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A chapter of world history closed on Thursday when the U.S. Army’s 793rd Military Police Battalion was removed from active duty at a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. The battalion is probably best known for protecting the “Red Ball Express” supply lines after D-Day and for its involvement in the Nuremberg war trials.
Mike Dunham
Two men were hiking in the Hatcher Pass Management Area on Thursday when they got lost and came upon the Little Susitna River.
Laurel Andrews
With snow already spotted in the Interior, the National Weather Service says Southcentral Alaska could see near-freezing temperatures this weekend.
Alaska Dispatch News
Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have made thousands of court records confidential in cases where charges are dismissed or defendants have been acquitted, saying the bill went too far.
Dermot Cole
With no answers yet about why an Army rocket failed Monday in Kodiak, leaders of the state-subsidized Alaska Aerospace Corp. find themselves wrestling with the tricky question of public relations damage control. They're also wondering who will pay for the damage to the launch complex.
Dermot Cole
North Slope ravens have forced one researcher to go incognito so she can get closer to the birds to determine why they live in such a harsh climate. ScienceNed Rozell
The last few times I’ve returned home to Mountain Village, it’s been mainly in the winter months. This year, I made a decision to go home to go berry picking for my 85-year-old grandmother, Maria, who is elderly and disabled, and not so mobile anymore.CultureTrina Landlord
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
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. Food & DrinkZaz Hollander

Sports

Lumberjack act a fair favorite, year after year

Fred Scheer's Lumberjack Show is as much a part of the Alaska State Fair as giant cabbages and decadent cream puffs, a fixture for more than 20 years. That's a lot of yo-hos.Beth Bragg

Culture

Chris Thompson: Blessing can be a beautiful gesture

This week I’ve been thinking about blessings, both offered by clergy and the kind we bestow to others our lives may touch. In my contact with churches and clergy recently, I’ve been touched by the blessings I’ve seen given, and saddened by missed blessing opportunities. Chris Thompson

News & Politics

Shell's new Chukchi plan: Two rigs drilling wells at the same time

In the latest revision of its Arctic drilling plan, Shell envisions two rigs drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's Northwest coast and operating as each other's required backup. The revised plan doesn't necessarily mean the company will drill in 2015, but it keeps that possibility open.Yereth Rosen

Arctic

Genes show mysterious ‘paleoEskimos’ survived 4,000 years until sudden demise

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.Joel Achenbach

Nation/World