News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. AKDT

A woman who killed her sleeping boyfriend by setting the couch on fire is set to serve 60 years in prison. Judge Michael Wolverton sentenced Gina Virgilio on Monday for the 2012 death of Michael Gonzalez. She received a...

Alaska's Denali National Park allows e-bikes on road, trails

A rule change will allow electronically assisted bikes anywhere that traditional bicycles are permitted in Denali National Park and Reserve.

Anchorage to vote on retail marijuana shop on-site smoking

The Anchorage Assembly will let voters decide whether the city should allow on-site smoking in retail marijuana shops.

Alaska Zoo's ailing polar bear dies; Lyutyik was 19

A polar bear at the Alaska Zoo has died.

Woman gets 60 years in boyfriend's burning death

A woman who killed her sleeping boyfriend by setting the couch on fire is set to serve 60 years in prison.

Petersburg man dies when skiff overturns in Duncan Canal

A Petersburg man died after his skiff flipped in ocean waters west of the city.

Oregon woman dies in head-on crash on Seward Highway

An Oregon woman died in a weekend head-on crash on the Seward Highway.

Searchers find body of Cordova hunter missing on solo trip

A 33-year-old Cordova man reported overdue on a hunting trip has been found dead.

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

Russell Wilson threw two TD passes and ran for one and the Seahawks rallied for a 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns. The Seahawks gave up TDs on Cleveland's first three possessions before storming back. Wilson...

Some US states marking their first Indigenous Peoples' Day

A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples' Day as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus .

River otters attack, injure family dog in Anchorage park

An Alaska man says he rescued his family's dog from an attack by river otters in a small lake inside an Anchorage park.

Alaska Native village sues federal agency over gaming hall

An Alaska Native Village has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department in a continuing campaign to open a tribal gambling hall.

Alaska residents warned of bear encounters on Kodiak Island

Alaska wildlife authorities have warned residents to be aware of Kodiak bears after multiple sightings and encounters were reported near residential areas.

Nome police chief quits after 13 months on the job

The police chief who led efforts to audit more than 460 old sexual assault cases in Nome is quitting after 13 months on the job.

Anchorage police officer charged with misdemeanor assault

State prosecutors have charged a 32-year-old Anchorage police officer with two counts of misdemeanor assault in the arrest of a man for bicycle violations.

Alaska Zoo polar bear treated for medical condition

Officials at the Alaska Zoo say one of their prominent animals is ailing.

Man fined $5,000 for dumping car in Fairbanks salmon river

A 29-year-old man convicted of dumping a car into the Chena River south of Fairbanks has been fined $5,000 and placed on probation for three years.

Air, grounds search underway for overdue Cordova hunter

A search is underway for an overdue Cordova hunter.

Alaska governor seeks to increase Virginia law firm contract

The administration of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is negotiating a contract extension that would pay a Virginia law firm $125,000 of state funds for its services in a legal fight with Alaska unions.

UA president's video seeks restart with university community

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has released a video acknowledging his role in what he calls a breakdown in unity across the university system.

Man dies in crash of ATVs in Kodiak Island village

A man from a village on the west side of Kodiak Island died in an all-terrain vehicle crash.

Land clearing explosion triggers Ketchikan highway landslide

Alaska State Troopers say a man using explosives to clear land north of Ketchikan created a landslide that blocked the North Tongass Highway.

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines end miles partnership

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have announced they will scale back their mileage plan partnership early next year.

Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

An Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses to patients that resulted in addiction, overdoses and deaths.

The Latest: Authorities: Videos show woman being strangled

The Latest on a death investigation in Alaska (all times local):

The Latest: Alaska justices hear youth climate lawsuit

The Latest on an Alaska Supreme Court hearing on an appeal involving a climate change lawsuit filed by state youths (all times local):

Police: Man arrested in Alaska death after videos found

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Anchorage idles fire equipment to deal with shortfall

A budget gap will cause the Anchorage Fire Department to shut down equipment at times through the end of the year.

Jury delivers 8 guilty verdicts in Alaska teen murder trial

An Alaska jury has returned multiple guilty verdicts against one of four teenagers charged with killing another boy.

