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A Wrangell family doctor is facing child pornography distribution and possession charges after he allegedly downloaded and shared videos and images of child rape, a federal affidavit says.

From February to Oct. 5, the affidavit states, Dr. Greg Salard, 53, made 104 images and videos of child pornography available for others using a file sharing system, which FBI special agent Anthony Peterson discovered in May while working undercover investigating crimes against children.

The court documents claim that the porn depicted children from toddlers to teens. Salard is not being accused of creating any of the images or videos himself...

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Despite initial reports that a black Ford Mustang that struck an Anchorage School District bus on Wednesday had only one occupant, Anchorage police now say the driver was accompanied by a toddler.

Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Dani Myren said Thursday that driver Alexie Kapotak's 2-year-old daughter was also in the car that became wedged beneath a bus, but the child didn't sustain any major injuries. She was taken to the hospital with Kapotak, 20, who appeared to have sustained minor injuries...

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Shards of glass and plastic lay scattered around the intersection of Northern Lights Boulevard and UAA Drive in Anchorage Wednesday morning after a black Ford Mustang slid beneath the rear of an Anchorage School District bus carrying local high school students to the King Career Center for afternoon classes. There were no life-threatening injuries in the accident.

The crash, reported around 11 a.m., shut down the westbound lanes of Northern Lights between Bragaw Street and Lake Otis Parkway for roughly an hour before Anchorage emergency response personnel cleared the scene. The students were shuttled away from the crash after another yellow bus arrived to pick them up...

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Sometime around the high school lunch hour Tuesday, Anchorage School District officials began getting phone calls about a possible Ebola outbreak at a high school, said a district spokesperson.

A Twitter hoax of unknown origin caused ASD and the Anchorage Police Department to work together all afternoon the quash the rumor, which ASD spokesperson Heather Roach said went "viral."

"It is 100 percent not true," said Roach. "Someone took a screenshot of our website and used Photoshop so it looked like it came from us but it didn't. It was 100 percent false."

Shortly after 3 p.m., APD tweeted that it was actively investigating the threat and searching for the person responsible for starting the rumor...

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Humans are not the only species vulnerable to the deadly effects of paralytic shellfish poisoning, commonly known as PSP. In a recently published study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the disease has been named as the cause of death for multiple Kittlitz's murrelet chicks -- a species of concern -- found dead on Alaska's Kodiak Island.

Scientists believe that these are not the first seabirds to die because of PSP. "The impact of PSP in marine bird populations may be more severe than previously recognized," the study says.

According to the study, similar cases are likely "underreported."...

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The brown bears living near Malaspina Glacier in Southeast Alaska's Wrangell St. Elias National Park are a unique breed of bruin. They live in a constantly changing landscape, eat an unusual diet and have developed a one-of-a-kind genetic structure. Recently, the bears were the subject of a four-year study, part of a larger effort to help give Alaska Department of Fish and Game resource managers adequate information to help develop management strategies for bears in that region...

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A 23-year-old man was found guilty of second- and third-degree drug charges Thursday after being arrested more than two years ago for transporting $60,000 in methamphetamine and heroin from New Mexico to Anchorage, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch.

Troopers said on July 21, 2012, Enrique Lino was in Anchorage, waiting for the flight that was to take him on the final leg of his trip from New Mexico to Cordova, when he was contacted by the troopers' Western Alaska Narcotics Team. The trooper unit discovered 25.9 grams of heroin and 66.9 grams of methamphetamine, according to the dispatch...

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Marshall resident Melanie Coffee was found dead Wednesday morning just outside of the Western Alaska village. Alaska State Troopers say she crashed her ATV into a tree.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the agency believes Coffee was traveling at a high rate of speed. Troopers were told by others that she was “heavily drinking and intoxicated,” although there were no reported witnesses to the crash.

Although Coffee's body wasn't found until Wednesday morning, troopers believe the crash occurred during the night.

Peters said toxicology reports are being conducted, standard procedure in any motor vehicle mortality...

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Two islands in Alaska's Aleutian Chain, both of which were once caribou-free, are now the subject of an effort to prevent the species' spread from Adak -- already home to thousands of caribou -- to nearby Kagalaska.

According to a Monday announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency is now accepting public comments on a recently completed draft of Environmental Assessment of Caribou Control on Kagalaska , Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge , in an effort to control the "invasive caribou."...

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When a Galena sow black bear was shot and killed by a hunter last month she left three inexperienced, vulnerable cubs behind. For two weeks they lived in the Interior Alaska town of Galena by the side of road, receiving illegal handouts that kept them healthy but could have also cost them their lives, an area biologist said.

Their deaths seemed inevitable. The cubs were alone in the wild and preparing for their first harsh Interior winter. The trio had been fed by humans, which created bad, long-lasting habits. And the three are part of a species already well-represented in zoos. But Fish and Game assistant area biologist for Galena Nate Pamterin said the trio got lucky and arrived at the Alaska Zoo Monday in hope of finding a permanent home...

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