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AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can be obtained from Reruns are also available from the Service Desk at 877-836-9477. The news editor in Anchorage is Mark Thiessen, 907-272-7549. The West Regional Desk can be reached at 602-417-2400.

Alaska at 5 p.m.



ANCHORAGE — The rate of icebergs breaking off from Alaska's Columbia Glacier will significantly slow within eight years, according to a new study. Scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder used a computer model that indicated the tidewater glacier by 2020 will retreat to a new, stable position in shallower water. The glacier, the study said, will achieve "dynamic equilibrium," where the rate of ice accumulation equals the rate of ice ablation, or ice removal. By Dan Joling.


JUNEAU — Republican Bob Bell said Monday that he will seek a recount in his race against Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French. Ballot counting from this month's general election stretched into last week. When the race was certified Friday, it showed French with a 51-vote advantage, 7,593 to 7,542. By Becky Bohrer.


TACOMA, Wash. — The oil boom in the Great Plains states is affecting refineries, ports and other businesses in Washington. Oil trains are delivering crude to refineries in the state as Alaska's production falls. And, there are proposals to export oil from the Port of Grays Harbor to West Coast refineries and possibly Asia.


FAIRBANKS — An administrative law judge is backing a move to stop automatic distribution of residential phone books to Alaska households, generally agreeing with the argument that the directories have become less necessary in a new era of phone service. Alaska Communications had asked the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in June 2011 to allow it to halt mass distribution of the white pages, a practice required by state law. The company argued that in an age when such listings are available online, forcing it to send copies of the white pages to customers was both a hassle and an unnecessary environmental expense. By Jeff Richardson, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.


— MISSING SURVIVALIST — Authorities have suspended a search for a missing 31-year-old survivalist from Wisconsin who set out alone in the Alaska wilderness in late September.

— BETHEL DEATH — A 43-year-old woman was found unresponsive in Bethel, the second to die within a week.

— CHILD PORN — A 39-year-old homeless man has been accused of downloading child pornography on a computer at the Haines tribal office.

— TUG AGROUND — About 13,000 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oils have been removed from a tug that ran aground earlier this month along the Aleutian chain.

— ALASKA-TRIBAL FISHING CLASH — A lawyer is asking a judge to consolidate the trials of 22 Alaska Native fishermen charged with illegal fishing during a poor salmon run.

— ALASKA ELECTION-TURNOUT — Voter turnout during this month's general election is on track to be the lowest during a presidential election year since 1996.

— EAGLE RIVER FIRE — Fire officials say three families were displaced and several pets died when a fire damaged a 12-plex in Eagle River.

— PULL-TAB ROBBERY — A pull-tab parlor in Fairbanks has been robbed for the second time in a week.

— FAIRBANKS-LOW SNOW — Fairbanks has seen less than half of the snow it gets on average for this time of the year.

The AP-Anchorage.

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