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Groups decry proposal to roll back Alaska forest protections

Sep. 24, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to exempt the country’s largest national forest from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas, a move conservation groups denounced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, under which the Forest Service falls,...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, a black bear saunters across a busy street in downtown Juneau, Alaska. A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau's garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. KTOO Public Media reports that a poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs mean more bears are looking for food among the city's trash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

More young bears, less food send them to Juneau’s garbage

Sep. 21, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau's garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. A poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs this year mean more bears are looking for food...

Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney poses inside his main Ann Sather restaurant, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Chicago. Tunney estimates he's put $250,000 of his own money into running his three Ann Sather restaurants.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Business owners tap into savings to withstand pandemic

Sep. 2, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus outbreak forced cruise lines to cancel trips to Alaska, it wiped out Midgi Moore’s tour business, leaving her with thousands of dollars in deposits to refund. Moore’s company, Juneau Food Tours, didn’t have enough cash on hand. So, she withdrew...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Sullivan, an Alaska Republican, is unopposed in the Alaska Republican Primary on Aug. 18, 2020. Sullivan, who is seeking a second term, will face the winner of the Democratic primary, which includes the leading candidate, Al Gross, who is running as nonpartisan. (Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)

Sullivan, Gross advance in Alaska US Senate primaries

Aug. 19, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Independent Al Gross won the Democratic Alaska U.S. Senate primary Tuesday, advancing to challenge Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan in this fall's general election. Gross, an orthopedic surgeon who was endorsed by the state Democratic party and gained national attention bested...

A sign directs voters to an early voting location in a state office building on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Voting in Alaska will look a bit different amid the coronavirus pandemic, with election officials saying poll workers will be required to wear protective gear, such as masks, and will encourage voters to maintain social distance and wear masks. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Voting in Alaska will look different amid pandemic

Aug. 15, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Voting in Alaska will look a bit different amid the coronavirus pandemic, with sanitizing and masking stations expected at polling sites and markings to promote social distancing during Tuesday’s primary. A large number of requested mail-in ballots also could mean some races...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....