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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 »

Honeymoon Was Supposed to Last a Year. Then, a Slip

New bride survives 1,000-foot slide on Denali

(Newser) - Polish newlyweds Magdalena Czarnecka and Michael Wangrat planned to take a full year for their honeymoon, first climbing Denali in Alaska, then trekking from Montana to New Mexico via the Continental Divide Trail before ultimately ending up in Central America. Instead, just 10 days into the epic trip, as Czarnecka... More »

Bad News, Bears: Obama-Era Rule on Hunting Reversed

New rule to allow bear baiting, spotlights for shooting in dens called 'unethical' by critics

(Newser) - The Trump administration is looking to dismantle Obama-era rules that made it more difficult to hunt on federal lands, including through the banning of bacon, honey, and doughnuts as bear bait. The 2015 rule also barred the use of dogs to hunt bears, spotlights to shoot bear cubs in dens,... More »

US Fighters Fly Out to Meet Russian Bombers

F-22s intercept visitors near Alaska

(Newser) - Giddyup, those are Russians: American F-22s flew out to monitor two Russian TU-95 "Bear" bombers flying close to Alaska on Friday, CNN reports. The F-22s stayed close until the Russians left a stretch of mostly international airspace along Alaska's coastline, per Fox News . The nuclear-capable bombers didn't... More »

Another Alert Misfire: Alaska Warned of Tsunami

State officials are trying to figure out what went wrong

(Newser) - It's not as bad as what happened to people in Hawaii , but it wasn't too pleasant, either. Residents of Alaska got an alert Friday morning on their TVs and radios that a tsunami threatened pretty much the entire state. As it turns out, the alert went out in... More »

Tiny Frogs' No. 1 Option: Hold in Pee All Winter

Behold the wood frog, which literally freezes to 'death' and comes back to life

(Newser) - If you've ever been unable to find a bathroom in a moment of need, you know the gotta-go feeling. That's nothing compared to the wood frog, which doesn't urinate all winter; in Alaska, that's eight months without peeing, reports the AP . Scientists have figured out how... More »

In His Suicide Video, a Secret That Upends an Alaska Town

Rick Martin reveals beloved school superintendent had abused him

(Newser) - Karl Ward is long dead, but some say the once-revered school superintendent in a small Alaska fishing town was not the benevolent educator worthy of having the high school gym named in his honor. A cellphone video made by a man before he died by suicide last month has given... More »

They Were Veteran Crabbers. Then, Gone Like 'Dust in the Wind'

'Outside' dives into the mysterious disappearance of the fishing boat Destination

(Newser) - In between Alaska and Russia, in the middle of the Bering Sea, lie the Pribilof Islands, which the fishing vessel Destination was navigating around in the early morning of Feb. 11, 2017. At some point, however, the boat vanished, along with its crabbing crew of six—a mystery Stephanie May... More »

Guy Kicks Moose. Then Comes the Payback

'Never a good idea,' says Fish and Game spokesman

(Newser) - A man was injured north of Anchorage after a moose that he had just kicked stomped his foot in return, state officials said. KTVA-TV reported the man escaped with major injuries in the encounter Thursday with the moose and her calf, the AP reports. "It sounds like the moose... More »

Alaskans Get a Yearly Check, Are Irked That It's Shrinking

State may have to dip into Alaska Permanent Fund's earnings

(Newser) - The joke has always been that Alaska is so wealthy it pays its residents to live there. But those yearly checks have gotten smaller and could undergo a massive change as Alaska struggles to pay state troopers and fix roads amid years of low oil prices. After oil started flowing... More »

Iditarod Racer Saw Dogs' Ears Perk Up. Then He Saw His Friend

Scott Janssen awarded for helping save stranded racer Jim Lanier

(Newser) - Scott Janssen hoped to win the world's most famous sled-dog race across Alaska. Instead, the 56-year-old took home a sportsmanship award for spending a chilly night with a friend in a sleeping bag he feared would become a body bag. Some 45 miles from the Iditarod finish line, Janssen... More »

Climbers Made It to Top, but Only Sign of Them Are Ropes

George 'Ryan' Johnson, Marc-Andre Leclerc missing on Alaska mountain

(Newser) - Two experienced mountain climbers trying to tackle a new route in Alaska were presumed dead after climbing ropes that matched their gear were found in a crevasse, authorities said Wednesday. George "Ryan" Johnson, 34, of Juneau, and Marc-Andre Leclerc, 25, of Squamish, British Columbia, were reported missing after they... More »

New Rules Coming for Climbers' Poop on Denali

Study finds fecal matter dumped over the past decade isn't decomposing as it needs to

(Newser) - Climbers on North America's tallest mountain may have to start packing out more of their poop after a researcher determined a glacier in which much of it has been dumped over the past decade probably isn't decomposing the human waste, the AP reports. Michael Loso, a glacier geologist,... 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 »

Huge Quake Shakes Alaska; Tsunami Watch in Place

Warning is rolled back after 7.9 quake strikes off Kodiak Island

(Newser) - A magnitude 7.9 earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and British Columbia. That warning was later canceled by the National Tsunami Center, but a watch remained in place for parts of the state, the AP reports.... More »

One Palin Granted House Arrest, Another Gets Engaged

Track is the former, Willow the latter

(Newser) - A prosecutor called Track Palin a "loose cannon" who caused "significant injury" to his father, Todd Palin, after the younger Palin was arrested Saturday on charges of burglary and assault, but an Alaska judge has now granted him house arrest after he posts $5,000 bail, the Anchorage ... More »

Track Palin Charged With Burglary, Assault

It's his second domestic violence arrest in 2 years

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's troubled eldest son is in an Alaska jail after his second domestic violence arrest in two years. Track Palin was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of burglary and misdemeanor charges of assault and mischief, KTUU reports. According to court records, all the charges against the 28-year-old,... 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 »

In Alaska, an Insane Snowfall in 90 Minutes

Valdez saw 15 inches in that period Wednesday

(Newser) - Valdez, Alaska, is among the snowiest places in the US, receiving some 300 inches of snow per year, or a little less than an inch per day on average. But even 10 inches of snow falling in a single hour is unprecedented there. Well, it was until Wednesday. In Thompson... More »

5-Year-Old Finds Gun in Nightstand, Fatally Shoots Self

Alaska police are investigating

(Newser) - Police in Anchorage, Alaska, say a 5-year-old boy rummaging through a nightstand drawer late at night found a loaded gun and wound up fatally shooting himself, reports KTUU . Christian Johnnson died after midnight Tuesday while his parents were in other rooms of the house, reports the Anchorage Daily News . The... More »

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