Shell posts loss of $7.4B after Arctic exit

LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell reported a third quarter loss of $7.4 billion Thursday as it re-organized and cancelled projects, including drilling in Alaska, to… Continue reading

Oregon public health officials: Teen girl has bubonic plague

PORTLAND, Ore. — A teen girl from eastern Oregon has contracted the bubonic plague, health officials said.The Crook County girl is believed to have acquired… Continue reading

China to end decades-old 1-child policy

BEIJING — China said Thursday it would allow all married couples to have two children, signaling the end after 35 years to its drastic and… Continue reading

Chile: Companies colluded illegally in toilet paper market

SANTIAGO, Chile — Two forestry companies colluded for more than a decade to control the prices of toilet paper and other products following a meeting… Continue reading

Migrant tragedy in Greek seas shows dangers as winter nears

LESBOS, Greece — Dead migrants float belly-up, stripped of their clothing by churning seas. On shore, wailing women search for loved ones among the shivering,… Continue reading

  • Oct 30, 2015
  • By DEREK GATOPOULOS and SRDJAN NEDELJKOVIC
  • Nation-World
Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., receives the Speaker's gavel from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Republicans rallied behind Ryan to elect him the House's 54th speaker on Thursday as a splintered GOP turned to the youthful but battle-tested lawmaker to mend its self-inflicted wounds and craft a conservative message to woo voters in next year's elections. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

New day for House as Ryan becomes the 54th speaker

WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan became the 54th speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday in a day of high political theater, a young new leader… Continue reading

Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., receives the Speaker's gavel from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Republicans rallied behind Ryan to elect him the House's 54th speaker on Thursday as a splintered GOP turned to the youthful but battle-tested lawmaker to mend its self-inflicted wounds and craft a conservative message to woo voters in next year's elections. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Two children dressed as zombies wait for the arrival of Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a campaign stop at Geno's Chowder and Sandwich Shop in Portsmouth, N.H., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

After dismal debate, Bush seeks ways to steady campaign

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Jeb Bush emerged from the third Republican debate as a candidate in crisis, with supporters struggling to understand why he keeps underperforming… Continue reading

  • Oct 30, 2015
  • By JULIE PACE, THOMAS BEAUMONT and KATHLEEN RONAYNE
  • Nation-World
Two children dressed as zombies wait for the arrival of Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a campaign stop at Geno's Chowder and Sandwich Shop in Portsmouth, N.H., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Firefighters walk past a burned out engine of a Dynamic Airways Boeing 767, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Dania Beach, Fla. The passenger plane's engine caught fire Thursday as it prepared for takeoff, and passengers had to quickly evacuate on the runway using emergency slides, officials said. The plane was headed to Caracas, Ven. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Plane catches fire at Florida airport; 1 burned, others hurt

DANIA BEACH, Fla. — A jet plane’s engine caught fire Thursday as it prepared for takeoff, and more than 100 passengers had to quickly evacuate… Continue reading

Firefighters walk past a burned out engine of a Dynamic Airways Boeing 767, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Dania Beach, Fla. The passenger plane's engine caught fire Thursday as it prepared for takeoff, and passengers had to quickly evacuate on the runway using emergency slides, officials said. The plane was headed to Caracas, Ven. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Prep school graduate gets a year in jail for sexual assault

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a… Continue reading

Manhunt intensifies for fugitive in Kentucky, Tennessee

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (AP) — A Kentucky fugitive accused of shooting at police in two states remained on the run, despite a manhunt stretching into… Continue reading

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, Patty, right, and Jerry Wetterling take part in a news conference at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center in St. Cloud, Minn., to announce the installation of six new billboards that will be placed near where their son Jacob was abducted in 1989. Federal authorities said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, Daniel James Heinrich, a Minnesota man charged with child pornography after a search of his home found pictures of naked boys is also a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, whose 1989 abduction led his parents to launch a national center to prevent child exploitation.  (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP, File)  NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

‘Person of interest’ in missing boy case

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man charged with child pornography after a search of his home found pictures of naked boys is also a “person of… Continue reading

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, Patty, right, and Jerry Wetterling take part in a news conference at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center in St. Cloud, Minn., to announce the installation of six new billboards that will be placed near where their son Jacob was abducted in 1989. Federal authorities said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, Daniel James Heinrich, a Minnesota man charged with child pornography after a search of his home found pictures of naked boys is also a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, whose 1989 abduction led his parents to launch a national center to prevent child exploitation.  (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP, File)  NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
Daphne Wright, standing left, watches as Tlingit speakers demostrate how to play a game similar to "Go Fish" to improve their Tlingit language skills during the "Sharing Our Knowledge" conference at Centennial Hall on Thursday. The conference of Tlingit tribes and clans runs through Saturday.

Photo: Improving Tlingit language skills

Daphne Wright, standing left, watches as Tlingit speakers demostrate how to play a game similar to "Go Fish" to improve their Tlingit language skills during… Continue reading

Daphne Wright, standing left, watches as Tlingit speakers demostrate how to play a game similar to "Go Fish" to improve their Tlingit language skills during the "Sharing Our Knowledge" conference at Centennial Hall on Thursday. The conference of Tlingit tribes and clans runs through Saturday.

Around town for Friday, Oct. 30

GED orientation class, 9 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. GED orientation is designed to improve the success rate of those taking the tests.… Continue reading

Report: New Bedford, Dutch Harbor top fishing ports

WASHINGTON — Federal fisheries regulators say New Bedford, Massachusetts, remains the top fishing port for revenue, while Dutch Harbor, Alaska, remains tops for volume.The annual… Continue reading

Officials say bed bugs on the rise in Alaska

ANCHORAGE — Officials and exterminators say they have seen an upward trend of bed bugs in the state, particularly in rural areas.Karin Hendrickson, pesticide control… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula College prepares to go smoke-free

KENAI — The University of Alaska system’s ban on tobacco products will go into effect by the end of the year, including at Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

Alaska Airlines: Issues that delayed flights fixed

PORTLAND, Ore. — A computer glitch that delayed about 20 Alaska Airlines flights was resolved early Thursday, the airline said.Late Wednesday night several computer systems… Continue reading

City extends city manager search

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has extended the time frame for its search for a new city manager. After reviewing all 33 applications… Continue reading

The U.S. Coast Guard polar icebreaker Healy was in Juneau last weekend on its way to Seattle, where the ship is homeported.

Coast Guard icebreaker back after pioneering North Pole trip

SEATTLE — A U.S. polar icebreaker has returned to Seattle after cutting its way to the North Pole in support of a mission to study… Continue reading

The U.S. Coast Guard polar icebreaker Healy was in Juneau last weekend on its way to Seattle, where the ship is homeported.

Report: New Bedford, Dutch Harbor are top US fishing ports

WASHINGTON — Federal fisheries regulators say New Bedford, Massachusetts, remains the top fishing port for revenue, while Dutch Harbor, Alaska, remains tops for volume.The annual… Continue reading