Scientists ask for public help with sick otters

HOMER — Scientists are turning to the public for help dealing with sick and dead otters in Alaska.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said… Continue reading

Village council rejects election results replacing members

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska village city council has thrown out unofficial election results that would have replaced all five members.Anchorage television station KTVA reported the… Continue reading

Alaska man killed by handgun that fell from waistband

SOLDOTNA — An Alaska man died Tuesday when a gun he carried in his waistband fell out and discharged.Alaska State Troopers say 46-year-old Royce Gardner… Continue reading

Nome man, juvenile fined for shooting bear near dump

NOME — A Nome man has been fined for shooting a grizzly bear last month near his community’s trash dump.Alaska State Troopers say 46-year-old Daniel… Continue reading

Oil company deal postpones North Slope drilling

ANCHORAGE — Drilling at an oil field development project in Alaska will be postponed after two oil companies reshuffled their ownership of the fields.Putting off… Continue reading

Santa Claus elected to North Pole City Council

FAIRBANKS — Santa Claus has been chosen to represent the people of North Pole.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that a man whose legal name is… Continue reading

Around town for Wednesday, Oct. 14

Computer Basics, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry way.Parks and Recreation Wednesday hike, 9:30 a.m., Herbert Glacier Trail. No dogs or firearms. Details:… Continue reading

A delivery truck splashes through flooding on Riverside Drive near Melvin Park on Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday calls for mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Highs around 50. Southeast wind 10 mph.

Photo: Slick commute

A delivery truck splashes through flooding on Riverside Drive near Melvin Park on Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday calls for mostly cloudy… Continue reading

A delivery truck splashes through flooding on Riverside Drive near Melvin Park on Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday calls for mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Highs around 50. Southeast wind 10 mph.

Planned Parenthood discusses ‘the talk’

About a dozen parents met in the Gastineau Elementary School library Tuesday night to talk about “the talk” with a representative from Planned Parenthood. The… Continue reading

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Clinton, Sanders clash in debate

LAS VEGAS — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed over U.S. involvement in the Middle East, gun control and economic policy in the… Continue reading

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Police and fire report for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in… Continue reading

Ex-treasurer sentenced in theft from Seattle Indian Services

SEATTLE — The former treasurer of the Seattle Indian Services Commission has been sentenced to two months in jail after pleading guilty to stealing nearly… Continue reading

UA creates clearinghouse for coastal reports

If you see something unusual on the coast, someone wants to hear about it.The University of Alaska Sea Grant program has created a central clearinghouse… Continue reading

Jury: Boy not liable for exuberant hello that injured aunt

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut jury on Tuesday rejected a woman’s bid to sue her 12-year-old nephew for injuries she says she suffered from… Continue reading

Woman charged in shots fired at suspected shoplifters

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit woman licensed to carry a concealed weapon was charged after authorities say she shot and flattened an SUV’s tire… Continue reading

Ryan weighs job of House speaker

WASHINGTON — Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan doesn’t feel like a character in the classic film “The Godfather,” weighing an offer he can’t refuse. But with… Continue reading

Planned Parenthood changes fetal-tissue reimbursement policy

NEW YORK — Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal… Continue reading

Probe: Buk missile downed Malaysian airliner in Ukraine

GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands — The missile shot skyward from war-ravaged eastern Ukraine. With deadly accuracy more than six miles up, it detonated just in… Continue reading

  • Oct 14, 2015
  • By By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and MIKE CORDER
  • Nation-World

US draws a line on protecting CIA-backed rebels in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian military intervention to prop up Syria’s government has brought new scrutiny of the CIA’s secret support to Syrian rebels fighting… Continue reading

Brother of US journalist condemns ‘cruel’ detention in Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The brother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist detained in Iran and convicted in secret, described his brother’s imprisonment as “cruel… Continue reading