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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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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 … Read more

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. Read more

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… Read more

“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.” Read more

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Jill Biden embarked Wednesday on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high. Read more

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is expected to visit Alaska in September, according to a court filing in a long-running dispute over a proposed land exchange aimed at building a road through a national wildlife refuge. Read more

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had about 17,000 more jobs last month than it did in June 2020, with most industries seeing gains over that period but still falling below pre-pandemic levels, a report released Friday by the state labor department shows. Read more

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping … Read more

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday it is ending large-scale, old-growth timber sales on the nation’s largest national forest — the Tongass National Forest in Alaska — and will instead focus on forest restoration, recreation and other non-commercial uses. Read more

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sen. Lisa Murkowski hasn’t officially announced if she will run again next year, but her campaign released fundraising details Wednesday that an adviser says “strongly positions” the Alaska Republican for a reelection bid. Read more

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrats who hurriedly took off to Washington to block sweeping new election laws urged Congress on Tuesday to quickly pass legislation protecting voting rights, while Republican Gov. Greg Abbott threatened them with arrest the moment they return.  Read more

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