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FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Sen, Dan Sullivan, R-Ark., wears a mask at a hearing in Washington. Protesters in Alaska carrying a banner and a caribou heart interrupted a campaign event for Sullivan who is seeking reelection. The Anchorage Daily News reported the small group of protesters were restrained and escorted out by staff and attendees at Sullivan's campaign launch event in a hangar near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Saturday, July 11. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)

Protesters: Caribou heart meant to send message to senator

Jul. 13, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The man who owned a caribou heart that protesters said they wanted to give U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan during a disrupted campaign event said Sullivan reminded him of the robotic Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz,” and he wanted to give him a heart. Samuel Johns said his...

A woman wearing a face mask exits the Atwood Building, a downtown Anchorage, Alaska, building where many state offices are located on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Municipality of Anchorage on Monday instituted a requirement that most people should wear masks in indoor public settings, but Attorney General Kevin Clarkson sent an email to state employees saying that state buildings within the municipality were exempt from that order. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll

Jul. 12, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total. A count by Johns Hopkins University has only the United States, Brazil and Britain with more confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus. Sunday’s rise to...

Alaska protesters interrupt campaign event with animal heart

Jul. 12, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska carrying a banner and a caribou heart interrupted a campaign event for a U.S. senator seeking reelection. The small group of protesters were restrained and escorted out by staff and attendees at Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan’s campaign launch event in a...

This undated photo shows a building that remains at the site of the Jesse Lee Home in Seward, Alaska, where the territorial flag, which later became the Alaska state flag, was first flown. The Seward City Council will decide Monday, July 13, 2020, whether to demolish the remaining buildings. (Dorene Lorenz via AP)

City mulls razing site where 1st Alaska flag flew

Jul. 12, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The fate of one of Alaska’s most historic yet neglected structures could be decided Monday as city officials in Seward weigh whether to demolish a former Methodist boarding school where the Alaska territorial flag was first flown almost a century ago and where its Alaska...

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Review: 'Conspiracy' tells of gold rush and Gilded Age greed

Jul. 7, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

“A Most Wicked Conspiracy: The Last Great Swindle of the Gilded Age,” by Paul Starobin (Public Affairs) Rules, laws and honesty meant little to Alexander McKenzie, a Gilded Age political boss in North Dakota who chummed around with deep-pocketed capitalists and U.S. senators. After gold was...

Bald eagle trapped in Alaska tree rescued on 4th of July

Jul. 5, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bird symbolizing America's freedom had to be liberated on Independence Day after becoming stuck in a tree in Alaska, a wildlife official said. An adult, female bald eagle was hurt but conscious Saturday after being untangled from a spruce tree in Juneau, The Juneau Empire reported ...

Street musician Cal Austermuhl performs on a street in downtown Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the same day Alaska residents began receiving their share of the state's oil wealth. Austermuhl says his $992 share was already spent on bills. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska oil checks smaller, but they help pay virus bills

Jul. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Downtown Anchorage street musician Cal Austermuhl had good reason to be singing the blues Wednesday, the same day the state of Alaska began distributing $992 checks that will be paid to nearly every resident. “Mine’s already spent,” he said of his share of the...

BP, Hilcorp say they've closed part of Alaska oil, gas deal

Jul. 1, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — BP announced Wednesday it has closed part of its planned $5.6 billion sale of assets and operations in Alaska to Hilcorp, including the transfer of leases in the Prudhoe Bay oil field and Point Thomson gas field. William Lin, an executive vice president for BP, in a statement called...

Firm to offer balloon rides from Alaska to the edge of space

Jun. 30, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A company wants to use an advanced balloon to fly customers from Earth's surface in Alaska to the highest reaches of the planet's atmosphere. Florida-based startup firm Space Perspective plans to use the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak to serve as one of the launch sites for...

3 injured when boat, humpback whale collide in Alaska waters

Jun. 29, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three people on a recreational boat were injured, one seriously, after it collided with a humpback whale, authorities said Monday. The collision happened Saturday just outside Auke Bay, north of Juneau, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said in a statement. ...