In this Friday photo, a Hindu temple priest Ram Mangal Das caresses a cow at his 'Gaushala' or shelter for cattle, in New Delhi, India. "We should drink cow's milk, not its blood," Das said. "If someone attacks mother cow, or eats it, then this sort of reaction should happen," he said of the killing of a Muslim farmer who was rumored to have slaughtered cows, adding "It is justified."

With Hindu party leading India, beef grows political

NEW DELHI — The legislator was full of outrage when he arrived in the north Indian village days after the killing of a Muslim farmer… Continue reading

In this Friday photo, a Hindu temple priest Ram Mangal Das caresses a cow at his 'Gaushala' or shelter for cattle, in New Delhi, India. "We should drink cow's milk, not its blood," Das said. "If someone attacks mother cow, or eats it, then this sort of reaction should happen," he said of the killing of a Muslim farmer who was rumored to have slaughtered cows, adding "It is justified."

Belarusians set to re-elect Lukashenko

MINSK, Belarus — President Alexander Lukashenko was set to win a fifth term in Sunday’s election with ease, but he said anything less than 80… Continue reading

In this Oct. 21, 2002 photo, National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston holds up a rifle as he addresses gun owners during a "get-out-the-vote" rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Are gun violence researchers becoming an endangered species?

NEW YORK — Amid the bloodbaths of 21st-century America, you might think that there would be a lot of research into the causes of gun… Continue reading

In this Oct. 21, 2002 photo, National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston holds up a rifle as he addresses gun owners during a "get-out-the-vote" rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year

Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase… Continue reading

Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year

More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of… Continue reading

Police blotter for Monday, Oct. 12, 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

Researchers investigate uptick in stranded and dying otters

KENAI — Researchers are trying to figure out what has been causing more dead and dying sea otters to wash up on Kachemak Bay beaches… Continue reading

Around town for Monday, Oct. 12

Computer Basics, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry way.Tai Chi class for ages 60 and older, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Filipino Community Hall. Enrollment… Continue reading

Capital City Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Dan Jager, left, speaks with a firefighter after a fire at a residence at 17625 Lena Loop Road Sunday night. No was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The structure was declared a total loss.

Photo: Lena Loop house fire

Capital City Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Dan Jager, left, speaks with a firefighter after a fire at a residence at 17625 Lena Loop Road on… Continue reading

Capital City Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Dan Jager, left, speaks with a firefighter after a fire at a residence at 17625 Lena Loop Road Sunday night. No was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The structure was declared a total loss.

Correction

In an article titled “Man with nothing gives a piece back,” published Friday, the Empire mistakenly identified the Glory Hole outreach coordinator as Travis Kellar… Continue reading

Familiar face becomes APFC pope

Angela Rodell will be the next executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.Analogous to Alaska’s pope, the director holds no direct political power but… Continue reading

A bullet casing is marked at the scene of a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1.

University system takes steps to ready for shooting response

JUNEAU — Immediately after the shooting at an Oregon community college, students, faculty and staff at the University of Alaska Anchorage received an email.That correspondence… Continue reading

A bullet casing is marked at the scene of a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1.

See a need, fill a need

It’s a simple solution to a serious problem — where there is room available, offer space to a homeless family. See a need, fill a… Continue reading

Bodies of victims are covered with flags and banners at the site of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey on Saturday.

Suicide bombings kill 95 people at peace rally

ANKARA, Turkey — Nearly simultaneous explosions targeted a Turkish peace rally Saturday in Ankara, killing at least 95 people and wounding hundreds in Turkey’s deadliest… Continue reading

Bodies of victims are covered with flags and banners at the site of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey on Saturday.
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Syrian army rocket launchers fire near the village of Morek in Syria.

Officials: CIA-backed Syrian rebels under Russian blitz

WASHINGTON — CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad’s forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little… Continue reading

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Syrian army rocket launchers fire near the village of Morek in Syria.

John Boehner’s here to stay, for now, with nothing to lose

WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner wants out. He really does.But the Ohio House Republican is staying put, for now — and that could improve the… Continue reading

Around town for Sunday, Oct. 11

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Trap Club, 1 Mile Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Trap Club is open to members and public trap… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Sunday, Oct. 11, 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

Ferry system cuts terminal positons

KETCHIKAN — The Alaska Marine Highway System has cut 20 shore positions as officials deal with a scaled back budget.In the past week, 14 people… Continue reading

In rare event, the remnants of Pacific hurricane hit Southeast

JUNEAU — Remnants of Pacific Hurricane Oho battered Alaska’s southeast coast on Friday, the latest unusual weather event to hit a state that so far… Continue reading