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A bartender brings drinks to customers in a cafe of Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France, Tuesday June 2, 2020. The French way of life resumes Tuesday with most virus-related restrictions easing as the country prepares for the summer holiday season amid the pandemic. Restaurants and cafes reopen Tuesday with a notable exception for the Paris region, the country's worst-affected by the virus, where many facilities will have to wait until June 22 to reopen. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

The Latest: Paris expands mask requirements for pedestrians

Aug. 14, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

PARIS — Paris is expanding the areas of the city where pedestrians will be obliged to wear masks starting Saturday morning, with health officials saying the coronavirus is “active” in the French capital and the Mediterranean city of Marseille, The Champs-Elysees Avenue and the area around...

Alaska churches defy size limits in emergency health order

Aug. 14, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some churches in Alaska's largest city have recently defied the emergency order limiting the size of gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Anchorage health order prohibits indoor gatherings of more than 15 people in public, including religious services,...

Organization predicts Anchorage to lose 11,000 jobs in 2020

Aug. 14, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. has predicted the city is likely to lose more than 11,000 jobs this year, largely because of the financial impact of the coronavirus. Corporation CEO Bill Popp said the losses would take the city back to employment levels last seen before...

FILE - This Jan 22, 2020, file photo shows a Ravn Connect airplane landing at the airstrip in Toksook Bay, Alaska. The largest rural airline in Alaska has declared bankruptcy and laid off more than a thousand workers but wants $250,000 in bonuses to be awarded to its chief executive and other employees. Alaska Public Radio reported that RavnAir Group filed the request Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 in Delaware bankruptcy court. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Bankrupt Alaska airline seeks bonus for its chief executive

Aug. 13, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest rural airline in Alaska has declared bankruptcy and laid off more than a thousand workers but wants to award $250,000 in bonus money to its chief executive and other employees. Anchorage-based RavnAir Group filed the request Tuesday in Delaware bankruptcy court,...

Anchorage and diner reach settlement over coronavirus order

Aug. 13, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Municipality of Anchorage has reached a settlement with the owners of a restaurant that remained open for dine-in service in defiance of an emergency coronavirus order. Kriner’s Diner agreed Tuesday to abide by a temporary injunction issued by Superior Court Judge Eric...

Baby born on flight in Alaska is named Sky by his mother

Aug. 12, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The mother of a baby born on an airplane that was taking her to a hospital in Anchorage has named her son Sky because of his unique birth and first experience. Chrystal Hicks gave birth to Sky Airon Hicks on Aug. 5 around 1 a.m. after boarding a plane to be flown from the small...

Alaska Senate president faces Republican primary challenge

Aug. 12, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's state Senate President will be challenged for her Anchorage seat in the upcoming state Republican primary. Cathy Giessel will face challenger Roger Holland in the Aug. 18 primary election, Alaska Public Media reported Tuesday. Holland criticizes Giessel's leadership of...

Anchorage seeks court contempt hearing against defiant diner

Aug. 10, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage diner owner who kept his restaurant open for dine-in service in defiance of an order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus said the business would be open for takeout only amid concerns with possible fines. Andy Kriner, who with his wife owns Kriner’s...

Alaska reports 98 new coronavirus cases among residents

Aug. 10, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported Sunday that there were 98 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus among state residents. The new case reports brought the number of residents known to be currently infected to 2,594, while 1,091 residents were reported...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, that if he's elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. The mine would be built near headwaters of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. Conservation and local tribal groups say they fear the mine will devastate the fishery.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden vows to block Alaska mine project if elected

Aug. 9, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday that if he’s elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. “It is no place for a mine,” the former vice president said in a statement to news...