Yup’ik school prepares to resume classes in new building

BETHEL — A Yup’ik elementary school in Bethel that was destroyed by a fire last year found a new temporary home inside a vacated grocery… Continue reading

A worker walks in the rubble left from an early morning explosion Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Seattle. The natural gas explosion sent multiple firefighters to the hospital and reduced several businesses to rubble. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle blast levels buildings, causes no serious injuries

SEATTLE — Shop owners on Wednesday inspected walls that were ripped to shreds by an early morning natural gas explosion in Seattle and marveled that… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2016
  • By MARTHA BELLISLE and MANUEL VALDES
  • Nation-World
A worker walks in the rubble left from an early morning explosion Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Seattle. The natural gas explosion sent multiple firefighters to the hospital and reduced several businesses to rubble. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A student raises her fist during a rally in Paris on Wednesday.

French protest against bill tampering with 35-hour work week

PARIS — Tens of thousands of people protested across France on Wednesday against President Francois Hollande’s determination to achieve what his conservative predecessor didn’t even… Continue reading

A student raises her fist during a rally in Paris on Wednesday.
In this March 1 photo, a member of the Colombian Red Cross helps a Colombian patient returning to Venezuela in the border town of San Antonio, Venezuela, after her medical treatment in Cucuta, Colombia.

Venezuelans seek health care in Colombia

URENA, Venezuela — They gather by the hundreds at border bridges before dawn, in wheelchairs and surgical masks. They clutch X-rays and bundles of medical… Continue reading

In this March 1 photo, a member of the Colombian Red Cross helps a Colombian patient returning to Venezuela in the border town of San Antonio, Venezuela, after her medical treatment in Cucuta, Colombia.

Two Baltimore officers charged in recorded assault on teen

BALTIMORE — Two Baltimore schools police officers have been charged with assault and misconduct after cellphone video surfaced showing one of them slapping and kicking… Continue reading

With fresh momentum, Trump tells GOP to embrace his bid

FORT MYERS, Fla. — His party in chaos, a conciliatory Donald Trump pleaded with mainstream Republicans to unify behind his candidacy on Wednesday as his… Continue reading

Beatles’ producer George Martin dies at 90

George Martin, the Beatles’ urbane producer who quietly guided the band’s swift, historic transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, has died,… Continue reading

Iraq: US captured top IS chemical arms engineer

BAGHDAD — U.S. special forces captured the head of the Islamic State group’s unit trying to develop chemical weapons in a raid last month in… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2016
  • By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SUSANNAH GEORGE
  • Nation-World

Student slain in Israel was exploring life after Army

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Vanderbilt University graduate student stabbed to death in Israel during a school trip was exploring what to do with his life… Continue reading

Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, speaks during Tuesday's House Finance Committee meeting on the state operating bill at the Capitol on Tuesday. Listening to Rep. Gara are Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, left, Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, and Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole.

Lawmaker decries budget ‘shell game’ in House committee

The normally staid process of budget amendments was disrupted Tuesday afternoon as Anchorage Republican Lance Pruitt exclaimed that his fellow lawmakers seemed to be playing… Continue reading

Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, speaks during Tuesday's House Finance Committee meeting on the state operating bill at the Capitol on Tuesday. Listening to Rep. Gara are Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, left, Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, and Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole.
Dan McGlaun of Indianapolis poses Tuesday in Anchorage with special glasses designed to view the total solar eclipse.

Flight to Hawaii promises prime view of total solar eclipse

ANCHORAGE — Skygazers from around the country caught a flight from Alaska to Hawaii on Tuesday for prime viewing of a total solar eclipse that… Continue reading

Dan McGlaun of Indianapolis poses Tuesday in Anchorage with special glasses designed to view the total solar eclipse.

Clinton, Trump sweep to victory in Mississippi

LANSING, Mich. — Deepening their dominance in the South, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump swept to easy victories Tuesday in Mississippi’s presidential primaries.In… Continue reading

Juneau testifiers leave legislators with something to chew on

For two hours Monday evening, Juneau residents offered their thoughts on the state operating budget proposed by the Senate Finance Committee.Some were so eager, they… Continue reading

Around Town

Writing Skills Class, 9:15-10:45 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Improves skills for work, school or testing. Free. Details: 586-5718. Using iPads and other… Continue reading

Winter warmer-land: US breaks record for hottest winter

WASHINGTON — Federal meteorologists say the winter that has just ended was the hottest in U.S. records, thanks to the combination of El Nino and… Continue reading

Grand jury indicts man in Dillingham heroin arrest

ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a man suspected of distributing heroin in Dillingham.State prosecutors say 37-year-old Joshua Rivera is scheduled to be… Continue reading

Countdown begins for 100th Nenana Ice Classic

FAIRBANKS — A tripod has been erected on the Tanana River for the 100th time since Alaska began its most popular guessing game, the Nenana… Continue reading

Canyon Simanis, 8, pitches to her father, Erik, at Savikko Park on Tuesday. The family from Whitehorse, Yukon, is visiting during their spring break.

Photo: Spring training

Canyon Simanis, 8, pitches to her father, Erik, at Savikko Park on Tuesday. The family from Whitehorse, Yukon, is visiting during their spring break.… Continue reading

Canyon Simanis, 8, pitches to her father, Erik, at Savikko Park on Tuesday. The family from Whitehorse, Yukon, is visiting during their spring break.

Police calls for Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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

Sponsors ditch Sharapova, despite textbook apology

MOSCOW — Nike and other sponsors swiftly distanced themselves from Maria Sharapova on Tuesday after the world’s highest-earning female athlete outed herself as a longtime… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2016
  • By JAMES ELLINGWORTH and PAN PYLAS