Searchers find snowmobile belonging to missing man

ANCHORAGE — Searchers using dragging hooks from sea ice in Norton Bay have recovered a snowmobile belonging to a 22-year-old western Alaska man who disappeared… Continue reading

Car leaves road, crashes after troopers deploy spike strips

ANCHORAGE — A car sought by Alaska State Troopers left the Sterling Highway and rolled Sunday after its tires were punctured by spike strips.Two Anchorage… Continue reading

Police calls for Tuesday, April 5, 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

Dividend tax proposed as stopgap measure, legislator says

JUNEAU — Alaskans who receive an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend would pay a 35 percent tax on it under legislation proposed in the state House.Rep.… Continue reading

Supreme Court bolsters political influence of Latinos

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court unanimously endorsed election maps that bolster the growing political influence of America’s Latinos on Monday, ruling that states can count… Continue reading

Trump, Cruz making final pitches in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — After Donald Trump’s toughest stretch of the campaign, he and Ted Cruz made spirited final pitches Monday to Wisconsin voters, who will cast… Continue reading

California, New York enact highest $15 minimum wages

LOS ANGELES — California and New York acted Monday to gradually push their statewide minimum wages to $15 an hour — the highest in the… Continue reading

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Novo-Ogaryov residence outside Moscow on Monday, April 4, 2016.  The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov has dismissed suggestions of Putin's involvement in an offshore account scheme as a smear likely motivated by "Putinophobia." (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Data trove offers glimpse of how the rich hide their money

FRANKFURT, Germany — A leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panama-based law firm offers a glimpse into the shadowy world where the rich and… Continue reading

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Novo-Ogaryov residence outside Moscow on Monday, April 4, 2016.  The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov has dismissed suggestions of Putin's involvement in an offshore account scheme as a smear likely motivated by "Putinophobia." (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Iverson, O’Neal, Yao lead group elected into Hall of Fame

HOUSTON — Despite being elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, Allen Iverson knows he still won’t be able to shake his infamous… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2016
  • By KRISTIE RIEKEN

MLB average salary $4.4M after 4.4 pct. rise

NEW YORK — Baseball’s average salary rose 4.4 percent to $4.38 million on opening day, according to a study of contract terms by The Associated… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2016
  • By RONALD BLUM

UConn one win from a four-peat

INDIANAPOLIS — Breanna Stewart and UConn are one victory away from accomplishing their ultimate goal — a fourth straight national championship.To achieve that unprecedented feat,… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2016
  • By DOUG FEINBERG

Retired soccer star Abby Wambach arrested for DUI in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Retired World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson said… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2016
  • By ANNE M. PETERSON

Anchorage plastic surgeon sentenced to 4 years in prison

ANCHORAGE — A 67-year-old Anchorage plastic surgeon has been sentenced to four years in prison for wire fraud and tax evasion.Dr. Michael Brandner was convicted… Continue reading

Iditarod musher reports groping, marking 3rd issue in race

ANCHORAGE — Alaska authorities are investigating a third unwelcome encounter during this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after a female musher said two men… Continue reading

House passes technical changes for nurses, barbers

The Alaska House of Representatives has passed a pair of bills that make technical changes to state law pertaining to nurse practitioners and the state… Continue reading

Lawmakers stumble making changes to public pensions

A plan by the Alaska Senate Finance Committee to require local governments to pay more for public pensions has hit a snag.Late Sunday, the committee… Continue reading

Police link car to attempted kidnapper

Juneau police have linked a vehicle to an unidentified man who allegedly tried to kidnap a pregnant woman getting into a car with her 4-year-old… Continue reading

Oil production in Alaska shows growth not seen since 2002

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Oil and Gas Association has announced that the state had its first year-over-year increase in oil production in more than a… Continue reading

Alaska Air Group Inc. is buying Virgin America in a deal worth more than $2 billion, creating a powerhouse airline with an expanded West Coast presence. Alaska Air said Monday, April 4, that the deal will expand its route network.

Alaska Air buys Virgin America

NEW YORK — Virgin America has loyal passengers who love the airline’s cool vibe even if its size and schedule are too limited to meet… Continue reading

Alaska Air Group Inc. is buying Virgin America in a deal worth more than $2 billion, creating a powerhouse airline with an expanded West Coast presence. Alaska Air said Monday, April 4, that the deal will expand its route network.

Sitka teacher steps in to stop fight

A Sitka middle school teacher defused a dangerous altercation last Monday afternoon when he broke up a brawl between two adults in the school’s back… Continue reading