• Northrim takes over Alaska Pacific Bank branches Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Anchorage- based Northrim Bank will cut staff at former Alaska Pacific Bank branches as it finishes the acquisition but promises more services for customers. It acquired Bank of America's Alaska operations in 1999 and Alaska First Banking Trust in 2007..

  • Uber ride-sharing service kicks off in Anchorage Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The popular ride-sharing service Uber has added Anchorage to its worldwide list of cities where it operates. Cab company Yellow Dispatch is among those closely watching the arrival of the service this week. Yellow Dispatch, meanwhile, has launched its own app with the intention of holding on to its customer base.

  • Alabama unemployment declines to 6.9 percent Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 9:24 AM ET

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama's unemployment rate decreased slightly in August to 6.9 percent, but remained above last year's rate for last month. Robert Bentley announced Alabama recorded 6.9 percent in August, compared to 7.0 percent in July and 6.5 percent in August 2013.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The United States ramped up pressure on Guatemala to better protect workers' rights on Thursday by restarting a trade case that could lead to hefty fines for the Central American nation.

  • Leaking lime juice sends responders to cargo jet Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    The Ketchikan Daily News reports the leak Tuesday on the Alaska Airlines 737-700 was traced to a container of lime juice that broke open during a flight from Seattle. Alaska Airlines spokesman Cole Cosgrove says workers first detected the sour-smelling liquid coming from a cargo container.

  • Montana poverty rate and median income up Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Montana's poverty rate increased last year, while median income also rose, according to annual poverty figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau. That growth put the state among the top five— with Alaska, Kentucky, Utah and Wyoming— for the biggest median household income increases between 2012 and 2013..

  • Colorado poverty rate down, median income up Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's poverty rate dropped slightly last year and median income rose, according to annual poverty figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau. Median household income in Colorado rose 2.4 percent in 2013, to $58,823.

  • Sept 18- The mothballed Hovensa refinery, once the largest in the Western hemisphere, could be the latest "zombie refinery" to come back to life, revived by the U.S. shale boom.

  • Engine sounds heard before Alaska plane crash Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Two witnesses on the ground described hearing a high-pitched sound from the engine of a small airplane before it crashed last year on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, killing all 10 people aboard.

  • Port of Anchorage shifts focus to modernization Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Port of Anchorage is turning its focus from expansion to modernization and efforts to improve existing infrastructure. Port Engineer Todd Cowles called this a temporary fix.

  • 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.