Troopers: Priest died before recent fire in Alaska village

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say an autopsy showed that a 72-year-old priest who was recently found dead following a fire in the southwest Alaska village of Chefornak (che-FOHR'-nuk) died of natural causes before the blaze started. Read more

Anchorage homeless man charged in death of girlfriend

ANCHORAGE - A 37-year-old homeless Anchorage man is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend. Read more


Skiles out as coach of Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Scott Skiles has stepped down as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one year, the somewhat surprising decision coming about a month after the conclusion of a frustrating regular season. Read more

Walker attends first meeting of new tribal advisory council

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Bill Walker has attended the first meeting of the new Governor's Tribal Advisory Council, a panel of Alaska Native leaders established by his administration. Read more


Sitka rejects appeal of landslide-destroyed property value

SITKA - Sitka officials have voted to uphold the city assessor's figure on the taxable value of a home that was destroyed by a deadly landslide last summer. Read more


Johnny Manziel booked in domestic violence case

DALLAS - Johnny Manziel has been booked and posted bond in a domestic violence case, one day before the former Cleveland Browns quarterback faces his first court hearing. Read more


Seattle releases 5, including former starting center Nowak

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have released five players including former starting center Drew Nowak. Seattle made the roster moves Wednesday ahead of their rookie minicamp this weekend. Read more


Troopers investigate 2 caribou wanton waste cases

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Wildlife Troopers are investigating two cases of wanton waste of caribou in northwest Alaska. Troopers found multiple cow caribou killed and left to waste near the Kauk (kowk) River. Read more

2 men including USAID employee killed in Bangladesh

NEW DELHI (AP) - Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh's capital Monday night, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Read more

Body of missing hiker found on Deer Mountain

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Rescue crews have found the body of a missing Ketchikan man who disappeared during a hike on Deer Mountain in southeast Alaska last year. The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad found 22-year-old Justin Nathan's remains on Sunday. Read more

US rig count drops 9 this week to 431, another all-time low

HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by nine this week to 431, again reaching an-time low amid depressed energy industry prices. A year ago, 932 rigs were active. Read more

UK official: New ship unlikely to be named Boaty McBoatface

LONDON (AP) - Boaty McBoatface may be sunk. Britain's science minister has indicated that the country's newest polar research vessel is unlikely to be christened with the name, which topped an online poll. Read more

Jamal Crawford is 1st 3-time winner of NBA's Sixth Man Award

NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford has won the Sixth Man Award, becoming the first three-time winner as the NBA's best reserve. Read more

Grizzly mauls bear hunter; hunting partner kills bear

ANCHORAGE - A 77-year-old bear hunter is recovering from injuries suffered when he was mauled by a grizzly. Alaska State Troopers on Monday identified the hunter as Glenn Bohn of Wasilla. Read more


British court rules woman can't name her daughter Cyanide

LONDON (AP) - A woman from Wales cannot name her baby daughter Cyanide, a British court ruled Thursday. Read more

Sitka Assembly approves hazard mapping project

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - Sitka officials are moving ahead with plans to map out parts of the city that are vulnerable to landslides, after slides last summer left three people dead and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. Read more


MSU's Valentine, Kansas' Self win AP player, coach of year

HOUSTON (AP) - Denzel Valentine of Michigan State is The Associated Press Player of the Year, edging out Oklahoma's Buddy Hield by three votes. Valentine is the first Spartans player to win the award. Read more

House used as checkpoint for Iditarod burns down

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A Nikolai home that is used as a checkpoint for dog races has burned down. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit. Read more


US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal on Tongass

JUNEAU - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court decision that reinstated prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest. Read more


6-year-old suspected in Ketchikan fire that burned garage

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a 6-year-old boy was responsible for a weekend fire that burned a garage in Ketchikan. The North Tongass Fire Department responded to the fire Saturday afternoon in a detached and unoccupied garage. Read more

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