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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2020, file photo, George Chakuchin, left, and Mick Chakuchin walk on ice over the Bering Sea in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Motor vehicle offices across the U.S. have experienced high demand as an Oct. 1 deadline approaches for Real IDs, special licenses many will need to board domestic flights and enter military bases and some federal buildings, but in remote parts of the country, like rural Alaska, those ID cards may be harder to get. People in Toksook Bay, on an island just off Alaska's western coast, rely on small planes to travel off the island. The near DMV office is 115 miles away in Bethel. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

In Alaska, rural living complicates access to Real ID

Feb. 15, 2020 3:16 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — For many Americans, going to a state motor vehicle office can be a tedious time suck. For people who live in rural Alaska's vast patchwork of communities not connected by roads, just getting to a DMV can be a lengthy and pricey ordeal. Motor vehicle offices across the U.S. have...

Stan Moll throws bales of hay onto a makeshift table in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, so other Iditarod volunteers could place the bales into plastic bags. About 1,500 bales will be flown to checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which begins March 7, and will be put down on the snow and ice so the canine participants in the race have a warm place to sleep. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Prepping straw bedding for dogs signals Iditarod is near

Feb. 14, 2020 4:39 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers slung bales of hay onto a table Thursday, where they were swiftly stuffed inside blue plastic bags, twirled and shut with twist ties before being dragged off to waiting pallets. The 60 or so people in safety vests weren’t participating in some type of agricultural...

Alaska Airlines President Ben Minicucci, left, looks on as American Airlines President Robert Isom addresses a news conference about the companies new partnership Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Seattle. The airlines say they will cooperate more closely on West Coast service, including new American flights from Seattle to India's technology hub in Bangalore. The airlines already share revenue by selling seats on each other's flights, but they had planned to reduce that partnership next month. Instead, they announced that they will expand revenue-sharing to cover international flights in Seattle and Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

American and Alaska strike deal around Seattle flights

Feb. 13, 2020 8:34 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and Alaska Airlines say they will cooperate more closely on West Coast service, including new American flights from Seattle to India's technology hub in Bangalore. The airlines already share revenue by selling seats on each other's flights, but they had planned to reduce...

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in Juneau, Alaska. On Wednesday, Feb. 12,  Dunleavy proposed a state lottery as a way to provide a new source of revenue. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska governor proposes lottery amid budget woes

Feb. 12, 2020 6:40 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska, long-reliant on oil and in search of options amid a persistent budget deficit, may turn to the lottery for help. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced legislation Wednesday proposing a lottery. His administration said it could serve as part of his goal of providing greater...

Man pleads guilty to killing his wife on cruise to Alaska

Feb. 7, 2020 6:07 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A man pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the beating death of his wife during a 2017 family cruise to Alaska. During Friday's hearing Kenneth Manzanares acknowledged details of a plea agreement he'd earlier signed, which said he beat his wife, Kristy Manzanares, after...

Troopers: 5 killed in commuter plane crash in Alaska

Feb. 6, 2020 10:45 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five people were killed in a small commuter plane crash in southwest Alaska on Thursday, Alaska State Troopers said. The pilot and four passengers on a Yute Air flight were killed, Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said in an email to The Associated Press. Names have not been...

In this June 17, 2011, photo provided by NOAA Fisheries are freshwater seals at Iliamna Lake, in Alaska. An environmental group is petitioning the federal government to list a population of freshwater Alaska seals under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, petitioned to provide protections to harbor seals that live at Iliamna Lake in southwest Alaska. (Dave Withrow/NOAA Fisheries via AP)

Group seeks endangered species listing for Alaska lake seals

Feb. 6, 2020 7:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only known freshwater harbor seals in the U.S. should be listed as threatened or endangered, an environmental group said Thursday in its second petition for the animals. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned for additional protections for the 400 harbor seals that...

Baylor coach Scott Drew gestures during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

No. 1 Baylor just ahead of No. 3 Kansas at Big 12 midpoint

Feb. 6, 2020 5:25 PM EST

Baylor coach Scott Drew and his team don't spend time pondering those final five minutes in Alaska the first week of the season that led to the only blemish on their record. The No. 1 Bears (20-1, 9-0 Big 12) have since won 19 games in a row and are the only team that has held the top spot in the AP Top 25 three...

Utah man to plead guilty in wife's death on Alaska cruise

Feb. 3, 2020 7:09 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Utah man beat his wife to death after she told him she wanted a divorce while on a family cruise to Alaska in 2017, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court Monday. The document states Kenneth Manzanares agrees to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, left, and Sen.m Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., return to the Senate chamber after a meeting in the Majority Leaders office during a break in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol Friday Jan 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trial highlights: After drama, quick vote to block witnesses

Feb. 1, 2020 1:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a dramatic night and a day of expectation, the Senate voted in quick order to block Democratic calls for new witnesses and documents at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The 51-49 vote Friday, just before the dinner hour Eastern time, all but ensures Trump's...