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By Mark Thiessen The Associated Press

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil.

The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also covered many of the men in oil, which prevented some from being rescued.

Norwegian musher wins Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Joar Ulsom of Norway won the world’s most famous sled dog race Wednesday after a grueling dash across Alaska’s rough terrain, but he earned tens of thousands of dollars less than last year’s top musher at the struggling Iditarod.

“It’s pretty unreal I pulled it off,” Ulsom told reporters at the finish line in Nome, Alaska.

Dallas Seavey has knack for winning Iditarod with few dogs

NOME, Alaska — Dallas Seavey did more with less this year at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

He set a record pace early Tuesday morning when he won his third straight Iditarod and fourth race in the last five years. And he did it with just six dogs, after starting the race nearly 1,000 miles across Alaska with 16.

No other musher this year has fewer dogs.

Low snow causes havoc again with Iditarod sled dog race

WASILLA, Alaska Another low-snow year in Alaska is playing havoc with the world’s most famous sled dog race.

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race always begins with a ceremonial jaunt a day before the start of the competitive portion.

A lack of snow last year north of Anchorage forced the race from the normal start. This year the problem is in Anchorage.