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A 25-year-old woman told police she shot and killed her older cousin in Fairbanks on Wednesday after the cousin tried to kick the woman out of her apartment, according to charging documents filed in Fairbanks court.
Nathaniel Herz
As the population in Mat-Su has exploded, so too has the number of businesses providing bus service, prompting a state mandate to consolidate or risk losing crucial federal grant money.  
Zaz Hollander
Two people have fallen seriously ill as a botulism outbreak that could affect as many as 25 people in communities in the Bristol Bay region is monitored by health officials. The contamination appears to be linked to seal oil.
Dave Bendinger | KDLG News
Keith Cormican hopes his equipment, which can scan 200 feet of river bottom at a time and produce high-resolution images, will speed up the search and recovery effort for two travelers whose ATV was discovered under Kuskokwim River ice earlier this month.
Sean Doogan
The average Anchorage temperature from Nov. 1 through Dec. 23 was 29.3 degrees, the second warmest on record for that time period, the Weather Service's Alaska region headquarters said. And in Fairbanks, only two other years on record has the city gone so long into winter without temperatures dipping to minus 20. 
Yereth Rosen
After more than three decades as Barrow’s one and only Superior Court judge, Michael Jeffery is hanging up his robe.Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock
Cottonwood Creek, a pretty waterway flowing through the heart of Wasilla, is paying the price for its urban setting. The creek is the first in the Valley to exceed state fecal bacteria standards linked to horses, dogs -- and, of course, people. Mat-SuZaz Hollander
The UAA basketball cheerleaders have a new coach and a new attitude this year after being moved into the school's athletic department. SportsMatt Tunseth
A brief mystery surrounding the disappearance of a skiff used by monks living off the grid on an island in the Gulf of Alaska was resolved with help from two nun witnesses on a nearby island.Alaska NewsAlaska Dispatch News

News & Politics

Friends retrieve body of outdoorsman killed in Alaska avalanche

A man who escaped an avalanche in the Alaska Range in early December returned to the site of the slide with another man to retrieve the body of Erik Peterson, who died in the avalanche.Dermot Cole

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Sports

The UAA Cheerleaders performed during the Seawolves' 80-58 home victory over Portland Bible at the Alaska Airlines Center on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

Arctic

Russian air activity near northern Norway no higher now than in other years

Despite heightened tensions and some well-publicized recent incidents, Russian incursions into airspace near Nordic countries are no more frequent now than in 2012 or 2013, Norwegian military officials say.Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer

Adventure

Now's the time to reserve a dream Alaska public-use cabin for midsummer

If you’re like me, you often visit the reservations sites too late to score a good cabin. It pays to plan and, luckily, with hundreds of cabins to choose across Alaska, there are still plenty available if you book now.  Alli Harvey

Nation/World

We Alaskans

Denali dilemma: Can Dan Sullivan get Mount McKinley renamed?

Alaskans of any political persuasion can agree that we should get to name our own state’s highest mountain, currently misnamed Mount McKinley. And Sen.-elect Sullivan is uniquely positioned to do something about it.Rick Sinnott