An Alaska appeals court has affirmed the 2011 child abuse conviction of Jessica Beagley, the Anchorage "hot sauce mom" who prosecutors said used a videotape of herself punishing her adopted Russian son to try to get on the "Dr. Phil" show.
Jerzy Shedlock
Exxon Mobil, the largest U.S. oil company, reported a 52 percent drop in profit for the second quarter. Revenue dropped by a third and the profits of its exploration and production businesses declined 74 percent, to $2 billion.
Clifford Krauss
Claudia Kuzakin, 39, was killed Friday morning in the Mountain View neighborhood in what appeared to be a hit-and-run incident, Anchorage police said. No suspected had yet been identified.
Jerzy Shedlock
The Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling late Thursday afternoon at Royal Dutch Shell's Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to company officials. Shell is allowed to drill the upper, non-hydrocarbon-bearing zone without its icebreaker present.
Yereth Rosen
Attorney General Craig Richards in an opinion issued Thursday said that law enforcement officers must enforce tribal protective orders just as if they came from an Alaska court.
Lisa Demer
Jose Vasquez was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday for helping save the other three passengers despite his own injuries in the Wings of Alaska crash near Juneau.Alaska NewsLisa Phu | KTOO News
The song-and-dance spectacle for performers ages 6 to 18 has survived so many seasons -- this will be its 34th -- that many of today’s performers are the sons and daughters of participants from previous years.MusicMike Dunham
OPINION: The Senate Finance Committee contracted for a written report on Medicaid that was to be completed by the end of April. That it didn’t get written is in keeping with the legislative pattern of posturing and delay on Medicaid expansion.CommentaryDermot Cole
Last week, officials announced updates to an agreement that allows Native residents of Alaska and Russia's Chukchi Peninsula to travel between the two countries without a visa for stays of up to 90 days.Nation-WorldRyan Schuessler | The Washington Post

News & Politics

Exxon, Chevron report worst quarterly results of the decade

Exxon Mobil, the largest U.S. oil company, reported a 52 percent drop in profit for the second quarter. Revenue dropped by a third and the profits of its exploration and production businesses declined 74 percent, to $2 billion.Clifford Krauss

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Medicaid expansion and reform: Separating wheat from chaff

OPINION: Alaska should ignore the huffy-puffy political talk and create a citizens' oversight panel to monitor, verify and report on the progress of Medicaid expansion and reform.Tara Jollie

Adventure

Nervy bikers can zoom downhill (and ride up) on 3 courses at Alyeska

Beginners would do well to stick to easier trails around the Bear Cub Quad until they’ve mastered the basics of hurtling downhill on two wheels. Trails reached from the other two lifts -- Ted’s Express and the Glacier Bowl Express -- are more suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.  Lisa Maloney

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Gambell basketball player chooses between hometown team and Seattle offer

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Convergent spirits: Paintings by 2 hiking buddies express Alaska in realistic and abstract art

Steve Gordon paints realistic landscapes, James Temte does abstracts. But they have been exploring Alaska together and will show their diverse impressions in an upcoming two-man show.Mike Dunham

Arctic

Shell resumes drilling in Alaska's Arctic waters for first time since 2012

The Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling late Thursday afternoon at Royal Dutch Shell's Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to company officials. Shell is allowed to drill the upper, non-hydrocarbon-bearing zone without its icebreaker present.Yereth Rosen

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We Alaskans

Besieged by blood-sucking bugs in Dillingham

Having endured a string of buggy summers on the Kenai Peninsula, I wondered what greater torment Bristol Bay could offer. But accounts of nasty hordes of noseeums, white socks and mosquitoes around King Salmon gave me pause. Clark Fair