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NORAD said the Russian planes -- two refueling tankers, two fighters and two long-range, nuclear capable bombers -- made a loop and returned to Russian airspace after being contacted by the NORAD jets. 
Sean Doogan
David C. Walcott and David R. Eneyuk, the village's only two village public safety officers, were both accused of assaulting their wives in separate alcohol-related incidents in the early morning hours of Sept. 6 and subsequently fired from their jobs. New Stuyahok has one village police officer. Officials hope to hire new VPSOs soon.
Dave Bendinger
A National Guard general from Connecticut will lead the effort to restore the Alaska National Guard's confidence in its leadership. The appointment comes a little more than two weeks after an outside investigation found serious problems within the Guard's senior command
Jill Burke
One Wasilla-area resident hopes the urn holding his infant son's ashes is among the contents of a stolen pickup that was driven by a man who died Thursday after a brief pursuit by Alaska State Troopers. 
Zaz Hollander
On Sept. 19, 1920, it rained in Ketchikan. It continued to rain or snow every day until Dec. 16 -- a span of 88 days, or nearly three months. 
Alaska Dispatch News
Drivers making their way through downtown Anchorage on Friday were greeted with a strange sight. Instead of parked cars, metered spaces were filled with artificial turf, lawn chairs and people making s’mores, part of Anchorage's first Park(ing) Day.
Loren Holmes
Anchorage music lovers will have a rare chance to experience Baroque music as it was meant to be presented, with dancers, at a concert on Sunday. Alaska NewsMike Dunham
The Alaska Department of Transportation released a new plan for a Juneau road Thursday, with Gov. Sean Parnell's re-election campaign following up by highlighting his support for the road. His opponent, Bill Walker, criticized  Parnell for trying to win local support with expensive capital projects. Governors Race 2014Pat Forgey

Sports

Climbing for a cause, Anchorage amputee Brelsford claims world title

Less than five years after Haiti's earthquake buried her in a pile of concrete, amputee Christa Brelsford of Anchorage captured a world championship in paraclimbing.Beth Bragg

Adventure

Iditarod photographer recounts adventures on the trail in 'Chasing Dogs'

Photographer Jeff Schultz has spent more than three decades as official photographer for the Iditarod, meaning he's accumulated tens of thousands of photographs and just as many stories on the race. He shares some of each in his new book.Colleen Mondor

Culture

Kim Sunée: Revisiting that one-pot wonder, minestrone soup

Minestrone is a wonderful lunch option or even substantial enough for dinner. Just add a green salad and some crusty bread and you’ve got a filling meal to carry you from these early fall days into the colder winter evenings. Kim Sunée

We Alaskans

RIP Suby Sam: The story of my stolen car

One morning in August 2013, I awoke to find an empty parking space where my car should have been. My Subaru had been stolen overnight, one day before I was set to begin a long-anticipated journey abroad. Laurel Andrews

Nation/World