Police & Fire for Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Conditions violation• At 12:15 a.m. Thursday, 42-year-old Ivan Sabon was cited and released for violating conditions of release in the 100 block of Franklin Street.… Continue reading

Gov’t: No benefit hike for Social Security next year

WASHINGTON — Older Americans got a double dose of bad news Thursday: There will be no cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year, and… Continue reading

Survey: Big growth in Medicaid enrollees in expansion states

ATLANTA — States that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw enrollment increase on average by 18 percent during the first full… Continue reading

FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the federal courthouse in Chicago. A deadline for Hastert's legal team to file pretrial paperwork passed with nothing new filed, suggesting the former House speaker could be close to a plea deal that would avert a trial and help keep details of the hush-money case secret, legal experts said Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee, File)

Former House speaker Hastert to plead guilty

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert intends to plead guilty in a hush-money case linked to allegations of sexual misconduct, a defense attorney said… Continue reading

FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the federal courthouse in Chicago. A deadline for Hastert's legal team to file pretrial paperwork passed with nothing new filed, suggesting the former House speaker could be close to a plea deal that would avert a trial and help keep details of the hush-money case secret, legal experts said Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee, File)

Cable news pundit charged with fraud; ties to CIA disputed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Maryland man who offered national-security commentary on Fox News has been charged with fraud for falsely claiming… Continue reading

Trump, Carson threaten boycott of debate

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson are threatening to boycott the next GOP debate over its proposed format, underscoring a rare… Continue reading

Gowdy defends Benghazi panel after latest GOP criticism

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House committee investigating the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, forcefully defended the panel’s work Thursday, a day after another Republican… Continue reading

Scottish prosecutors: 2 Libyans are Lockerbie bomb suspects

LONDON (AP) — A quarter-century after one of the worst terror attacks in British history, prosecutors say they have identified two new Libyan suspects in… Continue reading

Obama extends US military mission in Afghanistan into ’17

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama leaves office in 15 months, he’ll hand his successor military conflicts in the two countries where he promised to… Continue reading

A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister that was fired by Israeli troops during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. In the current wave of violence, eight Israelis have been killed in stabbing and shooting attacks, as of Thursday. Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed, including 14 identified by Israel as attackers, and the others in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israelis, Palestinians in a panic amid violence

JERUSALEM — A wave of stabbing attacks has spread fear in Jerusalem and much of Israel, shattering the brittle sense of security Israelis had managed… Continue reading

A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister that was fired by Israeli troops during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. In the current wave of violence, eight Israelis have been killed in stabbing and shooting attacks, as of Thursday. Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed, including 14 identified by Israel as attackers, and the others in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

AP: US analysts knew Afghan site was hospital

WASHINGTON — American special operations analysts were gathering intelligence on an Afghan hospital days before it was destroyed by a U.S. military attack because they… Continue reading

Alaska oil industry defends tax credit program

ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s oil industry trade group has launched an advertising campaign in an effort to defend the state’s oil and gas tax credit program… Continue reading

Authorities find more than 40 malnourished animals in home

KETCHIKAN — Authorities responding to a medical call in North Tongass found more than 40 malnourished pets and three dead animals in a small, dilapidated… Continue reading

Company faces fines for contaminated soil spill

SEATTLE — Ecology officials say a waste management company faces a $14,000 fine for letting contaminated soil spill from large shipping sacks at a facility… Continue reading

Riannon Watson, of Anchorage, Alaska, performs with the Acilquq Drummers and Dancers during the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. The convention is annually the largest gathering of Alaska Natives in the state every year.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

AFN Convention speakers lament recent village suicides

ANCHORAGE — Amid the celebratory mood, some speakers at Alaska’s largest yearly gathering of indigenous people lamented the disproportionately high rate of suicides among Alaska… Continue reading

Riannon Watson, of Anchorage, Alaska, performs with the Acilquq Drummers and Dancers during the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. The convention is annually the largest gathering of Alaska Natives in the state every year.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

AFN Convention speakers lament recent village suicides

ANCHORAGE — Amid the celebratory mood, some speakers at Alaska’s largest yearly gathering of indigenous people are lamenting the disproportionately high rate of suicides among… Continue reading

Authorities find more than 40 malnourished animals in home

KETCHIKAN — Authorities responding to a medical call in North Tongass found more than 40 malnourished pets and three dead animals in a small, dilapidated… Continue reading

Los Angeles doctor delivers baby on flight from Taiwan

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles doctor returning from her honeymoon ended up delivering a baby on an overseas flight when a fellow passenger went… Continue reading

Mandee Smith, a junior at Thunder Mountain High School, watches as a technician takes a pint of her blood during a blood drive by the Blood Bank of Alaska at TMHS on Wednesday. The blood drive continues on Thursday at the University of Alaska Southeast from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at Centennial Hall on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo: Sharing a liter

Mandee Smith, a junior at Thunder Mountain High School, watches as a technician takes a pint of her blood during a blood drive by the… Continue reading

Mandee Smith, a junior at Thunder Mountain High School, watches as a technician takes a pint of her blood during a blood drive by the Blood Bank of Alaska at TMHS on Wednesday. The blood drive continues on Thursday at the University of Alaska Southeast from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at Centennial Hall on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blue Jays beat Rangers to win wild Game 5

TORONTO — Jose Bautista wiped out the need for protests or umpire reviews with the Toronto Blue Jays’ biggest home run since Joe Carter’s historic… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2015
  • By IAN HARRSION