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Former Alaska state Rep. Bob Lynn dies at age 87

May. 26, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska state Rep. Bob Lynn has died. He was 87. Lynn had been dealing with health issues when he died Monday, his son, John Lynn, said. Lynn, a long-serving Anchorage Republican, was first elected to the House in 2002. He eventually was unseated by Chris Birch, who won the...

Alaska checking results from coronavirus testing machines

May. 26, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s public health labs are checking results from rapid COVID-19 testing machines amid concerns about their accuracy. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has 113 testing machines to confirm suspected coronavirus cases, The Anchorage Daily News reported ...

Juneau Assembly may approve $1M for child care providers

May. 26, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Juneau Assembly could approve more than $1 million in funds to help licensed child care providers whose businesses have been hurt by the coronavirus. The assembly plans to vote on an emergency measure during a special meeting scheduled for Thursday, KTOO-FM reported Saturday. The...

School children wearing masks get their hands sanitized and temperatures checked as they arrive to appear for state board examination during the coronavirus pandemic in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

The Latest: India reports biggest jump in virus cases again

May. 26, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India reports biggest jump in virus cases for 7th straight...

Opponents say late federal change favors Alaska mine project

May. 25, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency announced a preferred transportation route for precious metals leaving a proposed mine, angering opposition groups who say the decision represents a significant change that needs public review. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made a preliminary determination that...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Thomas Waerner, of Norway, celebrates in Nome, Alaska, his win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Waerner is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

Virus strands Norway racer in Alaska after Iditarod win

May. 24, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thomas Waerner won this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March, but he is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, The...

Instructor of CITYROW Atlanta Midtown, Jose Mendoza, center, leads a class as gyms reopen with limited members on Saturday, May 16, 2020, amid the COVID-19 virus in Atlanta. Big box gyms and local fitness studios are reopening under a patchwork of protocols based on state and local guidance, but most are following some basic protocol.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Smaller classes, online reservations new norm as gyms reopen

May. 24, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Weeks and his wife are fitness junkies. During quarantine, they tried home workouts — push-ups, planks, bike riding around town — but it wasn’t the same. The semi-retired oil and gas explorer longed for his old gym routine. “To say I missed it...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

FILE - In this June 21, 2006, file photo, Beatrice Bruins' Travis Tucker takes his turn at bat during the fifth inning of the Midnight Sun game between the Bruins and the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season, as the future of sports worldwide remains uncertain during the coronavirus pandemic. The league website says this season will be canceled to keep everyone safe from exposure to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Nora Gruner, File)

Alaska Baseball League cancels upcoming summer season

May. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season, as the future of sports worldwide remains uncertain during the coronavirus pandemic. “To operate this summer without the ability to keep all involved safe from exposure to the COVID-19 virus, we as a league have...