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It is not uncommon for coastal communities to experience cloudy weather during summer months, and raging wildfires are far from unusual, but this summer there could be more of both if Alaska sees the El Nino forecast Thursday by the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center.

El Nino is caused by a "significant increase in water temperature in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, which is the area between the dateline and Ecuador," according to the National Weather Service. And currently the temperature trend in the vast Pacific Ocean, along the equator, is suspected to be the cause of weather patterns that could fuel more fires, warmer temperatures or cloudy weather by midsummer...

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Every spring, Unalaska goes from fishing hub to war zone thanks to an unlikely enemy. Nesting eagles pose a danger in the community of roughly 4,000 people that's better known for the reality TV show "The Deadliest Catch."

The aggressive nesting behavior of the 600-plus eagles swooping, circling and screeching above the island causes locals to keep a watchful eye toward the heavens. Health officials said aggressive behavior is the cause of a "handful" of bloody casualties each season.

Iliuliuk Family and Health Services Executive Director Eileen Scott said most attack victims need about six stitches, usually to their heads...

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Every spring, the community of Unalaska goes from fishing hub to war zone thanks to an unlikely enemy. Around this time each year, nesting eagles pose a dangerous problem in the small community of roughly 4,000 people that's better known for the reality TV show "The Deadliest Catch."

The aggressive nesting behavior of the 600-plus eagles swooping, circling and screeching above the island causes locals to keep a watchful eye toward the heavens. Health officials said that aggressive behavior is the cause of a "handful" of bloody casualties over each season. Iliuliuk Family and Health Services Executive Director Eileen Scott said most attack victims will receive about six stitches, usually to their heads...

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Nearly two years after the most successful University of Alaska Anchorage women's head basketball coach in history resigned without explanation, the university finally shed some light on his sudden departure, following the NCAA's release of its findings that two Seawolf players were paid by the coach. The team faces a $5,000 fine and a two-year probation.

In the 2011-12 season, six-year coach Tim Moser, in collaboration with graduate student and assistant coach Elisha Harris, put $7,320 into the financial accounts of two student-athletes without their knowledge or permission -- or the university's...

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A feral cat is a mysterious creature. Unable to live as the pet of a human, the untamed feline typically only comes out in the darkness and flees from people. According to Anchorage Animal Care and Control and a local non-profit, Mojo's Hope, they are a problem in Anchorage. But because of the way a city ordinance named Title 17 was written, the fairly common solution nationally -- trap, neuter, release -- is illegal here...

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An early Saturday morning fight among about 60 people in Downtown Anchorage as the bars were closing ended with three people hospitalized -- but no arrests so far.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, the incident started as a "disturbance" at Club Soraya, off 4th Avenue, where mainstream rapper Pastor Troy was entertaining what APD spokesperson Anita Shell described as a "pretty big crowd."

"It sounds like people were dancing in a mosh pit," said Shell. "There was a lot of shoving and pushing -- and it started to escalate." She said security turned on the lights and asked people to leave. A crowd of roughly 60 people then moved to the Sunshine Mall parking lot on 3rd Avenue, and a brawl broke out...

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Trista Crass has been without running water for 10 years, and she is just one of many across the Last Frontier living without an amenity most residents of industrialized nations take for granted. According to a state economic trends analysis published earlier this month, roughly 12,000 Alaskans live without complete plumbing -- running water and sewer -- a number that's decreased by more than 2,000 since the year 2000. According to the United States Census Bureau, at the start of the millennium 14,003 residences were without complete plumbing...

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The entryway of the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center was packed Thursday afternoon....

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The former president of NANA Management Services, a subsidiary of the Alaska Native regional corporation NANA Development Corp., is a key witness in a high-profile trial playing out in New York against a radical Islamic cleric facing 11 terrorism charges, according to a report from the New Zealand Herald ...

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Down Knik Goose Bay Road in the Matanuska Valley is a wide open, muddy pit. Nearby, amid remnants from recently cleared woodlands, stands a red and white sign proclaiming "Shopping Center Coming Soon." In the backdrop of the empty lot are big, modern-looking new homes on subdivided lots of land....

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