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Otters Are On the Attack in This City

Woman, boy bitten in Anchorage, Alaska; officials aren't sure why the rare attacks are taking place

(Newser) - The Anchorage Press has lifted its paywall on a recent story to deliver a very important message to locals: "Beware of aggressive river otters." Friday's warning from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game came after a woman, a child, and at least two dogs were attacked...

As Delta Rages, Alaska Starts Critical Care Standards

With hospitals already overwhelmed, state begins prioritizing patients who will benefit the most

(Newser) - Alaska, now recording the highest COVID-19 case rate per capita of any US state, is activating crisis standards of care with short-staffed hospitals overwhelmed. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Wednesday announced an addendum to the state's existing COVID-19 public health order that grants limited liability...

5.3 Earthquake Rattles Alaska
5.3 Earthquake Rattles Alaska

5.3 Earthquake Rattles Alaska

Officials say it was an aftershock to a 2018 earthquake

(Newser) - Thousands of Alaskans felt the shaking Saturday when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck eight miles northwest of Anchorage. The quake occured at a depth of 26 miles at Point MacKenzie. More than 2,700 people reported online that they felt it, the Hill reports, from locations including Anchorage. The...

Here Are the Hardest-Working US Cities

Alaska's Anchorage comes out on top, Detroit dead last

(Newser) - Work has been hard to come by during the pandemic, but Americans' work ethic in general remains strong. WalletHub wanted to find out which US cities have the hardest workers, and so the site looked at 116 of the country's biggest cities across nearly a dozen metrics in two...

Anchorage Mayor Resigns After 'Unacceptable' Relationship

Ethan Berkowitz steps down effective Oct. 23

(Newser) - The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, announced his resignation Tuesday, a day after he admitted to a "consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship" with a local news anchor. Ethan Berkowitz will step down effective Oct. 23, the Anchorage Daily News reports. "It is with profound sadness and humility that I resign...

After Death Threat From News Anchor, Mayor Admits 'Major Lapse'

What a wild weekend in Anchorage

(Newser) - The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, has apologized for a "consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship" with a reporter who shared what she claimed was a nude photo of him before getting arrested. Maureen "Maria" Athens—the main anchor for KTBY and KYUR, which operate together as Your Alaska Link—had...

Authorities Couldn't Find This Guy—Until He Lost His Temper

Marcus Catalin Rosu is accused of 'skimming' from ATMs

(Newser) - If only Marcus Catalin Rosu had kept his cool. The California man's blow-up at an airport car rental eventually led to his arrest for alleged "skimming"—a fraud issue that plagues the ATM industry, the New York Times reports. Authorities say Rosu, 39, had been riding his...

Here Are the 10 Hardest- Working Cities in America

The Lone Star State isn't messing around

(Newser) - There's no lazing around in Texas, apparently. WalletHub looked at 116 large cities across America to see which epitomized the term "work ethic," analyzing nearly a dozen key metrics in two categories: direct work factors, which includes how many hours folks put in during an average workweek,...

Troopers Searched the Fish Box. There Wasn't Fish Inside

Cenen Placencia accused of trying to smuggle $400K of drugs in spoiled goat intestines

(Newser) - An Alaska man found with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden in spoiled goat intestines at an airport has been arrested. Per the AP , Cenen Placencia of Kodiak was arrested Wednesday at Anchorage’s international airport, authorities said. Investigators with Alaska State Troopers searched a large fish box the 71-year-old...

University Accepting PB&J for Parking Fines

But only until Friday at University of Alaska Anchorage

(Newser) - A strange payment option: Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly, per the AP . KTUU reports the university will take the food until Friday to help ease student...

SD Card Led to His Arrest—and a New Confession

Brian Steven Smith accused of killing 2 Alaska Native women

(Newser) - The man accused of the brutal strangling of a woman in an Alaska hotel room last month killed another woman, police say. Brian Steven Smith, 48, was charged with murder, sexual assault, and evidence tampering based on footage from an SD card labeled "homicide at midtown Marriott," found...

Cops Weren't Sure Brutal Video Was Real. It Was
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Cops Weren't Sure Brutal Video Was Real. It Was

Discovery of SD card leads to arrest for woman's murder in Alaska

(Newser) - "One of the first questions that detectives had to answer was, 'Was this staged, or did this really happen?'" says an official with the Anchorage Police Department. Unfortunately, it really happened. The official was referring to the discovery of a digital memory card that appeared to show...

Anchorage Cancels Fireworks Amid Record-Breaking Heat

Thursday was city's hottest day on record

(Newser) - Anchorage, Alaska, isn't the first city people tend to associate with sizzling temperatures—but it's been baking this week in its worst heat wave on record. The National Weather Service says it recorded a temperature of 89 degrees Fahrenheit at the city's airport Thursday, smashing the previous...

Cops: Teen Bound, Killed Friend on Promise of $9M

5 charged after Cynthia Hoffman's June 2 murder

(Newser) - A slew of child pornography charges is just the latest twist in an Alaskan murder case in which a developmentally disabled woman was bound and killed, allegedly by her best friend. Police say Indiana's Darin Schilmiller, 21, posed online as a millionaire, offering 18-year-old Denali Brehmer at least $9...

A Bank Manager Stole $4.3M. He Almost Got Away With It
A Bank Manager Stole $4.3M.
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A Bank Manager Stole $4.3M. He Almost Got Away With It

Gerardo Adan Cazarez Valenzuela was done in by a random checkpoint in Mexico

(Newser) - Gerardo Adan Cazarez Valenzuela knew the KeyBank branch in Anchorage, Alaska, well. He worked there as the bank's cash vault services manager and was aware of the security setup—which didn't include armed guards. And so a plan was born: In July 2011, he enabled the ability for...

Here Are the US Cities With the Best Work Ethic

The Lone Star state has some hardworking folks

(Newser) - Do you work to live or live to work? It might depend on where you live. WalletHub decided to take a look at nearly 120 of America's biggest cities to see how their work ethic holds up, looking at both "direct" work factors—including the employment rate, average...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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