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A 6-year-old from the Southwest Alaska village of Akiachak died on Christmas Eve, three days after being struck by an ATV while he was lying on a trail in the dark, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Jerzy Shedlock
The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided not to list a prized 6-inch Pacific marine snail -- once commercially harvested in Alaska --  as endangered or threatened.Associated Press
Along with being in wet, then frozen, clothes and enduring subzero temperatures with a wind chill estimated at 35 below zero, Johnson was being stalked by a wolverine, which he tried to shoot but ultimately ended up keeping at bay by stabbing at it with a stick.Jillian Rogers
An Anchorage nonprofit that helps people with disabilities has been contending with thefts and vandalism during the Christmas season.Associated Press
Medics and police responded to the Spenard Motel in June and found Aaron Vanormer’s 2-month-old baby dead. Vanormer was not charged with any crime after an initial interview, but is now wanted on a $50,000 arrest warrant stemming from a manslaughter charge filed in Superior Court.Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska State Troopers said a young girl and a woman received life-threatening injuries on Christmas afternoon after being struck while trying to jump start a stalled pickup beside the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik.Alaska Dispatch News
Cleanup of the oily sheen along the coast near Shishmaref is now complete. State responders aren’t exactly sure what the substance is, though they now have a better idea where it’s coming from.  Jenn Ruckel
A much-anticipated study on sulfolane pollution levels tends to back up the position taken by Flint Hills, concluding that a much higher level in the ground below North Pole should be considered safe than that proposed by the state.Dermot Cole
In Anchorage, residents worked, relaxed and celebrated on Christmas Day after a morning snow squall gave way to afternoon sun and warmth.Nathaniel Herz
A 25-year-old woman told police she shot and killed her older cousin in Fairbanks on Wednesday after the cousin tried to kick the woman out of her apartment, according to charging documents filed in Fairbanks court.Nathaniel Herz