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On the first day of school, a veteran Anchorage elementary school teacher talks about education challenges, what motivates her year after year and first-day jitters. 

Marc Lester
The school year began Wednesday with the Anchorage School District down 75 positions, mostly from maintenance and administration departments. But all but three of the dozens of teachers who received layoff notices this spring were back in the classroom.Michelle Theriault Boots
A Rhode Island firm that now owns the housing on Eielson Air Force Base filed suit in federal court Tuesday, saying it is illegal for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to levy $1.855 million in property taxes.Dermot Cole
Troopers are asking for the public's help to locate a maroon Ford vehicle sought in connection with early morning vandalism at Rest Haven Cemetery.Alaska Dispatch News
They meant to go fishing, but instead four men ended up trapped against a Kasilof River bridge after their drift boat flipped and stranded them.Zaz Hollander
Joshua Huerta, 26, of California, remains hospitalized after being hit by a camper jack that went through his window in a head-on collision Monday near Cantwell, Alaska State Trooper said.Alaska Dispatch News
A 55-year-old man died near Dillingham Tuesday after his boat's motor exploded, throwing him in the water, where he apparently drowned, Alaska State Troopers say.Zaz Hollander
A Palmer judge has delayed the murder trial for a Palmer teen accused of shooting 45-year-old Frank Pushruk and pushing his body off a cliff over the Matanuska River in March. Zaz Hollander
An ex-Marine from Alaska accused of killing a California woman and dumping her body in a remote desert mine shaft made an initial court appearance at the Anchorage Correctional Complex courtroom Tuesday.Jerzy Shedlock
When the owners of the Clearwater Lodge in Delta Junction heard that a 16-year-old had been arrested Monday in connection with the May fire that burned their lodge to the ground, they were not surprised, they said. Alcohol had been stolen from the lodge before it burned. Megan Edge

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  • A U.S. special operations team tried and failed to rescue journalist James Foley and other Americans held hostage in Syria during a secret mission in early July authorized by President Barack Obama, senior administration officials said Wednesday.

  • U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. visited Ferguson on Wednesday, meeting with students, community leaders and federal investigators as the St. Louis County prosecutor opened grand jury hearings in the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.