Gordon finishes 6th in final race

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Jeff Gordon climbed out of his race car and stepped into the waiting arms of team owner Rick Hendrick.They shared a long… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2015

Busch completes comeback to win first Sprint Cup title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Busch opened the season in a hospital bed and ended it in victory lane with the championship trophy.Busch completed the ultimate… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2015

Forest officials pull Mitkof timber sale

KETCHIKAN — The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn findings that the proposed timber sale on Mitkof Island near Petersburg has no significant environmental impact.The federal… Continue reading

Lutz spruce from Alaska arrives on Capitol lawn

ANCHORAGE— The Capitol Lawn is now home to a Lutz spruce from Alaska.This is the first Capitol Christmas tree to come from the country’s 49th… Continue reading

Hope for homeless in Homer

HOMER — It’s not easy to be homeless in Alaska in November. That was the verdict among approximately a dozen people who spent a night… Continue reading

Alaska gets C grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation

On a sunny, warm August morning, a state senator and a legislative staffer sat in leather armchairs near a fireplace as an espresso machine hissed… Continue reading

Plan proposed for sub shortage

The Juneau School District is reporting the highest rates of substitute shortages since 2012, a problem often resolved by teachers who double down and take… Continue reading

Dissecting the effects of school budget cuts

On a Friday morning inside Floyd Dryden Middle School, a science teacher in room 94 is about to play a numbers game. The goal is… Continue reading

Most GOP candidates flunk climate science

WASHINGTON — When it comes to climate science, two of the three Democratic presidential candidates are A students, while most of the Republican contenders are… Continue reading

Afghans seeking asylum buy fake Taliban threat letters

KABUL, Afghanistan — Threatening letters from the Taliban, once tantamount to a death sentence, are now being forged and sold to Afghans who want to… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2015
  • Nation-World

Belgium police arrest 16, Paris fugitive still at large

BRUSSELS — Belgian prosecutors announced early Monday that police had detained 16 people in 22 raids but that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam was not among… Continue reading

UMaine debuting ocean simulator

ORONO, Maine — Builders of everything from cruise ships and ports to oil rigs offshore wind turbines are tasked with the same question — will… Continue reading

Police blotter for Monday, Nov. 23, 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

Alaska high court drops fishing case against ex-state senator

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Supreme Court has dismissed charges of overharvesting salmon against a former state senator and two other fishermen.The justices in a decision… Continue reading

Court system closes for Thanksgiving

The Alaska Court System, including courthouses and probation offices, will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday.In previous years, courthouses were open the… Continue reading

Around town for Monday, Nov. 23

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

The pho empress of Anchorage

ANCHORAGE — Behind any steaming bowl of pho soup or fried rice at Pho Vietnam 8, a new Fireweed Lane restaurant, is Linda La, the… Continue reading

Addict-turned-convict: ‘We are the unwanted’

Rayda Tegen had a husband, five children and a $40,000 a year job in Tooele, Utah, for the nearly 20 years she was clean.It’s a… Continue reading

Board approves nation’s first pot cafes

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is giving tourists a place to light up (or chow down) once cannabis sales begin next year.On Friday, the board… Continue reading

Around town for Sunday, Nov. 22

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Trap Club, 1 Mile Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Trap Club is open to members and public trap… Continue reading