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

Drug in doping case used by Soviet troops

MOSCOW — The drug at the center of Maria Sharapova’s doping case, regularly given to Soviet troops in the 1980s to boost their stamina while… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2016
  • By JAMES ELLINGWORTH

Lions star WR Johnson retires

DETROIT — Calvin Johnson, one the most spectacular receivers in NFL history, retired from the Detroit Lions on Tuesday and rekindled memories of the way… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2016
  • By LARRY LAGE

Football’s March Madness opens

With another major spike in the NFL’s salary cap, up about $12 million to $155.27 million, the spending spree that is free agency begins today.Some… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2016
  • By BARRY WILNER

Napoli helps Indians beat Mariners 4-3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Napoli had two hits and drove in a run, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 in spring… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2016
  • By GARY SCHATZ

Phelps won’t let age hinder his goal to medal at Rio Games

BALTIMORE — Michael Phelps adheres to a strict diet, is adamant about getting a good night’s sleep and spends more time at the gym than… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2016
  • By DAVID GINSBURG

Big 12 heads to Kansas City for loaded league tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shaka Smart is careful not to demean the Colonial Athletic Association and the Atlantic 10, where he led VCU through a… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2016
  • By DAVE SKRETTA

On day celebrating women, reminder of lingering gender gap

International Women’s Day on Tuesday celebrated women and their accomplishments, but it also offered a stark reminder of the gender divides in rights, representation and… Continue reading