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Section of Ruling Declaring Global Warming Threatening Polar Bear Habitat Thrown Out

A federal judge has thrown out a key section of a 2008 Interior Department rule that declared global warming is threatening the survival of the polar bear.

ConocoPhillips Buys Kenai LNG Plant

ConocoPhillips has purchased Marathon's 30 percent interest in the Kenai LNG plant. ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Natalie Lowman says the purchase took place Sept. 30.

AFN Begins This Week

The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention begins this week in Anchorage. More than 4,000 are expected to attend. The First Alaskans Elders and Youth Conference starts today at the Dena'ina Convention Center, and the main convention begins Thursday, with the theme, Strength in Unity. Iditarod champ John Baker is to be one of the keynote speakers. AFN's board of directors represents 180 villages.

Glitch Causes Error in PFD Distribution

A glitch in the distribution of Alaska Permanent Fund dividend payouts caused about 5,500 checks to be distributed that should have been garnished.

Permanent Fund Gets New Chief Investment Officer

An East coast investment manager, Jay Willoughby, has been named the Alaska Permanent Fund's new chief investment officer. Willoughby starts work November 1 and will be paid $325,000 a year.

Police Make Another Arrest in Connection with Shooting

Another arrest has been made in the Anchorage bar shooting that took two lives. Anchorage police have arrested the brother of one of the victims. 25-year-old Lee Chee Chang was arrested Wednesday night and charged with first-degree murder.

Fort Yukon Man Wins Presidential Citizens Medal

A Fort Yukon man has been selected as one of this year's winners of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation's second highest honor for a civilian. The award recognizes public service.

Kott to Plead Guilty to Bribery

A former Alaska state lawmaker caught up in a federal corruption probe has indicated he will change his plea on one count.

Wilde Found Guilty of Three Misdemeanors

A federal magistrate has found a 71-year-old Central man guilty of three misdemeanors for his actions when National Park Service rangers tried to inspect his boat on the Yukon River last year.

Redistricting Plan Approved by Justice Department

Alaska's redistricting plan has won approval from the U.S. Justice Department. That's the first step before the plan can be implemented.

Car Crashes into Anchorage House

An Alaska woman escaped serious injury by mere inches in an auto accident – while sitting in her living room today. Nadine Lefevre of Anchorage was still in her bathrobe, sitting in an easy chair Tuesday morning when an SUV crashed through the front wall of her house. By the time it stopped, the vehicle was entirely inside her living room, and barely missed her purple chair.

State Senator David Pushing for Denali KidCare Expansion

Senator Bettye Davis wants to push for expansion of a health insurance program for low-income children and pregnant women. Davis' proposal would raise the income eligibility threshold for Denali KidCare from 175 percent to 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

Newtok Residents Steadily Relocating to Mertarvik

Residents of one of Alaska’s most eroded villages are making steady progress relocating to higher ground nine miles away.

Resource Policy Trip to Norway Expenses Exceed 90,000

The state has paid more than $91,600 in expenses for lawmakers who attended a recent policy tour in Norway.

Palin Won’t Run for President

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says she will not run for president. Her announcement today left little doubt that the eventual Republican nominee will come from the current field of contenders.

Murkowski Names New Fisheries Aide

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski has hired a new fisheries aide.Murkowski’s office says Stefanie Moreland will start next month. Moreland will replace Arne Fuglvog , who pleaded guilty this summer to one count of violating the Lacey Act for falsely reporting where he caught sablefish that were intended for interstate commerce. Fuglvog’s sentencing is set for November.

Barrow Will Vote on Dry Status

The question of whether to allow sales of alcohol will be on the ballot tomorrow for voters in Barrow. A yes vote would allow the first legal local liquor sales in the city in more than a decade. Barrow currently is a “damp” community.

Anchorage Woman Died in Two-Vehicle Accident

An Anchorage woman has died as a result of a two vehicle, Saturday evening accident at an east-side intersection. 22-year-old Carmen Fabiano was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle driven by Andrew Knowles, 22, of Kenai. Their SUV was struck by a Ford F350 pick-up driven by Jonathan Carter, 34, of Anchorage.

150 Gallons of Oil Spill in Unalaska

State conversation officials report a freight ship has spilled about 150 gallons of heavy oil in Unalaska.

Subsistence Bowhead Whale Quota Under Review

A federal agency is planning to evaluate the annual quota of bowhead whales that Alaska Natives can harvest for subsistence.