Alaska Supreme Court to hear youths' climate change lawsuit

Attorneys for 12 young Alaskans who sued over state climate change policy are expected to argue their case before Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday.

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Attorneys for 12 young Alaskans who sued over state climate change policy are expected to argue their case before Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday.

US attorney: Man convicted in Alaska Coast Guard killings

The U.S. attorney for Alaska says a jury has convicted a former U.S. Coast Guard civilian technician of murder and weapons charges in the 2012 shooting deaths of two co-workers.

Critics of Alaska Pebble Mine project sue EPA

Critics of a mine planned near headwaters of a major Alaska salmon fishery are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying EPA improperly withdrew proposed restrictions on development in that region.

Man dies in Fairbanks expressway rollover crash

A 35-year-old driver died in a rollover crash on the east side of Fairbanks.

Report says federal agency lost $600M on Tongass forest

A new report by a nonpartisan watchdog group says the U.S. Forest Service has lost nearly $600 million through its management of the Tongass National Forest.

Alaska tribe banishes suspected drug dealer from village

A Native tribal council has banished a suspected methamphetamine dealer from a northwest Alaska village.

Alaska regents delay considering consolidation plan

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has voted to delay consideration of consolidation into a single accredited university until one of its institutions can secure accreditation in 2021.

Pickup driver dies in head-on crash in construction zone

A pickup driver died in a head-on collision with a dump truck at a road construction site north of Fairbanks.

Alaska school district seeks study of state testing accuracy

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has requested an analysis of the accuracy of statewide testing that produced lower-than-expected results.

Alaska municipality considers launching new police force

Alaska's second largest municipality is considering options to deal with crime including a proposal to launch a new police force.

US Supreme Court to review Kansas' lack of insanity defense

The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to consider how far states can go toward eliminating the insanity defense in criminal trials as it reviews the case of a Kansas man sentenced to die for killing four relatives.

Alaska faculty confirm no confidence in university president

University of Alaska Anchorage faculty has reaffirmed its vote of no confidence in the university president saying he ignored accreditation concerns and disregarded input.

Alaska Attorney General says hiring law unconstitutional

Alaska attorney general has said the state's long-standing Alaska Hire statute that gives preference to state residents was unconstitutional.

Yellow cedar rejected for threatened species listing

An iconic Alaska tree with roots that can freeze to death if not covered by snow was rejected Friday by a federal agency for the threatened species list.

The Latest: Woman's sentencing in arson death continued

The Latest on the sentencing of a woman who killed her sleeping boyfriend by setting the couch on fire (all times local):

The Latest: Alaska responders seek bear in nonfatal mauling

The Latest on bear mauling in Alaska (all times local):

Yellow cedar trees denied for US threatened species listing

A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming.

Haines man recovering from non-life-threatening bear mauling

A 21-year-old Alaska man is recovering from a bear mauling.

Anchorage woman faces up to 70 years in man's burning death

An Anchorage woman who soaked a couch with gasoline and then set it on fire, killing her sleeping boyfriend, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday to first-degree murder.

New monitors will help detect landslides in Alaska community

New technology distributed around an Alaska community is expected to help detect and study conditions that lead to landslides.

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Faces of Indigenous Peoples' Day at Alaska Pacific University
Faces of Indigenous Peoples' Day at Alaska Pacific University

Many Alaskans gathered for an Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration at Alaska Pacific University on Monday.

FBI assisting APD with investigation into brutal Anchorage hotel room murder
FBI assisting APD with investigation into brutal Anchorage hotel room murder

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Anchorage Police Department in investigating a gruesome case with details that have left the community with concerns and unanswered questions since they were first made public last week. 

School lunch program eliminates disposable trays, provides more options for students
School lunch program eliminates disposable trays, provides more options for students

ASD is pushing towards the elimination of disposable plastic serving trays for washable replacements that will help significantly reduce waste.

Alaska's Denali National Park allows e-bikes on road, trails
Alaska's Denali National Park allows e-bikes on road, trails

The park service says the policy aimed at expanding recreational opportunities and accessibility allows the motorized vehicles on the entire length of the Denali Park Road.

Club helping visually impaired people stay active by biking
Club helping visually impaired people stay active by biking

A group in California is bringing the joy of cycling to the blind and visually impaired.