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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
In a fiery debut, a young Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Don Young asked voters at a debate in Kodiak to oust the congressman from his long-held seat, saying Young has lost his clout because of a past ethical violation and is no longer effective. Alex DeMarban
A sharp, wide-ranging debate on Alaska fisheries Wednesday evening saw organizers and Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich put Republican challenger Dan Sullivan on the defensive over his pro-development record, with Sullivan delivering some targeted shots of his own at Begich.Nathaniel Herz
As the Alaska National Guard sexual misconduct and leadership scandal evolves into a major issue in his re-election bid, Gov. Sean Parnell is confronting two key questions: When did he learn about problems in the guard, and did he respond effectively? The record shows that Parnell took nearly his entire four-year term to remove officials at the top of the guard and its related civilian department.Richard Mauer,Jill Burke

The darkening skies of fall in northern latitudes boost our opportunities to see stars, northern lights and spectacular sunsets.

Yellow-billed loons, migratory birds that nest on large lakes dotting Alaska’s North Slope, do not need Endangered Species Act protections, federal regulators said on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen
Scientists say gatherings of thousands of walruses on northwestern Alaska shorelines, like the congregation of 35,000 animals spotted this weekend near the village of Point Lay, are a relatively new phenomenon that could be risky to the big marine mammals.Yereth Rosen
More than 90 percent of Alaskans applied for this year's $1,884 Permanent Fund dividend. Why didn't the rest? Reasons range from principled positions to efforts at evading child support payments.Michelle Theriault Boots
An Anchorage jury found a former Glennallen dentist accused of sexually assaulting a colleague not guilty on all charges Wednesday after a two-week trial.  Michelle Theriault Boots
A bigger property tax exemption for seniors and disabled vets plus contested races in Palmer, Wasilla and for the Mat-Su Assembly figure prominently in next week's Matanuska-Susitna Borough election. Zaz Hollander

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