Although there have been no maulings or injuries in the area near the confluence of the Kenai and Russian rivers, bears have approached anglers in the area, swiping fish or backpacks. 
Mike Campbell
Three unidentified men caught on video climbed the Alaska Capitol early Friday after gaining access through a construction zone and stole the flags.
Associated Press
Alaska will be exempt from the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule restricting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Erica Martinson
Mercury, arsenic and antimony have been leaking into the Kuskokwim River for years from 250,000 cubic yards of tailings, waste produced by the now-abandoned mine.
Associated Press
Both of Alaska’s senators -- Republicans Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski -- voted Monday to end debate and allow a vote on a bill that would slash federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  
Erica Martinson
A newly hired CEO's relocation expenses were paid, contingent on service for at least a year. If the job turns out to be far worse than expected, is that grounds for annulling that contingency?BusinessLynne Curry
The renovations, part of a major project in the works for years, are planned to reduce congestion and danger at the entrance to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, an increasingly popular tourist destination.Alaska NewsMichelle Theriault Boots
After weeks of preparing for a smash-mouth debate with Donald J. Trump, 14 Republican candidates found themselves instead Trump-less but sandwiched into a constricting format Monday night, delivering strikingly uneven performances just days before the first big test of the presidential primary contest.Nation-WorldJeremy W. Peters, Michael Barbaro | The New York Times

News & Politics

Police investigate fatal shooting in East Anchorage

Anchorage police said a man died at the scene after a shooting in East Anchorage, despite efforts to try to save him. "He was still here," said one witness. "His body slowly started deteriorating."Tegan Hanlon

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Alaska children have unique freedoms, but still must learn to safely use them

OPINION: Four-wheelers and snowmachines can be deadly weapons. They need to be treated with respect. And adults must teach that to their children before turning them loose.Carey Restino

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Icy exploration awaits on Alaska's stunning Matanuska Glacier

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Bucs top Miners in lengthy Top of World Series opener

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Russia submits vast territorial claims on Arctic Ocean shelf to UN

Russia has submitted its bid for vast territories in the Arctic to the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.Vladimir Isachenkov

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We Alaskans

Death to a deadbeat dam

A 61-foot dam that helped kill off the Eklutna River salmon run will finally be removed. Will the fish return one day?Rick Sinnott