Even for Lakpa Rita, a revered Nepalese mountaineer who has reached the summit of Mount Everest 17 times, the roaring wall of boulders, rocks, ice and debris that pulverized much of the mountain’s base camp during the weekend signified a malign new twist in the peak’s destructive powers.

A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced.  Alex DeMarban
Loretta Lynch made history Monday as she became the nation's first female African-American attorney general, who now must confront a litany of legal, political and management challenges.Michael Doyle
With the words “black lives matter” projected in capital letters on the walls, mourners at a Baptist church here Monday filed past the open coffin of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old whose death from a spinal cord injury while in police custody set off protests that turned violent during the weekend.Sheryl Gay Stolberg
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments on whether the Constitution requires state governments to license and recognize same-sex marriages. A landmark decision is expected by late June.Warren Richey
In a country wary of dynasties, former President George W. Bush said he could be a liability for his younger brother Jeb, a likely presidential candidate.Jason Horowitz
Alaska will take center stage now that the U.S. has taken the helm of the eight-nation Arctic Council, with Secretary of State John Kerry calling Friday for reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions and Alaska leaders highlighting economic development opportunities. Alex DeMarban
A “sophisticated cyberattack” on Premera Blue Cross affected 11 million people in the U.S. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield Alaska is encouraging members to apply for free credit monitoring and identity theft services.Laurel Andrews
For 10 hours after the massive earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, Anchorage resident Jeet Tamang couldn’t reach his wife in Kathmandu. When he tried calling, he was met with a deafening silence.Michelle Theriault Boots
The three largest U.S. carriers and some of their counterparts in Europe are alleging that the three Persian Gulf carriers unfairly built bridges to India, Africa and Asia and are grabbing market share on a global scale while benefiting from government subsidies that may violate so-called Open Skies international agreements.Richard Newman