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22 candidates running in Alaska US House regular primary

Jun. 27, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Twenty-two candidates are running in the August regular primary for Alaska's U.S. House seat, after nine dropped out by last weekend's withdrawal deadline. The three candidates in the August special election for the seat are running in the regular primary....

Helicopter pilot helping Alaska firefighters dies in crash

Jun. 27, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A helicopter contracted to support firefighting efforts on an Interior Alaska blaze crashed after takeoff, killing the pilot, officials said Monday. The fatality was the first related to Alaska wildfires in 22 years. The pilot was identified as Douglas...

Air Force ROTC cadet dies in Idaho training accident

Jun. 26, 2022 22:25 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — An Air Force ROTC cadet from Alaska died in an accident involving a Humvee during a training exercise in Idaho, Mountain Home Air Force Base said Sunday. Mackenzie Wilson, 19, a cadet at Oregon State University, died of injuries sustained in an accident...

Alaska Supreme Court ruling keeps Sweeney off House ballot

Jun. 25, 2022 22:43 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Saturday upheld a lower court’s ruling that will keep Republican Tara Sweeney off the ballot for the August special election in Alaska’s U.S. House race. In a brief written order, the high court said it affirmed the decision...

Wildfire prompts evacuation order for areas near Anderson

Jun. 25, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An evacuation order was issued Saturday for people living in about 45 homes in subdivisions near a community in Interior Alaska after winds pushed the Clear Fire closer to them. The fire is burning near the community of Anderson, about 81 miles (130...

Alaska judge rules Sweeney won't advance to special election

Jun. 24, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge ruled Friday that Alaska elections officials do not need to put the fifth-place finisher in this month's U.S. House special primary on the upcoming special election ballot in place of a candidate who withdrew. Superior Court Judge William...

A new leader in the Philippines, and a family's old wounds

Jun. 24, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — He was the uncle I never met. But in my family's origin story, Emmanuel “Manny” Yap always loomed large. The life of great potential cut short. The cautionary tale. But also the reminder of doing what was right, no matter the cost. A rising leader...

Murkowski calls Senate bill on gun violence responsible

Jun. 23, 2022 21:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday described as responsible and “targeted” a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing gun violence. The Republican said the measure represents compromise. “No, I don’t think that you just say,...

Lawsuit says Sweeney should advance in Alaska US House race

Jun. 23, 2022 21:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge on Thursday said he was tentatively inclined to agree with the state elections office that the fifth-place finisher in a special primary for Alaska’s U.S. House seat cannot replace in the upcoming special election a candidate who abruptly dropped out. ...

Rockslide damages pier in historical Alaska cruise ship port

Jun. 23, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rockslide early Thursday damaged part of a cruise ship dock in the historic Klondike Gold Rush community of Skagway in southeast Alaska. At least one cruise ship diverted from Skagway after the slide damaged part of the Railroad Dock. ...