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Dive team finds bodies of 2 men dead inside plane found upside down in Alaska lake

May. 18, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The bodies of two men have been recovered from a plane that was found face down in a lake, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday. Troopers were notified late Friday of the upside-down aircraft in Six Mile Lake near the Athabascan community of Nondalton,...

Jury finds Honolulu's former top prosecutor and 5 others not guilty in a federal bribery case

May. 17, 2024 22:00 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A jury found Honolulu's former top prosecutor not guilty Friday in a bribery case that alleged employees of an engineering and architectural firm bribed him with campaign donations in exchange for his prosecution of a former company employee. A U.S. grand jury...

Alaska lawmakers end their session with late bills passing on energy, education

May. 16, 2024 18:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers ended their four-month session early Thursday with a flurry of last-minute bills addressing priority issues such as energy and correspondence school programs that are a focus of ongoing litigation. Bickering over the budget was muted compared...

Cancer claims Iditarod champion Rick Mackey. His father and brother also won famed Alaska race

May. 15, 2024 16:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rick Mackey, the winner of the 1983 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, has died of lung cancer, his daughter told The Associated Press Wednesday. Mackey, who died Monday, was 71. The Mackey name is closely tied to the history of the Iditarod, the grueling race...

Alaska budget negotiators announce tentative deal as legislative session nears deadline

May. 14, 2024 15:51 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska budget negotiators announced a tentative agreement Tuesday that includes direct payments to residents this year of about $1,655, winding down a budget process that lacked the acrimony of prior years. Lawmakers face a Wednesday deadline to complete...

Man shot and killed after raising a gun at four Anchorage officers, police chief says

May. 13, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police officers responding to a disturbance call shot and killed a man early Monday after he pointed a gun at them, police chief Bianca Cross said. “Four officers discharged their weapons, striking the adult male once in the upper body, at least...

Alaska governor issues disaster declaration for areas affected by flooding from breakup of river ice

May. 10, 2024 20:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has issued a state disaster declaration for southwest Alaska communities that have experienced flooding due to the spring breakup of river ice and snowmelt. Water surrounded some homes in low-lying areas of the regional hub of Bethel,...

Cruise ship worker accused of stabbing 3 people with scissors on board vessel bound for Alaska

May. 07, 2024 21:42 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A cruise ship worker from South Africa was arrested Tuesday in Alaska's capital city, accused of attacking a woman and two security guards with scissors on board the vessel, according to authorities. The U.S. attorney's office says the man is charged with...

Alaska judge grants limited stay in correspondence school allotments decision

May. 03, 2024 21:03 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has paused through June his decision striking down laws that allowed some Alaska students to use public funds at private and religious schools, rejecting a request from the state for a longer stay. Superior Court Judge Adolf Zeman also said...

Witness says Alaska plane that crashed had smoke coming from engine after takeoff, NTSB finds

May. 02, 2024 17:07 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A witness saw smoke coming from one of the engines of an old military plane that crashed last week shortly after taking off on a flight to deliver fuel to a remote Alaska village, according to a preliminary crash report released Thursday. The witness said that...