With an increase in COVID-19 cases in Anchorage, Anchorage Health Department (AHD) is expanding COVID-19 testing sites to better meet the demand. Beginning today, the Z.J. Loussac Library and Changepoint Church testing sites have an added traffic lane to reduce wait times by half. Municipal …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has sent nearly half a million dollars to farmers who have vaccinated their cattle against respiratory diseases and other maladies over the past two years.

NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed nearly a dozen women in and out of state government and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers, New York’s attorney general announced Tuesday, hastening calls for the Democrat’s resignation or impeachment.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday downplayed a spike in COVID-19 cases that’s shattered state hospitalization records and strongly reiterated his vow not to impose a mask mandate or any business restrictions.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho state lawmaker refused to answer questions she deemed “irrelevant” during a hearing Monday to determine whether she violated ethics rules by publicizing in disparaging social media posts the name of a woman who accused another lawmaker of rape.

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials wrongly arrested a homeless man for a crime committed by someone else, locked him up in a state hospital for more than two years, forced him to take psychiatric drugs and then tried to cover up the mistake by quietly setting him free with just 50 cents to his…

LONDON (AP) — A 21-year-old free climber who was imprisoned two years ago for climbing the U.K.'s tallest skyscraper has scaled another building in London, this time to draw attention to climate change.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is moving ahead with a new environmental review of oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Interior secretary said she found “multiple legal deficiencies” in a prior review that provided a basis for the fir…

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A divided federal appeals court panel has struck down several campaign contribution caps in Alaska, including a $500-a-year limit on what an individual can give a candidate.

Reporting data for 12 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. July 30-Aug. 1

The major North Slope oil project known as Pikka may be getting new owners. 

The Alaska Public Offices Commission has hit the Recall Rivera ballot group with a series of fines related to their failed effort to recall Assemblyman Felix Rivera.

The coronavirus’s delta variant is different from earlier strains of the virus in worrying ways, health officials are discovering. And those differences may mean a return to some of the restrictions that vaccinated people thought were in the past.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham has become the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying Monday he is “very glad” he received the vaccine, without which his current symptoms would be “far worse.”

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA -- U.S. Army Pacific paratroopers jumped onto Kangaroo Drop Zone July 28 near Charters Towers Australia, as part of simulated Joint Forcible Entry Operation during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 – the largest military exercise conducted between Australia and the United States.

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot in the arms of 70% of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around th…

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The superintendent of Alaska’s largest school district will recommend universal masking in schools this fall.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anger and frustration mounted in Congress over the weekend as a nationwide eviction moratorium expired during a surge in the COVID-19 pandemic. One Democratic lawmaker even camped outside the Capitol in protest as millions of Americans faced being forced from their homes.

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Anchorage resident Christopher Blake unleashed a series of concerns on Twitter about Dave Morgan, Mayor Bronson’s appointee to run the Anchorage Health Department.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department, in a reversal, says the Treasury Department must provide the House Ways and Means Committee former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, apparently ending a long legal showdown over the records. 

If I weren't already staunchly pro-vaccination, the vaccine zealots would turn me against the COVID shot. The proof that they're practicing religion and not science is their refusal to acknowledge the great heaping hunks of immunity a person gets from natural infection.

Let's say there's an outbreak of deadly parvovirus in your neighborhood. Your beloved golden retriever Red, however, goes into a full-scale panic attack at the sight or smell of a veterinarian. You know the disease is highly communicable and potentially fatal.

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the results of the 2020 election “corrupt” in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native artist Rico Worl said he jumped at the chance to create for the U.S. Postal Service a stamp he hopes will be a gateway for people to learn about his Tlingit culture.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has upheld as valid a new voting process set to be in effect for next year's elections in Alaska. 

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy delayed until Aug. 16 the start of the next special session, following a request by legislative leaders for more time.

Neal Brown has died. The former leader of Poker Flat Research Range and the smiling, suspender-wearing man remembered by many Alaska kids was 82 years old.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest earthquake in the United States in the last half century produced a lot of shaking but spared Alaska any major damage in a sparsely populated region, officials said Thursday.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislative leaders have asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy to delay the upcoming special session, which is set to begin Monday.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An assistant attorney general in Alaska identified by a news outlet as the person behind a social media account that posted racist and antisemitic comments no longer works for the state Department of Law, an agency spokesperson said.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a wealthy California political donor on charges he injected gay men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex, leading to two deaths and other overdoses. 

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A fully vaccinated passenger on an Alaska cruise tested positive for COVID-19 and received “private air transportation” home, according to Celebrity Cruises.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fred Ware and his son were researching the history of the home he's owned in the Hartford suburbs since 1950 when they discovered something far uglier than they expected. 

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Municipal epidemiologist Janet Johnston has been forced out of her role at the Anchorage Health Department by Anchorage Mayor David Bronson as Covid-19 case counts rise across the Municipality.

KETCHIKAN - Alaskans take pride in looking out for each other. So, it was not unusual that Destiny Madewell who lives in Ketchikan, Alaska, shared a post she saw on Facebook about a woman from the Anchorage area who had lost the diamond from her ring after landing at Ketchikan International …

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane reported overdue Monday was found crashed, with the two people on board dead, according to Alaska State Troopers.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's capital, Tokyo, reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to avoid non-essential outings, but said there was no need to consider a suspension of the Games. 

HELSINKI (AP) — U.S. pop singer Pink has offered to pay a fine given to the Norwegian female beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms.

At Sunday’s Alaska Black Caucus Community Discussion with members of the Anchorage Assembly and Anchorage anesthesiologist Dr. John Morris present, an attendee asked the panel whether the Alaska Club purchase was still being considered to help address homelessness.

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Danielle Wakefield was devastated when she discovered the diamond had fallen out of her ring, the only thing she had from her late father.

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NOME, Alaska (AP) — A miner who said he was harassed by a bear for seven straight nights in the tundra near Nome was rescued when a passing Coast Guard helicopter spotted the SOS, an internationally recognized sign for help, on top of his cabin.

The APOC Staff Report in Dunbar for Mayor v. Bronson for Mayor (BFM) tells a story. That story is either that then-candidate David Bronson unknowingly enlisted quite possibly the worst campaign treasurer of all time or that his mayoral campaign flouted campaign finance regulations for the sa…

Oh my goodness! The day we’ve all waited for is finally upon us as the APOC Staff Report in Dunbar for Mayor v. Bronson for Mayor (BFM) has been released. It’s all so “expeditious” while also being one big hot mess, and it’s not going to get covered in just one piece. Buckle up!

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular strip club that once beckoned customers off a busy highway leading into Anchorage is now a church offering salvation — instead of temptation — thanks to a daughter of a former exotic dancer.

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream.

“We get excited when Alaska is actually on the map,” Dr. Anne Zink, the State of Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, chuckled as she addressed Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States. “We're even more excited when people come and visit our big and beautiful and absolutely wondrous state.”