Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Alaska. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Anchorage bureau at 800-770-7549 or at apanchorage@ap.org. News Editor Mark Thiessen can be reached at 907-272-7549 or mthiessen@ap.org.

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Alaska at 3:05 p.m.

ALASKA ECONOMY

JUNEAU — The state labor department expects continued job losses in Alaska this year but at a more moderate level than earlier in the recession. Economist Karinne Wiebold said Wednesday that it appears the depth of the recession is diminishing in the state. By Becky Bohrer. SENT: 345 words.

FIRST AMERICANS

NEW YORK — DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today's native peoples of the Americas. Decoding the infant's complete set of DNA let researchers estimate the timing of key events in the ancestral history of today's Native Americans and indigenous peoples of Canada and Central and South America. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 450 words.

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FROM ALASKA MEMBERS:

FAIRBANKS BUSINESSES-SMOKING

FAIRBANKS — Owners of Fairbanks businesses are steadily moving to ban smoking inside their establishments despite the city and state not having laws demanding smoke-free workplaces. SENT: 245 words.

JUNEAU-KINDNESS CAMPAIGN

JUNEAU — A yearlong effort that aimed to make Juneau a kinder place has come to an end with the start of the new year. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ANCHORAGE FATAL — Anchorage police say speed and icy roads likely were factors in a fatal one-car crash.

— MARINE SCIENTIST-FATAL CRASH — An Alaska marine scientist severely injured in a December traffic crash has died.

— BIG LAKE DEATH — A 38-year-old Wasilla man is being held without bail in the death of a woman at Big Lake.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Alaska and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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