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US judge suspends Alaska Cook Inlet lease, pending additional environmental review

Jul. 17, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An environmental review underpinning a 2022 oil and gas lease sale in Alaska failed to properly analyze the potential impacts on endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales, a federal judge has ruled in suspending the lone lease stemming from that sale. U.S. District...

An order blocking a rule to help LGBTQ+ kids applies to hundreds of schools. Some want to block more

Jul. 16, 2024 16:50 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge's order blocking a Biden administration rule for protecting LGBTQ+ students from discrimination applies to hundreds of schools and colleges across the U.S., and a group challenging it hopes to extend it further to many major American cities. U.S....

Man gets 226 years in deaths of 2 Alaska Native women. He filmed the torture of one

Jul. 12, 2024 18:44 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who killed two Alaska Native women and was heard while videotaping the torture death of one say that in his movies “everybody always dies” was sentenced Friday to 226 years in prison. Brian Steven Smith received 99-year sentences each for the...

US Coast Guard patrol spots Chinese naval ships off Alaska island

Jul. 11, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across several Chinese military ships in international waters but within the U.S. exclusive economic zone, officials said. The crew detected three vessels approximately 124 miles (200...

Trump-appointed judge in Alaska resigns over sexual misconduct, leaving only 1 judge in state

Jul. 10, 2024 19:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. District Court judge in Alaska has resigned and could face impeachment after having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a clerk who later became an assistant U.S. Attorney and then repeatedly lying about it to investigators, a judicial investigation found. ...

An Alaska tourist spot will vote whether to ban cruise ships on Saturdays to give locals a break

Jul. 07, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Each year, a crush of tourists arrives in Alaska’s capital city on cruise ships to see wonders like the fast-diminishing Mendenhall Glacier. Now, long-simmering tensions over Juneau’s tourism boom are coming to a head over a new voter initiative aimed at giving residents...

Discipline used in Kansas' largest school district was discriminatory, the Justice Department says

Jul. 02, 2024 19:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Educators in Kansas’ largest public school district discriminated against Black and disabled students when disciplining them, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, which announced an agreement Tuesday that will have the district revising its policies. ...

Study says Alaska's Juneau icefield is losing snow 4.6 times faster than it was in the 1980s

Jul. 02, 2024 11:01 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Study says Alaska's Juneau icefield is losing snow 4.6 times faster than it was in the 1980s.

Judge sides with 16 states, putting on pause Biden's delay of consideration of gas export projects

Jul. 01, 2024 22:06 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The Biden administration can’t delay consideration of projects aimed at exporting liquefied natural gas while a legal challenge by 16 Republican-led states plays out in federal court, a Louisiana judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge James Cain, Jr....

Wildfire forces Alaska's Denali National Park to temporarily close entrance

Jul. 01, 2024 14:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wildfire burning near the entrance of Denali National Park and Preserve forced the temporary closure Monday of one of Alaska’s most popular tourist destinations. Cars were turned around at the park’s only entrance, tour buses were canceled and public...