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Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from its screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the "The Interview."

Jake Coyle
Police have identified a woman who died after being found unconscious in a tent at a burgeoning encampment on sidewalks near Third Avenue and Karluk Street Saturday as 46-year-old Dorothy Marie Noel, also known as Dorothy Kinzy. Michelle Theriault Boots
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials made an unusual discovery hidden away inside luggage bound for China as it passed through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport -- more than 200 live baby turtles.Sean Doogan
A crash in northwest Montana, near Flathead Lake killed 33-year-old Brett Thoft of Wasilla, and injured the passenger, local authorities said. Zaz Hollander
The United States and Cuba have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades, American officials said Wednesday.Julie Pace and Matthew Lee
The office was created in a 2004 law aimed at helping advance an Alaska gas pipeline project that would serve North American markets. That project, however, was scrapped amid changes in the market.Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
An ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in Anchorage failed after four hours of public testimony and debate in Assembly chambers Tuesday night. Several Assembly members expressed concern that a ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding marijuana regulations at the state level.  Suzanna Caldwell
In a unanimous vote Monday, the Anchorage School Board put the largest chunk of money, $17 million, toward next school year’s budget in an effort to soften the blow of a projected $19.8 million budget deficit. Tegan Hanlon
Javier Antonio Martinez, a convicted felon who had once been ordered out of the United States, was sentenced Tuesday to 99 years for the shooting death of his former supervisor at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel in October 2011. The life sentence will run consecutive to a decades-long federal sentence tied to the murder.Jerzy Shedlock
The recent passage of the federal defense spending bill, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign, includes provisions that lift restrictions on five parcels in downtown Anchorage, including the land beneath the Egan Convention Center. Devin Kelly