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Despite low oil prices, and spending cuts elsewhere within the company, Royal Dutch Shell says it intends to drill in its Chukchi Sea leases in 2015.
Alex DeMarban,Yereth Rosen
ConocoPhillips said Thursday it will delay a decision on spending $900 million on a project in the Greater Moose's Tooth Unit 1, a project that would lead to the first oil produced from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Alex DeMarban
ConocoPhillips reported Thursday that its adjusted fourth-quarter Alaska earnings in 2014 were $379 million, down from the $555 million collected during the same period a year earlier.
Alex DeMarban
A contentious proposal for an alcohol tax in Anchorage hasn’t even officially been scheduled for the April city ballot, but the state liquor industry has already launched a campaign to fight it.
Devin Kelly
A small plane reported overdue in Southcentral Alaska was found Thursday and the pilot taken to a local hospital with no significant injuries. 
Laurel Andrews
The Anchorage Museum's popular Alaska Gallery will close for a year as it undergoes a $15 million major remodel and "reimagining" starting in late summer 2016.CultureMike Dunham
Health concerns and workplace issues were flagged for further consideration by Alaska lawmakers Thursday as they continue work on drafting regulations for the legalization of recreational marijuana.Cannabis NorthMolly Dischner | Associated Press
Something to keep in mind before dining at BurgerFi is that high-end ingredients cost more.Food & DrinkDonna Freedman
Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux announced Wednesday that Judiciary Committee meetings dealing with a bill that would update Alaska's criminal marijuana statutes were nixed following controversy over provisions of the bill.Cannabis NorthSuzanna Caldwell

News & Politics

'Dangerous' Fairbanks escapee caught, another still at large

Alaska State Troopers have arrested a Fairbanks halfway-house escapee considered a "dangerous" offender, while another man remains on the loose after fleeing a third-party custodian in Fairbanks this month. Megan Edge

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Sports

Idle after sweeping UAF, UAA hockey has hard road ahead

The Seawolves on Friday open a WCHA road trip that starts with a series at fourth-place Northern Michigan and continues next week at league-leading Minnesota State-Mankato.Doyle Woody

Adventure

When surfcasting goes gonzo

For a group of Aussies, battling waves, rocks and sizeable tuna, sharks and cobia in New South Wales makes fishing a little more extreme. Tara Young

Nation/World

  • The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to force construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, which President Barack Obama is certain to veto in his first official clash with the new Republican-majority Congress.

  • The young man who was operating the drone that crashed onto the White House lawn early Monday had been playing with the $500 device in his living room when he decided to open the window and fly it around outside, according to a friend who is familiar with the events.

We Alaskans

Recalling deadly 130-foot tsunami created by 8.1 quake in the Aleutians

Altogether, the 1946 tsunami killed 159 people in Hawaii, drowned a swimmer in Santa Cruz, banged up fishing boats in Chile and wrecked a hut on Antarctica. The curve of the Aleutians protected much of Alaska, but the five at Scotch Cap had no chance.Ned Rozell