A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 bound from Hong Kong to Los Angeles was diverted to a U.S. air station in the Aleutian Islands after smoke was detected on the aircraft.
Associated Press
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
The University of Alaska Board of Regents has selected Jim Johnsen, a senior vice president of Alaska Communications, to be the 14th UA president.
Tegan Hanlon
Under terms of a plea deal, 50-year-old Morris Bernard Lopez -- who authorities said fired his rifle several times from the deck of the fishing vessel Sandra Marie -- will spend 10 days in jail, forfeit the rifle and serve two years probation during which he cannot drink alcohol.
Dave Bendinger | KDLG News
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 shook Southcentral Alaska Tuesday night around 6:35 p.m. No injuries or damage have been reported.
Tegan Hanlon,Yereth Rosen
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
With hidden camera videos of Planned Parenthood officials casually discussing donations of fetal tissue embroiling the organization, a rally in Anchorage Tuesday turned the focus to Alaska.AnchorageMichelle Theriault Boots
Can cookies made from peanut butter and chicken gizzards made for dogs also appeal to people? We consider the possibilities as we review the goodies coming into local farmers markets this week.Food & DrinkMike Dunham
Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a protected lion named Cecil were in court on Wednesday as anger at the kill by an American dentist escalated.Nation-WorldBrian Bakst, Amy Forliti | Associated Press,Farai Mutsaka | Associated Press

News & Politics

Coast Guard investigation into damaged Shell icebreaker moves forward

The initial investigation of the incident that put a gash in the Finnish icebreaker hired by Shell suggests -- but does not conclude -- that a previously uncharted Unalaska Bay shoal was to blame.Yereth Rosen

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Adventure

Nervy bikers can zoom downhill (and ride up) on 3 courses at Alyeska

Beginners would do well to stick to easier trails around the Bear Cub Quad until they’ve mastered the basics of hurtling downhill on two wheels. Trails reached from the other two lifts -- Ted’s Express and the Glacier Bowl Express -- are more suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.  Lisa Maloney

Sports

Defending champ South survives first-round scare in Legion baseball tourney

South, Juneau, Chugiak and the Valley team all picked up first-round wins Tuesday in the American Legion state baseball tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

Market Fresh: Peanut butter and gizzard cookies -- fit for man or beast?

Can cookies made from peanut butter and chicken gizzards made for dogs also appeal to people? We consider the possibilities as we review the goodies coming into local farmers markets this week.Mike Dunham

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