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Alaska at 2 a.m.

TOURIST TRAIN DERAILS

ANCHORAGE -A vintage rail company that hauls hundreds of thousands of tourists every year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush has suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that injured nine people. SENT: 470 words. May be updated.

DAYCARE ASSAULT

BETHEL - A former Bethel foster parent and day care operator has been sentenced to 66 years in prison in a child sexual abuse case. KYUK (http://is.gd/iDucAH) reports that Peter Tony was sentenced Tuesday in Bethel on three consolidated child sexual abuse counts in which he pleaded guilty. SENT: 450 words.

LODGE ASSAULT

JUNEAU - A grand jury has returned indictments against two workers at a remote Alaska lodge after they allegedly threatened two guests with firearms. The Juneau Empire reports (http://is.gd/OBpSOU) the jury handed down assault and weapons misconduct charges Friday against 26-year-old Michael G. York of Denver and Devon G. Fernandez of Yakutat. SENT: 500 words.

ISLAND CLEANUP

KODIAK - Cleanup of marine debris from a remote Alaska island is underway. KMXT (http://is.gd/kZhiQ9) reports the effort on Tugidak Island is the second and final year of Kodiak Island Trails Network’s debris removal project on the island. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF:

-ALASKA SENATE-SULLIVAN - Sullivan campaign reserves post-primary air time

-ANIMAL CRUELTY - North Pole man faces animal cruelty charge

-VETERANS-HEALTH CARE-BEGICH - Begich: Price shouldn’t be the issue in passing veterans’ health care bill

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