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Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria has made the cut in travel site TripAdvisor's list of top 10 pizzerias in the U.S. , and it's in elite company.

The Tooth came in third on the list of the best places to grab a slice, competing against plenty of larger-market pizza places, including joints in Boston and San Francisco and three in New York City...

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A Wal-Mart store in Kodiak was evacuated Wednesday after a bomb threat, the Kodiak Police Department reported. It was the second threat to an Alaska Wal-Mart store in as many days, after the store in Eagle River received a similar threat Tuesday morning.

In a release, Kodiak police said the store was evacuated as a precaution Wednesday morning after employees of the Wal-Mart passed along the report of a bomb threat. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported the threat was delivered by phone.

Erin Hoffman, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart, said the store was cleared for about an hour, beginning shortly after 7 a.m...

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Crews have started recovering the wreckage of a Cessna 207 operated by Wings of Alaska that crashed Friday as it traveled between Juneau and Hoonah, killing the pilot and injuring four passengers.

A helicopter began recovery efforts Sunday, according to Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska regional office.

The four injured passengers were airlifted from the site Friday by rescuers with the U.S. Coast Guard. On Saturday, officials were able to reach the site of the crash, where "very rough" wooded terrain required them to be lowered by hoist from a Coast Guard helicopter...

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An hours-long standoff in the Northwest Alaska community of Selawik began with the discovery of a 23-year-old man's body early in the morning and concluded with his accused killer surrendering to authorities Monday afternoon.

Christopher Cleveland, 39, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Wade Cleveland in the village of about 875 people.

Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said troopers "have not been made aware of any relationship" between the victim and suspect, despite the shared last name. A Selawik police patrolman reached Tuesday morning said the two were not related...

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WILLOW -- A wildfire that swallowed homes and prompted a 15-mile-long evacuation order Sunday in and around the Southcentral Alaska community of Willow spent Monday sitting mostly stagnant at about 6,500 acres, though it remained dynamic enough to keep emergency responders on the move.

The fire picked up later in the day as erratic winds began whipping it back into action. The Sockeye fire had grown to 8,500 acres as of 9:30 p.m. Monday, according to Vickielee Fenster, a public information officer for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. (A subsequent survey reduced that estimate by about 1,000 acres to 7,585 acres.)...

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Update, 5:45 a.m. Monday: Alaska State Troopers early Monday identified the second plane as a Cessna 172, flown by 27-year-old Cole Hagge, of Eagle River. In an online dispatch, troopers wrote that the two planes collided about 100 feet above the runway. Hagge was the only person injured in the collision, troopers said. He was taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries that troopers said were not life-threatening. Troopers identified the pilot of the Cessna 185 as 32-year-old Antonio Benavides, of Anchorage.

Original story:

Two planes, including an air taxi carrying four passengers, collided while attempting to land at the Talkeetna Airport on Sunday, according to the National Transportation Safety Board...

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An FBI explosive ordnance disposal unit was taken via an Alaska State Troopers helicopter this week to a mining camp north of the Eureka Roadhouse along the Glenn Highway to detonate a batch of old dynamite discovered at the camp by the property's new owner.

According to troopers, the dynamite was discovered Wednesday at a mining camp near the Tyone Creek area in the historic Valdez Creek Mining District. More than 300,000 ounces of gold have been pulled from placer mines in the district since initial mining began in the early 1900s, according to a 1990 report from the Bureau of Land Management ...

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Anchorage police said Wednesday that they were investigating the "suspicious" deaths of four people found in a South Anchorage apartment.

Police were contacted by a relative of one of the residents around 12:30 p.m. The man told them he hadn't heard from his family and was going to check on them, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. The relative entered the apartment in a fourplex in the 500 block of East 74th Avenue to find four people dead. Castro wasn't sure how long it had been since the relative had last spoken with his family.

"There's a clear indication that the deaths seem suspicious," Castro said, though she wouldn't elaborate...

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Thirty-five firearms, personal documents, rare paintings and family heirlooms: Those are among the items Alaska State Troopers said they recovered from two Wasilla residents suspected of six separate burglaries and a string of mail thefts in the Mat-Su.

Two other suspects, officials believe, may be involved in the burglaries and remained at large Sunday...

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Anchorage police said Sunday a motorcyclist is in critical condition following a Saturday night crash in East Anchorage involving a car driven by a man suspected to be under the influence of alcohol.

Police have arrested 44-year-old Franklin Townsend and charged him with operating under the influence, third-degree assault and refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test after the crash, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Debarr Road and Edward Street...

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