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Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who killed as many as 21 women, died Thursday at an Anchorage hospital. Many of the his victims were never identified and their bodies were never found.

Laurel Andrews,Kyle Hopkins
Broken windows and stolen Spam are just a few of the casualties of a widespread bear break-in problem in Northwest Alaska this summer. A poor berry season might be part of the reason.Suzanna Caldwell
The city of Bethel has hired an Anchorage lawyer to represent it in any cases that arise from last week’s officer-involved shooting and an earlier incident that resulted in a witness complaint of police brutality.Lisa Demer
An errant forklift and a hidden can of pepper spray forced the evacuation of the thrift store chain's East Anchorage location Thursday.Tegan Hanlon
Anchorage police and medics were responding Thursday afternoon to Muldoon Road near DeBarr Road, where a motorcyclist has collided with a pedestrian.  Tegan Hanlon
The site is designed to give a snapshot of construction activity and special events around the city that could affect traffic flow. Devin Kelly
During a Thursday morning hearing in Anchorage, Christopher Brandon Lee waived his rights to fight extradition to California, where he’s accused of murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin.Jerzy Shedlock
The Mat-Su Borough Assembly hopes to reach a settlement with the Federal Transit Administration over the $12.3 million the agency says the borough owes for grant funds spent on the never-used ferry Susitna.Alaska Dispatch News
Jim West, Alaska weapons connoisseur and star of Animal Planet’s “Wild West Alaska,” pleaded guilty Tuesday to four misdemeanor hunting violations, bagging thousands of dollars in fines and two workweeks of community service.Jerzy Shedlock

From jousting knights to giant vegetables, the 2014 Alaska State Fair kicked off under sunny skies today in Palmer

Victoria Barber

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  • Some 10,000 mourners on Thursday buried three senior commanders of the armed wing of Hamas who were killed in predawn airstrikes by Israel, the most significant blow to the group’s leadership since Israel’s operation in Gaza began more than six weeks ago.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acted illegally in May when he authorized the release of five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because he’d failed to provide lawmakers adequate notice of the exchange, the main investigative arm of Congress found Thursday.