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Alaska Dispatch News
Fifth-seeded Eagles girls advance to a semifinal Friday against top-seeded East at West High, and the fifth-seeded Bartlett boys advance to play a semifinal Friday against top-seeded West.Alaska Dispatch News
Western Washington hit 52 percent of its shots and UAA hit 35.5 percent Thursday in the Vikings' 20-point win over the Seawolves.Beth Bragg
Alaska congressman Don Young linked the U.S. homeless population to the wolf population in an outburst before the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. He later said his analogy was "hyperbolic."Dermot Cole
In a wind-hammered house on the frozen edge of the Bering Sea, in a tiny closet housing a broken old furnace, just past the bathroom with no running water, carver Steven Stone hunches over driftwood and whale bone, walrus ivory and prehistoric mastodon tusks to make something new.Lisa Demer
Alaska State Troopers temporarily called off a search Thursday for a 74-year-old man reported missing last week after he left Goodnews Bay on an ATV and never arrived at home in Platinum.Tegan Hanlon

Yup'ik native artists Steven and Christine Stone combine grass basket weaving, gut parka sewing and ivory and whalebone carving to create baskets, dolls and other works of art in their Hooper Bay, Alaska. ​

Bob Hallinen
Militants from the Islamic State used military vehicles to destroy at least part of the Iraqi archaeological site at the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government said Thursday.Anne Barnard
A kennel owner paying for these pre-race tests themselves would find the price prohibitive -- thousands of dollars for each competing dog, said Iditarod chief veterinarian Stu Nelson. John Schandelmeier

Jeff King and Dallas Seavey describe the conditions and decisions that led to one of the most unpredictable finishes in Iditarod history.

Marc Lester