Marvin Velasco, 15, practices soccer outside his new home in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Velasco's perilous journey from Guatemala included crossing a river, even though he doesn't swim, and getting lost at night in a frigid desert. Once in the United States, he turned himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents in Reynosa, Texas, and was sent to a shelter run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

AP probe: Feds’ failures imperil migrant children

LOS ANGELES — As tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials… Continue reading

Marvin Velasco, 15, practices soccer outside his new home in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Velasco's perilous journey from Guatemala included crossing a river, even though he doesn't swim, and getting lost at night in a frigid desert. Once in the United States, he turned himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents in Reynosa, Texas, and was sent to a shelter run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

WHO says Zika likely in all but 2 countries in Americas

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The World Health Organization says the Zika virus that’s suspected of causing birth defects is likely to spread to every country… Continue reading

EU police warn that more attacks by IS militants are likely

PARIS (AP) — Europe’s top police agency issued a stark warning Monday: Islamic State extremists will keep attempting lethal attacks on soft targets in Europe… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2016
  • By LORI HINNANT and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG
  • Nation-World

Amid heavy security, Egypt marks 5th anniversary of uprising

CAIRO (AP) — Amid heavy security Monday, Egypt marked the fifth anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, with activists taking to… Continue reading

Flint resident Mycal Anderson, 9, reacts to having his blood drawn for lead testing while sitting on his mother Rochelle Anderson's lap at the Flint Masonic Temple on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in Flint, Mich. The event was organized by Herb Sanders of Sanders Law Firm in Detroit, Mich., Change Agent Consortium, Rev. David Bullock, and Mothers of Murdered Children. Following blood drawings by Quest Diagnostics, residents should know their results in 7-14 business days. (Conor Ralph/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

Ex-prosecutor to lead probe into Flint water

LANSING, Mich. — A former prosecutor and a retired head of the Detroit FBI will play key roles in an investigation into Flint’s lead-tainted water… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2016
  • By DAVID EGGERT and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER
  • Nation-World
Flint resident Mycal Anderson, 9, reacts to having his blood drawn for lead testing while sitting on his mother Rochelle Anderson's lap at the Flint Masonic Temple on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in Flint, Mich. The event was organized by Herb Sanders of Sanders Law Firm in Detroit, Mich., Change Agent Consortium, Rev. David Bullock, and Mothers of Murdered Children. Following blood drawings by Quest Diagnostics, residents should know their results in 7-14 business days. (Conor Ralph/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

Justices extend bar on automatic life terms for teenagers

WASHINGTON — More than 1,000 prison inmates, some behind bars more than 50 years for murders they committed as teenagers, will get a chance to… Continue reading

FSU settling lawsuit with woman who accused Winston of rape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University said Monday it’s settling a lawsuit with a former student who said the school failed to respond when… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2016
  • By AP

Second-guessing of Belichick begins with the man in the hoodie

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — You still see T-shirts around the home of the New England Patriots with coach Bill Belichick’s scowling face and the mantra “In… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2016
  • By JIMMY GOLEN

Iowa, Texas A&M at rare ranks

Iowa is at its highest ranking in 29 years while Texas A&M is at its highest ranking ever.The Hawkeyes, who have beaten five ranked teams… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2016
  • By JIM O'CONNELL

It’s Manning’s Broncos vs. Newton’s Panthers

Today’s NFL is all about the quarterbacks, so perhaps it’s fitting that the 50th Super Bowl features a matchup between Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2016
  • By HOWARD FENDRICH
Darren Adams, manager of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, takes advantage of the store-closing sales at Walmart to buy thousands of pounds of food for the Southeast Food Bank on Friday.

Food bank braces for Walmart closure

Few people, if any, took advantage of Walmart’s going-out-of-business sale like Southeast Alaska Food Bank manager Darren Adams. On Friday, he spent about $2,600 on… Continue reading

Darren Adams, manager of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, takes advantage of the store-closing sales at Walmart to buy thousands of pounds of food for the Southeast Food Bank on Friday.
John Tichotsky, chief economist, left, and Randall Hoffbeck, Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, give a revenue forecast presentation to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday.

State’s top tax economist warns that volatility is the new normal

While Alaskans hope for a rebound in oil prices, the state’s top revenue economist warned the Alaska Senate Finance Committee that even if prices rebound,… Continue reading

John Tichotsky, chief economist, left, and Randall Hoffbeck, Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, give a revenue forecast presentation to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday.

State likely to dump new standardized test

After almost four years of preparation and planning, plus millions of dollars in implementation, Alaska’s new standardized testing scheme appears bound for the garbage can… Continue reading

Miller Energy reaches $5M settlement with regulators

KENAI — Miller Energy Resources has agreed to pay $5 million to settle allegations that it inflated the value of its Alaska oil and gas… Continue reading

Southwest Alaska village child dies in accidental shooting

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers are investigating the accidental shooting death of a child in Kokhanok.Troopers early Saturday night took a call of the accidental… Continue reading

In this photo provided by Vincent Nusunginya, items fallen from the shelves litter the aisles inside a Safeway grocery store following an earthquake on the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday.

4 Kenai families lose homes in earthquake

KENAI — Vincent Calderon and Carrie Gaethle had just gotten their two children back to bed after being shaken awake by a 7.1 magnitude tremor… Continue reading

In this photo provided by Vincent Nusunginya, items fallen from the shelves litter the aisles inside a Safeway grocery store following an earthquake on the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday.

JMR, SEADOGS find missing hikers

At about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, a search team found a group of five hikers near Mendenhall Lake after the group became lost while hiking West… Continue reading

Around Town for Monday, Jan. 25

Introduction to Microsoft Excel, 9-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Learn to use Excel to organize and calculate data in the workplace. Free.… Continue reading

In this photo taken Jan. 14, Anchorage School District central kitchen manager and chef Karen Richardson watches as Sophie Novakovitch, 5, tries a new menu item - maple sweet potato cubes - at Huffman Elementary school in Anchorage.

School district tries building meals kids will buy – and eat

ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage School District’s dietitian is fed up with kids who hate their school lunches, so much they walk straight from the food… Continue reading

In this photo taken Jan. 14, Anchorage School District central kitchen manager and chef Karen Richardson watches as Sophie Novakovitch, 5, tries a new menu item - maple sweet potato cubes - at Huffman Elementary school in Anchorage.

Bethel woman sentenced in father’s heroin death

ANCHORAGE — A Bethel woman who fatally injected her father with heroin will spend up to two years in prison.The District Attorney’s Office announced Friday… Continue reading