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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11 p.m.

Portland man with high bid for Alaska ferry plans boat hotel

The high bidder for Alaska’s ferry Taku wants to turn the 352-foot vessel into a waterfront hotel and restaurant in Oregon.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

Alaska congressman apologizes after lashing out at Washington colleague

Veteran Alaska Rep. Don Young has apologized after addressing a 51-year-old female colleague as “young lady” and saying she “doesn’t know a damn thing what she’s talking about.”


5 children die in trailer-home fire in suburban Anchorage

Five children, all believed to be girls between the ages of 3 and 12, died in a trailer fire in suburban Anchorage on Thursday morning, authorities said.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Board studies whether icy conditions, heavy pots led to boat sinking

Investigators are weighing icy conditions and heavy crab pots as they probe what caused a Seattle-based crab boat with six people aboard to sink in the Bering Sea.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

Alaska volcano sends up ash cloud; aircraft warning issued

The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports the latest eruption of a volcano in the Aleutian Islands sent up an ash cloud that could affect jet traffic.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

Both sides seek to drop Alaska abortion lawsuit

JUNEAU, Alaska – Abortion-rights advocates and the state of Alaska have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit after the state medical board adopted new regulations for abortions after the …


Ryan Zinke: ‘Laughable’ to suggest he threatened Alaska senators

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said it is “laughable” to suggest he threatened Alaska’s U.S. senators over a vote by one of them involving health care.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

FBI: Utah man says he killed wife on cruise because she laughed at him

A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise and told an acquaintance who later walked into the couple’s blood-splattered room that he did it because she laughed at …


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 1:29 p.m.

Interior chief reportedly warns Alaska senators on health care

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Alaska’s two Republican senators to warn them of repercussions for the nation’s largest state if they failed to toe the Trump administration line on health …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

FBI investigating death from domestic dispute on cruise ship

A domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship led to the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman, and the FBI was investigating what happened in U.S. waters off Alaska, the agency …


Boat captain leaps into sea to save crew after capsizing

A fishing boat captain jumped into cold, choppy waters to save two of his crew members after their vessel capsized off the Alaska coast.


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 4:21 p.m.

Beloved honorary cat mayor in small Alaska town dies at 20

Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20.


Joel Clement: How Trump threatens Alaska natives and made me a whistleblower

I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government. I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 7:21 p.m.

Seattle-based crab boat missing since February found on Bering Sea bottom

Federal research vessels have located the Destination, the Seattle-based crab boat that went missing Feb. 11 along with six crew, on the bottom of the Bering Sea off the coast …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Health care bill has money for Alaska, home of a GOP holdout

A provision in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s rewritten health care bill appears to benefit only one state. That’s Alaska, home of one Republican holdout McConnell badly needs to keep …


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

Washington child gets wish, becomes honorary Coast Guard rescue swimmer

An 8-year-old boy from Washington has become an honorary rescue swimmer with the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska.


Authorities: Two men raped woman in home after Uber ride from Seattle

Authorities say two men raped an intoxicated woman in her home after sharing an Uber ride from a bar in Seattle.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Missile Defense Agency announces successful Alaska intercept

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency says it has conducted a successful test from Alaska of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, part of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system.


Bear collapses tent with camper inside in Alaska; woman not injured

A woman camping at a municipal park in Alaska’s largest city got a surprise when a black bear collapsed her tent.


UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

Scientists baffled by strange sea creatures near Alaska

Strange sea creatures that resemble large pink thimbles are showing up on the coast of southeast Alaska for the first time after making their way north along the West Coast …


Alaska volcano sends up ash cloud from Aleutian Islands

A 14-minute eruption by an Alaska volcano sent an ash cloud to 30,000 feet in the Aleutian Islands.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

Bear in fatal Alaska mauling killed

Alaska wildlife officials say a black bear believed to have mauled a 16-year-old to death during a weekend mountain race has been shot and killed along with three other black …


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Black bears kill two in Alaska, including teen in race

Authorities say a black bear killed a 16-year-old runner while he was competing in an Alaska race on Sunday.


Faster-moving sea ice forces polar bears to use more energy

Rapid global warming has sped up the movement of sea ice off Alaska’s coasts, and already at-risk polar bears are paying a price, a new U.S. study says.


Body of Washington commercial fisherman recovered near Alaska port

The body of a Washington state commercial fisherman was recovered from waters off Cordova, Alaska, after his boat was spotted driving in circles.


Prosecutor: Bullet meant for suicide killed girlfriend

Alaska authorities found one shell casing after a man tried to shoot and kill himself but the bullet passed through his head and took the life of his girlfriend, a …


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 8:12 p.m.

Oil company watches over pregnant polar bear under bridge

A pregnant polar bear seeking to dig her maternity den chose an unlikely spot: a snow drift along a bridge leading to an artificial production island off the north coast …


Alaska owner plans to resurrect strip club boat for summer

An Alaska man is resurrecting a strip club he operated on board his converted crab boat before he was convicted on waste disposal charges involving the vessel.


Expedition Alaska: Racers, crew and filmmakers took risks in adventure race

Using maps, compasses and vague directions, 20 teams of four endurance athletes tackled 300-plus miles of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the 2015 Expedition Alaska adventure race. They traveled by foot, …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Tillerson says U.S. won’t be rushed on climate change policies

Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address climate warming, but U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States will not rush to make a decision …