This undated photo provided by NASA and taken by an instrument aboard the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dark, narrow, 100 meter-long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water. Researchers said Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, that the latest observations strongly support the longtime theory that salt water in liquid form flows down certain Martian slopes each summer. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona via AP)

NASA says Mars appears to have water

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that boosts… Continue reading

This undated photo provided by NASA and taken by an instrument aboard the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dark, narrow, 100 meter-long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water. Researchers said Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, that the latest observations strongly support the longtime theory that salt water in liquid form flows down certain Martian slopes each summer. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona via AP)
Pat Pitney, State Budget Director for Gov. Bill Walker, speaks about the state's fiscal future to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on July 16.

Fiscal forum invites Juneau to have its say on budget

If you’ve ever said that you could do a better job in your sleep than the Alaska Legislature does, a handful of Juneauites have an… Continue reading

Pat Pitney, State Budget Director for Gov. Bill Walker, speaks about the state's fiscal future to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on July 16.
An orca surfaces on its side as a small pod of about five whales made a tour of Gastineau Channel on Friday morning.

Photo: Orca excitement

Students race to watch a pod of about five orcas pass Harris Harbor as the whales made a tour of Gastineau Channel on Friday morning.… Continue reading

An orca surfaces on its side as a small pod of about five whales made a tour of Gastineau Channel on Friday morning.
Christine Carpenter takes a moment to check her messages under the fall colors of a oak tree at Marine Park on Wednesday, the official first day of fall.

Photo: Signs of fall

Christine Carpenter takes a moment to check her messages under the fall colors of a oak tree at Marine Park on Wednesday, the official first… Continue reading

Christine Carpenter takes a moment to check her messages under the fall colors of a oak tree at Marine Park on Wednesday, the official first day of fall.

Producers agree to $16B for PILT

The “big three” producers involved in the Alaska LNG Project have agreed with the state to pay $16.5 billion for property tax obligations and to… Continue reading

Campaigns wants to use PFD to register voters

According to the state of Alaska, there are 547,212 Alaskans 18 and older. Only 501,515 are registered to vote.A new campaign hopes to use the… Continue reading

States monitor alcohol offenders with twice-daily tests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Every day before sunrise, people stream through a nondescript door behind the county jail in South Dakota’s largest city.Wearing neatly pressed… Continue reading

Around town for Monday, Sept. 28

Tai Chi class for ages 60 and older, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Filipino Communit Hall. Enrollment is based on a first come, first served basis. Details:… Continue reading

Searchers find missing man’s truck, unrelated body

ANCHORAGE — State troopers say they have found the truck belonging to an Anchorage man who has been missing since Tuesday.Alaska Dispatch News reported that… Continue reading

19 years after teen vanished, family is still searching

ANCHORAGE — It’s been nearly two decades since a 17-year-old Bethel girl vanished, and her family is still looking for answers.Saturday marked the 19th anniversary… Continue reading

Kammi Matson spins a fire hoop on Sept. 13 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit beach as "Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening" burns. About 200 people attended the annual event, which included drumming, fire spinning and dancing. Visitors also placed notes, origami cranes and mementoes at the basket before it was set on fire.

Photo: Remembrance and unburdening

Kammi Matson spins a fire hoop on Sept. 13 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit beach as “Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening”… Continue reading

Kammi Matson spins a fire hoop on Sept. 13 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit beach as "Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening" burns. About 200 people attended the annual event, which included drumming, fire spinning and dancing. Visitors also placed notes, origami cranes and mementoes at the basket before it was set on fire.

Police blotter for Monday, Sept. 28, 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

A familiy takes a selfie on the Champs Elysees during the "day without cars" on Sunday in Paris, France.

Pretty Paris’ dirty secret: Pollution

PARIS — Guidebooks rarely mention it, but Paris is one of the most polluted cities in the rich world. The Eiffel Tower is periodically shrouded… Continue reading

  • Sep 28, 2015
  • By ANGELA CHARLTON and SYLVIE CORBET
  • Nation-World
A familiy takes a selfie on the Champs Elysees during the "day without cars" on Sunday in Paris, France.

India clamping down on critics, activist groups

NEW DELHI — It takes courage to accuse a powerful politician — a man who would go on to become India’s prime minister — of… Continue reading

Boehner slams ‘false prophets’ among GOP

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against “false prophets” in his own party making unrealistic promises, saying his resignation had averted a government… Continue reading

Pope Francis blesses the bread while preparing communion during Mass Sunday in Philadelphia.

Pope Francis wraps up joyful US visit with big open-air Mass

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to… Continue reading

Pope Francis blesses the bread while preparing communion during Mass Sunday in Philadelphia.

Asians to become largest migrant group

WASHINGTON — In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group… Continue reading

Chinese President Xi Jinping laughs during a meeting on gender equality and women's empowerment Sunday at United Nations headquarters.

UN pledges support for women’s equality

UNITED NATIONS — World leaders pledged money and political clout to achieve equality for women by 2030 at a U.N. meeting Sunday co-chaired by China’s… Continue reading

Chinese President Xi Jinping laughs during a meeting on gender equality and women's empowerment Sunday at United Nations headquarters.
President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Sunday at the United Nations headquarters.

Obama makes forceful defense of UN goals

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama on Sunday committed the U.S. to a new blueprint to eliminate poverty and hunger around the world, telling a… Continue reading

President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Sunday at the United Nations headquarters.

For seniors, tax-free condo association fees unlikely

It is unlikely that the city will try to find a way to make condo association fees tax exempt for seniors, even though these fees… Continue reading