In this Nov. 13 photo, Adraa Taleb holds the hand of her maternal cousin Haidar Mustafa, three, who was wounded in Thursday's twin suicide bombings, as he sleeps on a bed at the Rasoul Aazam Hospital in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon. Haidar's parents Hussein and Leila were killed in the blast as they were parking their car when one of two suicide attackers blew himself up in a southern Beirut suburb near their vehicle. Within hours of the Paris attacks last week that left 129 dead, outrage and sympathy flooded social media feeds and filled the airwaves.

As world mourns Paris, many in Mideast see double-standard

BAGHDAD — Within hours of last week’s Paris attacks, as outrage and sympathy flooded his social media feeds and filled the airwaves, Baghdad resident Ali… Continue reading

In this Nov. 13 photo, Adraa Taleb holds the hand of her maternal cousin Haidar Mustafa, three, who was wounded in Thursday's twin suicide bombings, as he sleeps on a bed at the Rasoul Aazam Hospital in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon. Haidar's parents Hussein and Leila were killed in the blast as they were parking their car when one of two suicide attackers blew himself up in a southern Beirut suburb near their vehicle. Within hours of the Paris attacks last week that left 129 dead, outrage and sympathy flooded social media feeds and filled the airwaves.

Vast forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster

KAMPAR, Indonesia — For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to… Continue reading

Western US hit with blast of winter weather

LOS ANGELES — A wintry blast of air brought blizzard-like conditions Monday to parts of the West after whipping up a damaging tornado in Central… Continue reading

Syria refugee Nedal Al-Hayk works as a fabricator Monday in Warren, Michigan. Several U.S. governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of the coordinated attacks in Paris, though an immigration expert says they have no legal authority to do so.

Refugee quandary: Immigrant legacy versus 9/11-era fears

WASHINGTON — The Paris attacks are rapidly weakening U.S. support for bringing in thousands more Syrian refugees, as pressure grows in Congress and the Republican… Continue reading

Syria refugee Nedal Al-Hayk works as a fabricator Monday in Warren, Michigan. Several U.S. governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of the coordinated attacks in Paris, though an immigration expert says they have no legal authority to do so.

Wary governors halt, question plan to accept Syrian refugees

DETROIT (AP) — Several U.S. governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of the coordinated attacks… Continue reading

Juneau Police Department Officers Jim Esbenshade puts up police line tape at the Admiralty Condos at David and Rogers Streets in Douglas on Sunday. JPD confirmed two bodies were discovered after receiving a 911 call Sunday afternoon.

Searching for a murderer, motive

One day after a local couple was found murdered inside their home, Juneau police are sifting through dozens of tips from the public to try… Continue reading

Juneau Police Department Officers Jim Esbenshade puts up police line tape at the Admiralty Condos at David and Rogers Streets in Douglas on Sunday. JPD confirmed two bodies were discovered after receiving a 911 call Sunday afternoon.
This picture, provided by the Alaska State Troopers, shows the 38-foot Bayliner "Thalasa." Authorities are searching for the vessel and its owner, Kenneth Trammel, after Trammel's family reported Sunday he was overdue from a fishing trip.

Search on for Wrangell fisherman

Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for a Wrangell boater who embarked on a five-day fishing trip on Nov. 5 and… Continue reading

This picture, provided by the Alaska State Troopers, shows the 38-foot Bayliner "Thalasa." Authorities are searching for the vessel and its owner, Kenneth Trammel, after Trammel's family reported Sunday he was overdue from a fishing trip.

Bethel asks governor to declare emergency after school fire

BETHEL — Bethel council members are asking the state to help the city recover from a school fire.The Kilbuck building fire burned for 12 hours… Continue reading

  • Nov 16, 2015
An honor guard made up of U.S. Coast Guard and Navy personnel struggle to hold their flags during wind gusts during a service at the U.S.S. Juneau Memorial downtown on Friday.

