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The U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of two operating Arctic-class icebreakers will be sufficient -- if barely so -- for about another six years, the agency’s new Alaska commandant said Monday. 
Yereth Rosen
For the second day, the Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater in the area of Coghlan Island near Auke Bay in Southeast Alaska.
Jerzy Shedlock
Oil giant BP will cut close to one-fifth of its Alaska workforce of employees and direct contractors as a result of the sale of a chunk of its Alaska assets to Hilcorp, the company announced Monday.
Alex DeMarban
The Anchorage brawl involving the Palin family that made national headlines has inspired a parody song from a Florida singer-songwriter.
Alaska Dispatch News
The Alaska Table Tennis Club and the Anchorage Park Foundation hosted the Concrete Ping-Pong Tournament on a concrete table installed this summer on the Delaney Park Strip. 
Erik Hill
A Katmai sow grizzly bear adopted a yearling after the yearling's mother abandoned it in a tree by Brooks Falls. Now the sow, the sow's cub and the yearling are fishing together and expected to hibernate this winter as a family.WildlifeMegan Edge
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says he will vote for an initiative to increase Alaska’s minimum wage to $9.75 an hour by 2016, after saying before the Aug. 19  GOP primary that he was opposed to the change.Senate Race 2014Nathaniel Herz
OPINION: There is a whole lot of needless embarrassed silence in the aftermath of a brawl in the quiet Anchorage neighborhood of Oceanview. But that's par for the course when it comes to some celebrities, even reluctant ones.CommentaryCraig Medred

Sports

The Alaska Table Tennis Club and the Anchorage Park Foundation hosted the Concrete Ping-Pong Tournament on a concrete table installed this summer on the Delaney Park Strip. 
Erik Hill

Adventure

State biologist 'lucked out' that Shuyak Island grizzly mauling wasn't worse

After peeling off his waders, the Alaska biologist discovered a puncture near his Achilles and a long chunk of flesh ripped open on his leg where the bear's tooth had caught him near the calf and then dragged through flesh toward his ankle.Craig Medred

Arctic

U.S. icebreaker fleet will need makeover by about 2020, Coast Guard says

The U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of two operating Arctic-class icebreakers will be sufficient -- if barely so -- for about another six years, the agency’s new Alaska commandant said Monday. Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Tuesday that he would recommend deploying U.S. combat forces against Islamic extremists in specific operations if the current strategy of airstrikes was not successful, raising the possibility of the kind of escalation that President Barack Obama has flatly ruled out.

  • The United States will significantly boost its efforts to block the spread of Ebola across West Africa, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, casting the disease as a national security concern as he embarked on a brief tour intended to burnish his image as commander in chief.