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An accused bank robber’s run from the FBI ended recently when, charges say, his stolen minivan ran out of gas outside of Wasilla. Prosecutors on Wednesday charged James D. Surrells with the Aug. 13 hold-up of an East Anchorage bank.
Kyle Hopkins
Eight months after a collision in West Anchorage left a bicyclist dead, state prosecutors have decided not to prosecute the driver. Video surveillance and an investigation of what happened revealed a complicated and tragic accident.
Craig Medred
The biggest back-to-school controversy at the University of Alaska this year has been the $320,000 bonus the UA Regents offered to UA President Pat Gamble, an idea that will be reconsidered at Gamble's request. This is the wrong time to get a bonus, he said.
Alaska Dispatch News
Two California residents received years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines for stealing identities there and in Alaska, part of a scheme involving the filing of false income tax returns.
Jerzy Shedlock
The campaign of Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich asked televisions stations Monday morning to stop running a controversial commercial citing a high-profile murder and sexual assault case, following a request from an attorney for the family of the victims.
Nathaniel Herz
An accused bank robber’s run from the FBI ended recently when, charges say, his stolen minivan ran out of gas outside of Wasilla. Prosecutors on Wednesday charged James D. Surrells with the Aug. 13 hold-up of an East Anchorage bank.Crime & JusticeKyle Hopkins
The wettest summer in the history of Fairbanks continues to show no sign of drying out. The opening hours of September brought about 2.24 inches of rain, the most in any 24-hour period in any September going back to the early 1900s. WeatherAlaska Dispatch News
The city of Whittier is in the early stages of figuring out how decrepit the crumbling Buckner Building might be, with the hopes of maybe -- and that's a big maybe -- bringing the once-great structure back from the dead.
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Tara Young,Megan Edge
Steve Kroschel spends his days taking care of wolverines, a wolf, a brown bear, moose and other creatures at his sanctuary about 30 miles outside of Haines.
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Voices

Bigger isn't alway better when it comes to energy in Alaska

The economic benefits of reduced-scale energy projects scattered around Alaska are obvious, and for most there is little environmental impact. Small, local energy projects also would enhance the rural lifestyle instead of degrading it.John Schandelmeier

Sports

Less than a year after a 17-game losing streak, Bartlett is ranked No. 1

Less than a year ago, Bartlett football was mired in a 17-game losing streak, but now the Golden Bears are ranked No. 1 among large schools in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Poll. Soldotna remains atop the medium-small rankings.Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

Among the many exhibits at the Alaska State Fair, the whimsical "creative arts and crafts" department, housed in Irwin Hall, captures the unusual and interesting offerings that don't easily fit into other categories.
Tara Young

Arctic

Study: Sparser, thinner Arctic Ocean ice enabling new phytoplankton blooms

New research finds that reduced ice cover is stimulating a new phenomenon in the Arctic -- extra blooms of phytoplankton occurring in the fall, just before freeze-up, in addition to the usual springtime blooms.Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • The Islamic State group has beheaded Steven J. Sotloff, the second American executed by the Islamic militant group, and posted a video of it on the Internet, the SITE Intelligence Group, a research organization that tracks jihadist web postings, said Tuesday.

  • With NATO leaders expected to endorse a rapid-reaction force of 4,000 troops for Eastern Europe this week, a senior Russian military official said Tuesday that Moscow would revise its military doctrine to account for “changing military dangers and military threats.”