Mexico opens door to legal pot

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom.The measure was… Continue reading

In this Sept. 23 photo, Afghan refugee Rasoul Nazari, 15, holds his 10-month-old nephew Imran after crossing the border between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf, Austria.

Afghans swell migrant tide as they flee war, unemployment

KABUL, Afghanistan — As a recent high school graduate from a middle-class Kabul family, Mohammed Fahim Aazar has the means to go to college and… Continue reading

In this Sept. 23 photo, Afghan refugee Rasoul Nazari, 15, holds his 10-month-old nephew Imran after crossing the border between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf, Austria.
In this Monday photo, Israeli rescue personal evacuate a woman after a stabbing attack in Rishon Lezion, Israel.

Conflict hard to ignore as stabbings reach Israeli heartland

RISHON LEZION, Israel — Twenty-four-year-old shopkeeper Darya Zelenkov was working her shift in a downtown clothing shop in this central Israeli city when she was… Continue reading

In this Monday photo, Israeli rescue personal evacuate a woman after a stabbing attack in Rishon Lezion, Israel.
n this Nov. 3 photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin gestures on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Rubio, Ryan back off total immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON — Two of the Republican Party’s rising young stars — House Speaker Paul Ryan and presidential hopeful Marco Rubio — made similar calculations on… Continue reading

n this Nov. 3 photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin gestures on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski reacts as results come in at her election night party for Salt Lake City Mayor on Tuesday.

Salt Lake close to electing first openly gay mayor

SALT LAKE CITY — Vote tallies indicated Salt Lake City was poised to narrowly elect its first openly gay mayor in what would mark another… Continue reading

Former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski reacts as results come in at her election night party for Salt Lake City Mayor on Tuesday.

Ohio vote leaves pot’s future in question

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The future of marijuana in Ohio faced an uncertain future Wednesday after the resounding defeat of an effort to legalize cannabis for… Continue reading

Warning signs for both parties in state and local elections

WASHINGTON — State and local elections across the country this week produced warning signs for both Democrats and Republicans as they press toward the 2016… Continue reading

Fallen leaves lay on the ground as a man walks through Piedmont Park Wednesday in Atlanta.

Photo: Georgia daily life

Fallen leaves lay on the ground as a man walks through Piedmont Park Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia.… Continue reading

Fallen leaves lay on the ground as a man walks through Piedmont Park Wednesday in Atlanta.

‘Hero’ officer staged suicide, embezzled from youth program

FOX LAKE, Ill. — For weeks, investigators said they were searching for the killers of a small-town police officer known as “G.I. Joe.” Thousands attended… Continue reading

In this Aug. 9 photo, protesters march to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown being shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Half of black millennials know of police abuse

WASHINGTON — Long before the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they… Continue reading

In this Aug. 9 photo, protesters march to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown being shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Life-threatening injuries for one survivor after plane crash

Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center staff identified Martha Mackowiak, 51, as the passenger medevaced last night from Juneau to Seattle after surviving a plane crash.Although stabilized… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015
  • By CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND and PAULA ANN SOLIS
  • Local News

Pipeline plan passes

Alaska’s natural gas megaproject is moving forward.With a 39-0 vote, the Alaska House approved spending $161.25 million to advance the AKLNG project, which promises to… Continue reading

House Finance advances TransCanada buyout bill

JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee has advanced legislation to authorize a buyout of one of the state’s partners in a major proposed liquefied natural… Continue reading

A live marijuana plant being grown for personal use in Juneau.

With marijuana deadline approaching, the most pressing issue is likely to go unresolved

The head of Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board says the agency is on course to meet a voter-imposed deadline to create regulations for the nation’s first… Continue reading

A live marijuana plant being grown for personal use in Juneau.
Downtown Juneau.

City housing incentive nearly ready

The city is only months away from implementing its accessory apartment incentive program, Lands and Resources Manager Greg Chaney told the members of the Affordable… Continue reading

Downtown Juneau.
Halibut is seen here being processed.

Groundfish harvest boosts seafood employment

ANCHORAGE — State labor economists have reported that plentiful groundfish harvests last year contributed to an employment boost in Alaska’s commercial fishing sector.A new report… Continue reading

Halibut is seen here being processed.

Headstone honors early Anchorage fire chief

ANCHORAGE — A new headstone honoring Anchorage’s first paid fire chief has been installed as part of this year’s celebrations marking the city’s centennial.Firefighters gathered… Continue reading

Voters use electronic voting machines at the Schiller Recreation Center polling station on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Eligible Ohioans headed to the polls Tuesday, to decide whether to make marijuana legal for both recreational and medical use. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Ohio votes down legalizing pot for medical, recreational use

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio voters rejected a ballot proposal Tuesday that would have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana in a single vote — a… Continue reading

Voters use electronic voting machines at the Schiller Recreation Center polling station on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Eligible Ohioans headed to the polls Tuesday, to decide whether to make marijuana legal for both recreational and medical use. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Marijuana legalization bid in California gains powerful backers

SAN FRANCISCO — A long-promised campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in California next year reached the starting gate with the filing of a ballot… Continue reading

Conflict shapes GOP debate furor

WASHINGTON — Despite a handful of high-profile defections, most Republican presidential candidates are still demanding changes to the GOP’s coming debates. That’s not to say… Continue reading