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Two Anchorage men were critically injured when a small plane flying over the Iron Dog snowmachine race crashed near Rainy Pass Lodge on Alaska's Iditarod Trail.Colleen Mondor
Alaska's federal defenders and prosecutors have started reviewing cases of drug offenders who are potentially eligible for early release thanks to changes made earlier this year to sentencing guidelines. Jerzy Shedlock
The important oil and gas industry sector showed a gain of 386 jobs, or 2.8 percent. State economist Caroline Schultz said that the construction industry's growth of 979 jobs, or 6.6 percent, was largely a result of activity on the North Slope as well.Pat Forgey
Low-bush cranberries and wood frogs can both survive cold air, but each would die in a winter without snow. Temperatures about -12 F is their limit without the protection of a layer of insulation. Ned Rozell
The city of North Pole is suing refinery owner Flint Hills Alaska Resources and previous owner Williams Alaska Petroleum, blaming the companies for releasing hazardous substances, including sulfolane, into the groundwater beneath the refinery.Associated Press
Three municipalities within the Fairbanks North Star Borough will meet next week to discuss the new state law legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.Associated Press
The practice of storytelling for friends and neighbors is alive and well in Alaska. In Anchorage, the "Arctic Entries" series draws sold-out crowds. In Fairbanks, a new venture called "Dark Winter Nights" attracted an overflow crowd to hear a mix of memorable tales.Dermot Cole
A long-awaited federal decision on the permits behind a proposed coal mine near Sutton upheld the permits, but upbraided the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Zaz Hollander

Black Friday, the traditional day of deals after Thanksgiving to draw shoppers out and kick off the holiday shopping season, couldn't come soon enough for some Anchorage residents.

Tara Young

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