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An Alaska Wildlife Trooper shot and killed a young male brown bear drawn by trash to an Eagle River neighborhood off Artillery Road on Wednesday night.

The bear made nightly garbage raids to area neighborhoods all month.

But one home on Loveland Circle with bags of trash and rotting food in the yard proved especially irresistible, authorities said.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game decided to kill the bear last week because its garbage-eating habits made it a danger to the public, area wildlife biologist Jessy Coltrane said.

Residents in area subdivisions reported an aggressive brown bear that charged people and wandered onto decks in broad daylight.

Trooper Mike Peltier brought down the bear with a single head shot Wednesday night...

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The tiny, remote community of Cold Bay temporarily quadrupled in size after potential engine trouble diverted an international Delta Air Lines flight on Wednesday.

The Boeing 767-300ER en route from Tokyo to San Francisco landed at Cold Bay's airport without incident about 6 a.m. after declaring an in-flight emergency, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

The flight deck crew diverted the flight "out of an abundance of caution" after an indicator showed a possible problem with one of the aircraft's engines, said Delta Air Lines spokesman Michael Thomas.

Flight 208 landed safely with 167 passengers and 11 crew members, including pilots and flight attendants, Thomas wrote in an email...

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The crew of a Delta Air Lines flight from Tokyo to San Francisco declared an in-flight emergency and diverted to Cold Bay, where the jet landed without incident Wednesday morning, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Crew in the flight deck “acted out of an abundance of caution” and decided to make the unscheduled landing after an indicator signalled a possible problem with one of the aircraft’s engines, according to Delta Air Lines spokesman Michael Thomas...

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Employees at Denali National Park and Preserve on a geology outing last week made a grisly discovery as they drove along the park road to check a massive landslide below Sable Pass.

At a roadside pullout, the group found a large rodent, charred and apparently partially eaten, a crushed mouse and the severed head of a baby python along with the remains of a campfire and several empty boxes from Petco, a chain pet store with a Fairbanks location.

Baffled park authorities are still trying to figure out what happened -- and why. Park law enforcement officers say they have a suspect on surveillance at a Fairbanks Petco store but haven't been able to locate the man...

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor and Seward city manager issued local disaster declarations Tuesday for damage to homes, property and roads from heavy rains that soaked the area.

While thousands of people in Southcentral had regained power by morning after a storm swamped the region Monday, some continued to face other serious weather-related problems.

Borough Mayor Mike Navarre reported damaged furnaces, flooded septic systems and inundated wells in homes off of Kalifornsky Beach Road on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula. He said in the declaration that saturated ground, road closures and shut-down utilities have displaced between 30 and 40 people...

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A windstorm pounded parts of Southcentral Alaska early Monday, knocking down trees and cutting off power for thousands of people from the Matanuska Valley to the Kenai Peninsula. A gust of 106 mph was recorded in Bear Valley, on the Anchorage Hillside, with a 105 mph gust at Glen Alps.

By evening, electric service had mostly been restored.

Crews from Matanuska Electric Association and Chugach Electric worked throughout the day removing trees from power lines and ticking off areas where customers could again turn on their lights. Between the two utilities, about 400 homes and businesses still remained in the dark early Monday evening...

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WASILLA -- Two U.S. Army Alaska soldiers were arrested on a driving under the influence call near Wasilla early Sunday after one got tackled and the other knocked himself out running into a tree, Alaska State Troopers said.

The call started at 6:15 a.m. Sunday after troopers responded to a report that a blue 2001 Ford Ranger pickup hit a parked van on Basie Point Circle in Meadow Lakes. The pickup went a little ways down the road, then got stuck, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. The two men inside fled as soon as troopers arrived.

Driver Wayne Parker, 21, got about 30 feet before a trooper tackled him, Peters said. Passenger Christopher Crawford, also 21, ran into the woods but hit a tree and knocked himself unconscious, she said...

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Update, 4:40 p.m. Monday:

About 250 Chugach Electric Association customers remain without power. Spokesman Phil Steyer said power should be restored in all locations by the end of the day Monday.

The largest single outage affects about 200 people serviced by the Hope Substation. Steyer said crews have cleared trees from the line, but service has still not returned to the Sunrise area.

In the Rabbit Creek area, there are about 36 people still without power. Update at 4:15 p.m. Monday:

The number of Matanuska Electric Association customers without power has decreased from 1,200 to about 250 as of late Monday afternoon, according to spokesman Kevin Brown...

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WASILLA -- An Anchorage playground is growing up.

Some Big Lake residents want to make a second-class city out of this community known for a half-century as the place Southcentral comes to recreate.

Today Big Lake is a growing hub for nearly 3,400 permanent residents scattered across 100 square miles of land -- and 13 square miles of it water -- but with a dense town center.

Big Lake's library, post office, grocery, airport, elementary school and fire station all sit in a three-block area along with a couple of parks, a few shops and restaurants, a bar and two liquor stores...

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Alaska State Troopers say they arrested 19-year-old Logan F. Wolcott after he smoked Spice and passed out in the middle of a side road near Wasilla early Sunday morning.

Troopers arrested the Wasilla resident on strikingly similar charges after finding him slumped over the wheel of his 1994 Ford Taurus in the Valley Performing Arts parking lot before 1 a.m. on Sept. 28, according to charging documents filed at Palmer courthouse.

Wolcott admitted at that time to smoking Spice, a synthetic drug that mimics marijuana, said a sworn affidavit filed with the charges...

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