• BP Alaska plans layoffs following Hilcorp sale Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:36 PM ET

    BP's business in Alaska will be smaller because of the previously announced sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp, spokeswoman Dawn Patience said.

  • Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 6:17 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large. A group of family members and friends was outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill in Anchorage at 4:25 a.m. Sunday when one of the family members and the suspects began arguing.

  • Governor candidate concerned about gas-line deal Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    The state is pursuing the mega-project with the North Slope's three major players, Exxon Mobil Corp., BP and ConocoPhillips; pipeline company TransCanada Corp.; and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp..

  • WSU regents approve plan for new medical school Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— Washington State University's board of regents on Friday unanimously approved the administration's controversial effort to start a new medical school in Spokane, citing the "dire need" for more doctors in the state.

  • Official: Moda won't extend some Alaska policies Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— One of the two health insurers that are part of the federally run online marketplace in Alaska won't allow people to keep policies past this year that are out of compliance with President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a state official said.

  • US rig count up 6 to 1,931 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained three rigs; Kansas, New Mexico and North Dakota each increased by two; and Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania were up one apiece.

  • BAGHDAD/ DUBAI, Sept 11- Sometimes they came pretending to buy things. Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th century-style caliphate.

  • US airlines improve their on-time performance Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    At the bottom of the rankings: JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines, with nearly one in three flights arriving late. JetBlue spokesman Morgan Johnston said the airline was making better use of spare planes and adjusting staffing in its operations center to handle delays during summer thunderstorms.

  • Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    DALLAS— For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

  • Donation to help search-and-rescue efforts Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    NOME, Alaska— Sixteen rural communities will receive hand-held thermal imaging cameras to aid in search-and-rescue efforts in the Norton Sound region. The donation, worth about $150,000, comes from the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. Plans call for the bi-ocular cameras to be distributed within the next few weeks.

  • Alaska Railroad reports revenue growth Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska— The Alaska Railroad Corp. is reporting revenue growth of more than 4 percent in the last fiscal year, despite declines in petroleum and coal shipments. Railroad revenue rose 4.3 percent between July 2013 and July 2014, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

  • Congress coming back, must act to avoid shutdown Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers are streaming back to Capitol Hill after their summer vacation for an abbreviated September session in which feuding Democratic and Republican leaders promise action to prevent a government shutdown while holding votes aimed at defining the parties for the fall campaign.

  • Congress' task: Act fast on spending, return home Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress returns to work Monday with a basic task— act fast to keep the U.S. government open and then race home to campaign. Jeff Sessions, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Obama can use force against the militants in Iraq or Syria based on the military doctrine that if someone "is attacking you or your ally you can respond."

  • Biden promotes economics for nation's middle class Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 6:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Vice President Joe Biden says the August jobs report, which underwhelmed many economists, is another step forward in the nation's economic recovery. In the weekly White House radio and Internet address, Biden says job growth continues but warns that the wages of middle-class Americans are being left behind other indicators of economic growth.

  • Passenger dies in Alaska tour bus crash Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A tour bus has crashed on an Alaska highway, killing one of the three people on board. Alaska State Troopers say the Princess Tours bus carrying a driver and two passengers rolled Friday morning on the Parks Highway about 10 miles north of the Alaska Veterans Memorial.

  • US rig count up 11 to 1,925 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained seven rigs, New Mexico and Pennsylvania each gained two and Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming each gained one.

  • The defendants include Bank of America Corp, Barclays Plc, BNP Paribas SA, Citigroup Inc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase& Co, Nomura Holdings Inc., Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, UBS AG and Wells Fargo& Co..

  • Alaska leads nation with welfare recipients Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Alaska has the highest number of families on public assistance in the nation, and the state's rate is more than twice the national average of 2.9 percent, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • USDA to buy up to $13M in canned pink salmon Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 3:57 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 3- When President Barack Obama stepped into the White House Rose Garden in June to announce he would single-handedly reform U.S. immigration policy, he startled advocates by announcing a firm, end-of-summer deadline for executive action.