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An Alaska Air National Guard official said two Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson rescue squadrons supported the rescue of two Saudi F-15 pilots from the Gulf of Aden on Friday.

The U.S. Navy coordinated a search for two Saudi Arabian air force pilots who were forced to eject from their jet after it suffered a mechanical failure and crashed, according to CNN .

A rescue helicopter flew from Djibouti to retrieve the men, who reportedly were not seriously injured...

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A 41-year-old Goose Creek Correctional Center inmate died Saturday morning, two days after he was found unconscious in his cell.

According to the state Department of Corrections, Joseph Brant was found shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officers and medical staff immediately gave Brant CPR, then a LifeMed helicopter flew him to an Anchorage hospital, according to the department.

He was pronounced dead at 9:37 a.m. Saturday.

Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle declined to provide additional details about the death.

Alaska State Troopers are handling the investigation.

Brant was originally booked at the Anchorage jail in November 2014 on charges of making a false report, resisting arrest and second-degree escape...

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Immigration officials in Alaska told radio reporter Catie Quinn her job didn’t fit visa requirements and she had to leave the country , but she breezed through a similar approval process at the U.S. consulate in Sydney, Australia.

Now she’s back on the Kenai Peninsula managing a newsroom and broadcasting current events in a distinctive Aussie accent.

“I was told by USCIS that I wasn’t close to qualified for the visa; I was wasting my time. I had the exact opposite response at the consulate,” Quinn said. “They kind of looked at me like I was stupid and said, ‘You’re approved. Get out of here.’ ”...

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Charles Carney Jr. told police he left the scene of a fatal hit-and-run incident in Midtown Anchorage on Friday because “he did not know what to do,” according to the charges.

Carney, 51, appeared in the Anchorage jail courtroom Saturday on a single charge of leaving an accident without assisting an injured person.

The charge is a felony and carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Carney said during his initial court appearance that he is an Anchorage School District afternoon playground supervisor. He said he also works at Wal-Mart.

The incident resulted in the death of 23-year-old Desiree Lamont, who was skateboarding near the entrance to the Barnes & Noble parking lot on A Street, the charges say...

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A married couple entered guilty pleas on Friday in Anchorage Superior Court to sex trafficking charges stemming from an investigation that found they ran a prostitution ring in cities across Alaska...

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A married couple entered guilty pleas on Friday in Anchorage Superior Court to sex trafficking charges stemming from an investigation that found they ran a prostitution ring in cities across Alaska.

Amber Batts, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree sex trafficking. The charge could mean 10 years in prison for Batts due to a prior felony conviction in 2009, when she was sentenced for stabbing a man in the neck with a broken beer bottle, according to records.

Quinn Batts, who appeared for the hearing out of custody dressed in plain clothes, pleaded guilty to third-degree sex trafficking.

Amber Batts has also been charged with violating her parole in the older case, and the court could impose two additional years of jail time that were previously set aside...

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Abuse allegations against the now-former headmaster of a small religious academy in Kodiak have resulted in the removal of his professional status within an Eastern Orthodox diocese.

What will happen to St. Innocent’s Academy -- an alternative school for “at-risk” youths on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska -- and its staff and students remains unclear.

The allegations center on Paisius DeLucia , who’s accused of physical, verbal and psychological abuse of students at St. Innocent’s...

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Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that a convicted drug dealer in Fairbanks got his second strike when jurors found him guilty of conspiracy charges after a two-day trial.

Etienne Q. Devoe was found guilty of conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin and to launder money, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon, trial evidence showed that the 42-year-old Fairbanks resident dealt drugs in and around the Interior Alaska city.

Law enforcement tracked phone calls between Devoe and Steven N. Taylor from May to June of 2013; during the calls, the men discussed the supply of and payment for drugs, prosecutors said...

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The pistols were painted blue and loaded with blanks or paintballs and the hostage's cries for help weren't real. This week, police officers from around Alaska are training in an empty office building in southwest Anchorage, acting out scenarios involving active shooters.

Twenty-three officers from police departments in Unalaska, Kenai and Nome, among others, took part in the five-day training program.

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training at Texas State University brought the program north at no cost to the Alaska police departments. ALERRT is funded through the university, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Department of Justice.

The FBI’s SWAT team is also participating in and helping with the training...

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Jury selection started Monday in the state’s case against Jerry Andrew Active , the man accused of a notorious 2013 double murder and sexual assault in Anchorage. The case prompted an Alaska Department of Law policy change regarding plea deals and appeared in political ads during the 2014 race for U.S. Senate.

The high-profile nature of the case is expected to make finding an impartial jury difficult, a state prosecutor said.

Active, 26, is accused of murdering an elderly couple and sexually assaulting a toddler, a 71-year-old woman and a 90-year-old woman shortly after being released from jail in May 2013...

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