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7 clergy members named in Alaska sexual misconduct review

Aug. 22, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An independent review has found credible accusations of past sexual misconduct against seven clergy members of an Alaska Catholic diocese, including a former priest who died in a July plane crash and another priest who was placed on administrative leave in recent months, church...

Correction: Alaska-Salmon Hatcheries story

Aug. 21, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Aug. 11 about Alaska salmon hatcheries, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alaska salmon hatcheries release 1.8 billion pink salmon fry annually. Total Alaska hatchery releases of all salmon and rainbow trout in 2018 was 1.8 billion fish, with pink salmon...

Alaska wildfire season continues with new fires, hot weather

Aug. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones. High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that...

Kayakers get up close with collapsing Alaska glacier

Aug. 19, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

Andrew Hooper's wife had warned him about getting too close to an Alaska glacier. She wasn't pleased, he said, when he returned from a kayaking trip earlier this month soaked to the bone but with incredible footage of part of the giant glacier's sudden and dramatic collapse. "It was absolutely gorgeous watching...

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy

Aug. 18, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television...

Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

Aug. 18, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did...

Alaska scientists say polar bear encounters to increase

Aug. 11, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska scientists say the chances of a polar bear encounter have increased after research reveals the bears are arriving on shore earlier and staying on land longer, a report said. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey found changes in sea ice habitat have coincided with...

Indiana man enters not guilty pleas in Alaska murder plot

Aug. 9, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 21-year-old Indiana man charged with masterminding the death of a developmentally disabled Anchorage woman has pleaded not guilty to five murder counts. The Anchorage Daily News reports Darin Schilmiller entered his pleas Friday. He's charged in the death of 19-year-old Cynthia...

Alaska police delete social media post mocking naked man

Aug. 9, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska police department has removed a social media post making light of a man asking officers to arrest and hold him in jail for public nudity, a report said. Anchorage police spokesman MJ Thim said the first-draft post should not have been published, The Chugiak-Eagle River...

Responders recover remains of 4 killed in Alaska plane crash

Aug. 7, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The bodies of four people who died in a plane crash in Alaska have been recovered from mountainous terrain overlooking a glacier. State Troopers spokesman Ken Marsh says the remains were recovered Tuesday evening, and sent to the state medical examiner's office. They have not been...