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Alaska: U.S. state in the United States
Alaska is a U.S. state in the northwest extremity of the United States West Coast, just across the Bering Strait from Asia. The Canadian province of British Columbia and territory of Yukon border the state to the east and southeast. Its most extreme western part is Attu Island, and it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. To the north are the Chukchi and Beaufort seas—southern parts of the Arctic Ocean. The Pacific Ocean lies to the south and southwest. It is the largest U.S. state by area and the seventh largest subnational division in the world. In addition, it is the 3rd least populous and the most sparsely populated of the 50 United States; nevertheless, it is by far the most populous territory located mostly north of the 60th parallel in North America: its population—estimated at 738,432 by the United States Census Bureau in 2015—is more than quadruple the combined populations of Northern Canada and Greenland. Approximately half of Alaska's residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska's economy is dominated by the fishing, natural gas, and oil industries, resources which it has in abundance. United States armed forces bases and tourism are also a significant part of the economy.


Washington man killed after plane crashes in Alaska

A 38-year-old passenger on a flight in Alaska died after the plane went off the runway while landing. The plane was also carrying a high school team. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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Sexual assault runs rampant on Native American lands, but cases fall through the cracks

More than half of American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced sexual violence an 18-month investigation shows.
USATODAY.com - Published

Videos for Alaska

Alaska: Fresh, Sustainable Seafood [Video]Alaska: Fresh, Sustainable Seafood

Wild Alaskan Company/Facebook The Wild Alaskan Company is a wild-caught, sustainable seafood delivery service founded by a member of a third-generation Alaskan fishing family. Its mission is to make..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Trump Admin Leading Liquidation Of Public Land In Alaska [Video]Trump Admin Leading Liquidation Of Public Land In Alaska

The Huffington Post reports that President Trump is leading the liquidation of public land in Alaska. Approximately 28.3 million acres of federal land across Alaska could be transferred, sold or opened..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

Walmart to end sales of ammunition for handguns, assault-style weapons [Video]Walmart to end sales of ammunition for handguns, assault-style weapons

Walmart on Tuesday said it would discontinue sales of some ammunition - for short-barrel rifles and handguns - in stores across the United States, in response to the mass shootings in Texas last month..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:17Published

Hurricane Dorian Wreaks Havoc On Air Travel [Video]Hurricane Dorian Wreaks Havoc On Air Travel

Hurricane Dorian is on track to reach the continental United States in the next several days. Air travel is likely to be severely affected, regardless of the storm's exact track, and flights across the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Message in a bottle: Russian sailor's 1969 letter found in Alaska [Video]Message in a bottle: Russian sailor's 1969 letter found in Alaska

Message in a bottle: A Russian sailor's 1969 letter is discovered by a man in Alaska.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:10Published


1 in 3 American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped, but survivors rarely find justice on tribal lands

More than half of American Indian and Alaska Native women will experience sexual violence. An 18-month investigation found cases fall through the cracks.
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Commercial plane crashes just shy of water in Alaska

Peninsula Airways said in a statement that two passengers were critically injured and 10 others were receiving medical care
CBS News - Published

Man charged with murders of two Alaska Native women

A digital camera card containing videos of a man beating and strangling a woman in a hotel room led to the arrest of an immigrant from South Africa charged with murders of two Alaska Native women who..
Reuters - Published

Forest Service Backs an End to Limits on Roads in Alaska’s Tongass Forest

The Forest Service called lifting all restrictions on roads in Alaska's Tongass National Forest its "preferred option."  A final decision is expected next year. 
NYTimes.com - Published

Alaska Supreme Court hears climate change lawsuit

Attorneys for 16 young Alaskans who sued over state climate change policy have argued their case before Alaska Supreme Court justices. (Oct 9)  
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Memory Card Found With Brutal Videos and Photos Leads to Murder Arrest

The police in Anchorage, Alaska, say they recognized a man shown beating and strangling a woman at a midtown hotel.
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Who is the ‘fattest bear of all’? Her name is Holly, and she lives in Alaska

Katmai National Park hosts one of the largest concentrations of brown bears in the world, making it the perfect location for Fat Bear Week.
USATODAY.com - Published

