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As it maps a recovery plan following a failed launch in late August from its rocket range in Kodiak, the Alaska Aerospace Corp. continues to study expansion plans to handle larger rockets capable of carrying payloads nearly three times larger than those in the past.


Dermot Cole
Anchorage police are getting a fleet of new patrol sedans and SUVs with safer, modern features including all-wheel-drive. That’s a first for the city’s police department despite Alaska’s long, snowy winter.Jerzy Shedlock
Three weeks have passed since a 911 caller reported 21-year-old Michelle Lane dead in South Anchorage. Since then, people from across Alaska have joined in a demand for justice in her death, refuting claims that Lane killed herself.  Tegan Hanlon
A warming planet means less ice coverage in the Arctic, leaving polar bears with less time and less ice for hunting seals. They depend on seals for their survival. But the polar bears of Canada's Hudson Bay have discovered a new menu option.James Gorman | The New York Times
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a decision by the end of next year on whether to give Endangered Species Act protections to wolves dwelling in the coastal rainforest of Southeast Alaska under a legal settlement filed in federal court on Monday. Yereth Rosen
For the second time this month, Bethel police are investigating the death of a dog, apparently caused by abuse. This time, the victim was a 3-year-old yellow Lab mix.Lisa Demer
A neighbor of former KTVA Channel 11 reporter Charlo Greene -- who abruptly turned marijuana activist/viral internet star when she quit live on-air Sunday -- told gossip website TMZ that he filed a restraining order against her earlier this month after a conflict stemming from marijuana smoke.Alaska Dispatch News
The Mat-Su Activity and Respite Center near Wasilla closed in June amid a state Medicaid investigation. The state last week charged the center and owner Laura Sasseen with felony falsifying business records and misdemeanor medical assistance fraud charges. Zaz Hollander
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich pushed back Tuesday against Republican claims that a vote he took last week will allow President Barack Obama to make unilateral changes to national immigration policy after Election Day in November.Nathaniel Herz
When Will Troyer died Sunday at the age of 89 at his home in Cooper Landing, he left behind a legacy that included cheating death three times and developing a method of capturing and researching Kodiak grizzlies.Craig Medred