In two unanimous decisions, the Alaska Supreme Court on Friday came down solidly on the side of a group fighting the proposed Pebble mine, backing efforts by two Alaska icons to give the public a voice in mineral exploration.
Lisa Demer
The city of Bethel has paid $175,000 to settle a police brutality complaint arising from the rough arrest of a drunken man in July 2014 that was captured by a security camera at the Alaska Commercial Co. store, an attorney for the city said Friday.
Lisa Demer
The Anchorage Assembly voted this week to reinstate fines for open burning at the height of fire season after the penalties for such offenses were removed last June during a code rewrite.
Tegan Hanlon
The Federal Highway Administration will make $2 million in emergency funds available as the flood-battered Dalton Highway's unprecedented closure continues. 
Alex DeMarban
A motorcyclist died Friday afternoon in Spenard after a shopping bag slid off the handle of his motorcycle and he veered off the road and crashed into a tree, according to the Anchorage Police Department. 
Tegan Hanlon
Instead of making a change, the board voted to establish a subcommittee to work with Fish and Game to “discuss and evaluate a variety of issues and options to address Dall sheep concerns." Populations of the popular game animals have declined in recent years. AdventureZaz Hollander
Alaska Pretrial Services is testing a new intervention tool on a selection of alcohol-dependent clients -- a smartphone application called Step Away that was developed by a UAA professor. Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock
Five villages will get help from the federal government for projects that range from optimizing existing wind turbines to crafting an entirely new energy plan.EnergyErica Martinson

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Homesick for breakup in the Arctic

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Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants

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  • J. Dennis Hastert, who served for eight years as speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a former student hundreds of thousands of dollars to not say publicly that Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an FBI investigation.

     

  • Torrential downpours in Texas that have whiplashed the region from drought to flooding. A heat wave that has killed more than 1,800 people in India. Record 91-degree readings in Alaska, of all places. A pair of top-of-the-scale typhoons in the Northwest Pacific. And a drought taking hold in the East.