Already Under Siege, Labor Unions Face a New Threat From Alaska

After a court ruling allowed public workers who opted out of a union to not pay dues, Alaska’s governor has a new plan that could hobble unions: The workers have to opt in every year.
NYTimes.com - Published

Fat is fabulous for bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park

Alaska grizzly bears packing on pounds (kilos) for the winter are competing for more than the season's last salmon. They are also vying for the title of the state's fattest bear.
Reuters - Published

New airline program helps children with autism

Delta offers these programs at its Atlanta and Minneapolis hubs; Alaska, American and JetBlue have similar programs around the country
CBS News - Published

Trump administration rejects new protections for iconic Alaska tree

An iconic Alaska tree that is dying off from rising forest temperatures and diminished winter snowpack was deemed ineligible by U.S. wildlife officials on Friday for special protection under the U.S...
Reuters - Published

Fur seals thriving on Alaskan volcanic island

Northern fur seals are thriving on tiny Bogoslof Island, a remote mass at the tip of an active undersea volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Island chain. Researchers say the seals on the island are giving..
USATODAY.com - Published

22 soldiers injured in parachuting exercise at Mississippi's Camp Shelby

A mishap during a military parachute exercise injured at least 22 soldiers at a major training ground for U.S. troops. About 650 soldiers were taking part in a night parachute jump at Camp Shelby in..
CBS News - Published

Disney Skyliner, Mark Twain, moose decline: News from around our 50 states

Moon jellyfish swarm off Alaska, Utah woman injured by charging bison, and more
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'God bless you': TSA officer uses Heimlich maneuver to save choking passenger

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer recently saved the life of a passenger at an Alaska airport when she choked on a grape.
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Russia's first sea-borne nuclear power plant arrives to its base

Russia's first-floating nuclear power plant has arrived to its permanent base near an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska, Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom said on..
Reuters - Published

Interior Dept. Takes Next Step Toward Sale of Drilling Leases in Arctic Refuge

The Trump administration released a final environmental report on the plan for oil and gas development in a pristine part of Alaska.
NYTimes.com - Published

Alaska seal die-off spurs government investigation

U.S. government biologists are investigating the deaths of nearly 300 Arctic ice seals found on Alaska beaches since last summer, federal officials said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. House passes two bills to ban new offshore drilling

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed two bills banning new offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and Florida and was set to vote on a third banning drilling..
Reuters - Published

Three bills in U.S. House would ban offshore, Arctic drilling

The U.S. House on Wednesday was slated to begin voting on three bills to block offshore oil and gas drilling off Florida and the Pacific coast and in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, but the..
Reuters - Published

Alaska high school swimmer's disqualification over swimsuit fit is overturned

A referee disqualified an Alaska high school swimmer on Friday after claiming that her swimsuit was too revealing. That decision has been overturned.
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Ocean heatwave known as 'the blob' warms up sea off West Coast, threatening animals

The so-called blob covers an area of 4 million square miles, or three times the size of Alaska.
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Alaska high school swimmer disqualified because swimsuit exposes too much

High schooler loses 100-meter freestyle victory after referee rules her swimsuit was too revealing. Critics say "curvier" girls are treated unfairly.
USATODAY.com - Published

Sarah Palin's husband seeks divorce, Alaska court filing suggests

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, and her husband, Todd, appear headed for divorce after more than 30 years of marriage, state court records showed.
Reuters - Published

Court records point to Sarah Palin divorce filing in Alaska

Former Alaska Governor and onetime Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, appears to have filed papers seeking to end their marriage of more than 30 years, state court..
Reuters - Published

Seeing What the Fighting Is All About on Alaska’s Coastal Plain

On a river trip in the starkly beautiful Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, rich in birds and caribou, reflections on what we’re willing to gamble for oil and money.
NYTimes.com - Published

Walmart to end some ammunition sales

A month after the deadly shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the company will stop selling some types of ammunition and end handgun sales in Alaska. But Walmart is not changing its policy on..
CBS News - Published

