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Alaska Airlines scales back miles partnership with American

Oct. 10, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Airlines and American Airlines will scale back their mileage plan partnership early next year. Alaska Airlines mileage plan members will not be able to earn miles on American Airlines international flights beginning March 1, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday....

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

Oct. 10, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will...

Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

Oct. 9, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses to patients that resulted in addiction, overdoses and deaths, officials said. The Alaska U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Jessica Joyce Spayd and...

Police: Memory card depicts woman's killing, man in custody

Oct. 9, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

A digital memory card found on a street in Alaska's largest city contained videos of a woman being strangled and pictures of her face down in the back of a truck, according to police and a charging document released Wednesday. Anchorage police believe human remains found along a highway earlier this month are...

The Latest: Authorities: Videos show woman being strangled

Oct. 9, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a death investigation in Alaska (all times local): 4:55 p.m. A charging document alleges a memory card found on a street in Alaska's largest city contained videos of a woman being strangled and pictures of her face down in the back of a truck. Anchorage police...

The Latest: Alaska justices hear youth climate lawsuit

Oct. 9, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an Alaska Supreme Court hearing on an appeal involving a climate change lawsuit filed by state youths (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A lawyer representing 16 Alaska youths told the state Supreme Court his clients have a constitutional right to a healthy environment....

Village school investigates racist notes sent to student

Oct. 1, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — School officials in an Alaska Native village said Tuesday they are investigating three racist, hate-filled notes left in the locker of a mixed-race student that urged the girl to kill herself, one day after another student in the Bering Sea community died by suicide. David Harris,...

Shelter says it beat back rule it take transgender women

Sep. 30, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A faith-based Anchorage women's shelter claimed victory Monday in a lawsuit against the city over a requirement that it accept transgender women. The city has agreed to make permanent a judge's recent order affecting the downtown Hope Center shelter, conservative Christian law firm...

Costly guitars bound for Hong Kong land at Alaska schools

Sep. 24, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage School District received a donation of high-end guitars that were bound for Hong Kong before they were confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, officials said. The district estimated the 10 guitars have a combined value of nearly $54,500, The Anchorage Daily...

Alaska has nation's most expensive wildfire this year

Sep. 20, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The nation's most expensive wildfire this year is one that has been burning for months on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. The Swan Lake Fire has so far cost about $46 million to fight, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. That price tag puts it ahead of the...