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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.

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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

US census kicks off by counting first person in rural Alaska

The census, which takes place every 10 years, begins in the remote fishing village of Tooksok Bay.
BBC News - 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

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

Alaskan wilderness fire survivor tells story

After his cabin caught fire in the Alaskan woods, Tyson Steele survived without shelter for 23 days.
BBC News - Published

Alaska man survives three weeks with little food and shelter

Fire destroyed Tyson Steele's remote cabin, killing his dog and leaving him alone for weeks.
BBC News - 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

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

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

Exclusive: Trump administration to miss 2019 target for Alaska refuge oil lease sale - official

The Trump administration will miss its target of holding the first-ever oil drilling lease sale in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this year due to delays in the environmental review..
Reuters - 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

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

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

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

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

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..
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

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.
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

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

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
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

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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,..
Reuters - Published

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

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