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Alaska Workers Make Grisly Find in Channel Debris

State employees find a boot with a leg inside

(Newser) - A human leg with a fishing boot still on was found in a debris pile that collected in the waters near Alaska's capital city, reports the AP . Juneau Police Lt. David Campbell says the leg—from the knee down—was found by state game workers clearing out the debris... 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 »

7 Best States for Immigrants

California is the place to be

(Newser) - Making a life in a new country is never easy—but some US states make it easier than others. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the best states for immigrants based on factors including median household income, poverty rates, unemployment, and the share of non-native residents. The top seven: 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 »

Russian Bombers 'Show Their Teeth' in Alaska Fly-By

US Air Force intercepted them with F-22 fighter jets Monday evening

(Newser) - "Nothing to see here," was US military officials' reaction to an incident this week involving Russia off the coast of Alaska—even though the Air Force sent two F-22 fighter jets and an early-warning plane to address the situation. A spokeswoman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command... More »

Xi Pays Surprise Visit to Alaska

He saw the sights, talked trade with Gov. Walker

(Newser) - China's President Xi Jinping followed up what President Trump called a "tremendous" summit with a look at some of Alaska's tremendous views. Xi made a surprise stop in Anchorage late Friday on his way back to Beijing from the US. The leader and his entourage went from... More »

Some Russians Are Bitter About Selling Alaska to US

150th anniversary of sale was last week

(Newser) - Thursday marked the 150th anniversary of Russia's sale of Alaska to the US—and in honor of the occasion, the New York Times takes a look at Russian attitudes toward the sale. Turns out some Russians are pretty bitter about it, claiming that Russia would be even stronger today... More »

Foreigners Allowed to Buy US Radio Stations for First Time

Australian couple now owns 29 stations in 3 states

(Newser) - An Australian couple now based in Alaska has bought more than two dozen radio stations in three states, marking the first time federal regulators have allowed full foreign ownership of US radio stations. The FCC recently approved a request by Richard and Sharon Burns through their company Frontier Media to... More »

Record Iditarod Win Marred by Deaths of 4 Dogs

Mitch Seavey, 57, becomes oldest, fastest to win race, which PETA wants to end for good

(Newser) - Mitch Seavey became the oldest and fastest musher to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in a year marred by an abnormally high number of dog deaths. After bringing in his dog team off the Bering Sea ice and under the famed burled arch on Front Street in Nome... More »

Alaska Skiers Fight Grumpy Moose on Lift Line

Officials warn of 'cranky' animals after 2 incidents

(Newser) - Alaska wildlife officials warned people to keep their distance from grumpy moose after two close calls this past weekend. One of the animals walked up behind a woman tending chickens in the city of Homer on Sunday and started eating chicken food from a bucket she carried. When she turned,... More »

Iditarod Dogs Reach Checkpoint Without Musher

Linwood Fiedler fell asleep, toppled off sled

(Newser) - Add sleep to the already long list of hazards in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. A video posted on the official race website shows a dog team that arrived at a checkpoint without a musher. "Now you've seen it all, huh?" a man in the video says.... More »

GOP Control Brings the Return of 'Drill, Baby, Drill'

Lawmakers renew push for oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

(Newser) - Following in her father's footsteps, US Sen. Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring legislation to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, the AP reports. With a Republican Congress and president, she's hopeful that the timing is right. The coastal plain is a nursery for polar bears,... More »

Alaska Coast Guard Searching for 6 From Missing Crab Boat

It vanished in choppy seas Saturday

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching the Bering Sea and people on the tiny Alaskan island of St. George are searching the shore for any sign of six crew members from a missing crab boat. The 95-foot F/V Destination was on its way to begin fishing for snow crab when an... More »

Tapeworm Thought to Be Only in Asian Salmon Found in US

'They're wild animals. They're going to have parasites'

(Newser) - It turns out that a parasite thought to be confined to fish from Asia is in fish around the US, too. Researchers identified the Japanese broad tapeworm, aka Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense , in wild pink salmon caught off Alaska, they report in a study in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.... More »

Some of the Dirtiest Air in US Can Be Found at North Pole

Old woodstoves aren't helping in Alaska

(Newser) - Odds are old Saint Nick was happy to flee the North Pole to make his annual rounds this Christmas. A dirty haze has settled over this part of northern Alaska, hovering over streets named Santa Claus Lane. The New York Times pins the blame on what it calls an "... More »

16-Year-Old Charged in Alaska Teen's Murder

'Others involved in this incident have been identified'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old has been charged with murder after remains were found in Palmer, Alaska, on Friday. Official identification of the body is pending, though authorities believe it is that of 16-year-old David Grunwald, who vanished after dropping off his girlfriend in Butte on Nov. 13. A day later, his Ford... More »

Baby Among Dead in Suspected Alaskan Murder-Suicide

Four people were found dead in a hotel room

(Newser) - Authorities in Alaska say they are investigating the deaths of four people in a hotel room as a murder-suicide. The dead include a 2-month-old girl, the AP reports. Fairbanks police and fire departments were called to a Hampton Inn on Friday afternoon by hotel staff. Arriving officers found a man... More »

Alaska Cops Baffled by Teen's Disappearance

Burned vehicle was found day after he vanished

(Newser) - A massive search effort in Alaska has failed to find any trace of David Grunwald, a 16-year-old who vanished more than a week ago. He was last heard from the evening of Sunday, Nov. 13, when he called his mom to say he'd be back a little late from... More »

2 Moose Found Frozen Mid-Fight in Remote Alaska

'A stark vision of how brutally harsh life can be'

(Newser) - Two moose were recently discovered frozen in battle and encased in ice near a remote village on Alaska's unforgiving western coast, the AP reports. Brad Webster, a middle school social studies and science teacher in Unalakleet, captured images of the massive animals poking through the ice as they lay... More »

Alaska Town Bids Farewell to the Sun

See you in January

(Newser) - At 12:54pm local time Friday, the sun will rise in Barrow, Alaska. Thirty-six minutes later, it will set—and won't be seen again there until Jan. 22. But a two-month-long "polar night" is no strange occurrence for those living 1,300 miles south of the North Pole.... More »

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