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Nation's First Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

Alaska ban is latest to fall

(Newser) - A federal judge has struck down Alaska's first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages. US District Judge Timothy Burgess—who heard arguments Friday afternoon and promised a quick decision—released his 25-page decision yesterday afternoon. "Refusing the rights and responsibilities afforded by legal marriage sends the public a government-sponsored message... More »

Alaska Town Submerged by 30-Mile 'Ice Jam'

Residents evacuated as homes are destroyed

(Newser) - The remote Alaska town of Galena is accustomed to spring flooding, so much so that many of its homes are built on stilts, reports the AP . But it wasn't prepared for what it faced this week: a 30-mile ice jam that literally jammed the Yukon River and unleashed intense... More »

Tug Grounds on Same Reef as Exxon Valdez

Ship was scouting ice to prevent accidents; 3rd recent spill in area

(Newser) - Two decades after the Exxon Valdez disaster, a tugboat working to prevent another oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound ran aground on the same reef, leaving a three-mile sheen of oil. The 136-foot tug Pathfinder had just finished checking for dangerous ice when it hit Bligh Reef. Alaska Sen.... More »

Palin's Goodbye Cost Alaska $40K —at Least

Figures are 'incredibly misleading:' Palin flack

(Newser) - Early estimates put the cost of Sarah Palin's midterm resignation as Alaska governor at a minimum of $40,000, not including a special legislative session partly linked to her departure. The preliminary figures obtained by the AP show it cost the state almost $14,100 for the July 26 swearing-in... More »

Post-Palin Alaska Heads for Less Glitz, More Substance

(Newser) - As the spotlight follows Sarah Palin out of the Alaska governor's mansion today, a less dazzling, more conventional light shines on new governor Sean Parnell, notes an Anchorage Daily News editorial. "Expect a Parnell administration to be less People magazine, more Governing magazine. Letterman won't be interested. Ditto Politico,... More »

Palin Will Step Down

Alaska Gov. keeps her options open for 2012 presidential run

(Newser) - Sarah Palin will resign as Alaska governor July 26 rather than seek re-election next year, she said today. Giving up the governorship opens up Palin’s schedule to devote herself for a possible bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, KTUU-TV reports. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will become governor. More »

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