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The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday authorized the city to spend as much as $500,000 fighting a lawsuit filed by the family of an Anchorage man who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2012.

Nathaniel Herz
A second credit ratings agency raised a warning flag Thursday about Alaska’s state budget. Standard & Poor’s said that “to avert credit quality deterioration, we believe the state must make material progress in reducing the deficit in its fiscal 2016 budget.”Dermot Cole

Anchorage firefighters on Wednesday demonstrated the dangers of a Christmas tree fire.

Alaska Dispatch News
Chevron had been asking Canadian regulators for an exception to a rule requiring relief well capabilities, but dropped those requests, saying it no longer planned to drill in the EL 481 block, some 155 miles northwest of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.Yereth Rosen
The state-backed plan for a 200-mile road to a mining prospect in northern Alaska sparked intense debate among dozens of tribal and village leaders who questioned the potential impact on their way of life. Dermot Cole
Anchorage marijuana activist Charlo Greene has clashed with her business neighbor, causing the two to file multiple restraining orders against each other.Suzanna Caldwell
Two unrelated black bear cubs are getting acclimated to life in captivity and to each other at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage before being shipped to a new home in Texas. Until their 2015 departure, the zoo will be allowing the public to view them. Megan Edge
While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen
A stretch of Providence Drive through the University of Alaska Anchorage will be closed for two weeks starting this weekend as crews erect a pedestrian bridge linking two campus buildings.Devin Kelly
Michael Memeo, 46, made an initial court appearance Wednesday at the Nesbett Courthouse on charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Irma Williams in September. A Superior Court judge entered not guilty pleas for all of the charges on Memeo’s behalf.Jerzy Shedlock