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Black bear tracks pizza scent, destroys car in Juneau

Aug. 8, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A black bear has destroyed a Juneau Pizza employee's car looking for food in a residential neighborhood, raising concerns from wildlife experts that the animal will have future encounters with people. “I think it was the delicious smell of the pizza that drove the bear to the...

Judge rules Anchorage diner must halt indoor dining

Aug. 8, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The city of Anchorage was granted a temporary restraining order against a local business after hearing arguments from the city attorney, meaning the diner must comply with the city's emergency order, a judge ruled. Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth heard arguments from Anchorage...

Alaska judge dismisses lawsuit over state coronavirus funds

Aug. 8, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the method by which the state dispersed its federal coronavirus funds was unconstitutional. The lawsuit, brought by Juneau resident Eric Forrer, was filed after a legislative panel, instead of the Alaska State Legislature, approved...

This undated photo shows Stewy Carlo during his Army service days during the Vietnam War. Carlo died in a car accident in 1975, but his family will apply for an allotment of 160 acres of government-owned land in Alaska under a new program that will allow Alaska Native Vietnam veterans or their heirs to apply for land that they might have missed out on in earlier programs because of their service. (Photo provided by Seeyaa Charpentier via AP)

Program allows some Alaska Native Vietnam vets to get land

Aug. 8, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Stewy Carlo had a short life, but he lived every moment. While serving in the Army, he bought a 1951 Mercedes and motored around Europe. After his service years, he roamed South America where he developed a love of photography, and then later turned heads while driving an exotic...

FILE - In this March 1, 2017, file photo, then Elon Trustee Louis DeJoy is honored with Elon's Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Elon. N.C. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and union officials say the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking worries ahead the anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections. Manchin on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 said he has received numerous reports from post offices and colleagues about service cuts or looming closures in West Virginia and elsewhere, prompting him to send a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy asking for an explanation. (Kim Walker/Elon University via AP, File)

Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

Aug. 7, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years. But the new postmaster general,...

Crane hits key bridge in Alaska, no structural damage found

Aug. 7, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A construction barge carrying a crane hit the underside of the Douglas Bridge in Juneau on Wednesday. A bystander recorded the incident from shore and posted it onto social media, where it was widely shared. The 620-foot (189 meter) long Douglas Bridge connects Douglas Island with...

University of Alaska regents no longer considering merger

Aug. 7, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents are no longer considering a proposed merger of the University of Alaska Southeast and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, officials said. The board unanimously voted Wednesday to rescind the resolution made in June that directed the...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

Aug. 6, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to immediately reverse operational changes that are causing delays in deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic...

4 bears killed as part of Alaska bear attack investigation

Aug. 6, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State wildlife department employees have killed four bears near the remote area in south-central Alaska where authorities say a man was fatally mauled last week. The state Department of Fish and Game on Thursday said preliminary analyses of DNA and other evidence link a female brown...