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Anchorage, Alaska chooses 1st woman, openly gay acting mayor

Oct. 17, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Austin Quinn-Davidson will serve as acting mayor of Anchorage starting next Friday after Mayor Ethan Berkowitz's resignation. Quinn-Davidson, 40, is an attorney who was first elected to the Assembly in 2018. She will be the first woman and openly gay person to serve as mayor or...

Anchorage, Alaska Mayor Ethan Berkowitz addresses the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Berkowitz on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a female reporter, three days after she made online allegations against the married official. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Nude photos and death threats: Scandal topples Alaska mayor

Oct. 14, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A stunning tale of inappropriate behavior between a politician and a television anchor, death threats and nude photos culminated in a joint police and FBI investigation, the arrest of the journalist and the resignation of the mayor of Anchorage. Ethan Berkowitz, the top elected...

Bryson DeChambeau hits off the 10th tee during the final round of Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

DeChambeau plans month away from competition before Masters

Oct. 13, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau has taken some unusual routes in his career, from his single-length clubs to bulking up in an effort to swing as hard as he can. Add to the list his decision to take a month off without competition leading to the Masters. The Shriners Hospitals for Children...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, file photo, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz addresses reporters at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Berkowitz on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a female reporter, three days after she made online allegations against the married Berkowitz. (AP Photos/Mark Thiessen, File)

Anchorage mayor admits to inappropriate relationship

Oct. 12, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz on Monday admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a female reporter, three days after she made online allegations against the married official. “I apologize to the people of Anchorage for a major lapse in judgment I made several...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: S. Korea reports 97 new coronavirus cases

Oct. 11, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has confirmed 97 new cases of the coronavirus, a modest uptick from the daily levels reported last week, just as officials ease social distancing restrictions after concluding that transmissions have slowed following a resurgence in mid-August. The figures released by the...

Women peel potatoes outside a snack bar amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Many people in Brazil are struggling to cope with less pandemic aid from the government and jumping food prices, with millions expected to slip back into poverty. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

The Latest: Brazil's virus death toll surpasses 150,000

Oct. 10, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s count of COVID-19 deaths surpassed 150,000 on Saturday night, despite signs the pandemic is slowly retreating in Latin America’s largest nation. The Brazilian Health Ministry reported that the death toll now stands at 150,198. The figure is the world’s second...

Tina Arons, 32, speaks as she removed her phone from a tripod at the Harvey Cornell Rose Park Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Arons used the video recording setup to capture a dance routine with silk fan veils, draped over her shoulder, for and online she teaches. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

The Latest: New Mexico loses ground in COVID-19 spread fight

Oct. 9, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico is losing ground in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as newly reported daily infections hit a record of 488 cases. Three additional deaths from the pandemic also were disclosed Friday by state health officials as fatalities from the pandemic surpassed 900. Bernalillo...

FILE - In this on March 11, 2012 file photo, Dallas Seavey pulls in to the checkpoint in Unalakleet, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The world's most famous sled dog race will go forward in 2021, and officials are preparing for every potential contingency now for what the coronavirus and the world might look like in March when the Iditarod starts. It's not the mushers that worry Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach; they're used to social distancing along the 1,000 mile trail. The headaches start with what to do with hundreds of volunteers needed to run the race, some scattered in villages along the trail between Anchorage and Nome, to protect them and the village populations. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

Iditarod preps for any scenario as 2021 race plans proceed

Sep. 24, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The world’s most famous sled dog race will go forward in 2021, and amid the ongoing pandemic, officials now are preparing for every possible contingency for what the race and the world might look like in March when the Iditarod starts. It’s not the mushers who worry...

In this undated photo, provided by the Alaska Zoo, is an alpaca named Caesar at the zoo in Anchorage, Alaska. A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. The bear had been hanging around the zoo lately, knocking over trash bins and breaking bear-proof latches before it got under the fence Sunday morning.

Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

Sep. 23, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday. It was killed a day later by wildlife officials. The bear had been hanging around the zoo, knocking over trash bins and breaking bear-proof...

This Aug. 20, 2010 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the lava dome named Novarupta marks the 1.2 mile (2 km) wide vent of the 1912 Novarupta-Katmai eruption. While western U.S. states were suffering from hazy red skies from wildfires, Alaska was dealing with an air quality problem born a century ago. Strong southerly winds picked up loose ash from a 1912 volcanic eruption, sending an ash cloud about 4,000 feet into the sky. (Peter Kelly/U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

Winds kick up century old volcanic ash in Alaska

Sep. 15, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — While western U.S. states were suffering from hazy red skies from wildfires, Alaska was dealing with an air quality problem born a century ago. Strong southerly winds picked up loose ash from a 1912 volcanic eruption, sending an ash cloud about 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) into the...