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Swedish man scares the living shit out of an attacking bear

A Swedish man came very close to being attacked by a brown bear, but his primal roar was apparently enough to drive the animal back into the forest. Ralph Persson is from Ljusdal, north of Stockholm, and was reportedly out training a beagle in the Jämtland forests when he sensed something was wrong based on his dog's behavior.When the brown bear was just a few feet away from Persson, he let out the roar that might have saved his life. Persson and his wife Lena captured the encounter on camera.Persson told Helahalsingland, “To lie down and play dead I do not believe in.”
Michelle Theriault Boots
Everybody who came to the Anchorage Museum’s weekend appraisal event wanted to know the same thing about the often-unusual items they brought in: What is this, exactly? And is it worth something?
Alex DeMarban
A few things you may not know about Mary Franklin, the force behind the wildly popular Star Wars Celebration fan events.
Beth Bragg
Gold Nugget Triathlon at Bartlett High School on Sunday, May 17, 2015.   
Tara Young


The Little Norway Festival in the Southeast Alaska community of Petersburg is a celebration of the signing of Norway’s constitution on May 17, 1814. Petersburg, a fishing town strong Norwegian roots, holds the festival every year in mid-May, and features traditional Norwegian foods, dance and events such as the herring toss.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)
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The referee ended a soccer game between Service and Bartlett after giving red cards to two Service coaches in the first half.
Loren Holmes
Aimed at sharing information about the fledgling industry, the three-day Northwest Cannabis Classic at the Dena’ina Center features panels, demonstrations and products that ranged from lighting technology to smoking instruments to flower enhancers and plant food. It generated a buzz, with about 700 people buying presale tickets and about as many day-of tickets bought on Saturday, said event organizer Cory Wray.
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Mike Gervell said his life has changed since he was paired with Mikey, a service dog. Gervell says his military service in Vietnam changed the course of his life, and his service dog helps him deal with some of the consequences.
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The Walter Soboleff Center celebrates its opening on May 15, 2015.
Erik Hill
A Copper River king salmon is greeted at a First Fish event sponsored by Copper River Seafoods at the Alaska Airlines cargo facility on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Stevens Anchorage International Airport. 
Mike Dunham
“Home Field Advantage: Baseball in the Far North” opens at the Anchorage Museum this week.  
Bob Hallinen
Anchorage police have entered an apartment in South Anchorage Wednesday afternoon where they say four people were found dead earlier in the day, and a spokesperson said the deaths appear to be "suspicious."