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Correction: Uranium Effects Research story

Jan. 24, 2020 11:52 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a story Jan. 22, 2020, about the public health effects of depleted uranium, The Associated Press erroneously reported several details about the presentation by an Alaska woman interested in the public health effects of radiation. Shelby Surdyk, who presented to the Juneau World...

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board listens to testimony during a public comment period on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit a milestone Thursday, as regulators approved the first retail stores that will be allowed to have customers consume marijuana products on site.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska pot shops to be among 1st in US to allow consumption

Jan. 24, 2020 12:53 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Marijuana shops in Alaska will be among the first nationally where onsite use would be permitted. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit the milestone Thursday as regulators approved the first retail stores in the state that will be allowed to have customers smoke or consume marijuana...

Appeals court reverses dismissal of 'Fairbanks Four' lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2020 8:23 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A federal appeals court has reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by four Fairbanks men who contend they were illegally imprisoned for nearly two decades. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit by the...

Flight from Detroit to South Korea makes emergency landing

Jan. 21, 2020 9:42 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to Seoul, South Korea, had to make an emergency landing Tuesday in Fairbanks after the airplane had engine trouble, Fairbanks International Airport said. Flight 159 made the landing at 3:46 p.m. with 189 passengers and crew on board, the...

Fairbanks man charged in death of woman in vacant apartment

Jan. 17, 2020 8:26 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man killed his girlfriend in the apartment they shared and moved her body to a vacant unit across a hallway in the same building, according to state prosecutors. Eric Rustad, 39, is charged with first-degree murder, evidence tampering and misconduct with a corpse in the...

Troopers cite woman for killing moose eating from hay stack

Jan. 16, 2020 4:27 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks woman faces legal consequences after shooting a moose that was eating from her haystack. The woman was issued a summons for taking a moose out of season and a citation for negligently feeding game, Alaska State Troopers report. Alaska Wildlife Troopers said the...

Judge: State didn't violate suspect's right to speedy trial

Jan. 15, 2020 1:11 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The right of a Fairbanks murder case suspect to a speedy trial was not violated by delays in transporting him from Maine to Alaska, a judge ruled Tuesday. An attorney for Steven Downs, 45, said it took 82 days to transport him to Alaska, making it impossible for Downs to be tried...

Medical examiner identifies body found in vacant apartment

Jan. 15, 2020 11:33 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The state medical examiner has identified human remains found in a vacant Fairbanks apartment and police have opened a homicide investigation. The person who died was identified was Kristen Huntington, 30. She was reported missing Jan. 10, police said in a release. Police have not...

Fairbanks police find human remains inside vacant apartment

Jan. 14, 2020 11:52 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Human remains were found inside a vacant apartment by Fairbanks police officers searching for a missing person. Officers on Sunday night searched for a person reported missing last week, the department said in a press released. Officers drove to an apartment complex in an east...

US climate experts say 2019 was record warm year in Alaska

Jan. 8, 2020 7:09 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska experienced its warmest year on record, according to federal climate officials. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its U.S. Climate report said Alaska had a statewide average temperature of 32.2 degrees (0.11 Celsius). That was 6.2 degrees (4.4 Celsius)...