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A long-standing rule that aims to quash oil spills in Canada's Arctic -- and which is being eyed by U.S. officials as a potential model to follow -- is being challenged by oil companies exploring the area.

Yereth Rosen
The committee last met in December 2012, two months before the Anchorage Assembly approved a major, decadelong rewrite of the land use and zoning code.Devin Kelly
A Wasilla property purchased by the Alaska Railroad with an eye toward testing regular passenger service between the Valley and Anchorage presents too many challenges for trial rail link any time soon, railroad officials say. Zaz Hollander
Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday named the public members of a board created to review the state’s oil and gas tax regime, and all have ties to industry, including two who used to work for Veco, the defunct oil-field contractor at the center of the 2006 corruption scandal tied to oil taxes. Richard Mauer
The man, who has not been identified, said he was walking with his unleashed dogs off of Hiland Road. The dogs wandered off and when they ran back, they were trailed by a brown bear sow. Tegan Hanlon
Cody Roman Dial of Anchorage has been missing in the wilds of a Costa Rican national park for about two weeks. The lack of a detailed route plan from the 27-year-old is hampering search efforts.   Craig Medred
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Michael Corey to the Superior Court to replace Judge Sen Tan, who is retiring.Jerzy Shedlock
Nickolay Dodov’s parents say Alaska Heliskiing “sought profit above safety.” The case has already caused roiling grief and hard feelings in Haines, with local officials tasked with piecing together what, if anything, could have prevented the deaths and if tighter regulation is warranted.Kyle Hopkins
The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mead Treadwell raised $164,000 in the second quarter of this year, slightly more than rival Joe Miller but far behind Dan Sullivan, the third major GOP candidate, according to a report filed with the U.S. Senate.Nathaniel Herz
This debate was different from previous tax-cut debates, with panelists asking the questions instead of a moderator, leading to more back-and-forth and sometimes pointed exchanges. Meantime, the audience – generally older and cheering loudest for repeal arguments -- submitted more than 50 questions, only a few of which could be addressed before time ran out.   Alex DeMarban