An accident on the Seward Highway involving a tour bus and other vehicles resulted in at least one serious injury Friday. A trooper spokeswoman said the Seward Highway was closed at Mile 80 as emergency crews rushed to help the injured.

Witnesses reported the accident was near the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, at Mile 79 on the Seward Highway, involving a tour bus and possibly other vehicles. A person who answered the phone at the center, near the Portage turnoff, said officials at the center were assisting at the accident site.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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An Alaska appeals court has affirmed the 2011 child abuse conviction of Jessica Beagley, the Anchorage "hot sauce mom" who prosecutors said used a videotape of herself punishing her adopted Russian son to try to get on the "Dr. Phil" show.

The Alaska Court of Appeals agreed with Beagley that Anchorage’s ordinance defining child abuse is vague but called the claims moot because of the TV connection.

In a memorandum opinion issued Wednesday , the court also denied Beagley’s request for a new trial on grounds of juror misconduct. It upheld her district court conviction of child abuse.

Beagley generated headlines nationwide starting in late 2010 after her appearance on the “Dr. Phil” show. The video showed her punishing her son by putting hot sauce in his mouth and forcing him into a cold shower.

In January 2011, the Municipality of Anchorage charged Beagley with child abuse . The mother argued she was seeking help for the problematic child...

Jerzy Shedlock

Chicago-based photographer David J. Crewe visited Alaska first the first time early July and, he says, fell in love with the landscape.

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JUNEAU -- The 15-year-old survivor of a plane crash near Juneau was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday for helping save the other three passengers despite his own injuries.

Jose Vasquez was on the Wings of Alaska Cessna that crashed into a mountain 18 miles west of Juneau, killing the pilot. Vasquez lives in Puerto Rico and was in Juneau visiting his godparents. All three and another passenger were traveling to Hoonah from Juneau.

Coast Guard spokesman Grant DeVuyst says Vasquez used survival skills he learned as a Boy Scout.

“He had multiple injuries but he still went through many steps to make sure the other passengers got the help they needed,” DeVuyst said.

Vasquez had broken ribs and a collapsed lung, according to his godfather.

Vasquez put layers of clothing around his godmother, Sandra Herrera Lopez, to preserve body heat. He lifted cargo boxes that had fallen on another passenger, Ernestine Hanlon-Abel of Hoonah...

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it made one arrest during an effort by protesters to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland for an Arctic drilling operation.

Lt. Harry Smith says 19-year-old Christian Pence refused to leave the Willamette River after being told the waterway was closed Thursday afternoon, and then assaulted a deputy who tried to remove him from the water.

He faces charges of resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and assaulting a public safety officer.

Portland police also reported one arrest, a 24-year-old man accused of criminal trespass.

The icebreaker made its way to the Pacific Ocean after authorities forced the demonstrators from the river and the St. Johns Bridge.

Associated Press

The Peninsula Oilers on Thursday swept an Alaska Baseball League doubleheader from the visiting Fairbanks Goldpanners in Kenai.

The Oilers won the seven-inning games, 3-1 and 2-1.

Brent Diaz went 2 for 2 with a home run and drove in all three Oilers runs in the opener. Alex Seifert and James Fowlkes each drove in runs for the Oilers, and closer Paul Lujan earned his eighth save, in the nightcap.

Elsewhere, the Anchorage Bucs and Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks split a pair of seven-inning games in Chugiak. The Bucs took the first game 1-0 -- and it required just 1 hour, 15 minutes. Chugiak-Eagle River answered with a 4-3 win.

Bucs right-hander Quin Grogan delivered a three-hitter in the opener, and Taylor Jones' RBI single in the fourth inning stood up. After the Bucs scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead in the nightcap, the Chinooks responded with a two-run seventh, prospering courtesy of Cameron Baranek's game-tying RBI single and Caleb Potter's run-scoring walk-off single.

In Palmer, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots used Aldaberto Carrillo's two-run double in the top of the ninth to beat the Mat-Su Miners, 4-3.

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Anchorage police say a woman was killed in a hit-and-run incident early Friday morning.

At 1:37 a.m., police responded to the intersection of Mountain View Drive and North Park Street after reports of a woman lying in the road, according to an Anchorage Police Department statement.

They found 39-year-old Claudia Kuzakin, “who appeared to be the victim of a hit and run,” the statement says.

Kuzakin was taken to a hospital, where she was quickly declared dead.

There is no suspect information, police said. Spokeswoman Renee Oistad said no one saw the woman being struck.

Police are asking that anyone who may have information regarding the incident call APD at 907-786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.

Jerzy Shedlock

After a flurry of wolf attacks that killed dozens of sheep and lambs in Insjön and Sågmyra, in northern Sweden, over the past couple of weeks, the County Administrative Board has decided to authorize a protective hunt in the area.

Swedish Radio P4 Dalarna reports that hunters will only be allowed to kill a total of one wolf in this “Gimmen” territory.

“It’s because we don’t have a clear picture of which individual is causing the damage,” Jonas Bergman, who works with the county board in Dalarna, tells the radio station, adding that they are following the recommendations of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

There is a male in this territory whose genetic material is considered to be valuable in order to reduce the degree of inbreeding, according to P4 Dalarna. Despite the risk that he may be shot, the county board has decided to approve the hunt because they feel what has happened in the territory is so serious that they see no other alternative.

The hunt will be limited to a small area around the enclosures where the domesticated animals are located, to increase the chances that the right individual wolf is shot...

Radio Sweden

JUNEAU— A state-issued credit card, reported missing from a state worker's desk, was used to withdraw $500 from a Juneau bank last month, police said.

Juneau police said in a release Thursday that they have identified a person of interest with help from the public after circulating photos from an ATM camera. The man's name was not released, and police said their investigation continued.

They said the employee had kept the card in her desk with a note that provided the access code. The card was reported missing June 30, after the woman was asked about the withdrawal made on June 19.

State Department of Administration spokesman Andy Mills said that was the lone fraudulent charge on the card, which has been canceled. Police said there were two failed attempts to use the card to make withdrawals at different banks later on June 19.

Mills said by email that the state has been refunded $503, which includes a $3 fee, by US Bank, which issued the card. US Bank also has opened a fraud investigation, he said...

Becky Bohrer

Arctic sea extent is trending low and this year’s melt may erase much of the newer ice that built up in 2013, a rebound year that followed the record-low melt of 2012. But it's highly unlikely that a new record low will be reached this year, the Guardian reported .

The Guardian report is based on analysis by Neven Acropolis, who maintains the detailed Arctic Sea Ice blog. That analysis describes a relatively slow Arctic sea ice melt for the month of June, compared to recent years, followed by a notably rapid ice melt in July, driven by extremely warm Arctic temperatures...

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