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Alaska governor offers use of troops along US-Mexico border

Feb. 16, 2019 7:06 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is about 3,000 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, but the state's new Republican governor is offering President Donald Trump the use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol it, the Anchorage Daily News reports . Gov. Mike Dunleavy says in a video message that the soldiers...

Study: No leaking radiation from Alaska island nuclear site

Feb. 12, 2019 10:17 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest round of testing on Alaska's remote Amchitka Island found no radioactive material has leaked from locations where the federal government conducted underground nuclear tests there decades ago, a federal official said Tuesday. Environmental samples tested in 2016 show no...

Searchers find beacon signal of missing Alaska plane

Feb. 12, 2019 8:21 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owners of an air ambulance that disappeared in Alaska with three people on board say searchers have detected the beacon signal from the missing plane's cockpit voice recorder. Guardian Flight spokesman Jim Gregory says the signal was detected Tuesday. The company says in a...

Heading south: Warming to change how US cities feel in 2080

Feb. 12, 2019 4:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The climate in New York City in 60 years could feel like Arkansas now. Chicago could seem like Kansas City and San Francisco could get a Southern California climate if global warming pollution continues at the current pace, a new study finds. In 2080, North Carolina's capital, Raleigh,...

Snow slams Northwest again and even Hawaii gets some

Feb. 11, 2019 10:15 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Schools closed across Washington state and the Legislature canceled all hearings Monday with winter snowstorms pummeling the Northwest again as a larger weather system wreaked havoc in the region and even brought snow to Hawaii. Seattle's metro area had already been hit by three snow storms...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Feb. 11, 2019 10:12 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling...

The Latest: Critics protest drilling in Arctic refuge

Feb. 11, 2019 7:17 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on public testimony regarding proposed oil lease sales in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Critics of proposed oil lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge urged federal officials to consider the long-term environmental...

Troopers: Teen arrested for taking control of Alaska flight

Feb. 11, 2019 9:23 AM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A 16-year-old boy was arrested after he briefly took control of a small plane during a short commercial flight over western Alaska, authorities said. The teen was in the front passenger seat of the Piper Cherokee Six on a recent Yute Commuter Service flight from Napakiak to Bethel,...

Correction: Moving Magnetic Pole story

Feb. 5, 2019 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Feb. 4 about the magnetic north pole, The Associated Press erroneously described the pole's change in speed. Its speed jumped from about 9 miles per year (about 15 kilometers per year), not per hour. And it went to 34 miles per year (55 kilometers per year), not per hour. A...

Alaska governor's candidate screening process under scrutiny

Feb. 3, 2019 11:30 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Newly elected Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's process for screening candidates for government work is under scrutiny after three people picked for prominent positions quit or declined roles, two after offensive social media posts came to light and one after questions were...