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Church helps mining community evolve in dark, warming Arctic

Jan. 26, 2023 08:36 AM EST

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AP) — The warm glow of Svalbard Kirke’s lights gleams on the mountain slope from where the church stands over this remote Norwegian Arctic village, cloaked in the polar night’s constant darkness. A century after it was founded to minister to the coal...

US reinstates road, logging restrictions on Alaska forest

Jan. 25, 2023 19:10 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency said Wednesday it is reinstating restrictions on road-building and logging on the country's largest national forest in southeast Alaska, the latest move in a long-running fight over the Tongass National Forest. The U.S. Department of...

Polar bear emerged unseen from snowstorm to kill mom, son

Jan. 20, 2023 16:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Summer Myomick bundled her baby against the freezing winds whipping off the Bering Sea and stepped outside into a blur of blowing snow. It was a short walk from the school where she had visited relatives to the health clinic about 150 yards (137 meters) away, but the...

Rare attack in Alaska renews interest in polar bear patrols

Jan. 20, 2023 15:52 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For isolated communities at the top of the world, keeping the planet’s largest land predators -- polar bears -- out of town is key to coexistence. That can mean patrolling for the animals by snowmobile or four-wheeler, shooing them away with spotlights or...

Mother, 1-year-old son killed in Alaska polar bear attack

Jan. 18, 2023 22:38 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A polar bear chased several residents around a tiny, isolated Alaska Native whaling village, killing a mother and her 1-year-old son in an extremely rare attack before another community member shot and killed the bear, authorities said. The fatal mauling,...

Polar bear kills woman, boy in remote Alaska village

Jan. 17, 2023 23:17 PM EST

WALES, Alaska (AP) — A polar bear has attacked and killed two people in a remote village in western Alaska, according to state troopers. Alaska State Troopers said they received the report of the attack at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wales, on the western tip of the Seward Peninsula,...

Browns interview Seahawks' Desai for defensive coordinator

Jan. 16, 2023 19:18 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns began the second week of their search for a new defensive coordinator by interviewing their fourth candidate, Seattle associate head coach Sean Desai. The 39-year-old Desai visited the Browns' training facility on Monday, two days after the...

Illinois women end 23-year AP Top 25 drought, LSU on rise

Jan. 09, 2023 13:08 PM EST

Off to one of the best starts in school history, Illinois cracked The Associated Press Top 25 women's basketball poll for the first time in 23 years on Monday. The Illini (14-3) are ranked No. 24 in their first Top 25 appearance since Nov. 27, 2000. It's been a remarkable turnaround...

Connecticut bear chooses family's backyard deck to hibernate

Jan. 08, 2023 15:27 PM EST

PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut family is letting a sleeping bear lie for now after discovering it hibernating under a backyard deck. Vincent Dashukewich of Plainville told WTNH television he was shocked to see the black bear looking back at him when he went to investigate...

AP PHOTOS: Bear costumes, dance at popular Romanian festival

Jan. 08, 2023 02:36 AM EST

COMANESTI, Romania (AP) — Centuries ago, people in what is now northeastern Romania would don bear fur and dance to fend off evil spirits. Nowadays, the custom lives on as a popular festival that has been drawing crowds of tourists. The so-called ‘dancing bears festival’ takes...