Astronomer resigns over sexual harassment

SAN FRANCISCO — A prominent astronomer resigned Wednesday from the University of California, Berkeley, after an investigation found he sexually harassed female students over many… Continue reading

Big 3 airlines flexing their political muscle in Washington

WASHINGTON — U.S. airlines have ramped up an aggressive lobbying campaign that seeks nothing less than converting the government from industry regulator to business ally.The… Continue reading

Prospective speakers multiply in House as all wait on Ryan

WASHINGTON — Every day another Republican lawmaker seems to wake up and decide that he — and in at least one case, she — might… Continue reading

More VW woes: New diesels have suspect software

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators say they have a lot more questions for Volkswagen, triggered by the company’s recent disclosure of additional suspect software in 2016… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2015
  • By MICHAEL BIESECKER and TOM KRISHER
  • Nation-World
A man waits with his dog to have a picture taken with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nev. Clinton made a stop for ice cream with her staff and posed for pictures with people. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Clinton’s strong debate is warning for GOP

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s polished performance in the first Democratic debate did more than send a message to her primary rivals. It was a… Continue reading

A man waits with his dog to have a picture taken with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nev. Clinton made a stop for ice cream with her staff and posed for pictures with people. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Indian playwright and theater artiste Maya Krishna Rao rests at her residence in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. As of Wednesday, 41 novelists, essayists, playwrights and poets writing in English as well as regional languages, have returned the awards they received from India's prestigious literary academy in protest, saying they cannot remain silent any longer about numerous incidents of communal violence or attacks on intellectuals across the country over the past year. "It's become a question of an individual's right to speak, to think, to write, to eat, to dress, to debate," said Rao, who returned her award to the academy this week.

41 writers return Indian award, cite climate of intolerance

NEW DELHI — Many in India’s literary community are disgusted. Dozens of writers say every day brings more evidence of intolerance and bigotry going mainstream… Continue reading

Indian playwright and theater artiste Maya Krishna Rao rests at her residence in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. As of Wednesday, 41 novelists, essayists, playwrights and poets writing in English as well as regional languages, have returned the awards they received from India's prestigious literary academy in protest, saying they cannot remain silent any longer about numerous incidents of communal violence or attacks on intellectuals across the country over the past year. "It's become a question of an individual's right to speak, to think, to write, to eat, to dress, to debate," said Rao, who returned her award to the academy this week.

Russian cities ponder 1-day-a-week booze ban

MOSCOW — Some Russian officials are daring to think the seemingly unthinkable in the land of vodka — banning the sale of alcohol once a… Continue reading

Israeli police stand around a Palestinian shot after he allegedly tried to stab a person at Damascus Gate of the Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday.

As attacks continue, Israeli army begins deploying troops

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of soldiers fanned out in cities across Israel on Wednesday and authorities erected concrete barriers outside some Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem… Continue reading

Israeli police stand around a Palestinian shot after he allegedly tried to stab a person at Damascus Gate of the Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday.
On Oct. 5, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., gathered representatives from southern California ports, water districts and Terry Trapp, CEO of Alaska Bulk Water, to judge the feasibility of shipping water from Sitka to southern California.

Sitka water exports get attention in California

Sitka-based water wholesaler Alaska Bulk Water is getting attention from drought-stricken California.On Oct. 5, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., gathered representatives from southern California ports,… Continue reading

On Oct. 5, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., gathered representatives from southern California ports, water districts and Terry Trapp, CEO of Alaska Bulk Water, to judge the feasibility of shipping water from Sitka to southern California.

Governor to get more input from tribes

Gov. Bill Walker used the fourth annual Alaska Federation of Natives-National Congress of American Indians Tribal Conference to announce the creation of a new advisory… Continue reading

Songwriters wanted for anniversary

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway, the Peace-Liard Regional Arts Council is seeking submissions for an anniversary theme song.The anniversary takes place… Continue reading

Walker’s D.C. staffers get the ax

The state’s top lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and two of his aides are being fired.The Alaska Dispatch News reported Tuesday that Kip Knudson, director of… Continue reading

U.S. House to probe Pebble denial

The science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will probe the EPA’s denial of a permit for the Pebble Mine in Southwest.In a letter… Continue reading

Klukwan center gets big loan

The Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center in Klukwan, north of Haines, has been awarded a $350,000 loan by the federal government.The loan, from the U.S.… Continue reading

Ambler tosses out election results

Almost two weeks after municipalities across the state voted on city offices, officials in the Northwest town of Ambler are at the center of a… Continue reading

Gov. Walker announces housing summit for January

Gov. Bill Walker is taking on Alaska’s housing problems.On Wednesday, Walker revealed he will host a statewide housing summit on Jan. 6 in Anchorage to… Continue reading

Scientists ask for public help with sick otters

HOMER — Scientists are turning to the public for help dealing with sick and dead otters in Alaska.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said… Continue reading

Village council rejects election results replacing members

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska village city council has thrown out unofficial election results that would have replaced all five members.Anchorage television station KTVA reported the… Continue reading

Alaska man killed by handgun that fell from waistband

SOLDOTNA — An Alaska man died Tuesday when a gun he carried in his waistband fell out and discharged.Alaska State Troopers say 46-year-old Royce Gardner… Continue reading

Nome man, juvenile fined for shooting bear near dump

NOME — A Nome man has been fined for shooting a grizzly bear last month near his community’s trash dump.Alaska State Troopers say 46-year-old Daniel… Continue reading