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Kayakers get up close with collapsing Alaska glacier

Aug. 19, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

Andrew Hooper's wife had warned him about getting too close to an Alaska glacier. She wasn't pleased, he said, when he returned from a kayaking trip earlier this month soaked to the bone but with incredible footage of part of the giant glacier's sudden and dramatic collapse. "It was absolutely gorgeous watching...

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy

Aug. 18, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television...

Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

Aug. 18, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did...

Alaska scientists say polar bear encounters to increase

Aug. 11, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska scientists say the chances of a polar bear encounter have increased after research reveals the bears are arriving on shore earlier and staying on land longer, a report said. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey found changes in sea ice habitat have coincided with...

Indiana man enters not guilty pleas in Alaska murder plot

Aug. 9, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 21-year-old Indiana man charged with masterminding the death of a developmentally disabled Anchorage woman has pleaded not guilty to five murder counts. The Anchorage Daily News reports Darin Schilmiller entered his pleas Friday. He's charged in the death of 19-year-old Cynthia...

Alaska police delete social media post mocking naked man

Aug. 9, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska police department has removed a social media post making light of a man asking officers to arrest and hold him in jail for public nudity, a report said. Anchorage police spokesman MJ Thim said the first-draft post should not have been published, The Chugiak-Eagle River...

Responders recover remains of 4 killed in Alaska plane crash

Aug. 7, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The bodies of four people who died in a plane crash in Alaska have been recovered from mountainous terrain overlooking a glacier. State Troopers spokesman Ken Marsh says the remains were recovered Tuesday evening, and sent to the state medical examiner's office. They have not been...

Appeal in John Steinbeck lawsuit heard in court

Aug. 6, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Both sides had another day in court Tuesday in a family battle that has been waged for decades over who controls the works of iconic author John Steinbeck. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments to an appeal by the estate of Steinbeck's late...

The Latest: Appeal in John Steinbeck lawsuit heard in court

Aug. 6, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on appeal in latest chapter of long-running dispute over John Steinbeck works (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A battle waged for decades over who controls the works of iconic author John Steinbeck had another day in court Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S....

4 believed to be on plane in deadly crash in Alaska

Aug. 5, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four people are believed to have been aboard a plane that crashed in Alaska with no survivors. National Transportation Safety Board Alaska chief Clint Johnson says reports indicate four people were aboard the plane when Piper PA-22 crashed Sunday outside Girdwood. Johnson says NTSB...