The Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling late Thursday afternoon at Royal Dutch Shell's Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to company officials. Shell is allowed to drill the upper, non-hydrocarbon-bearing zone without its icebreaker present.
Yereth Rosen
Attorney General Craig Richards in an opinion issued Thursday said that law enforcement officers must enforce tribal protective orders just as if they came from an Alaska court.
Lisa Demer
Some of Alaska’s social services agencies said this week they’re barely scraping by in the face of delayed grant funding by the state brought on by the late budget from the Legislature and a new state computer accounting system. 
Devin Kelly
Joshua Almeda, 24, showed little emotion in an Anchorage courtroom Thursday as he admitted killing his girlfriend Breanna Moore last year. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, a charge that carries up to 99 years in prison.
Jerzy Shedlock
The nation’s top official for veterans affairs will travel to Alaska in August to attend the Alaska Native Health Board's annual “Mega Meeting,” according to the VA and health board.
Tegan Hanlon
Last week, officials announced updates to an agreement that allows such residents of Alaska and Russia's Chukchi Peninsula to travel between the two countries without a visa for stays of up to 90 days.Nation-WorldRyan Schuessler | The Washington Post
When Cathay Pacific Flight 884 from Hong Kong to Los Angeles was forced to land at a remote air base in the Aleutians after smoke was detected onboard, one passenger captured the frightening ordeal on video.
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A social media war is brewing in South Anchorage Senate district where Jeff Landfield is challenging Sen. Lesil McGuire in the 2016 Republican primary.PoliticsDevin Kelly

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Gambell basketball player chooses between hometown team and Seattle offer

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Shell resumes drilling in Alaska's Arctic waters for first time since 2012

The Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling late Thursday afternoon at Royal Dutch Shell's Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to company officials. Shell is allowed to drill the upper, non-hydrocarbon-bearing zone without its icebreaker present.Yereth Rosen

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

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