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President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and Amy Coney Barrett and her husband Jesse stand on the Blue Room Balcony after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Barrett was confirmed to be a Supreme Court justice by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barrett swearing-in differs markedly from 'superspreader'

Oct. 26, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time they mostly wore masks. It's been only a month since President Donald Trump's Rose Garden event to announce he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. That packed celebration for friends and allies of the president and his high court nominee turned into a...

Dunleavy: Alaska has entered virus 'acceleration phase'

Oct. 26, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state’s chief medical officer is urging Alaska residents to avoid all activities with people outside their households, especially indoor activities, citing a rapid increase in reported COVID-19 cases. “If you must be around others - wear a mask and stay distanced at...

Virus outbreak halts intake at Alaska Psychiatric Institute

Oct. 26, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's state-run psychiatric hospital has said the facility will not admit any new patients for two weeks after four patients tested positive for the coronavirus. The Alaska Psychiatric Institute on Friday said the patients who were infected will be isolated in a separate unit...

Aggressive bear causes closure of area near Anchorage park

Oct. 26, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials closed a forested area near an Anchorage park because of an aggressive brown bear that may be protecting a carcass. The area near the Abbott Loop Community Park is expected to remain closed through Nov. 5, the Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday....

A protester opposed to the Senate's race to confirm Amy Coney Barrett is removed by police after chaining themselves to a railing and holding a sign while sitting atop the statue Contemplation of Justice, at the Supreme Court building in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Mon

Oct. 25, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. Barrett's confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans...

Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier hits a single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the baseball World Series Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The Latest: Rays beat LA 8-7, tie Series at two games each

Oct. 25, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 4 of the World Series (all times local): 11:20 p.m. The Tampa Bay Rays pulled off a stunning rally in the bottom of the ninth inning when Brett Phillips’ two-out single and a pair of Dodgers misplays resulted in two runs that beat Los Angeles 8-7 and tied...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, pays respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Murkowski's nod gives Barrett extra boost for Supreme Court

Oct. 24, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won crucial backing Saturday when one of the last Republican holdouts against filling the seat during an election season announced support for President Donald Trump's pick ahead of a confirmation vote expected Monday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska,...

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she'll vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Oct. 24, 2020 3:18 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she'll vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Al Gross, right, an independent in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, holds a document during a debate with Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Sullivan participated remotely, as the Senate prepares to vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee in Washington. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media via AP, Pool)

Sullivan, Gross clash in broadcast Alaska Senate debate

Oct. 24, 2020 3:49 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The major candidates in Alaska's U.S. Senate race attacked each other's integrity and clashed on issues of health care and the Supreme Court in a high-profile broadcast debate less than two weeks before the Nov. 3 election. Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and Democratic-supported...

Palmer voting site temporarily closes after virus diagnosis

Oct. 23, 2020 10:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An early voting location in Palmer closed temporarily Friday after a poll worker was diagnosed with COVID-19, the Division of Elections said. The division, in a statement, said the risk to voters who cast ballots early at the main administrative offices of the Matanuska-Susitna...