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For the second day, the Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater in the area of Coghlan Island near Auke Bay in Southeast Alaska.Jerzy Shedlock

Maggie the African elephant left Anchorage nearly seven years ago in an Air Force cargo jet. Alaska Zoo director Patrick Lampi said he's visited Maggie several times at her California home. "Seeing her healthy, with more acreage than we could have ever offered her, and the interaction with the other elephants was very gratifying and I have no doubt that moving her was the right decision," Lampi said.

Megan Edge
The U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of two operating Arctic-class icebreakers will be sufficient -- if barely so -- for about another six years, the agency’s new Alaska commandant said Monday. Yereth Rosen
The Anchorage brawl involving the Palin family that made national headlines has inspired a parody song from a Florida singer-songwriter.Alaska Dispatch News
The grants went to facilities in communities from Kotzebue to Fort Yukon to Unalaska and Wrangell. The money will pay for new services, more providers and expanded hours from 27 health care providersTegan Hanlon
The Alaska VA Healthcare System will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday evening for veterans to ask questions and express concerns about VA benefits and services.Tegan Hanlon
Upon calling 911, the motorcycle's owner and his friends spotted Jonathan Ortiz Escalante, 44, exiting a residence and leaving on the Honda. The group followed the alleged thief, according to the charges, and confronted him in East Anchorage. Jerzy Shedlock
Rainfall in Cordova and Valdez has been heavy but isn't breaking records. But swollen waterways in the Prince William Sound region are taking their toll on roads and highways.Megan Edge
The trial of a former Glennallen dentist accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a female colleague too drunk to consent began Wednesday with opening arguments that laid out two scenarios of the night in question. Michelle Theriault Boots

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  • Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Tuesday that he would recommend deploying U.S. combat forces against Islamic extremists in specific operations if the current strategy of airstrikes was not successful, raising the possibility of the kind of escalation that President Barack Obama has flatly ruled out.

  • The United States will significantly boost its efforts to block the spread of Ebola across West Africa, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, casting the disease as a national security concern as he embarked on a brief tour intended to burnish his image as commander in chief.