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A 20-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday after an armed citizen confronted two suspects whom Anchorage police say robbed a nearby gas station and pepper-sprayed employees and a customer.

According to a release from the Anchorage Police Department, Brion M. Brown and another man had entered a Tesoro station on Boniface Parkway in East Anchorage about midnight Tuesday, and one demanded money from the clerk while wielding pepper spray and a knife. Both men were wearing masks, police said.

After one clerk complied with the men's demands, the suspects pepper-sprayed two employees and a customer, police said...

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Update, 6:30 a.m., Monday:

Fairbanks North Star Borough schools are closed Monday because of icy conditions, the district's website said , and all school-related classes are canceled as well because of the freezing rain. Classes are also canceled for Monday at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the university said in an alert , though the campus will remain open.

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Anchorage police said Sunday that, for the second night in a row, they were investigating an early-morning shooting at a parking lot outside Chilkoot Charlie's, a popular watering hole in the Anchorage neighborhood of Spenard. Each left a man critically injured by gunfire.

Police reported they were called to the scene around 3 a.m. Sunday to investigate reports of gunfire, including a shooter firing from a vehicle.

"Police responded to the scene and did not locate any victims at the scene but found traces of blood in the parking lot," Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro wrote in a release. "Shortly thereafter, police were notified that a gunshot wound victim had shown up at a local hospital with critical injuries."...

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A new survey of Americans has revealed that Alaska ranks highest in the nation for residents' well-being, as determined by indicators including social satisfaction, good health and sense of purpose...

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Anchorage police said that a man died following an altercation at a Midtown convenience store early Sunday, and an ensuing standoff at a nearby apartment complex ended peacefully with a man taken in for questioning.

According to police, the incident began just after 3 a.m. at a Holiday convenience store at the intersection of Tudor Road and the Old Seward Highway. Police said witnesses reported two men entered the store, and subsequently "got into a verbal disagreement inside the store and then walked out of the store where, moments later, multiple shots were fired."

APD spokeswoman Anita Shell said Sunday that she didn't know whether the two men knew each other prior to the incident...

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Alaska State Troopers said Saturday they had arrested three suspects in the theft of steel, aluminum and copper worth about $30,000 from a fish hatchery in Eklutna this winter, and six other suspects had been identified in the crime, which may have taken place over the course of weeks.

According to troopers, Palmer residents Michael P. Scott, 35, and Corey S. Jenson, 19, were arrested Friday in connection with the theft, which was first reported to troopers with the Criminal Suppression Unit on Nov. 8. A third suspect, 18-year-old Brian Armstrong of Palmer, was arrested Saturday...

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Teddy Smith of Kiana was found guilty Tuesday of two counts each of attempted murder, robbery, theft and assault in a bizarre 2012 incident that saw him shoot two hunters at a remote cabin along the Squirrel River, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Smith was found guilty after a jury trial in Kotzebue Superior Court that lasted a little over a week. Jurors deliberated for four hours before handing down guilty verdicts on all eight charges Smith faced in relation to the incident, as well as three counts of third-degree assault related to an incident in Kiana more than a week earlier in which Smith fired a gun toward a crowd of people after the death of his mother...

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Kodiak police report that a "highly intoxicated" captain of a 152-foot landing craft grounded the vessel on Gull Island outside of Kodiak and was arrested on charges of DUI, reckless endangerment and assault.

The Kodiak Police Department reported receiving a 911 call at 8 p.m. Sunday from a 25-year-old crew member aboard the Polar Bear that the captain had run the vessel aground while intoxicated. Officers, with assistance from the Kodiak Harbor Master's office, arrived at the scene of the grounding and made contact with the captain of the vessel, identified as 50-year-old Edward Dyer.

"Dyer was found to be highly intoxicated not realizing the vessel was aground," Kodiak police wrote in a press release issued Tuesday...

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One week after Alaska State Troopers advised residents of Kodiak to lock their doors because of a series of home invasions and thefts -- including belongings rifled through and women's underwear being stolen -- officials reported Monday they arrested a man they believe to be behind the crimes.

Troopers said in an online dispatch that 18-year-old Ryan Cornelio of Kodiak had been arrested on three counts of first-degree burglary in relation to the home invasions. Authorities believe Cornelio burglarized seven homes over three months and attempted to enter three more residences in that time. Additional charges against Cornelio are likely to follow, troopers said...

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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. On Monday, the state filed an emergency motion for a stay in the case in hopes of a hearing before a panel of judges with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Less than a half-hour after that statement from the governor's office Sunday, 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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