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Alaska: 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.


Earthquake of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Alaska island, no tsunami threat

An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 81 km (50 miles) west of the city of Adak in Alaska at a depth of 10 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. census head count launched in rural Alaska after weather delay

The U.S. Census Bureau, after being delayed for several hours by inclement weather, launched its latest once-in-a-decade head count of Americans on Tuesday in one of the most remote corners of the..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Alaska

Man rescued in Alaska after 23 days in sub-zero temperatures [Video]Man rescued in Alaska after 23 days in sub-zero temperatures

A 30-year-old man has been rescued by Alaska State Troopers after his cabin burnt down in mid-December. Steele's family members had not heard from Steele for several weeks and requested that troopers..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:35Published

Christmas Day miracle for man in Alaska [Video]Christmas Day miracle for man in Alaska

Police in Alaska have warned motorists to slow down in winter after this narrow miss near the city of Anchorage. A tow truck operator stopped to hook up a vehicle, on a bend on an icy road.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:44Published

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski: McConnell 'Confused The Process' In Impeachment [Video]Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski: McConnell 'Confused The Process' In Impeachment

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she's uncomfortable with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell has said he will work closely with the White House on President Donald Trump’s..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Republican Senator 'Disturbed': McConnell's Work On Impeachment [Video]Republican Senator 'Disturbed': McConnell's Work On Impeachment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski said she was “disturbed” by the Senate leader’s approach to working with White House counsel on the impeachment trial of President..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Record glacial melt in Alaska, climate activists demand action [Video]Record glacial melt in Alaska, climate activists demand action

As scientists say Alaska's glaciers are melting at record or near-record levels, climate activists demand action from world leaders. Jillian Kitchener has more.

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:25Published


Foul weather delays launch of U.S. census head count in rural Alaska

The launch of the U.S. Census Bureau's once-in-a decade head count of Americans was delayed on Tuesday by bad weather in one of the most remote corners of the country - a tiny Alaska Native settlement..
Reuters - Published

Census 2020: Counting Heads Along the Frozen Bering Sea

The census began its 2020 count in a remote Alaskan village amid questions about whether officials can avoid yet another undercount of minority communities.
NYTimes.com - Published

Why you should brave the winter in Alaska: Running reindeer, the Iditarod, outhouses races

Alaska offers visitors a legendary dog sledding race, raucous festivals, awe-inspiring northern lights, and the continent's most northern ski resort.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. Census Bureau launches once-a-decade head count in rural Alaska

The U.S. Census Bureau was due to launch its latest once-in-a decade head count of Americans on Tuesday in one of the most remote corners of the country: a tiny, rural Alaska Native settlement on the..
Reuters - Published

Alaska volcano spews thick ash cloud, triggering aviation warning

An Alaska volcano that has been rumbling since midsummer shot ash about 5 miles (8 km) into the sky on Sunday, triggering a warning to aviators and dusting one small fishing village, officials..
Reuters - Published

Alaska man ducks into shed to avoid bull moose

A home security camera captured an Alaska man taking a sack of garbage to his shed and finding himself briefly trapped by a bull moose.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. census to kick off in remote Alaska Native village

This year's once-a-decade official U.S. national population count will start in a small Alaska Native village perched on the tundra overlooking the Bering Sea. Daytime temperatures will be well below..
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories January 13 A

Here's the latest for Monday January 13th: Protests in Iran over downed plane; Volcano erupts in Philippines; Tornado and severe weather damage in much of United States; Man rescued from Alaska..
USATODAY.com - Published

Man rescued after weeks in sub-zero temperatures

An Alaska man whose remote cabin burned down in mid-December was rescued Friday by State Troopers. Tyson Steele, 30, was picked up in good health at his homestead 20 miles outside of Skwentna, troopers..
USATODAY.com - Published

Man Survives 3 Weeks in Subzero Weather After Alaska Cabin Burns Down

Tyson Steele, 30, said the fire killed his chocolate Labrador, Phil.
NYTimes.com - Published

Man rescued in Alaskan wilderness more than 20 days after fire destroys home, kills dog

Tyson Steele, 30, survived more than 20 days in the Alaskan wilderness after a devastating fire burned down his cabin and killed his beloved dog.
USATODAY.com - Published

Alaska man rescued after carving giant SOS message in the snow

Authorities were following up on a "welfare check"request on a man who lived in a remote area about 20 miles from Skwentna, north of Anchorage.
USATODAY.com - Published

Judge clears path for voter petition to recall embattled Alaska governor

The campaign to oust Alaska's governor received court approval to proceed on Friday when a judge ruled that the allegations against the first-term Republican meet the legal requirements for including a..
Reuters - Published

Overtaken by Frigid Seas, Hours From Help, There Was Little Chance of Survival

For an Alaskan fishing industry with an improving safety record, the sinking of the Scandies Rose was a devastating loss. It also began an astonishing tale of endurance.
NYTimes.com - Published

