The Seward Highway was closed in both directions near Girdwood Friday evening due to a fatal accident and was expected to be closed for four to six hours, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatcher in Soldotna.
Egan Millard
The Coast Guard says footage from the security system of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship shows the crew member jumping overboard without a life jacket early Thursday morning.
Associated Press
Alaska State Troopers say the pilot reported losing power while taking off in his Piper Super Cub, but walked away from the crash unharmed.
Tegan Hanlon
At the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, a lack of health care providers has temporarily constricted access to medical care at the facility that serves some of the city’s neediest residents.
Tegan Hanlon
Many Alaskans have stopped buying cigarettes and other highly addictive tobacco products, driving consumption to its lowest point since the latest available records in 2001. Some say they've switched to e-cigarettes to help them quit.
Jeannette Lee Falsey
A pilot and paragliding instructor wants to build an aerial adventure course and zip line at Hilltop Ski Area, but that plan has been snarled by a conflict between the city and the operator of the ski area.AnchorageDevin Kelly
Fairs and celebrations for Independence Day take place all over Southcentral Alaska on Saturday, from the Kenai Peninsula to the Mat-Su. CultureAlaska Dispatch News
I never knew him as a piglet, never watched him trot through a grassy field or rubbed his belly. He didn't have a name. But this pig was special. Food & DrinkShannon Kuhn
"Members-only" marijuana clubs claim their patrons are not in a public space and thus are not breaking the law against consuming marijuana in public. But the state warns that continued activity could subject the clubs to criminal and civil penalties.Cannabis NorthLaurel Andrews

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Mount Marathon junior and senior champions

Five men and one woman have made the triumphant journey from Mount Marathon junior champion to Mount Marathon senior champion.Alaska Dispatch News

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Federal polar bear conservation plan focuses on near-term goals

The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. Yereth Rosen

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  • Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Friday as he and others hurled stones and rocks at an army vehicle, the Israeli military said, while Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank arrested more than 100 members of its rival group Hamas in the biggest such roundup in years.

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We Alaskans

As Arctic ice continues to diminish in the summer months, shipping companies and other countries are increasingly taking advantage of available routes through the region. Can the U.S. catch up?
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