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Big Earthquake Buckles Roads in Alaska

7.0-magnitude quake jolts Anchorage, is followed by strong aftershock

(Newser) - Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and shattered roads Friday morning in Anchorage, Alaska, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami. The tsunami warning was lifted without... More »

Suspect in $4.3M Bank Theft Had Elaborate Getaway: DOJ

Extradited Alaska man drove, flew, cabbed it, and took a bus all the way to Mexico

(Newser) - Seven years after a bank in Alaska had more than $4 million lifted, the man suspected of stealing the money has been extradited back there—all the way from Mexico. A DOJ release reports that 33-year-old Gerardo "Gary" Adan Cazarez Valenzuela, who used to be the cash vault services... More »

Man Who Attacked Woman Gets 'Breathtaking' Deal

Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting woman in Anchorage

(Newser) - An Alaska man ducked prison time Wednesday in a deal the presiding judge called "breathtaking." Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman who says he strangled her unconscious and masturbated on her prone body, CNN reports. Charged with four felonies including assault and kidnapping, Schneider cut... More »

Airplanes Collide, One Makes It Back to Airport

The wreckage of one airplane was spotted near the mouth of the Susitna River

(Newser) - Authorities say two airplanes collided in the skies over Alaska north of Anchorage, reports the AP . Alaska State Troopers shortly after noon Wednesday were notified of the crash in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Spokeswoman Megan Peters says the wreckage of one airplane was spotted a short time later near the mouth... More »

The Most Dangerous City, State May Surprise You

Analysis finds the most violent city in every state

(Newser) - The rate of violent crime in the US has been steadily declining and is about half of what it was in 1991 when it peaked at 758 crimes for every 100,000 people. But that may be scant consolation for people living in the cities that have not benefited from... More »

Anchorage Is First City to Reject Bathroom Bill

In victory for transgender rights, voters opt not to repeal anti-discrimination measure

(Newser) - Voters in Alaska's largest city are on track to become the first in the US to defeat a so-called bathroom bill that would require people use public bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender at birth. The referendum asked Anchorage's voters to repeal an ordinance passed in... More »

Alaska Flight Called Off on Account of Nudity

Flight has to return to Anchorage after man locked himself in bathroom, stripped down

(Newser) - An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to follow crew instructions. Kate Danyluk, a passenger on the flight, told the AP she knew something was wrong because the... More »

Anchorage Sets a Grim New Record

The old homicide record was set in 2016

(Newser) - Last year, police in Anchorage said they were troubled by a mysterious spike in murders . This year has been even worse. Police say they have determined that a man whose body was found outside the Alaska city was murdered in Anchorage, making it a record 35 homicides for the year,... More »

10 US Cities With the Highest Exercise Rates

3 of the top 4 are in Colorado

(Newser) - Colorado is home to not one, not two, but three of the 10 US cities with the highest rates of exercise in the country. California also counts three cities on the top 10 list, based on the percentage of people who said they'd exercised for at least 30 minutes... More »

Woman Stuck in Alaska After Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

(Newser) - A couple who left on a two-week "trip of a lifetime" to see mountains and glaciers in Alaska in late April is now stuck in a hospital in Anchorage. Nancy and Paul Greathouse, who married later in life, had both recently retired after working for 40 years. This was... More »

'Mom, Dad, There's a Bear in My Room'

Animal crashed through sleeping boy's window

(Newser) - When 11-year-old Zach Landis came running up the stairs late at night shouting, "Mom, Dad, there's a bear in my room," his parents thought he had either had a bad dream or been pranked by his older sisters. Then they saw the smashed window and the claw... More »

Cops: Man's Suicide Attempt Killed His Girlfriend Instead

The bullet struck her after traveling through Victor Sibson's head

(Newser) - A suicidal Alaska man killed his girlfriend with the bullet he shot into his own head, prosecutors say. Victor Sibson, 21, is facing a second-degree murder charge over the suicide attempt in Anchorage, KTVA reports. Prosecutors say that in the April 19 incident, the bullet Sibson fired traveled through his... More »

Dentist Offered Unusual 'Standard of Care': Investigators

Alaska's Seth Lookhart allegedly pulled patient's tooth while riding hoverboard

(Newser) - What falls under the category of "unlawful dental acts" in the state of Alaska? Pulling a sedated patient's tooth while on a hoverboard, per an investigation that involved the FBI, DEA, and a couple of state departments, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. Clear Creek Dental's Dr. Seth... More »

Anchorage Reels From Mysterious Spike in Murders

The city has tallied 25 homicides for the year, 15 since late June

(Newser) - "The homicide rate in Anchorage has always run between 12 and 24," that city's police chief from 2010 to 2015 tells the Alaska Dispatch News . "That was sort of the rule of thumb. We rarely did better than 12. And we rarely did worse than twice... More »

Alaska Station Has Played Album Nonstop Since June

Bill Withers' 1971 album 'Just As I Am' has been looped 24/7

(Newser) - When Anchorage-based FM radio station KONR was born in 2012, those who tuned in were treated to forest sounds while programming got sorted out. And now, with money dry and volunteers short, the station has run out of programming and resorted to playing the 1971 Bill Withers album Just As ... More »

First-Graders Busted in Plot to Poison Classmate

Cops say they planned to use silica gel packets

(Newser) - Authorities in Anchorage, Alaska, say they've uncovered a surprising murder plot—dreamed up by three first-graders. In a letter sent to parents on March 22, Principal Shanna Mall of Winterberry Charter School explains three students planned to use silica gel packets "to poison and kill another student,"... More »

Alaska Has to Bring in Snow for Iditarod

7 rail cars filled with the white stuff due into Anchorage before dog-sled race

(Newser) - Seven rail cars are scheduled to pull into Alaska on Thursday, and they'll be packed with a precious commodity one wouldn't think Anchorage would need: snow for the famous Iditarod dog-sled race that begins Saturday, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. "It's no secret that warm temperatures... More »

Guy Tries to Forget Old Flame, Sets Fire to Park

2 charged in playground fire that caused $21K in damage

(Newser) - Police in Anchorage, Alaska, are dealing with what the AP calls "a case of burning love": Two teens who burned a love letter from one of their ex-girlfriends also burned down a playground on Monday, police say. A police rep notes Robert Yaskell and Riley Borello-Poythress, both 18, "... More »

Alaska Man Crashes Plane Into Wife's Workplace

Doug Demarest died in the crash; the FBI is investigating

(Newser) - A 42-year-old pilot was killed in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday when the single-engine plane he was piloting clipped the building where his wife works, crashed into the building next door, and burst into flames. Officials say Doug Demarest, a volunteer with the national search-and-rescue agency Civil Air Patrol, was flying... More »

Black Bears Get Last-Second Save —From Alaska Gov

5 roaming streets of Anchorage were set to be euthanized

(Newser) - A female black bear and four yearling cubs who have been making a living Dumpster diving in Anchorage will get a new home—and not that great trout stream in the sky, thanks in part to the actions of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. As the Alaska Dispatch News reports, Walker... More »

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