Alaska had warmest year ever in 2019: U.S. report

Last year was Alaska's warmest year on record and the second wettest in the contiguous United States, according to a government report on the U.S. climate released on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Alaska volcano’s sustained eruption grounds flights, prompts safety alert

An Alaska volcano shot an ash cloud about 5 miles (8 km) into the sky on Tuesday, prompting flight delays and cancellations and raining volcanic particles onto at least one nearby community, officials..
Reuters - Published

Rumbling Alaska volcano sends ash plume 5 miles into the air

One of Alaska’s most active volcanoes, a towering ice-covered cone in the Aleutian Islands, shot a cloud of ash more than 5 miles high on Friday, triggering a warning to aviators and putting on a..
Reuters - Published

Five fishermen presumed dead in sinking of Alaska crabbing vessel

Five commercial fishermen lost at sea when their crabbing vessel capsized and sank on New Year's Eve in the Gulf of Alaska were presumed dead on Thursday after search-and-rescue operations were called..
Reuters - Published

Five fishermen believed dead in Alaska shipwreck: Coast Guard

Five commercial fishermen were believed to have died after their crabbing vessel sank on New Year's Eve in the Gulf of Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said after ending a search and rescue operation amid..
Reuters - Published

Jane Fonda: Save Alaska's Tongass National Forest from loggers in climate change fight

The Trump administration has proposed removing logging protections from the Alaskan rainforest. But now is the time to plant trees, not cut them down.
USATODAY.com - Published

Navajo 'Baby Shark,' Stanley Hotel, final 'Plunge for Pete': News from around our 50 states

Researchers eye Alaska forest's role as 'lungs of North America,' barricades down at Hawaii's Mauna Kea for first time since July, and more
USATODAY.com - Published

G.O.P. Senator ‘Disturbed’ by McConnell’s ‘Total Coordination’ with White House

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska revealed the first public qualms with Mitch McConnell’s vow to coordinate with the White House on a quick impeachment trial for President Trump.
NYTimes.com - Published

Pro-impeachment rallies held across United States

Tens of thousands of people across the country marched in support of impeachment Tuesday evening. Liberal groups organized more than 600 events from Alaska to Florida. Turnout was lower than many other..
USATODAY.com - Published

Santa gets chopper ride to remote Alaska village

Members of the Alaska Air National Guard flew to a rural village recently with a special mission, delivering some early Christmas cheer and a visit from Santa Claus to schoolchildren and their..
USATODAY.com - Published

5-Year-Old Carries Baby in Subzero Cold After They Are Abandoned, Police Say

A power outage scared the older child, who, wearing socks and light clothing, carried the baby about half a mile to another house in Alaska.
NYTimes.com - Published

Disappearing frontier: Alaska's glaciers retreating at record pace

Alaska will soon close a year that is shaping up as its hottest on record, with glaciers in the "Frontier State" melting at record or near-record levels, pouring waters into rising global seas,..
Reuters - Published

President Trump's executive order could help fight domestic violence, sex assault in Alaska

Major government funding, plus a new executive order from President Trump, could help fight the epidemic of domestic and sexual violence in Alaska.
USATODAY.com - Published

Alaska man attempted to smuggle $400K of heroin, meth inside rancid goat intestines, authorities say

An Alaska man is accused of smuggling drugs hidden inside spoiled goat intestines stored in his checked luggage for a flight out of Anchorage.
USATODAY.com - Published

Art against incarceration, glacial melt that could hurt a fly: News from around our 50 states

Massachusetts adopts first-of-its-kind flavored tobacco ban, lack of ice cancels annual holiday event in Alaska, and more
USATODAY.com - Published

One of the world's thickest mountain glaciers is melting due to global warming

For half a century, Taku had been the one known Alaskan glacier to withstand the effects of climate change – until now.
USATODAY.com - Published

Election official rejects attempt to recall Alaska's governor

Mike Dunleavy's critics vowed to take their fight to court
CBS News - Published

The Race to Alaska, a human-powered test of endurance

One of the more punishing events in American sport is a grueling 750-mile, human-powered boat race from Port Townsend, Wash., to Ketchikan, Alaska, featuring all manner of vessels, save those with..
CBS News - Published

On The Trail: Gates of the Arctic National Park

At Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, in a wild and remote stretch of Alaska, locals survive with subsistence hunting of the largest caribou herd in the U.S. Conor Knighton reports.
CBS News - Published

Remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill 30 years later

In 1989, an Exxon tanker spilled millions of gallons of toxic oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. "60 Minutes" reported on its aftermath years later.
CBS News - Published

How a Japanese medic and American soldier became linked by WWII's Battle of Attu

A small Alaska island was the site of the only North American ground campaign during WWII. Though not well-known, the battle featured some of the war's most brutal fighting. Jon Wertheim reports.
CBS News - Published

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.
CBS News - Published

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

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.
USATODAY.com - Published

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)  
USATODAY.com - Published

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