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Alaska Supreme Court chief justice plans to retire

Nov. 30, 2020 4:10 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court plans to retire next year, the court system announced Monday. Chief Justice Joel Bolger said he gave early notice of his intent to retire June 30 to help ensure a smooth transition, given the time it can take to fill a judicial vacancy,...

Suspect in custody after 4 found dead in Mat-Su locations

Nov. 30, 2020 3:28 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A suspect has been taken into custody after four people were found dead Monday north of Anchorage, Alaska State Troopers said. The four deaths occurred in two locations in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, troopers said in an online report. The suspect in the death of all four was...

Juneau nonprofits awarded $860K virus homeless relief grant

Nov. 30, 2020 1:18 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A group of four nonprofit organizations in Alaska's capital have been awarded a grant of more than $860,000 to counter homelessness amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Juneau Empire reported Friday that the grant from the Alaska Housing Financial Corporation will be shared by the...

Alaska mushers lacking salmon receive dog food donations

Nov. 30, 2020 9:18 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sled dog mushers in communities on Alaska's Yukon River have received thousands of pounds of donated food to help feed their animals during a shortage of the salmon that is normally a staple of their diet. Pet food manufacturer Purina donated 39,000 pounds (17,690 kilograms) of...

Petition by Alaska to delist seals as threatened rejected

Nov. 28, 2020 2:54 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A petition by the state of Alaska to delist three species of Arctic ringed seals as threatened has been rejected. The decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday was based on “threats associated with ongoing and projected changes in sea ice and on-ice snow...

Alaska lab failed to report about 1,600 positive virus cases

Nov. 28, 2020 2:11 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A lab in Alaska failed to report over 1,600 positive coronavirus tests to the state health department in the past month, according to a state official. Dr. Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the state, said Friday that Beechtree Labs did not report 1,636 positive test...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Nov. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EST
In a story Nov. 25, 2020, about a new U.S. estimate of missed coronavirus infections, The Associated Press erroneously reported an earlier calculation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, the CDC estimated nine of every 10 cases were being missed, not one of every 10.

Anchorage no longer buying Alaska club for homeless shelter

Nov. 27, 2020 3:33 PM EST

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Acting Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson has announced that the city was no longer planning to purchase the former Alaska Club building to become a new homeless shelter for those displaced because of the pandemic. Quinn-Davidson said in a statement Wednesday that the city discovered...

Anchorage School District to continue online-only learning

Nov. 27, 2020 12:05 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage School District has announced that schools will not resume in-person classes until after winter break because of increasing confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city. Superintendent Deena Bishop made the announcement Wednesday in an email to families and employees, saying...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through a shopping street in Osaka, western Japan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The Latest: Emperor's New Year greeting cancelled in Japan

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 PM EST

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his family will not offer their New Year greetings from the palace balcony due to concerns over the country’s struggles with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. The Imperial Household Agency said in a statement Friday that the annual greetings on Jan. 2 will...