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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 »

'Ninja' Breaks Into Store, Steals Just One Thing

A katana sword

(Newser) - A person dressed as a ninja broke into an Anchorage, Alaska, comics and games store Friday night and only took one thing—arguably the one thing a ninja needs most: a katana sword. The only damage left behind was at the point of entry, and when staff members reviewed surveillance... More »

New Theory Deflates 'Alaska Ice Monster'

It's probably just rope

(Newser) - Sadly, it's beginning to look like the Loch Ness Monster does not have a cousin in Alaska, but a video shot by a Bureau of Land Management worker was fun all the same. In the original Facebook post , the BLM said the video "captured this strange 'thing'... More »

Cops: Conspiracy Theorists With 'Arsenal' Arrested

Men allegedly planned to free souls by attacking research facility

(Newser) - Some men want to save our souls through religion. Two Georgia men arrested last week allegedly wanted to save them by shooting up an Alaska research facility that has been at the center of multiple conspiracy theories. Det. Michael Vickers tells the Alaska Dispatch News the men—30-year-old Michael Mancil... More »

City May Start Requiring Leashes for Cats

Kenai council in Alaska to vote on cat leash law next month

(Newser) - Cats will need leashes just like dogs if a proposal before the Kenai council in Alaska wins approval, the AP reports. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and council member Tim Navarre have proposed a cat leash law after complaints from residents about roaming felines. According to the Peninsula Clarion , current city... 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 »

'That Is Not a Good Thing': Exotic Ticks Reach Alaska

Researchers say some ticks found on dogs, people can't be linked to travel

(Newser) - Five ticks not native to Alaska have been found on dogs and humans in our northernmost state, and at least one of them—the American dog tick—appears to be solidly "established" in the Last Frontier, Randy Zarnke, an ex-wildlife veterinarian with the state's Department of Fish and... More »

Alaskan Villagers Decide to Move Village as Sea Rises

Shishmaref is slowly slipping away

(Newser) - In what was far from an easy decision, residents of a small island village in Alaska voted this week to relocate their home to the mainland, the Guardian reports. The reason? Rising sea levels have been eroding the village of Shishmaref for decades. "The land is going away,"... More »

Alaska Judge Censured for 'Undignified' Remarks in Court

'Has anything good ever come out of drinking, except for sex with a pretty girl?'

(Newser) - A Nome Superior Court judge who admitted in December he made "mistakes right and left" after transitioning from his job as an attorney onto the judge's bench is now paying for those mistakes. On Friday, the Alaska Supreme Court handed down a censure against Timothy Dooley, which publicly... More »

Hunters May Have Wiped Out Famed Alaska Wolf Pack

Feds move to stop 'predator control'

(Newser) - One of the world's most famous wolf packs may have howled its last after years of being targeted by hunters. The East Fork wolf pack in Alaska's Denali National Park was down to a female and her two pups a few months ago, but there has been no... More »

Eagle Snatches Hiker's Phone

It happened in a 'birder's paradise' in Alaska

(Newser) - Unalaska is described as a "birder's paradise" on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website . But a Coast Guard officer had a decidedly different experience in this town nestled in the Aleutian Islands when a leisurely hike turned into a blitz against him by a bald... More »

Alaska Whale-Watchers Save Swimming Deer

'It was the craziest thing I've ever seen on any of my tours,' says naturalist

(Newser) - An Alaska whale-watching cruise turned into a rescue mission for an unusual aquatic species—a distressed, swimming deer. The 18-passenger tour vessel from Gastineau Guiding Co. lassoed the struggling deer on Wednesday, pulled it on board and gave it a ride to an island, Juneau radio station KTOO reported. Naturalist... More »

America's 10 Most Violent States

Louisiana tops the list

(Newser) - Bad news, Louisiana. The state is the most violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking, based on violent crimes, homicides, incarceration rates, the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, and estimated small-arms ownership. The top 10: More »

There's a New Whale Species, and It's a Big One

24-foot 'raven' beaked whale found in Alaskan waters led to discovery of new species

(Newser) - When a 24-foot whale carcass washed up on the beach of a remote Alaskan island in 2014, a researcher was pretty sure it was a dark version of a Baird's beaked whale, National Geographic reports. But per a new study published in Marine Mammal Science , it was an entirely... More »

46 Rescued From Sinking Boat Off Alaska

Good Samaritan ships rushed to remote location

(Newser) - Two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people Tuesday night who abandoned their sinking fishing boat in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard says. There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the merchant ships in fairly... More »

Alaskan Put Dead Hubby on Ice, Went on Traveling Wake

No laws were broken; some eyebrows were raised

(Newser) - A woman who drove her husband's body on a days-long traveling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold is not accused of breaking any laws, reports the AP . Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside... More »

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