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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.


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..
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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.
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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


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...
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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..
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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.
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Grand jury indicts GE's Baker Hughes for exposing workers to toxic chemicals

A grand jury in Alaska this week indicted General Electric's Baker Hughes , two of its subsidiaries and an employee, for 25 felony charges of assault relating to toxic chemical releases at a..
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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..
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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..
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Sarah Palin's husband 'files for divorce'

The ex-Alaska governor and her husband found it "impossible to live together", court documents show.
BBC News - 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.
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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..
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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..
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BP to quit Alaska after 60 years with $5.6 billion sale to Hilcorp

British oil major BP Plc on Tuesday agreed to sell all its Alaskan properties for $5.6 billion to privately held Hilcorp Energy Co, exiting a region where it operated for 60 years.
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Oil giant BP to pull out of Alaska as sells business for $5bn

The energy giant agrees to sell its Alaskan business to private oil and gas operator Hilcorp.
BBC News - Published

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

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..
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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..
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Russian sailor's 1969 message in a bottle washes up in Alaska

An Alaska man discovers the pristine 50-year-old message in a bottle while hunting for firewood.
BBC News - Published

'We survived!' Collapsing glacier soaks kayakers

Chunks of falling glacier caused a massive wave that came straight at a pair of kayakers in Alaska.
BBC News - 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

Alaska's hottest month portends transformation into 'unfrozen state'

July 2019 now stands as Alaska’s hottest month on record, the latest benchmark in a long-term warming trend with ominous repercussions ranging from rapidly vanishing summer sea ice and melting..
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Alaska lawsuit seeks to block Trump road deal through refuge

Environmentalists on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging a new Trump Administration plan to build a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska.
Reuters - Published

Alaska labor deal reached to end 10-day ferry strike

Alaska officials and the union for striking boat workers have reached a deal to end a walkout that has shut down the state's ferry system for 10 days at the peak of the summer tourist season, the..
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Tentative deal reached to end Alaska ferry boat strike: federal mediator

Contract negotiators between striking Alaska ferry boat workers and state officials have reached a tentative deal to end a 9-day-old walkout that has shut down the state Maritime Highway System, a..
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Alaska boaters likely killed by falling glacier ice, officials say

The bodies of three boaters from Europe who died in an Alaska lake were surrounded by frozen debris, a sign that the victims were killed by ice that fell from the melting glacier that feeds the lake,..
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Alaska natives accuse White House of hiding Arctic oil impact information

Alaska Natives and environmental groups sued the Trump administration on Wednesday, accusing it of concealing information about the effects of oil development in the long-protected Arctic National..
Reuters - Published

Three tourists found dead in frigid waters of Alaskan lake

Three tourists were found dead on Tuesday in a boating accident in the glacial waters of an Alaskan lake, famous for its spectacular views, police said.
Reuters - Published

Alaska ferry workers strike for 6th day contract talks break off

A federal mediator on Monday suspended contract talks aimed at settling a strike that has shut down Alaska’s state ferry system at the peak of the tourist season, with services to more than 30..
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What's a 'Science Princess' doing in an ice field in Alaska?

Celeste Labedz's picture of herself dressed up as a princess while on a field trip researching glaciers has become a viral hit.
BBC News - Published

Israel says Arrow-3 missile shield passes U.S. trials, warns Iran

Israel's U.S.-backed Arrow-3 ballistic missile shield has passed a series of live interception tests over Alaska, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, casting the achievement as a warning..
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Israel says Arrow-3 anti-missile system passed live test in U.S.

Israel's U.S.-backed Arrow-3 air defense system, billed as a bullwark against the ballistic missiles fielded by Iran and Syria, has passed a live interception test in Alaska, the Israeli Defence..
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Alaska ferry workers, state try mediation to end strike

Alaska ferry workers and state officials were seeking a federal mediator's help on Saturday to end a strike that has disrupted travel during the peak summer tourist season.
Reuters - Published

Woman dies while trying to reach ‘Into the Wild’ bus in Alaska

A Belarusian woman who was trying to hike to an abandoned bus at the edge of Denali National Park in Alaska made famous in the book and movie “Into the Wild” died after being swept away in a river,..
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Alaska's state ferry workers go on strike amid deep budget cuts

Alaska's ferry system, serving dozens of coastal communities that lack outside road access, was shut down for a second straight day on Thursday by a boat workers strike protesting stalled contract..
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Trump administration swaps land to cut road through Alaska wildlife refuge

The Trump administration has resurrected a plan to carve a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, less than four months after a federal judge struck down an earlier plan as illegal.
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Clash over deep spending cuts faces another round in Alaska

Alaska's governor won a showdown on Wednesday with lawmakers trying to reverse his bid to slash spending on higher education by 40%, but opponents vowed to keep fighting the unprecedented cut, which..
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Alaska governor prevails over lawmakers in clash over his spending cuts

Alaska's governor prevailed on Wednesday in a showdown with lawmakers trying to reverse his bid to slash higher education spending by 40%, a move the state's main university has warned would force it..
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Alaska lawmakers near showdown with governor over education cuts

Alaska lawmakers were heading for a showdown with Governor Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday to try and stop his bid to slash spending on higher education - a move the state's main university has warned could..
Reuters - Published

Air quality plummets as wildfire smoke hits Alaska's most populous cities

Smoke and soot from central Alaska wildfires have afflicted the subarctic city of Fairbanks with some of the world's worst air pollution in recent days, forcing many residents indoors and prompting one..
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Alaska sees record temperatures in heatwave

The US state, part of which lies inside the Arctic Circle, registers 90F (32C) in Anchorage.
BBC News - Published

Alaska's heat wave fuels dangerous smoke, melts glaciers

Alaska's heat wave is driving wildfires and melting glaciers, choking the state’s biggest cities with smoke and bloating rivers with meltwater.
Reuters - Published

Smoke from Alaska wildfire threatens Anchorage's air quality

Smoke from wildfires in Alaska could cause very unhealthy air quality conditions and low visibility over the weekend in Anchorage, the state's largest city, officials said.
Reuters - Published

Trump administration declares emergency in violence-plagued rural Alaska

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Friday declared a public-safety emergency in rural Alaska and pledged $10.5 million in federal funds to combat some of the nation's worst rates of sexual assault,..
Reuters - Published

Alaska teen 'killed best friend after catfish offered $9m'

alaska teen 'killed best friend after catfish offered $9m'
The 18-year-old allegedly sent images of the murder to an online stranger posing as a tycoon.
BBC News - Published

Alaskans find more dead seals along warming Arctic Sea

At least 60 dead seals have been discovered along beaches of the Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea in northwestern Alaska, and scientists are trying to determine what caused their deaths, the National Oceanic..
Reuters - Published

U.S. biologists probe deaths of 70 emaciated gray whales

U.S. government biologists have launched a special investigation into the deaths of at least 70 gray whales washed ashore in recent months along the U.S. West Coast, from California to Alaska, many of..
Reuters - Published

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