The ships did not violate international law, which allows countries to transit other nations' seas under what is called "innocent passage," an official said. 
Missy Ryan | The Washington Post
The man and woman accused of stealing an Alaska State Troopers SUV in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough this week were arrested in Wasilla on Thursday, the agency said.
Megan Edge
A Juneau woman who freed a trapped eagle and was cited for springing other traps is heading back to court. The trapper is suing her for damages. 
Lisa Phu | KTOO News
Sen. Cathy Giessel has convened a group of her colleagues to study potential changes to Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit regime, following criticism of the program’s cost during this year’s legislative session.
Nathaniel Herz
Ride-sharing service Uber has agreed to pay $77,925 to settle claims that it did not pay for workers' compensation insurance for its drivers when the company was briefly operating in Anchorage.
Sean Doogan
One of the behind-the-scenes community leaders who helped set up events for President Barack Obama in Dillingham ended up -- to his own surprise -- riding with the president in an armored Chevy Suburban flown in for the visit to this fishing town.Alaska NewsLisa Demer
The motorcades are gone and Denali gets to stay, but what else? What really comes of Alaska’s big presidential visit?  President Obama in AlaskaErica Martinson
The Alaska Public Offices Commission is on the hunt for Robert "Moose" Henrichs to serve him with a $1,120 fine for campaign finance violations.PoliticsPat Forgey

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Adventure

Encouraging signs as Alaska's duck-hunting season kicks off

Favorable weather much of the year for waterfowl appears to have benefited Alaska's hatch-year birds. The wetlands of the 49th state produce, on average, 12 million ducks and more than a million geese each year.    Joseph Robertia

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Jeff Lowenfels: It's time to talk about frost

I dislike writing the annual column on what to do when frost is predicted. No one likes to read it, either, I am pretty sure. Still, global warming or not, we are going to have a winter here. Jeff Lowenfels

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Coast Guard identifies worst potential oil spills in Arctic

The Coast Guard will present worst-case scenarios for drilling and shipping in the Arctic to the Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response working group of the Arctic Council later this month.Kamala Kelkar

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We Alaskans

For 1923 visit to Alaska, White House shipped tablecloths, sheets to roadhouses

Herbert Hoover, the future president, wrote later that President Warren Harding was ill at ease on the Alaska trip, and insisted on playing bridge from just after breakfast until midnight. Hoover, then the secretary of commerce, was one of four other bridge players on the ship. "For some reason I developed a distaste for bridge on this journey and never played it again," Hoover said. Dermot Cole

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