The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday to keep roads out of roadless areas of Tongass National Forest, over the objections of the state and timber industry. 
Pat Forgey
The earthquake felt across Southcentral Alaska and into the Interior was unlike any to hit Cook Inlet in decades, the Alaska Earthquake Center said Wednesday. 
Laurel Andrews
Dr. Shubhranjan Ghosh, an Anchorage physician originally charged with more than $1 million in Medicaid fraud, received a 3 1/2-year prison sentence Wednesday.
Jerzy Shedlock
A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 bound from Hong Kong to Los Angeles has departed from a U.S. air base in the Aleutian Islands, hours after the crew made an emergency landing because of smoke.
Associated Press
As Congress moves toward a September vote on the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, Republican Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski continue to ask whether the Obama administration is giving up too much future negotiating power.   PoliticsErica Martinson
OPINION: The upcoming Anchorage international conference headlined by President Obama presents an unprecedented opportunity for Alaska. It wouldn’t hurt our congressional delegation to play the role of gracious hosts.CommentaryDermot Cole
An intensive inpatient treatment program for veterans and active duty military in need of mental health care that opened a few months ago in Anchorage was dedicated Tuesday to the late Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who inspired the movie "American Sniper."MilitaryTegan Hanlon

News & Politics

Slight downturn predicted in latest Anchorage economic forecast

AEDC President and CEO Bill Popp says some businesses will be tightening their belts in the next few years, but no significant economic downturn is in sight for Alaska's largest city. Jeannette Lee Falsey

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Adventure

Red salmon limits for anglers doubled on Kenai River

At the same time, the personal use dipnet fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River will be open 24 hours a day until it ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday.Alaska Dispatch News

Sports

Late-season streak propels Bucs to ABL's American League pennant

The Bucs, winners of five straight and eight of their last nine, clinched the pennant with Tuesday's 5-1 win at Mat-Su and will face the Miners in the best-of-3 Top of the World Series beginning Monday in Palmer.Alaska Dispatch News

Arctic

Activists hang off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker from returning to Alaska

The protesters dangling from Portland's highest bridge early Wednesday have enough water and food to last for days and can hoist themselves out of the way of other vessels, Greenpeace says.Steven Dubois | Associated Press

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We Alaskans

Office politics: The Alaska congressional delegation as seen in their D.C. work environs

What do the Washington, D.C., offices of Rep. Don Young, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan say about the occupants? Take a tour and see. Erica Martinson