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The attorney representing former hospital security guard and state forensic scientist John Giacalone says his client was arrested despite the fact that police knew the accuser’s story lacked credibility.
Jerzy Shedlock
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is demanding that Democratic incumbent Mark Begich remove a hard-hitting TV ad that Sullivan calls “shameful and deceitful.” 
Alex DeMarban
A federal court Friday took away a big victory it had earlier handed to Southeast Alaska's logging and other industries active in Tongass National Forest.
Pat Forgey
The ACLU of Alaska and NAACP Anchorage branch filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief Friday in support of a legal challenge to Alaska's same-sex marriage ban.
Suzanna Caldwell
The M/V Susitna, the Mat-Su Borough's ill-fated ferry, will get some long-delayed maintenance -- but no hull scraping -- even as federal officials press for the return of more than $12 million in grants. 
Zaz Hollander
Targeting what he believes is corruption in the Alaska Legislature, political activist Ray Metcalfe has filed an application with the Elections Division to launch a new citizen initiative aimed at stopping lawmakers from voting on bills that help their donors, their employers and others.   PoliticsAlex DeMarban
OPINION: Alaska State Troopers report they cannot say who they believe perished in the Tonsina Creek drainage near Seward because of Department of Public Safety policies. Consequently, the man's name may never be known.CommentaryCraig Medred
New genetic research on ancient bones reveals that a prehistoric population of hunters migrated into the high Arctic of North America and Greenland and survived for 4,000 years in almost complete isolation from the rest of humanity. Then, about 700 years ago, they vanished.ArcticJoel Achenbach


Alaska groan: Produce from Mat-Su farms is rare at state fair food stands

The giant vegetables at the Alaska State Fair may be the closest some visitors get to locally grown produce, given the scarcity of farm-fresh offerings at food booths. Zaz Hollander

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AK Beat: Worried about grizzly population, feds stop hunt in Kenai refuge

About 70 bears were killed by hunters on the Kenai Peninsula last year and another 51 in a spring hunt this year.  Closing refuge lands will sharply cut the area in which people can hunt this fall. Alaska Dispatch News


  • A federal judge in Austin, Texas, on Friday blocked a stringent new rule that would have forced more than half the state’s remaining abortion clinics to close.

  • Backed by Russian troops and weaponry, hundreds of Ukrainian rebel militiamen mobilized on Friday in this southeastern town, vacated by the Ukrainian military two days ago, and began to push toward the strategic seaport of Mariupol 27 miles away. The leader of the rebels called the advance a broad new effort to wrest control of a wide swath of coastal territory from the central government.