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Kansas Rep. Watkins pays account after foreclosure lawsuit

Nov. 8, 2019 5:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins paid a homeowners association in Alaska that was seeking to foreclose on his condominium, an email sent by the property manager shows. The email shows that Watkins called the property manager to resolve the matter on Thursday, the same day that The...

Alaska university taking PB&J as payment for parking tickets

Nov. 6, 2019 3:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — What a lip-smacking offer! Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly. KTUU-TV reported the university would take donations for their annual payment tradition...

Showdown: Michigan St-Kentucky, Kansas-Duke tip-off season

Nov. 4, 2019 5:13 PM EST

The nation's top teams don't have to wait long to find out how they measure up against some of the best competition. Answers will come quickly for No. 1 Michigan State, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Kansas and No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic, the marquee event in college basketball's opening week. The Jayhawks and...

Critics gear up for response to lease sale in Arctic refuge

Oct. 26, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Opponents of oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge have a message for oil drillers and the people who finance them: Don't become the company known for the demise of America's polar bears. The Department of the Interior hopes to conduct a lease sale in the Arctic...

Alaska's Iditarod joins a new global sled-dog-racing series

Oct. 24, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has joined a new global partnership billed as the World Series of long-distance sled dog racing and aimed at bringing more fans to the cold-weather sport. The Iditarod has teamed up with Norway pet food supplement company and series...

Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect

Oct. 22, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the tape in...

Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect

Oct. 21, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the tape in...

The Latest: South African pleads not guilty in Alaska death

Oct. 21, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on arraignment for a man accused of killing two Alaska Native women (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the death of a second homeless Alaska Native woman. Brian Steven Smith entered his pleas...

1 dead after plane landing on Alaska island went off runway

Oct. 19, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One person died after a commuter airplane went off the end of a runway while landing at an airport in the remote Aleutian Islands fishing community of Unalaska, authorities said Friday. Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as David Allan Oltman, 38, of Washington state. The...

The Latest: City plans to remove plane from site Saturday

Oct. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a plane that went off the runway while landing at an Aleutian Islands community (all times local): 4:46 p.m. The city of Unalaska said in a statement Friday evening that it plans to remove on Saturday the PenAir airplane from the scene of a crash The state Department...