Fairbanks officials veto effort to rename prominent road

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks City Council has shot down an attempt by the Fairbanks North Star Borough to rename a prominent downtown road.The Council decided… Continue reading

FILE - This July 24,1997 file photo a plastic casting of the skull from the bones known as Kennewick Man, is shown in in Richland, Wash. A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to require the federal government to give the bones of the Kennewick Man back to the Indian tribes from which he descended. The bipartisan bill was introduced Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. James Inhofe. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)

Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American

SPOKANE, Wash. — The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday,… Continue reading

FILE - This July 24,1997 file photo a plastic casting of the skull from the bones known as Kennewick Man, is shown in in Richland, Wash. A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to require the federal government to give the bones of the Kennewick Man back to the Indian tribes from which he descended. The bipartisan bill was introduced Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. James Inhofe. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)

Wildfire season expected to be less severe

DENVER — The upcoming wildfire season across the U.S. isn’t expected to be as bad as last year’s infernos, when a record 15,800 square miles… Continue reading

Fed keeps key rate unchanged; no hint on timing of next hike

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided… Continue reading

McDonald’s tests McNuggets without artificial additives

NEW YORK — Like the indestructible Twinkie, Chicken McNuggets are practically a culinary punchline, a symbol of hyper-processed fast food with a list of ingredients… Continue reading

Math scores slip, reading flat for nation’s 12th-graders

WASHINGTON — The nation’s high school seniors are slipping in math and failing to make progress in reading, with just one-third of the 12th graders… Continue reading

ID of woman found near murder site stirs mystery

LOS ANGELES — The identification of a 19-year-old Canadian woman found savagely stabbed to death in Los Angeles in 1969 has brought some closure to… Continue reading

Terror suspect Abdeslam extradited, charged in France

PARIS — The lone known surviving suspect in the Paris attacks was returned Wednesday to the city where Islamic State extremists unleashed a night of… Continue reading

Military buildup, fighting spells end of Syrian cease-fire

BEIRUT — A military buildup in northern Syria, coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties, spells the end of a cease-fire that for two… Continue reading

Cruz taps Fiorina to serve as running mate

INDIANAPOLIS — In need of momentum after a five-state shutout, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina — a… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after giving a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown

WASHINGTON — Bolstering his grip on the Republican primaries, Donald Trump prepared Wednesday for a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic front-runner… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after giving a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FBI won’t disclose how it accessed locked iPhone

WASHINGTON — The FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one… Continue reading

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, after his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. Hastert was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ex-speaker Hastert gets 15 months in prison

CHICAGO — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency,… Continue reading

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, after his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. Hastert was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Randy Hoffbeck, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, right, speaks during a press conference held by Gov. Bill Walker at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Walker wants deficit fixed by 2019

Even as members of the Alaska Legislature promote a slow-and-steady approach to fixing Alaska’s $4 billion annual deficit, Gov. Bill Walker said he wants to… Continue reading

Randy Hoffbeck, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, right, speaks during a press conference held by Gov. Bill Walker at the Capitol on Wednesday.

School district, support staff union reach tentative contract agreement

The Juneau School District reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with its second largest employee association on Monday.The three-year contract with the Juneau… Continue reading

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion All logos have been taken off the shuttered Carl's Jr. building Monday, April 25, 2016, in Kenai, Alaska.

Carl’s Junior, Blockbuster employees transition after closures

KENAI — It was business as usual at the Carl’s Jr. in Kenai for the last few weeks before it closed — except no meat… Continue reading

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion All logos have been taken off the shuttered Carl's Jr. building Monday, April 25, 2016, in Kenai, Alaska.

Alaska board to weigh rules for pot consumption at stores

JUNEAU — Alaska will soon become the first state in the nation to allow customers to smoke pot and snarf marijuana edibles at authorized retail… Continue reading

SECON employees use an excavator and bulldozer to remove grass from the median north of Channel Drive on Tuesday in preparation a resurfacing project on Egan Drive. The $20 million to $30 million renovation of Egan Drive will be between 10th Street and Mendenhall Loop Road.

Photo: Egan Drive work

SECON employees use an excavator and bulldozer to remove grass from the median north of Channel Drive on Tuesday in preparation for a resurfacing project… Continue reading

SECON employees use an excavator and bulldozer to remove grass from the median north of Channel Drive on Tuesday in preparation a resurfacing project on Egan Drive. The $20 million to $30 million renovation of Egan Drive will be between 10th Street and Mendenhall Loop Road.

ATV crash leaves rider seriously injured; driver flees

FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers are looking for the driver of an all-terrain vehicle who fled after a weekend crash that left a person injured… Continue reading

Police & fire for Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed… Continue reading