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EXPLAINER: Will Alaska financing program ease eviction woes?

Jul. 30, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only...

Largest US quake in half-century causes Alaska little damage

Jul. 29, 2021 21:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest earthquake in the United States in the last half century produced a lot of shaking but spared Alaska any major damage in a sparsely populated region, officials said Thursday. The magnitude 8.2 earthquake was reported about 10:15 p.m....

2 die in small plane crash in Alaska state park

Jul. 27, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane reported overdue Monday was found crashed, with the two people on board dead, according to Alaska State Troopers. Austin McDaniel, a troopers spokesperson, said there were two adults on board. He said the plane left from...

Destiny helps Anchorage woman find missing diamond setting

Jul. 26, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Danielle Wakefield was devastated when she discovered the diamond had fallen out of her ring, the only thing she had from her late father. Wakefield, an assistant coach for the Anchorage-based Nunaka Valley Little League softball team, flew to...

US, China hold high-level talks, highlighting differences

Jul. 26, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

TIANJIN, China (AP) — High-level face-to-face talks between U.S. and Chinese diplomats on Monday highlighted sharp differences between the sides, although the tone appeared somewhat less contentious than at their last meeting. China issued a long list of demands and...

Divine transformation: Ex-Alaska strip club becomes church

Jul. 25, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular strip club that once beckoned customers off a busy highway leading into Anchorage is now a church offering salvation — instead of temptation — thanks to a daughter of a former exotic dancer. Linda Dunegan believes divine...

Jill Biden in Tokyo for Olympic Games, meets prime minister

Jul. 22, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

TOYKO (AP) — Jill Biden embarked on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high. She arrived in Tokyo on Thursday, and...

Alaska health officials seek to boost COVID-19 vaccine rates

Jul. 20, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials are seeking to boost plateauing vaccination numbers as COVID-19 cases climb in the state. The week of July 4 marked a month of week-over-week increases in infections in Alaska, according to the health department. That was...

EXPLAINER: Will Alaska financing program ease eviction woes?

Jul. 15, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping...

Alaska lawmakers tasked with making budget recommendations

Jul. 08, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers tasked with making recommendations on a state fiscal plan said they want to come up with proposals that can receive broad support. The House last month agreed to set up the working group as part of a compromise aimed at averting a...