A gunman who opened fire inside a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic was arrested Friday after killing three people including a police officer, wounding multiple people and engaging in gun battles during an hours-long standoff with authorities.
Sadie Gurman | Associated Press
Natural gas from Canada is being looked at as the solution to high energy costs in Southeast Alaska, with a Lower 48 utility proposing to build a new gas distribution system for Juneau.
Pat Forgey
A man attempting to shoplift power tools Friday threatened employees at the Lowe's store in Midtown Anchorage with a pistol, police said.
Jeannette Lee Falsey
Lead project artist Sarah Davies said Friday that participants at Point Woronzof have recovered 82 of 85 of the sculptures made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap. She said the official opening is still scheduled for Dec. 5.
Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press
Coffee and doughnuts were out for customers at The Higher Calling Club, which opened this week in a remodeled former wine bar downtown.
The Associated Press
Frank Ameduri, a veteran Democratic staffer who started as press secretary in July, urged the minority caucus to act more boldly and find a message it can stand behind, rather than spend its time “griping about the Republicans” who control the Legislature. PoliticsNathaniel Herz
 At high mountain altitudes where most glaciers are found, temperatures are rising faster than in the valleys below, with all signs pointing to still-higher increases in the decades ahead.EnvironmentJoby Warrick | The Washington Post
At a lake 17 miles north of Kotzebue, a father and son welcome a seasonal ritual -- setting and checking the nets they place under the ice to catch sheefish. They'll feed the whitefish to their dogs and sell some to mushers around the state.ArcticShady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder
The potential profits from a mashup of cannabis and caffeine are, well, high.  But a rush by entrepreneurs into the canna-coffee business is raising questions about safety and legality.Nation-WorldMark Ellwood | Bloomberg News

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Rather than fight crowds of shoppers, enjoy the outdoors on Black Friday

The #OptOutside concept may encourage families to engage in a new activity the day after Thanksgiving. Go outside instead of standing in a long line of shoppers? Sold. And Alaska is the perfect place to give it a try. Erin Kirkland


Late comeback, 35 points from Wiggs fail to put Seawolves in Shootout winners bracket

With an Alaska Airlines Center crowd of 2,478 cheering them on, the Seawolves went on a 19-4 run that gave them a 66-64 lead with 2:13 left. The Blue Raiders responded with six straight points but didn't cement the win until the very end.Beth Bragg


Speedily eroding North Slope river bluff offers window into ice age past

A section of bluff along the Itkillik River in Alaska's Arctic has eroded at a sustained rate of nearly 62 feet a year for a decade and a half -- faster than any other river in the Northern Hemisphere's permafrost regions, a new study has found.Yereth Rosen


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Why would anyone want to shoot a sea otter?

Peter Williams of Sitka is a hunter-designer-entrepreneur with an unusual ethic. “My business is not separate from my activism,” he said. “It’s not separate from my spirituality, it’s not separate from my culture.” Ross Perlin