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FILE - This Oct. 17, 2019, file photo, shows a commuter airplane that crashed near the airport in Unalaska, Alaska, killing a passenger. Alaska needs a comprehensive review effort to improve aviation safety because its aviation fatal and non fatal accident rates are far higher than the national average, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Jim Paulin via AP, File)

Alaska needs broad review of aviation safety, officials say

Feb. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska needs a comprehensive review effort to improve aviation safety because its fatal and non-fatal accident rates are far higher than the national average, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The NTSB issued a safety recommendation to the Federal Aviation...

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...

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...

File - In this August 2009, file photo, provided by the Department of Defense, a Cook Inlet beluga whale calf, left, and an adult breach near Anchorage, Alaska. Two environmental groups gave formal notice Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, that they will sue to protect endangered Alaska beluga whales from oil and gas operations. The Center for Biological Diversity and Cook Inletkeeper gave notice they will sue the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for violating the Endangered Species Act by not protecting Cook Inlet belugas. Formal 60-day noticed is required before the agency can be sued. (Christopher Garner/Department of Defense via AP, File)

Groups give notice they will sue to protect beluga whales

Jan. 31, 2020 4:08 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two environmental groups gave formal notice Friday that they will sue to protect endangered Alaska beluga whales from problems caused by oil and gas operations. The announcement came three days after a federal agency said the population of white whales is declining faster than...

Passengers board buses after arriving on an airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Jan. 29, 2020.  The passengers will undergo additional screenings in California and be placed in temporary housing. Officials have not said how long they will stay there.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: Rival Koreas close liaison office over outbreak

Jan. 29, 2020 9:04 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China: 10 a.m. The rival Koreas have agreed to suspend operations at their liaison office in North Korea until the new virus outbreak comes under control. South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Thursday it plans to bring back 58 South...

A girl wears a face mask as she play on a swing near the Yingwuzhou Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS. (AP Photo/Arek Rataj)

Health experts: Human-to-human spread of new virus worrying

Jan. 29, 2020 7:25 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — World health officials expressed “great concern” Wednesday that a dangerous new virus is starting to spread between people outside of China, a troubling development as China and the world frantically work to contain the outbreak. For a second day, the number of infections grew...

Personnel in protective clothing unload luggages from the airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Jan. 29, 2020.  The passengers will undergo additional screenings in California and be placed in temporary housing. Officials have not said how long they will stay there.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Americans from China virus zone evaluated at military base

Jan. 29, 2020 6:42 PM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The 195 Americans evacuated from the Chinese city at the center of the new virus outbreak are undergoing three days of testing and monitoring at a California military base to ensure they do not show signs of the illness, officials said Wednesday. The people flown out of China on a...

In this photo taken Aug. 25, 2017, provided by NOAA Fisheries, a newborn beluga whale calf sticks its head out of the water in upper Cook Inlet, Alaska. The population of endangered beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet continues to decline, federal marine mammal authorities announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. A biennial survey conducted by the fisheries arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the population of the white whales at 250 to 317, with a median estimate of 279. (NOAA Fisheries via AP)

Survey: Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales continue decline

Jan. 28, 2020 7:54 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The population of endangered beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet continues to decline, federal marine mammal authorities announced Tuesday. A biennial survey conducted by the fisheries arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the population of the white...

A sign directs travelers to the north terminal at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, where a flight plane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China is expected later Tuesday, is seen Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

The Latest: AP source: Plane leaves China with Americans

Jan. 28, 2020 5:20 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China that has sickened thousands of people and killed more than 100 (all times local): 5:45 a.m. A U.S. State Department official has told The Associated Press that a chartered plane sent to China to pick up Americans in the city of Wuhan has...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, fourth left, speaks with construction workers at the site of makeshit field hospital being built in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded its sweeping efforts to contain a deadly virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (Li Tao/Xinhua via AP)

The Latest: US advises travelers to avoid all of China

Jan. 27, 2020 6:08 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the new virus from China that has sickened thousands of people and killed dozens (all times local): 6:50 a.m. U.S. health officials have changed their travel advice to American travelers planning to go to China. Previously, the agency advised travelers to avoid any...