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WASHINGTON — They’re over her.

Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines, Iowa, has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance has gone cold and the marriage is dead.

This is despite the fact that the 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee told reporters upon her arrival at the event that she is “seriously interested” in running for president in 2016.

Her address was a 34 1/2-minute roller coaster ride of cliches, non sequiturs and warmed-over grievances. One line that stood out: “GOP leaders, by the way, you know, ‘The Man,’ can only ride ya when your back is bent. So strengthen it. Then The Man can’t ride ya.”...

By Karen Tumulty

Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux announced Wednesday she would be postponing meetings of the state House and Senate judiciary committees on a bill that would define Alaska’s criminal marijuana laws until drafters complete a version of the law that better reflects “the will of the people.”

The decision in Wednesday’s joint Judiciary Committee meeting came after backlash from both legislators and supporters of Ballot Measure 2 who expressed concern and confusion over provisions in Senate Bill 30 on how to address use and possession of recreational marijuana...

Suzanna Caldwell

WASHINGTON - Loretta E. Lynch, the nominee to become attorney general, on Wednesday defended the legality of President Barack Obama’s immigration policy during a daylong confirmation hearing Republicans used to seek assurances she would break from some of the practices of Eric H. Holder Jr., the man who now holds the post.

Her view on immigration was crucial. Some Republicans have said it could determine their vote because of their deep opposition to the president’s decision last year to unilaterally ease the threat of deportation for millions of unauthorized immigrants.

Holder approved the legal justification for that action in just one instance where he infuriated Republicans...

CARL HULSE and MATT APUZZO

If you listen to climate change skeptics, Earth's surface hasn't warmed appreciably in the last 15 years, and any "record" set last year is just the result of the planet doing what the planet naturally does.

It turns out they're right, but for the wrong reasons, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.

There is no inherent bias in climate models that makes them over-estimate the effects of human activity, according to the study.

"Cherry picking" the most recent 15-year interval to refute climate change modeling is misleading and obscures the long-term agreement between the models and measurements, according to study co-author Piers Forster, an atmospheric physicist from the University of Leeds, England...

Geoffrey Mohan

Last week, Wayne and Wanda responded to letters from people who suspected friends’ partners were unfaithful and questioned whether they should alert their buddies. In one case, a girl saw her friend’s man on Tinder. In another, a guy saw a buddy’s woman at a bar, clearly flirting with a guy. While Wayne and Wanda mused on the pros and cons of getting involved, a reader had a different take:...

Wayne & Wanda

An inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex died early Wednesday after being restrained by correctional officers, Alaska State Troopers said.

Larry Kobuk, 33, of Anchorage, was delivered to the jail by police late Tuesday, according to a dispatch posted online by troopers.

Kobuk was “non-compliant with Correctional Officers’ verbal commands,” while being booked into the facility, according to troopers.

The correctional officers then restrained Kobuk because he was combative and put him in a cell, the dispatch said.

“When the Correctional Officers were exiting the cell, they checked on Kobuk before closing the cell door,” troopers said...

Michelle Theriault Boots

The Warbirds of Glory Museum has released a video showing its progress on the restoration of a B-25 bomber that crashed in 1969 while operating for the fire service, but which was ...

Colleen Mondor

Two men Alaska State Troopers say are considered "dangerous" offenders are still on the loose after separately escaping custody in Fairbanks earlier this month, according to trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters.

On Jan. 14, 23-year-old Logan Austin was last seen leaving the North Star Center, a halfway house in Fairbanks. One week later, 38-year-old Michael Bracht escaped custody by fleeing from a third-party custodian the same day he was supposed to begin serving a prison sentence.

Troopers sent out a release Wednesday saying they were searching for Austin, who had escaped custody by walking away from the North Star Center at 1:05 a.m. on Jan. 14. Troopers received a report of his disappearance at 8 a.m. the same day...

Megan Edge

Though many Alaskans -- either knowingly or unknowingly -- live within close proximity of moose, only some have ever actually heard a moose call ...

Alaska Dispatch News

It’s Super Bowl week, and there are plenty of reasons to cheer -- even if you aren’t a Seahawks or Patriots fan.

Here they are in fourth-down territory.

First down: Super Bowl seafood

Most Super Bowl menus will include a full complement of chips, pizza and beer. Consider the following for a real taste of Alaska on Sunday.

“We have an all-Alaskan feast for the Super Bowl this weekend,” says Dannon Southall of 10th & M Seafoods in Anchorage. “The Gulf of Alaska is producing fresh cod. These flaky white fish fillets work well in any recipe and are going for $5.50 per pound all week long leading up to the game...

Steve Edwards

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