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Deputy Commissioner of Labor David Stone dies unexpectedly

Members of Juneau’s Borough Assembly learned last night of the unexpected passing of a recent colleague. Former Deputy Mayor David G. Stone was praised for his years of public service, and for his kindness and helpfulness.

Toyota recalls pickups; spare tires can come loose

Toyota is recalling about 150,000 Tacoma midsize pickups because the spare tires can fall from beneath the trucks.

Judge allows coal plant to move forward

A federal judge has approved an agreement concerning the restart of the Healy Clean Coal Plant.

Group petitions to protect Alaska lake seals

A population of Pacific harbor seals living in an Alaska lake could be another hurdle for developers proposing a massive open-pit copper and gold mine.

Bernanke warns Congress to avoid 'fiscal cliff'

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday urged Congress and the Obama administration to strike a budget deal to avert tax increases and spending cuts that could trigger a recession next year.

Nigeria owes state oil firm $8.1B in gas subsidies

An official says the Nigerian government owes its state-run oil firm more than $8.1 billion in gasoline subsidy payments.

Backfire causes small fire aboard Shell drill ship

A small fire on board a Shell Oil drill ship in an Alaska port was quickly extinguished Friday.

Thin fuel sheen spotted near grounded vessels

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says a tug and barge that ran aground on the south side of uninhabited Ukolnoi Island left a thin sheen of diesel fuel.

Marine Corps forms new fighter jet squadron

The Marine Corps is forming the first squadron of pilots to fly the next-generation strike fighter jet, months after lawmakers raised concern that there was a rush to end the testing of an aircraft hit with technical problems.

US home sales rise 2.1 percent in October

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose solidly in October, helped by improvement in the job market and record-low mortgage rates. The increase along with a jump in homebuilder confidence this month suggests the housing market continues to recover.

US stocks rise on hopes for budget deal, Europe

U.S. stocks shook off their post-election slump Monday and recorded big gains. Investors appeared more optimistic about a deal to avoid a federal budget crisis and were encouraged by a pair of corporate earnings reports.

Alaska's unemployment rate falls to 7.1 percent

Alaska's unemployment rate fell to a preliminary 7.1 percent in October, its lowest level in five months.

Wildlife agency prepares for Alaska employee loss

The manager of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska is retiring at the end of 2012 after 36 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and if the agency serves cake when Paul Liedberg and others retire this year, it will have to be a big one.

Twinkie maker Hostess reaches the end of the line

The company, whose roster of brands date as far back as 1888, filed a motion to liquidate Friday with U.S. Bankruptcy Court after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to maintain production.

Hill leaders voice confidence in debt deal

Leaders of Congress declared confidence Friday they could reach a deal with President Barack Obama to avert economically convulsive tax increases and budget cuts at year's end, in a rare show of unity reflecting the dire stakes in a nation sick of political stalemate.

House passes bill normalizing Russian trade

The House showed some bipartisan cooperation Friday by voting overwhelmingly to end Soviet-era trade restrictions so that American companies and farmers can take advantage of Russia's expanding and more open markets.

Archive »Construction Articles

US home sales rise 2.1 percent in October

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose solidly in October, helped by improvement in the job market and record-low mortgage rates. The increase along with a jump in homebuilder confidence this month suggests the housing market continues to recover.

Archive »Oil & Gas

Backfire causes small fire aboard Shell drill ship

A small fire on board a Shell Oil drill ship in an Alaska port was quickly extinguished Friday.

Archive »Alaska Politics

Partnerships working to reduce moose collisions in Alaska

The Alaska Moose Federation, or AMF, is partnering with state agencies and private industry to implement new strategies to reduce the number of vehicle versus moose collisions.

Archive »National Politics

Hill leaders voice confidence in debt deal

Leaders of Congress declared confidence Friday they could reach a deal with President Barack Obama to avert economically convulsive tax increases and budget cuts at year's end, in a rare show of unity reflecting the dire stakes in a nation sick of political stalemate.

Archive »Finance

PIRG warns of toy dangers but finds fewer of them

Toys are safer than ever before, consumer advocates say, but parents should remain vigilant in keeping their little ones away from powerful magnets and small items that can easily cause choking.

US stocks rise on hopes for budget deal, Europe

U.S. stocks shook off their post-election slump Monday and recorded big gains. Investors appeared more optimistic about a deal to avoid a federal budget crisis and were encouraged by a pair of corporate earnings reports.

Archive »Science

Wildlife agency prepares for Alaska employee loss

The manager of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska is retiring at the end of 2012 after 36 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and if the agency serves cake when Paul Liedberg and others retire this year, it will have to be a big one.

Archive »Fishery Stories

Thin fuel sheen spotted near grounded vessels

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says a tug and barge that ran aground on the south side of uninhabited Ukolnoi Island left a thin sheen of diesel fuel.

Archive »General News

Marine Corps forms new fighter jet squadron

The Marine Corps is forming the first squadron of pilots to fly the next-generation strike fighter jet, months after lawmakers raised concern that there was a rush to end the testing of an aircraft hit with technical problems.

US home sales rise 2.1 percent in October

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose solidly in October, helped by improvement in the job market and record-low mortgage rates. The increase along with a jump in homebuilder confidence this month suggests the housing market continues to recover.

Alaska's unemployment rate falls to 7.1 percent

Alaska's unemployment rate fell to a preliminary 7.1 percent in October, its lowest level in five months.

Wildlife agency prepares for Alaska employee loss

The manager of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska is retiring at the end of 2012 after 36 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and if the agency serves cake when Paul Liedberg and others retire this year, it will have to be a big one.

Twinkie maker Hostess reaches the end of the line

The company, whose roster of brands date as far back as 1888, filed a motion to liquidate Friday with U.S. Bankruptcy Court after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to maintain production.

House passes bill normalizing Russian trade

The House showed some bipartisan cooperation Friday by voting overwhelmingly to end Soviet-era trade restrictions so that American companies and farmers can take advantage of Russia's expanding and more open markets.