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Democrat Liz Snyder, second from left, is shown during a recount on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska, in a race for an Anchorage House seat that certified results showed she won by 13 votes over Republican House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt. Also shown, from left, are attorney Joe Geldhof, a representative for the group that requested the recount; Holly Wells, an attorney for Snyder and attorney Stacey Stone, another representative for the group that requested the recount. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Recount finds 11-vote win for Snyder in Anchorage House race

Dec. 4, 2020 9:35 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A recount Friday affirmed a win by Democrat Liz Snyder over Republican House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt for an Anchorage House seat, though her margin of victory narrowed slightly. Results certified Monday showed Snyder had defeated Pruitt by 13 votes. But Friday’s recount...

FILE- In this March 31, 2020 file photo, members of the Connecticut Air and Army National Guard unload hospital supplies referred to as

The Latest: Conn. extends pandemic jobless benefit to 38,000

Dec. 4, 2020 7:26 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has signed an order allowing the state Department of Labor to expand eligibility for a federal pandemic unemployment program to an estimated 38,000 people who were previously disqualified. Under Friday’s order, $7.5 million from the state’s...

This photo from the U.S. Coast Guard shows where a rainstorm caused landslides in Haines, Alaska, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Authorities have identified the two people missing after a landslide the width of two football fields slammed into the southeast Alaska community. The Coast Guard remains engaged with the Alaska State Troopers and the city of Haines while responding to this event. (Lt. Erick Oredson/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Search continues for 2 missing after Alaska landslide

Dec. 4, 2020 5:05 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The search continued Friday for two people missing after a massive landslide crashed into a town in southeast Alaska, leaving a neighborhood mired in mud and felled trees stretching to the waterfront, the mayor said. The debris field from Wednesday’s slide was too unstable...

Fatal shooting suspect accused of family, guard assaults

Dec. 4, 2020 9:15 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The teen accused of killing four of his family members was previously charged with assaulting other close relatives, and now faces another charge of assaulting a jail guard. Malachi Maxon, 18, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths early Monday...

Alaska Rep. Young returns to work after coronavirus recovery

Dec. 4, 2020 9:11 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska has returned to work after recovering from COVID-19, his office said. Young's staff said the veteran Republican lawmaker was back at work in his congressional office in Washington, D.C., The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday. The 87-year-old...

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The Trump Administration has paved the way for an oil and lease sale in Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge scheduling a lease sale for Jan. 6, 2021, before the president leaves office later next month. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

US plans oil, gas lease sale in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Dec. 3, 2020 8:53 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to hold an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month, weeks before President-elect Joe Biden, who has opposed drilling in the region, is set to take office. Conservation groups criticized Thursday's...

Voter registration data for 113K Alaskans exposed in breach

Dec. 3, 2020 8:33 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Personal data such as driver’s license numbers and birth dates for tens of thousands of Alaskans was breached in an online voter database, but the state official overseeing elections said Thursday election results were not compromised because the online registration and vote...

Alaska reports 8 recent deaths related to COVID-19

Dec. 3, 2020 6:01 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state on Thursday reported eight recent deaths related to COVID-19 and 755 new cases of infection among Alaska residents. Dr. Anne Zink, the state's chief medical officer, said the deaths occurred within the last week. They include a man in his 30s; a woman in her 50s; four men in...

This photo provided by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shows damage from heavy rains and a mudslide 600 feet wide in Haines, Alaska, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Authorities say six people are unaccounted for, and four homes were destroyed in the slide, with the search resuming Thursday morning for survivors. (Matt Boron/Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities via AP)

Businessman, renter missing in Alaska after landslide

Dec. 3, 2020 5:04 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A local economic development official and a woman who rents an apartment from him have been identified as the two people missing after a landslide as wide as two football fields slammed into a neighborhood in Haines, Alaska, the mayor said Thursday. The home of David Simmons, interim...

Alaska town residents free entangled whale on Thanksgiving

Dec. 3, 2020 8:41 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Nineteen people in a small Alaska town on Thanksgiving cut free a whale that got tangled in buoys and crab pots. The humpback whale became entangled three days earlier, said rescuer Gordon Chew, a resident of Tenakee Springs. Residents were alerted to the whale's plight after they...