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Once one of Anchorage's most exotic residents, Maggie the African elephant was brought to the city in the early 1980s to be a companion to the Asian elephant Annabelle and a main attraction at the Alaska Zoo....

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Heavy rainfall in the Valdez and Cordova areas led the Alaska Department of Transportation to close two roads Sunday. Monday evening, DOT officials said they were still unsure how long the roads would remain closed.

The Copper River Highway out of Cordova was closed at Mile 14, and the Eyak Lake Road was shut down at Mile 2. Water appears to be topping the Copper River Highway at both mile 14 and 23, causing erosion on the surface layer.

Similar issues were occurring on the Richardson Highway east of Valdez. At Mile 32, a plugged culvert caused water to flood the road. Less than a mile from there, the Tsina River seems to be eroding the shoulder of the Richardson...

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Abandoned by his mother and seemingly left for dead, a yearling grizzly bear cub at Katmai National Park and Preserve has been adopted by another female bear in a turn of events that seems more like it belongs in a Disney movie than in the wild.

A young bear once feared lost is alive and flourishing thanks to the efforts of a sow named Holly.

Rangers describe Holly as a supermom, even if she doesn't drive a minivan or attend to soccer practice. She is simply a Katmai brown bear between 18 and 20 years old adept at raising young bears. She gave birth to a single cub this spring in a land where bears often give birth to two or three to guard against what is the almost inevitable loss of one or more before they are weaned...

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Fairbanks police say Michael William Bracht faces new charges after a Tuesday car chase led to a 10-hour standoff during which Bracht allegedly threatened suicide and caused some of the Interior city's streets to be shut down. ​By 1:30 p.m., he had turned himself over to authorities -- unharmed -- and was taken to an area hospital. Several weeks prior, on Aug. 19, Bracht had escaped from the Northstar Center, a facility the state considers a community residential center -- more commonly known as a halfway house...

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Alaska has the nation's highest rate of men murdering women, more than double the U.S. average, according to a study released Monday by Violence Policy Center .

The study said that 2.57 of every 100,000 women in the Last Frontier were murdered by men in 2012 -- more than double the national average of 1.16. That represents nine women murdered in Alaska under circumstances involving only one female victim and one male murderer.

"One is too many," Gov. Sean Parnell said in response to the numbers...

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Joseph Keenan May, who authorities say fled to Alaska 23 years ago to hide from capital sexual battery charges in Florida -- and used his dead stepbrother's identity for more than two decades before he was arrested in Eagle River in June -- pleaded guilty in District Court Friday to multiple weapons and identity theft-related charges. May had initially entered pleas of not guilty on the seven charges he faced.

May was a deputy sheriff in Florida before officials say he fled to Alaska in the early '90s to evade the sexual battery charges...

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Anchorage police on Saturday arrested two people and charged them with murder in relation to Thursday's fatal shooting of Christopher Fulton Jr. in Anchorage .

According to an Anchorage Police Department release, 26-year-old Jerel Williams was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and first-degree robbery. Samantha Herbert, 23, was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree-robbery.

According to charging documents, the couple were picked up by Wasilla police Saturday after ditching their van and hitchhiking along the Glenn Highway. They were transferred to APD headquarters for questioning...

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Police have asked the public for help finding 29-year-old Derrick Hall, whom they have labeled as a "person of interest" in the Thursday shooting death of a man at an East Anchorage apartment.

Shortly after 2 p.m., police received reports of a fatal shooting at the 4000 block of Reka Drive. Medics declared a man, who has yet to be identified, dead at the scene, police said.

Police said they were told another man was inside the apartment but fled after the shots were fired.

Around 3:30 p.m, a uniformed officer escorted a young man outside of the Russian Jack Apartments and into an unmarked police car...

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As the water shimmered along Turnagain Arm and the green of the mountains began fading into fall colors, Sarah Outen was hunkered over her bicycle. An orange safety flag and a miniature version of the United Kingdom's flag bounced and blew in the breeze on the back of her bike, which she's affectionately named "Hercules."

Her body slightly drifted from side to side as she pedaled. And with a smile that spread from ear to ear, the British adventurer rode the final miles to Anchorage from Homer...

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Tuesday morning saw brief chaos on the Kenai Peninsula and in the borough's Office of Emergency Management as officials hustled to spread the word that an automatic system had cried wolf when it sent a false tsunami warning out across the region. Sirens sounded in Seward, Homer, Port Graham, Nanwalek and Seldovia, according to the borough.

Police across the region also fielded calls from confused and concerned local residents.

"We had a lot of people that could actually be seen running to their vehicles on the spit," said Homer Harbor Master Bryan Hawkins, who claimed to have received more than 30 calls from fishermen and people across Kachemak Bay...

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