Smoke and flames pouring from a residential building, which also contains the Address Downtown Hotel, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on New Year's Eve.

Dubai fireworks kick off while tower blazes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A 63-story luxury hotel was engulfed in flames even as a massive New Year’s fireworks display kicked off at the… Continue reading

Smoke and flames pouring from a residential building, which also contains the Address Downtown Hotel, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on New Year's Eve.

Year behind and year ahead summed up in 2 words

Asked to sum up 2015 in two words, and to do the same for their expectations for the coming year, people around the world have… Continue reading

Israel rejects book on Jew-Arab love for school curriculum

JERUSALEM — Israel has refused to include a novel about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man in the country’s high… Continue reading

A Capital City Fire/Rescue ambulance splashes through a flooding area of Riverside Drive on their way to a call on Jan. 1.

Weather record expected today

Juneauites will know today whether 2015 will be a record-breaking wet year.Entering the last day of the year, the capital city has seen 84.76 inches… Continue reading

A Capital City Fire/Rescue ambulance splashes through a flooding area of Riverside Drive on their way to a call on Jan. 1.
Workers load the remains of a small plane that crashed into two office building in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday.

Details sparse as probe into Anchorage plane crash continues

ANCHORAGE — Authorities declined to comment Wednesday on any possible connection between a deadly plane crash in downtown Anchorage and the fact that the pilot’s… Continue reading

Workers load the remains of a small plane that crashed into two office building in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday.

Feds, state and AEL&P chime in on Sweetheart Lake dam plan

Things are still sweet for Sweetheart Lake.Federal, state and local agencies have thus far found only minor problems with a proposal to dam Sweetheart Creek… Continue reading

About 7,700 Alaskans have enrolled in expanded Medicaid

JUNEAU — About 7,700 people have enrolled in an expanded Medicaid program launched by the state on Sept. 1 to cover more lower-income Alaskans, a… Continue reading

Jamie Parsons: Remembered for ‘shaping’ the Capital City

Jamie Parsons served the City and Borough of Juneau as its first Parks and Recreation director, as an Assembly member and as mayor. He wore… Continue reading

Over 100 people participate in the annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Beach on Jan. 1, 2015.

New year’s calendar includes parties and a chilly dip

The capital city will swing in the new year. It’ll also glitter, foam, and just plain dance.A wide variety of clubs, bars and social halls… Continue reading

Over 100 people participate in the annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Beach on Jan. 1, 2015.
Paul Dusablon, left, and Richard Kotva row from the Circle K at Springdale Park after helping the owner move electronics off the floor inside the convenience store, in Fenton, MIssouri, Wednesday.

Rescue crews assist with evacuations as Midwest floods

ST. LOUIS — As swollen rivers and streams pushed to heights not seen in nearly a quarter-century, officials in Missouri and Illinois helped residents get… Continue reading

Paul Dusablon, left, and Richard Kotva row from the Circle K at Springdale Park after helping the owner move electronics off the floor inside the convenience store, in Fenton, MIssouri, Wednesday.

Kodiak police to release video of altercation with autistic man

ANCHORAGE — The Kodiak Police Department says it will release video and written reports of a physical encounter between three officers and an autistic man.The… Continue reading

State works to boost National Guard presence in villages

BETHEL — A statewide effort is under way to restore the presence of the National Guard in rural Alaska communities.Former Bethel resident Command Sgt. Maj.… Continue reading

Police blotter for Thursday, Dec. 31, 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

Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska welcomes new director

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska welcomed William Martin as the Tribe’s new 477 Director this week.In this position, Martin… Continue reading

Around town for Wednesday, Dec. 31

New Year’s DaySenior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176.Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267.Organ concert, noon, State Office Building.Senior… Continue reading

Western Auto purchases Kathy’s Net Loft

Western Auto Marine general manager John Weedman announced the purchase of Kathy’s Net Loft and Gear Supplies in a press release Wednesday.The business was locally… Continue reading

Correction

A death notice that appeared in the Juneau Empire for Joe Herbert Satko contained inaccurate information. It reported Satko was aboard the “Ark of Juneau”… Continue reading

JPD: Don’t drink and drive, practice fireworks safety during holidays

The Juneau Police Department is advising residents to exercise care while driving this New Year’s Eve.While celebrating with family and friends may include drinking alcoholic… Continue reading

Trooper’s son finds gun, fatally shoots himself

BETHEL — Authorities say the 4-year-old son of an Alaska State Trooper died Monday when he found a handgun and shot himself in Bethel.KYUK reported… Continue reading

In this photo taken Dec. 4, people arrive for Friday prayers at Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia.

Christian-Muslim split on religious freedom

WASHINGTON — Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than for other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving… Continue reading

In this photo taken Dec. 4, people arrive for Friday prayers at Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia.