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Anchorage police reported Thursday that they need help locating three suspects who severely beat a local cab driver when he asked for their fare.
Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska State Troopers are investigating the beating of one man and threats to kill a family in a Western Alaska Village. Two men have been arrested and troopers say they are looking for a third man. 
Megan Edge
The 600-foot container vessel had stopped in Dutch Harbor to pick up a cargo of seafood to bring back to Asia when the U.S. Coast Guard conducted an inspection, which they said required further investigation.
Tegan Hanlon
A 28-year-old man accused of attempting to smuggle drugs over the fence and then fleeing from the scene at the Anchorage Correctional Complex is facing multiple charges. 
Megan Edge
Among the programs Rep. Lynn Gattis' budget cut were Best Beginnings, an early childhood reading program, the Live Homework Help program, the Statewide Literacy Program and broadband assistance for rural schools.
Pat Forgey
Behind the leaders, six other teams were out of Nome by 10 a.m. Thursday. Wily veteran Scott Davis of Soldotna and partner Aaron Bartel of Anchorage were on the trail at 8:12 a.m., followed at 8:57 a.m. by the father-son duo of Andy and Brad George. OutdoorsMike Campbell
Originally slated to open this Sunday, Krispy Kreme said it has not yet broken ground on an Alaska franchise.BusinessSean Doogan
It's a topsy-turvy world we're living in lately, where it's raining in normally sub-zero Alaska and the U.S. South is dealing with show-stopping winter weather. And some research suggests it's only likely to continue.WeatherCraig Medred
Willow's fire department covers 100 square miles with some of the oldest equipment in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, a moldy fire station and rising frustration that's led to a public "letter of discontent" with the board of supervisors in charge of it all. Mat-SuZaz Hollander

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Arctic

The Arctic -- An uncommon heritage of humankind

With the Arctic Council, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and other entities and rules already keeping the Arctic peaceful and orderly, there is no need for a new Arctic treaty to sort out international relations at the top of the globe. Heather Exner-Pirot

Nation/World

  • South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a 62-year-old law that made adultery an offense punishable by up to two years in prison, citing the country’s changing sexual mores and a growing emphasis on individual rights.

  • Continuing its assaults on a string of Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, the Islamic State militant group has seized scores more residents during the past two days, bringing the number of captives to as many as several hundred, Assyrian organizations inside and outside Syria said Thursday.

We Alaskans

Being female among fishermen: An unwelcome reminder on the docks

In cornering me on the dock, Carl effectively cracked that measuring stick over his knee and forced me to remember that in a society where gender, power and violence are all connected, even the strongest fisherman’s vulnerability is never quite as distant as she’d like to imagine.Tele Aadsen