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An accused bank robber’s run from the FBI ended recently when, charges say, his stolen minivan ran out of gas outside of Wasilla. Prosecutors on Wednesday charged James D. Surrells with the Aug. 13 hold-up of an East Anchorage bank.
Kyle Hopkins
Eight months after a collision in West Anchorage left a bicyclist dead, state prosecutors have decided not to prosecute the driver. Video surveillance and an investigation of what happened revealed a complicated and tragic accident.
Craig Medred
Following a letter to the campaigns from an attorney representing the victims' family in a high-profile murder and sexual assault case in Anchorage, the Sullivan and Begich camps pulled ads referencing the crime from Alaska airwaves.
Nathaniel Herz
The biggest back-to-school controversy at the University of Alaska this year has been the $320,000 bonus the UA Regents offered to UA President Pat Gamble, an idea that will be reconsidered at Gamble's request. This is the wrong time to get a bonus, he said.
Alaska Dispatch News
Two California residents received years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines for stealing identities there and in Alaska, part of a scheme involving the filing of false income tax returns.
Jerzy Shedlock
A tsunami warning that sounded through several Kenai Peninsula communities Tuesday morning turned out to be a false alarm, though it spurred concern among residents and prompted hundreds of calls to local police.Alaska NewsMegan Edge
OPINION: The Obama administration should stand up for the Alaska and American fishing industry against Russia's power play.CommentaryLarry Cotter
The economic benefits of reduced-scale energy projects scattered around Alaska are obvious, and for most there is little environmental impact. Small, local energy projects also would enhance the rural lifestyle instead of degrading it.VoicesJohn Schandelmeier
The wettest summer in the history of Fairbanks continues to show no sign of drying out. The opening hours of September brought about 2.24 inches of rain, the most in any 24-hour period in any September going back to the early 1900s. WeatherAlaska Dispatch News

Culture

Among the many exhibits at the Alaska State Fair, the whimsical "creative arts and crafts" department, housed in Irwin Hall, captures the unusual and interesting offerings that don't easily fit into other categories.
Tara Young

News & Politics

False tsunami alarm sends Kenai Peninsula into brief chaos, confusion

A tsunami warning that sounded through several Kenai Peninsula communities Tuesday morning turned out to be a false alarm, though it spurred concern among residents and prompted hundreds of calls to local police.Megan Edge

Arctic

Study: Sparser, thinner Arctic Ocean ice enabling new phytoplankton blooms

New research finds that reduced ice cover is stimulating a new phenomenon in the Arctic -- extra blooms of phytoplankton occurring in the fall, just before freeze-up, in addition to the usual springtime blooms.Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • The Islamic State group has beheaded Steven J. Sotloff, the second American executed by the Islamic militant group, and posted a video of it on the Internet, the SITE Intelligence Group, a research organization that tracks jihadist web postings, said Tuesday.

  • With NATO leaders expected to endorse a rapid-reaction force of 4,000 troops for Eastern Europe this week, a senior Russian military official said Tuesday that Moscow would revise its military doctrine to account for “changing military dangers and military threats.”