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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 2019 file photo, From left, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Daniel White, UA Anchorage Chancellor Cathy Sandeen and UA Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield speak at a UA Board of Regents meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Cathy Sandeen, the chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage has announced her intention to take a new position as the president of a California university, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.(AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

Alaska university chancellor accepts new job in California

Oct. 30, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage has announced that she plans to take a new position as the president of a California university. Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said Thursday she accepted an offer to become president of California State University, East Bay. Sandeen...

People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus shop at a market ahead of Hindu festivals in  Jammu, India, Thursday, Oct.29, 2020. India's confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

The Latest: India's downward trend in new cases continues

Oct. 30, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India has reported 48,648 new coronavirus cases, continuing a downward trend in infections even as the country’s caseload has crossed 8 million and is only behind the U.S. The Health Ministry also reported 563 new fatalities in the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 121,090...

Women wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a moving bus on a street in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China says latest outbreak appears contained

Oct. 28, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

BEIJING — Officials in the northwestern China region of Xinjiang say they believe they have contained the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak. Xinjiang reported 23 new confirmed cases Thursday, all involving people who had initially tested positive but displayed no symptoms. It was the second...

Anchorage urges masks, staying home as virus infections rise

Oct. 28, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage is on a “dangerous path” as coronavirus cases rise, the city's health director said Wednesday as officials implored people to avoid gatherings and follow orders to wear masks in public. Acting Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson told reporters she has been...

Alaska man charged with virus violation dies in shooting

Oct. 27, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who was the first among a few Alaska residents to face charges for violating a coronavirus quarantine order was killed in a shooting. Duane Fields, 48, died Oct. 21 at the Anchorage hotel where he lived and worked, Alaska Public Media reported Monday. Fields helped another...

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....

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...

Anchorage man killed after 5 officers open fire in standoff

Oct. 23, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man is dead after five Anchorage police officers opened fire at him when he appeared with a gun during a standoff at his home, authorities said. The Anchorage Police Department said no officers were hurt during the shooting in Eagle River Thursday morning, KTUU-TV...