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This photo taken on Friday, June 19, 2020 and provided by ECMWF Copernicus Climate Change Service shows the land surface temperature in the Siberia region of Russia. A record-breaking temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in the Arctic town of Verkhoyansk on Saturday, June 20 in a prolonged heatwave that has alarmed scientists around the world. (ECMWF Copernicus Climate Change Service via AP)

The Arctic is on fire: Siberian heat wave alarms scientists

Jun. 24, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Arctic is feverish and on fire — at least parts of it are. And that’s got scientists worried about what it means for the rest of the world. The thermometer hit a likely record of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Russian Arctic town of Verkhoyansk on...

Ex-Minn. coach Lucia picked to run new CCHA hockey league

Jun. 17, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

Former Minnesota coach Don Lucia was named commissioner Wednesday of the newly formed Central Collegiate Hockey Association, an NCAA Division I league set to start in the 2021-22 season. Lucia won two national championships and made five trips to the Frozen Four over 19 seasons running the Gophers, until retiring...

University of Alaska regents to cut, reduce over 40 programs

Jun. 6, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has voted to cut or reduce more than 40 academic programs across the three-university system that is struggling financially. “This represents the largest number of program reductions completed by UA in recent memory,” regent...

Company completes 1st overland fiber-optic cable from Alaska

May. 27, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska company has completed construction of the first overland fiber-optic cable connecting the state to the continental U.S. The cable operated by Matanuska Telephone Association is expected to reduce Alaska’s reliance on undersea cables and satellite and microwave...

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...

Man accused of vandalizing SculptureWalk arrested in Alaska

May. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man suspected of vandalizing an exhibit of outdoor art sculptures in Sioux Falls has been arrested in Alaska, officials said. The 35-year-old man is being held on a felony charge of intentional damage to property between $100,000 and $500,000. Brady Alexander Jackson was...

Son of trooper killed in line of duty made honorary member

May. 19, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The 7-year-old son of an Alaska state trooper who was killed in the line of duty became an honorary member of the force for a day, teaming up with a police dog who shares his name. Lenox Rich joined the Alaska State Trooper D Detachment in Fairbanks during a Police Memorial Day...

1 dead, 1 injured in plane crash on Alaska's North Slope

May. 16, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pilot has died and a passenger was injured in a plane crash on Alaska's North Slope, authorities said. The single-engine Cessna 185 was en route Thursday from Fairbanks to a research field site when it crashed about 70 miles (112 kilometers) southeast of Utqiagvik, KTUU-TV...

Lawmaker likens virus screening stickers to Star of David

May. 15, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker on Friday defended asking whether stickers that individuals may be asked to wear as part of a Capitol coronavirus screening process will be “available as a yellow Star of David.” Republican Rep. Ben Carpenter of Nikiski said he was serious in making...