Photos: USS Juneau

Veterans John Cooper, left, John Larson, center, and Chaplain Kirk Thorsteinson carry flower wreaths and their stands away after a service at the U.S.S. Juneau… Continue reading

An honor guard made up of U.S. Coast Guard and Navy personnel struggle to hold their flags during wind gusts during a service at the U.S.S. Juneau Memorial downtown on Friday.
In this photo taken Nov. 10, Michael Bair, of Lexington, Kentucky, holds an imported Dungeness crab from the Northwest at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

Algae threatens Dungeness season

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf typically bustles this time of year as workers prepare to haul millions of pounds of Dungeness crab that are a tradition… Continue reading

In this photo taken Nov. 10, Michael Bair, of Lexington, Kentucky, holds an imported Dungeness crab from the Northwest at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire, 34, was found shot dead in her Douglas Island home on Sunday along with 36-year-old Robert Meireis. Police are calling the deaths a double murder but say they do not have a suspect at this time.

Police: Double murder in Douglas

The shooting deaths of two people at a Douglas Island condominium is being investigated as a double murder, according to the Juneau Police Department.The bodies… Continue reading

Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire, 34, was found shot dead in her Douglas Island home on Sunday along with 36-year-old Robert Meireis. Police are calling the deaths a double murder but say they do not have a suspect at this time.

APOC considers giving a bigger break to first-time politicos’ mistakes

The state watchdog in charge of overseeing political fundraising is proposing changes to make things more forgiving to rookie politicians.On Thursday, the Alaska Public Offices… Continue reading

Most Alaska superdelegates silent on GOP choice

JUNEAU — Most of the Alaska delegates free to support whomever they want as the Democrats’ nominee for president aren’t saying who they think would… Continue reading

In this Nov. 4 photo, sea chanteyman Don Sineti talks to first-graders at Baranof Elementary School before a sing along during a visit to the school in Sitka. Sineti first came to Sitka in 1998 for the second year of WhaleFest, and has returned every year but one since then.

Sea chanteys add high note to WhaleFest

SITKA — “You’re in good voice today!”It may be one of the best compliments that chanteyman Don Sineti can give out after he invites audiences… Continue reading

In this Nov. 4 photo, sea chanteyman Don Sineti talks to first-graders at Baranof Elementary School before a sing along during a visit to the school in Sitka. Sineti first came to Sitka in 1998 for the second year of WhaleFest, and has returned every year but one since then.

Police blotter for Monday, Nov. 16, 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

Seniors give back to animal shelter

KENAI — A black Labrador retriever pads around the halls of Heritage Place in Soldotna, entertaining the residents with a wagging tail and big brown… Continue reading

Around town for Monday, Nov. 16

Digital World class, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry way. Course will include: Google - Calendar, Drive, Sites (for web pages), Chrome Social… Continue reading

A man carries two children after panic broke out among mourners who payed their respect at the attack sites at restaurant Le Petit Cambodge and the Carillon Hotel in Paris, Sunday.

Paris unites in solidarity, then scatters in panic

PARIS — Parisians banded together Sunday in spontaneous celebrations of life in defiance of the attacks — but then panic over firecrackers sent the crowds… Continue reading

  • Nov 16, 2015
  • By THOMAS ADAMSON and PHILIPPE SOTTO
  • Nation-World
A man carries two children after panic broke out among mourners who payed their respect at the attack sites at restaurant Le Petit Cambodge and the Carillon Hotel in Paris, Sunday.

Syrian refugee policy takes focus in US 2016 politics

WASHINGTON — The bloody attacks in Paris are putting the Syrian refugee crisis at center stage in U.S. politics as migrants from that war-torn country… Continue reading

This photo released Friday by French Police shows 26-year old Salah Abdeslam, who is wanted by police in connection with recent terror attacks in Paris, as police investigations continue. The notice reads in French: "Call for witnesses - Police are hunting a suspect : Salah Abdeslam, born on Sept. 15, 1989 Brussels, Belgium. ...Dangerous individual don't intervene yourself".

After Paris attacks, fugitive slipped through dragnet

PARIS — Hours after the synchronized attacks that terrorized Paris, French police questioned and released the suspect who is now the focus of an international… Continue reading

This photo released Friday by French Police shows 26-year old Salah Abdeslam, who is wanted by police in connection with recent terror attacks in Paris, as police investigations continue. The notice reads in French: "Call for witnesses - Police are hunting a suspect : Salah Abdeslam, born on Sept. 15, 1989 Brussels, Belgium. ...Dangerous individual don't intervene yourself".