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Within hours of a U.S. District Court judge's decision to strike down Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage as constitutional Sunday, a statement from the office of Gov. Sean Parnell vowed the state would appeal the ruling.

Less than a half-hour after that statement from the governor's office, Parnell's campaign for re-election issued a release asking if Parnell's opponent, independent Bill Walker, would "defend Alaska's Constitution," referring to the constitutional amendment passed by Alaska voters in 1998 that explicitly defined marriage as between a man and a woman...

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A series of aftershocks continued Sunday near Fairbanks, initiated by a magnitude-5.1 temblor that rattled the Interior Alaska city just after 7 p.m. Saturday.

That first quake started from a fault line just 10 miles from the small community of Minto, and 43 miles from Fairbanks. Originating at a shallow depth of 10 miles, it was no surprise that the shaker was felt in the city, Alaska’s second largest...

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday found three men aboard a vessel that had been reported overdue returning from a two-day fishing trip out of Whittier into the waters of Prince William Sound.

According to the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers contacted the agency Tuesday morning to inform them of the missing men, identified as John Dimmick, 40, Mark Valdez, 28, and Cory Bicchinella, 25, of Anchorage. The three men were reportedly aboard a 24-foot Bayliner with a gray top, and had departed Whittier Sunday morning. They were expected to return to the small community by Monday night...

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A reportedly suicidal man was rescued Tuesday evening from a raft sinking in the waters of Cook Inlet just outside Anchorage. Initial reports that an Air National Guard helicopter used its rotor wash -- the force of air pushed downward from the helicopter blades, which can kick up waves when poised over water -- to push the raft toward shore turned out to be false, and the rescue occurred despite a convoluted chain of communication between rescue agencies...

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A Cessna 208 Caravan conducting a training flight crashed Tuesday night outside of Bethel, killing the two men aboard, Alaska State Troopers reported. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board and troopers were unable to visit the scene Wednesday but were expected to arrive at the crash site Thursday.

Two pilots were on the Hageland Aviation flight when the plane went down shortly before 4 p.m., according to the company. One of the pilots was reportedly in training. Troopers identified the victims of the crash as 42-year-old Derrick Cedars of Bethel and 46-year-old Greggory McGee of Anchorage. Hageland Aviation identified Cedars as the company's lead pilot in Bethel, who leaves behind a wife and two children. McGee is survived by his wife...

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A man who had been missing for almost exactly one year was discovered dead Monday inside his Eagle River home, which had reportedly been occupied by renters in the year after he died there. According to Anchorage police, the body of 37-year-old Samuel Ephram McAlpine was discovered in an under-stair storage area inside the home when his ex-wife entered the residence to get it ready for new renters...

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The security screening checkpoint at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was shut down Sunday afternoon after a possible explosive device was discovered inside a passenger's bag, according to airport manager John Parrott.

According to Jesse Davis, chief of airport police, the suspicious device was discovered just before 2 p.m. Sunday, and security screening resumed shortly before 4 p.m...

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Nineteen-year-old Miranda Barbour, already in custody in Pennsylvania on charges of murdering a man whom she met via the online classifieds website Craigslist in November, now says that she has killed dozens of people since she was 13, including numerous victims in Alaska. That's according to reporter Francis Scarcella with the Sunbury, Penn., newspaper The Daily Item , who interviewed Barbour on Friday night...

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On Tuesday night, police in Barrow were engaged in an hours-long standoff with a man in the community, the farthest north in the U.S., which ended peacefully shortly after 9 p.m. Few details were immediately available, but the incident had sent schools in the community into lockdown and was still playing out hours later.

Peggy Cowan, superintendent of the North Slope Borough School District, said she received a call around 4 p.m. notifying her of police activity in the area of the Kiita Learning Community , an alternative school located near the intersection of Karluk Street and C Avenue in Barrow.

The school went into lockdown without confirmation of what exactly police were responding to...

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Update: Anchorage police have identified the man who died in Sunday's standoff as 28-year-old Iqqagak Glen Miller. Miller's official cause of death has yet to be released.

The Anchorage Police Department reported that a lengthy standoff with a male suspect barricaded inside a residence on William Jones Circle in South Anchorage ended in the man's death Sunday afternoon.

After a nearly 10-hour standoff, police entered the building shortly after 3 p.m. and found the man dead, "in what appeared to be a self-inflicted death," APD said in a release...

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