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Alaska wildfire season continues with new fires, hot weather

Aug. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones. High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that...

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...

Crews reopen Denali park road; stranded tourists leave

Aug. 17, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — Road crews have cleared one lane in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance safely. The tourists became stranded Friday after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to...

The Latest: Denali National Park plans to fully reopen road

Aug. 17, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on transportation problems in Alaska's Denali National Park (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The road that goes through Denali National Park and Preserve will be fully open at 5 a.m. Sunday. The park's superintendent says in a statement that crews spent Saturday...

Trio of Tigers pitchers combine to blank Rays 2-0

Aug. 16, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays came home but didn't bring their bats. Daniel Norris, Drew VerHagen and Joe Jimenez combined on a five-hitter to outpitch Charlie Morton, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Rays 2-0 on Friday night. "We didn't hit," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You're not going...

Michael Krauss, Alaska linguistics expert, dead at 84

Aug. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A linguist renowned for his work with Alaska Native languages has died. Michael Krauss died Sunday, a few days before his 85th birthday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported . A son, Isaac Krauss, confirmed his father's death. Krauss documented conversations with the last...

Man charged in Alaska cold case killing pleads not guilty

Aug. 15, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Maine man pleaded not guilty in the rape and killing of a young Alaska Native woman more than 25 years ago at a University of Alaska Fairbanks dormitory. Steven Downs, 44, of Auburn is charged with first-degree murder and felony sexual assault in the 1993 death of 20-year-old...

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record

Aug. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 0.95 degrees Celsius (1.71...