Auto experts: Top managers probably knew of VW cheating

DETROIT (AP) — Auto industry insiders strongly suspect the emissions cheating scandal at Volkswagen is much wider and reaches higher up the corporate ladder than… Continue reading

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders president for attack on Afghan medical clinic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan hospital

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at a… Continue reading

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders president for attack on Afghan medical clinic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Probe: Nuke smugglers sought out terrorist buyers

CHISINAU, Moldova — In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs… Continue reading

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, a Russian navy ship launches a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said four Russian navy ships in the Caspian launched 26 cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian warships fire cruise missiles into Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in… Continue reading

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, a Russian navy ship launches a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said four Russian navy ships in the Caspian launched 26 cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Luxury birthing clinics spur cesarean ‘epidemic’ in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Thais Faria sank into a leather love seat, relaxing under the ministrations first of a masseuse, then a manicurist and finally… Continue reading

Battling IS, Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Several Iraqi Kurdish troops tested positive for mustard gas after battles this summer with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq,… Continue reading

This unidentified man fell from the Alaska Steamship Dock but was rescued by a Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighter Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, 2015.

Firefighter leaps into harbor to rescue man

An unidentified man was pulled from the ocean below the Alaska Steamship Dock on Tuesday evening after a Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighter took a chilly… Continue reading

This unidentified man fell from the Alaska Steamship Dock but was rescued by a Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighter Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, 2015.

Hiker, dog rescued on Mount Roberts

The Juneau Mountain Rescue team helped a stranded man and his dog escape steep terrain on Mount Roberts Tuesday morning after he called Alaska State… Continue reading

Former Fairbanks tutor convicted of sexual abuse of minor

FAIRBANKS — A former Fairbanks public school tutor has been found guilty of forcing a boy to have sex with him in 2010.The Fairbanks Daily… Continue reading

Split decision in water reservation case

JUNEAU — A state agency delivered a split decision Wednesday for conservationists seeking to protect fish from the potential development of a coal mine in… Continue reading

This photo taken Sept. 24, shows a black-tailed deer fawn, one of the few mammal mounts of the furs, mounts and skulls collection, stored inside University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage library loans out skulls, furs

ANCHORAGE — Need to borrow a polar bear fur? Or a walrus skull complete with tusks? Or how about a beluga whale vertebrae or piece… Continue reading

This photo taken Sept. 24, shows a black-tailed deer fawn, one of the few mammal mounts of the furs, mounts and skulls collection, stored inside University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library in Anchorage.
In this Sept. 29 image taken from video and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a humpback whale is spotted near Kauai, Hawaii. The encounter was the first sighting of humpback in Hawaii this season.

Feds say first humpback whales of season spotted in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Humpback whales were spotted in the waters off Hawaii for the first time this season, leading officials to warn ships and recreational boaters… Continue reading

In this Sept. 29 image taken from video and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a humpback whale is spotted near Kauai, Hawaii. The encounter was the first sighting of humpback in Hawaii this season.
Hurricane Oho headed for Southeast this weekend

Hurricane Oho headed for Southeast this weekend

Southeast Alaska may be the recipient of a surge of rain this weekend, courtesy of a hurricane now spinning in the Pacific Ocean northeast of… Continue reading

Hurricane Oho headed for Southeast this weekend
Mayor Merrill Sanford, left, concedes the election to Greg Fisk in the Assembly Chamber Tuesday evening.

Photo: Outgoing incumbent

Mayor Merrill Sanford, left, concedes the election to Greg Fisk in the Assembly Chamber Tuesday evening.… Continue reading

Mayor Merrill Sanford, left, concedes the election to Greg Fisk in the Assembly Chamber Tuesday evening.

Photo: Bald eagle soars over harbor

A mature bald eagle flies Juneau's waterfront harbor on Tuesday.… Continue reading

Familiar, fresh faces for school board

With 12 years of experience, Andi Story returns to Juneau’s School Board, along with newcomers Josh Keaton and Emil Mackey.Tuesday’s election results showed Story, 500… Continue reading

Pres. Barack Obama speaks at the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience as Secretary of State John Kery listens at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage on Monday.

Alaska hired consultants ahead of Obama visit

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker’s administration spent $50,000 on consultants to help prepare for a visit by President Barack Obama and nearly another $2,000 on… Continue reading

Pres. Barack Obama speaks at the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience as Secretary of State John Kery listens at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage on Monday.
The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June 2014. The Fairweather - one of the state's newest ferries - is among four that the marine highway proposes laying up next summer.

State plans to lay up more ferries

Anticipated budget cuts are sinking service by the Alaska Marine Highway.On Tuesday, the state ferry system unveiled a summer 2016 draft schedule that shows four… Continue reading

The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June 2014. The Fairweather - one of the state's newest ferries - is among four that the marine highway proposes laying up next summer.
Greg Fisk gets help toasting his win for mayor of Juneau over Merrill Sanford by Patty Ware, left, Patricia Hull and Janet Kussart, right, at his Seward Street campaign headquarters Tuesday evening.

Fisk unseats incumbent Sanford for mayor

Tuesday’s election was an overwhelming defeat for Juneau mayor Merrill Sanford, who was ousted by new challenger Greg Fisk by a whopping 66 percent of… Continue reading

Greg Fisk gets help toasting his win for mayor of Juneau over Merrill Sanford by Patty Ware, left, Patricia Hull and Janet Kussart, right, at his Seward Street campaign headquarters Tuesday evening.
In this file photo, Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe gives the State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 11 as Senate President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, left, and Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, listen.

Justice Dana Fabe puts down gavel

After becoming the first woman to serve on the Alaska Supreme Court 20 years ago and the first female Alaska chief justice, Dana Fabe has… Continue reading

In this file photo, Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe gives the State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 11 as Senate President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, left, and Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, listen.