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Instructor of CITYROW Atlanta Midtown, Jose Mendoza, center, leads a class as gyms reopen with limited members on Saturday, May 16, 2020, amid the COVID-19 virus in Atlanta. Big box gyms and local fitness studios are reopening under a patchwork of protocols based on state and local guidance, but most are following some basic protocol.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Smaller classes, online reservations new norm as gyms reopen

May. 24, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Weeks and his wife are fitness junkies. During quarantine, they tried home workouts — push-ups, planks, bike riding around town — but it wasn’t the same. The semi-retired oil and gas explorer longed for his old gym routine. “To say I missed it...

FILE - In this June 21, 2006, file photo, Beatrice Bruins' Travis Tucker takes his turn at bat during the fifth inning of the Midnight Sun game between the Bruins and the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season, as the future of sports worldwide remains uncertain during the coronavirus pandemic. The league website says this season will be canceled to keep everyone safe from exposure to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Nora Gruner, File)

Alaska Baseball League cancels upcoming summer season

May. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season, as the future of sports worldwide remains uncertain during the coronavirus pandemic. “To operate this summer without the ability to keep all involved safe from exposure to the COVID-19 virus, we as a league have...

Iditarod mushers could get $500 for veterinary expenses

May. 16, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has announced that the first 50 mushers who enter the 2021 race and the 2022 race will receive hundreds of dollars in reimbursements to help cover veterinary costs. Money would come from the $50,000 Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative, which started...

FILE - This undated file photo shows the Trans-Alaska pipeline and pump station north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The future of Alaska's unique program of paying residents an annual check is in question, with oil prices low and an economy struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Unique payout Alaskans get from oil wealth could be at risk

May. 14, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has no income or statewide sales taxes, and it cuts residents a check every year from its oil wealth. But the future of that unique payout is in question amid low oil prices and an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. The size of the check — expected to be about...

Alaska airport reopens after bomb threat diverts cargo plane

May. 2, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An airport in Alaska has reopened Saturday after a bomb threat regarding a cargo plane heading to Asia forced the aircraft to divert to Anchorage and officials closed the air space. The China Air cargo plane en route to Taipei, Taiwan, had been diverted after taking off from...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020 file photo, Zachary Scott Carothers performs with his rock band

Alaska book ban vote draws attention of hometown rockers

May. 1, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Members of the Grammy-winning rock band Portugal. The Man are stepping into a banned book controversy in their Alaska home town. After the school board at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District in Palmer voted 5-2 last week to remove five classics used for high school...

Waffle House's Tiffany, right, get To Go orders ready as a seated guest enjoys his meal on Monday, April 27, 2020, at The Waffle House in Brookhaven, Ga. Restaurants around metro Atlanta began to reopen dining rooms as restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic are lifted. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Masks, temperature checks mark 'new normal' at restaurants

Apr. 27, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — With staff wearing masks, checking customers' temperatures and using disposable paper place mats, some of the nation's restaurants reopened for dine-in service Monday as states loosened more coronavirus restrictions. But many eateries remained closed amid safety concerns and community...

Alaska Girl Scouts to get relief loan for lost cookie sales

Apr. 27, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Selling Girl Scout cookies is normally a foolproof business model, but the coronavirus outbreak cooled sales of for Alaska scourts. The Girl Scouts of Alaska looked for help and the group is expected to receive a federal recovery loan to help compensate for lost cookie sales. First...

Alaska Girl Scouts to get relief loan for lost cookie sales

Apr. 26, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Selling Girl Scout cookies is normally a foolproof business model, but the coronavirus outbreak cooled sales of the treats in Alaska. The Girl Scouts of Alaska sought assistance, and the organization is expected to receive a federal recovery loan to help compensate for lost cookie...

Oil exploration firm claims discovery of huge Alaska deposit

Apr. 9, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An oil exploration firm has discovered a deposit of potentially 1.8 billion barrels in Alaska's North Slope region south of Prudhoe Bay, the company said. Pantheon Resources PLC said it located the deposit along the Dalton Highway and Trans-Alaska Pipeline System corridor, The...