grandson of the "father of the Iditarod" is in the lead on the race's third day.

Troopers release names of couple found dead at campground

Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two people found dead at a campground last month but say the cause of death remains under investigation.

Parks Highway crash kills Fairbanks man, injures juvenile

A Fairbanks man died and a juvenile was injured in a crash on the Parks Highway north of Nenana.

Alaska city moose count relies on tips, DNA-extracting darts

Alaska moose biologists are experimenting with a new way to survey moose in the state's largest city.

Trial scheduled for Juneau's suit against apartment owners

A City and Borough of Juneau lawsuit filed against the owners of an apartment building that had to be demolished with city funds has been scheduled to go to trial Aug. 13.

Fairbanks school district budget proposal met with concerns

Rising class sizes and employee cuts highlight the concerns that people have with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Board of Education's proposed budget for next year.

Alaska lawmaker plans return next week after medical issue

An Alaska lawmaker says she plans to return to Juneau next week after suffering complications from a pulmonary embolism.

Iditarod mushers reach Rainy Pass, prepare for climb

More than 20 mushers in the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have reached the checkpoint at Rainy Pass.

Alaska Legislature OKs adding Juneau Superior Court judge

The Alaska Legislature has approved adding another Superior Court judge in Juneau.

Shower won't commit to joining Alaska Senate majority

Alaska's newest state senator says he cannot commit to joining the Senate's Republican-led majority caucus, citing concerns with the state budget.

Alaska governor plans trade trip to China

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has announced a spring trade mission to China that aims to build off existing relationships between the state and the Asian country.

3 people found dead in car parked outside Alaska hotel

Three people were found dead inside a car parked outside a hotel in Alaska's largest city.

States mull 'sanctuary' status for marijuana businesses

Some states that have legalized cannabis are taking a cue from the fight over immigration and considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed marijuana businesses.

2 rural Kodiak schools might close, superintendent says

Superintendent Larry LeDoux said two of Kodiak's rural schools will face closure if enrollment numbers do not increase soon.

Gun found near Juneau school on same day as Florida shooting

Juneau police are investigating an AR-15-style assault weapon that was found in the snow near Juneau-Douglas High School on the same day as the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

The Latest: 2018 Iditarod sled dog race begins in Alaska

The Latest on Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):

Fire department offers free opioid overdose rescue kits

The Fairbanks Fire Department, as part of a statewide initiative, is distributing free rescue kits for opioid overdoses.

Mushers focus on trail ahead as Alaska's Iditarod kicks off

Alaska's famed Iditarod begins Sunday following a difficult year for the long-distance sled dog race that included a champion's dog doping scandal, the loss of a major sponsor, discontent among mushers and...