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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China's north provinces

Jan. 23, 2021 9:38 PM EST

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. The single-occupancy rooms in the city of Nangong in Hebei province just outside Beijing are each equipped with their own heaters, toilets, showers and other...

Alaska officials to consider sooner vaccines for teachers

Jan. 23, 2021 11:52 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials say they are considering bumping up teachers on the state's vaccine list as more students have restarted in-person instruction. Tessa Walker Linderman, a top vaccine official with the state Department of Health and Social Services, made the announcement on...

Developer files appeal with Army Corps over mine rejection

Jan. 23, 2021 11:48 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The developer of the Pebble Mine in Alaska has filed an appeal with the Army Corps of Engineers that asks the agency to reconsider the developer's application to build a gold mine upstream from Bristol Bay. The Army Corps of Engineers rejected Pebble Limited Partnership's...

In this 2004 photo, a Great Pyrenees sheepdog along with three straggler sheep gather under a tree in Logan Canyon, Utah. Seventeen years after the Great Pyrenees sheepdog was rescued after faithfully guarding three stranded sheep in Logan Canyon, the man who brought the public’s attention to the plight is telling his full story. Jim Stone, a longtime Bear Lake guide and business owner, has teamed up with friend Karen Stone to write “The Legend of Big Boy: Safe or Stranded.

Dog who refused to abandon sheep in Logan remembered in book

Jan. 23, 2021 8:01 AM EST

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Seventeen years after a Great Pyrenees sheepdog was rescued after faithfully guarding three stranded sheep in Logan Canyon, the man who brought the public’s attention to the plight is telling his full story. Jim Stone, a longtime Bear Lake guide and business owner, has teamed up...

Agency forming plans to distribute $200M in aid to renters

Jan. 22, 2021 5:06 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska renters will have to wait for an undetermined amount of time before receiving allotments of up to $200 million in federal coronavirus aid. The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. will oversee the rental assistance in much of the state, but the corporation said Wednesday it is still...

Alaska job numbers down in December amid ongoing pandemic

Jan. 22, 2021 2:42 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had 24,100 fewer jobs in December than a year earlier amid ongoing economic repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the state labor department reported Friday. Karinne Wiebold, a department economist, said there aren't many bright spots to glean from the December jobs report....

Alaska officials say 68 wolves trapped on or near island

Jan. 22, 2021 9:07 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials have reported that 68 wolves were taken by trappers in 2020 on or near Prince of Wales Island. Conservationists unsuccessfully attempted to block the 21-day wolf trapping season from November to December, CoastAlaska reported on Thursday. State Department of...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, a crowd standing behind ExxonMobile signage watches as Thomas Waerner, of Norway, arrives in Nome, Alaska to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The world's most famous sled dog race has lost another major sponsor as the Iditarod prepares for a scaled-back version of this year's race because of the pandemic, officials said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. ExxonMobil confirmed to The Associated Press that the oil giant will drop its sponsorship of the race. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

ExxonMobil becomes latest sponsor to sever Iditarod ties

Jan. 21, 2021 10:09 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod, the world’s most famous sled dog race, has lost another major sponsor as it prepares for a scaled back version of this year’s race because of the pandemic, officials said Thursday. ExxonMobil confirmed to The Associated Press that the oil giant will drop...

Dunleavy pitches dividend change amid legislative splits

Jan. 21, 2021 5:59 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed checks of nearly $5,000 to residents as part of an effort aimed at reviving the state's pandemic-stunted economy, with the money to come from Alaska's oil wealth fund. But there was a hitch. The Republican, in his budget plan rolled out last month,...

Alaska village loses running water after fire destroys plant

Jan. 21, 2021 10:05 AM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A fire in an Alaska village burned a plant that served as the community's only source of clean, running water, leaving residents waiting for a delivery of water by plane. Alaska State Troopers said the fire at the water plant in Tuluksak burned from about noon until 4:30 p.m. last...