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Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

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... More »

This Is America's Most Patriotic State

New Hampshire tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - It's Independence Day—do you know how patriotic your state is? WalletHub looked at 13 factors, including voting numbers, volunteerism rates, military engagement, trial and grand jury participation, the share of residents participating in groups or organizations, and even a state's civics education requirement. Based on all that,... More »

Barr Declares Emergency Over Violence in Alaska

New funding will add police officers in rural areas

(Newser) - The Trump administration has declared a public-safety emergency in rural Alaska. US Attorney General William Barr, who visited Alaska last month, made the announcement , Reuters reports. “I witnessed firsthand the complex, unique, and dire law enforcement challenges the State of Alaska and its remote Alaska Native communities are facing,... More »

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... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

Russia's Air Force Has Been Busy Off the Coast of Alaska

NORAD says it intercepted multiple Russian fighter jets, bombers

(Newser) - US fighter jets are staying busy this week, thanks to a slew of Russian aircraft off the coast of Alaska. Per CNN , NORAD is reporting that American F-22 jets have intercepted Russian Tu-95 bombers and Su-35 fighter jets—not once, but twice over a two-day span. The first incident happened... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

5 Killed in Mid-Air Crash of Alaska Sightseeing Planes

Both floatplanes carried cruise ship passengers

(Newser) - Two floatplanes carrying cruise ship passengers collided in mid-air in Alaska on Monday, killing at least five people, Princess Cruises says. The cruise line says four passengers and a pilot were killed in the crash over George Inlet near Ketchikan, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The Federal Administration Aviation says... More »

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... More »

Bering Sea Find Shocks Scientists

It's not supposed to be flooding in winter

(Newser) - The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. The ice normally prevents waves from forming and locks onto beaches, walling off villages. But not this year. In February, southwest... More »

They Shot a Bear, 2 Cubs on Tape: 'They'll Never Link It to Us'

Andrew and Owen Renner didn't know they were being filmed as they illegally slaughtered bears

(Newser) - What Alaskan prosecutors called the "most egregious bear cub poaching case" they'd ever encountered now has video that's made its way to the public to show just how egregious it was. Andrew Renner, 41, and his 18-year-old son, Owen, were sentenced in January for illegally killing a... More »

For 2nd Year in a Row, Iditarod Leader Hits Bad Luck

Frenchman Nicolas Petit had to drop out after his dogs just refused to keep going

(Newser) - You could be the best dog-musher in the world, but if your canine charges simply refuse to move, those mushing skills mean nothing. Frenchman Nicolas Petit found that out Monday when he had to withdraw from Alaska's famous Iditarod sled dog race after he and his team got stuck... More »

New Testing Triggers Arrest in Horrific Cold Case

Registered nurse Steven Downs, 44, is accused of killing Sophie Sergie

(Newser) - New DNA testing has led to an arrest in the horrifying 1993 rape and murder of a young Alaska woman, Fox News reports. Alaska State Troopers announced the arrest Friday of Steven Downs, 44, a registered nurse now living in Maine, in the case of Sophie Sergie, who was only... More »

Flight Is So Short They Joke About It. Not This Time

Police say teen grabbed control of Alaska plane, sent it on a steep dive

(Newser) - It's about as scary as it gets when it comes to air travel: Police in Alaska say a 16-year-old boy grabbed the controls of a small commuter plane and sent the aircraft into a steep climb, followed by a steep dive, before a female passenger subdued him, reports the... More »

Camera Catches Poachers Killing Bear, 'Shrieking' Cubs

Alaska men sentenced in 'most egregious' case

(Newser) - A father and son in Alaska have been sentenced in what prosecutors said was "the most egregious bear cub poaching case" they had ever encountered. Wasilla residents Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, illegally killed a sow and her two cubs on an island in Prince William Sound... More »

Poacher Who Left Moose Meat to Rot Gets 9 Months in Jail

The wasted meat could have fed a family for months, officials say

(Newser) - An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000, the AP reports. Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He... More »

Note on Napkin Will Cost Woman $850K

Jury rules against former owner of the 'Anchorage Daily News'

(Newser) - An Alaska jury has ordered the buyer of a news website to make good on a payment promise she had scrawled on a cocktail napkin, the AP reports. The Anchorage Daily News reports that jurors on Thursday ordered Alice Rogoff to pay more than $850,000 to Tony Hopfinger. Rogoff... More »

Anchorage Quake: 'This Was a Big One'

Amazing that there were no fatalities

(Newser) - Lost power, cracked buildings, crumbled chimneys, broken water pipes—the 7.0 earthquake that rocked Anchorage Friday morning was, by one standard at least, its worst in 54 years. "I think it's safe to say that, not measured in magnitude or location but in terms of how strong... More »

Alaska Race May Hinge on Mystery Vote

The ballot was found on a table at a voting precinct

(Newser) - Control of Alaska state government, at least for the next two years, could hinge on a mystery ballot that an election worker found on a table in a Fairbanks voting precinct more than three weeks ago. The uncounted ballot could break a tie in an Alaska state House race, the... More »

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