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The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday authorized the city to spend as much as $500,000 fighting a lawsuit filed by the family of an Anchorage man who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2012.
Nathaniel Herz
A second credit ratings agency raised a warning flag Thursday about Alaska’s state budget. Standard & Poor’s said that “to avert credit quality deterioration, we believe the state must make material progress in reducing the deficit in its fiscal 2016 budget.”
Dermot Cole
Seneca Neal, 37, of Anchorage, and Lamon Washington, 40, of Fairbanks, were charged after a months-long investigation that stretched across the state and netted some $400,000 worth of heroin, Alaska State Troopers said.
Alaska Dispatch News
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials made an unusual discovery hidden away inside luggage bound for China as it passed through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport -- more than 200 live baby turtles.
Sean Doogan
The state-backed plan for a 200-mile road to a mining prospect in northern Alaska sparked intense debate among dozens of tribal and village leaders who questioned the potential impact on their way of life. 
Dermot Cole
Getting ready for his midnight marathon on Christmas Eve, Santa takes a moment to evaluate one traveler's wish list.TravelScott McMurren
Anchorage marijuana activist Charlo Greene has clashed with her business neighbor, causing the two to file multiple restraining orders against each other.Alaska NewsSuzanna Caldwell
OPINION: Reading the sad story of the sinking of the Oryong 501, I am reminded again of how little the working conditions have changed aboard the Oryong 501s of the world.CommentaryCapt. Pete Garay
Ted Nugent and a former Miss USA are among the features touted for season two of "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," coming to the Sportsman Channel in January.Film & TVMaia Nolan-Partnow

Voices

A sea tale: Life aboard a tramper, remembered after Bering Sea sinking

OPINION: Reading the sad story of the sinking of the Oryong 501, I am reminded again of how little the working conditions have changed aboard the Oryong 501s of the world.Capt. Pete Garay

News & Politics

Portion of Providence Drive to close for 2 weeks for bridge construction

A stretch of Providence Drive through the University of Alaska Anchorage will be closed for two weeks starting this weekend as crews erect a pedestrian bridge linking two campus buildings.Devin Kelly

Arctic

Annual Arctic Report Card details continued warming on land and sea

While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen

Adventure

Stormy weather wreaks havoc -- only 36% of McKinley climbers reach summit

Most years, slightly more than half of those who try reach the top of Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America. Not since 1998 has the success rate fallen so low. By contrast, 68 percent made it in 2013, when the weather gods smiled on Alaska.Craig Medred

Nation/World

We Alaskans

To get from farm to fork, pigs at the Van Wyhe Family Farm travel more than 200 miles from the grassy reaches of Copper Center in eastern Alaska along the Richardson Highway to the urbane confines of Torchon Bistro in South Anchorage.
Loren Holmes,Zaz Hollander