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Russia's currency and economic woes, which go beyond anything that country's central bank can fix, are already being felt in FinlandYLE News
Alyeska Ski Resort will open Friday, marking the 11th day of skiing this winter.Beth Bragg
OPINION: Attitudes have changed around people with special needs, and that's all to the good, but some stereotypes linger.Angelina Fraize
Big Lake can become a second-class city if the state Local Boundary Commission approves and locals vote for property taxes that turn out to be a sliver lower than the ones they pay now. Commission staff this week recommended incorporation. Zaz Hollander
The company agreed last week to plead guilty to eight felony criminal counts and to pay $12.2 million -- $8.2 million in penalties and $4 million for a community service payment -- for environmental and safety violations during Shell’s mishap-laden 2012 drilling season.Yereth Rosen
The government filed a civil lawsuit Monday against a gold dredge captain who has appeared on Discover Channel’s “Bering Sea Gold,” alleging he refused to take care of his 117-foot landing craft that sank in the Cordova harbor.Jerzy Shedlock
An update on the Alaska Aces ahead of Friday night's rematch with visiting Bakersfield, plus some Joey Crabb news.Doyle Woody
When this Meyer lemon Dutch baby pancake comes out of the oven, it’s a pillowy, golden marvel, with pockets of melted butter on top. Good grief, Charlie Brown!Maya Evoy
Ted Nugent and a former Miss USA are among the features touted for season two of "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," coming to the Sportsman Channel in January.Maia Nolan-Partnow
The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday authorized the city to spend as much as $500,000 fighting a lawsuit filed by the family of an Anchorage man who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2012.Nathaniel Herz
Parlor in the Round is a performance series in the format of a round robin that throws some curveballs at three featured artists via audience input.Chris Bieri
A second credit ratings agency raised a warning flag Thursday about Alaska’s state budget. Standard & Poor’s said that “to avert credit quality deterioration, we believe the state must make material progress in reducing the deficit in its fiscal 2016 budget.”Dermot Cole
Getting ready for his midnight marathon on Christmas Eve, Santa takes a moment to evaluate one traveler's wish list.Scott McMurren

Anchorage firefighters on Wednesday demonstrated the dangers of a Christmas tree fire.

Alaska Dispatch News
Seneca Neal, 37, of Anchorage, and Lamon Washington, 40, of Fairbanks, were charged after a months-long investigation that stretched across the state and netted some $400,000 worth of heroin, Alaska State Troopers said.Laurel Andrews
The volume of cargo shipped through the Arctic route fell by 77 percent this year, and some experts say potential for ship traffic has been overstated.Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
Chevron had been asking Canadian regulators for an exception to a rule requiring relief well capabilities, but dropped those requests, saying it no longer planned to drill in the EL 481 block, some 155 miles northwest of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.Yereth Rosen
LETTERS: Readers weigh in on topics in the news as oil continues to sit below $60.Alaska Dispatch News
At 11-13-0, this is the first time in their 12 ECHL seasons the Alaska Aces have been below .500 one-third of the way through the 72-game regular season.Doyle Woody
Dimond beat Galena on Wednesday, giving Lynx coach Brad Lauwers a victory over his nephew, Hawks coach Lou Karlberg. In other nonconference action, Service beat Thunder Mountain.Alaska Dispatch News