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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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Police at the University of Alaska Anchorage have reportedly arrested a man who they believe may have been involved in two separate assaults on female victims on campus Friday.

According to an alert that went out Friday morning, the first assault occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m. at a bus stop along Providence Drive outside of the university library.

"At this time, there is no immediate danger to anyone on campus, but we want everyone to be aware of their surroundings," the alert said...

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After two vehicle accidents last week involving caribou within about five miles of each other along the Glenn Highway leading to the Interior Alaska community of Glennallen, Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are warning that about 10,000 caribou are wintering near a 30-mile stretch of road there and advising travelers to exercise caution.

According to Becky Schwanke, a Fish and Game area biologist in Glennallen, it’s not unusual for some members of the Nelchina caribou herd to gather in the vicinity, though it’s been a few years since they were last seen wintering there. The animals -- about a third of the total herd -- seem to be residing in a triangular area between Glennallen, Lake Louise and Tolsona Lake, very near the highway...

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A set of three nearly complete skeletons discovered last October in Interior Alaska had been buried in the area for at least a millennium, archaeologists with Tanana Chiefs Conference announced Thursday. The remains that turned up during a construction project in the Interior community of McGrath have yielded much more information, including information about how residents of the area may have lived centuries before the first Russian settlement in what would become the state of Alaska...

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