Walmart changes gun ammunition sales policy

A month after 22 people were fatally shot at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the retailer is requesting that customers refrain from openly carrying guns into its stores. The company also plans to stop..
CBS News - Published

Deep sea creature found off the coast of Alaska

It's unknown why a basket starfish was found floating on the water off the coast of Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. They usually live in the deep sea.
USATODAY.com - Published

As fall begins in Alaska, wildfires linked to warming rage on

Leaves in Alaska are changing color and the rainy season is supposed to begin, but wildfires are raging on in an unusually long and fierce fire season that scientists say is linked to the far north's..
Reuters - Published

'Words and pictures matter': Two Alaska 13-year-olds arrested for middle school shooting plans, police say

Alaska authorities arrested two 13-year-old students for planning to bring a gun to their school and shoot people, the Juneau Police Department said.
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Rocket’s last blast, Alaska drought, million-dollar ham: News from around our 50 states

8-year-old injured by mountain lion in Colorado, Maine city infested by rats, and more
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Half a century on, Soviet message in a bottle found in Alaska

Tyler Ivanoff, an American schoolteacher, was gathering firewood with his children on a beach in western Alaska when he came across a champagne bottle with a letter inside.
Reuters - Published

Alienstock, floating billboard ban, hurricane prayer: News from around our 50 states

Russian message in a bottle found on Alaskan shores 50 years later, Duane Allman’s ‘Layla’ guitar sells for $1.25M in Georgia, and more
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Trump looking for ways to boost the economy; Kayakers escape iceberg collapse in Alaska
CBS News - Published

Kayakers hit with wave after glacier collapse

Two kayakers were hit by a massive wave after a glacier collapsed in Alaska.
USATODAY.com - Published

Alaska governor reverses course on controversial budget cuts

Alaska's governor signed a budget bill on Monday rolling back most of the deep, highly controversial spending cuts he imposed weeks ago on the University of Alaska but rebuffed a renewed bid by..
Reuters - Published

Late-season fires flare up in drought-stricken parts of Alaska

Late-season wildfires during one of the driest summers on record in Anchorage have destroyed homes, forced evacuations, closed roads and schools and poured sometimes-dangerous levels of smoke into the..
Reuters - Published

Silk library, Obama jersey, ‘Marvelous’ traffic jam: News from around our 50 states

Hail storm kills more than 11,000 birds in Montana, Alaska notches its warmest month on record as climate shifts, and more
USATODAY.com - Published

Man finds message in a bottle from Russian Navy on Alaskan shore

Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref, about 600 miles northwest of Anchorage
CBS News - Published

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy 50 years after it was sent

Reporters from Russia-1 tracked down the sender of the message, Capt. Anatoliy Botsanenko.
USATODAY.com - Published

Alaska wildfires sparked by high winds force mandatory evacuations

Pilot cars began shepherding motorists through a previously-closed stretch of Alaska’s George Parks Highway for several hours Saturday after high winds and dry weather sparked six blazes.
USATODAY.com - Published

Aurora borealis: 15 must-see spots for checking out the northern lights

GoBankingRates.com guides skygazers to the best spots to watch the northern lights in Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Scotland and Scandinavia.
USATODAY.com - Published

Russian nuclear-capable bombers leave airfield opposite Alaska: Ifax

Russia's Defence Ministry said on Friday that two of its nuclear-capable TU-160 bombers had left an airfield opposite Alaska after training exercises and returned to their base, Interfax news agency..
Reuters - Published

Russia flies nuclear-capable bombers to region facing Alaska

Russia's Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday it had flown two nuclear-capable Tu-160 bombers to a far eastern Russian region opposite Alaska as part of a training exercise.
Reuters - Published

Salmon dying in Alaka's Yukon area possibly linked to climate change

There have been multiple reports of dead salmon in Alaska's Koyukuk river. Holly Carroll, an area manager for the summer season at Alaska's Department of Fish and Game investigated the issue with a..
CBS News - Published

Hoosier caviar, glacial burst, new Alamo battle: News from around our 50 states

Russia’s floating nuclear plant unnerves Alaskans, Corvettes and caves gain Kentucky city bachelor party recognition, and more
USATODAY.com - Published

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