Anchorage - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Anchorage Alaska lawmaker censured over abortion comment JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House voted Wednesday to censure a Republican member over comments he made suggesting there are women in Alaska who try to get pregnant to get a "free trip to the city" for abortions. The House voted 25-14 to take the highly unusual step of censure after hours of debate, during which Rep. David Eastman of Wasilla — who ref... Thu, 11 May 2017 03:06:00 GMT 2017-05-11T03:06:00Z Sam the missing python slithers back to Alaska home ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 17-foot python that had caused concern in a community north of Anchorage, Alaska, since it went missing two weeks ago has returned home. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Animal Care reports that Sam slithered back into view Monday in the living room of its owners' home in the town of Meadow Lakes. Sam had attracted i... Wed, 10 May 2017 03:46:00 GMT 2017-05-10T03:46:00Z Earthquakes hit Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Aleutian Islands ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Earthquake Center reports that a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck in the Kenai Peninsula region of Alaska at 8:25 p.m. local time Saturday. Officials say the moderate quake was felt in the Anchorage area but no damage was reported. The center reported hours earlier that a magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit p... Sun, 07 May 2017 05:26:00 GMT 2017-05-07T05:26:00Z Alaska lawmaker under fire after 'free trip' abortion claim JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers on Friday demanded a public apology from a Republican legislator who said there are women in Alaska who try to get pregnant to get a "free trip to the city" for abortions. Pressure mounted on Rep. David Eastman, who has cited concerns with abortions being covered by state funds and Medicaid, a government program for ... Fri, 05 May 2017 23:41:00 GMT 2017-05-05T23:41:00Z Correction: Trump-Offshore Drilling story ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In some versions of a story May 3 about a lawsuit seeking to maintain a drilling ban in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of one plaintiff. It is the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Center for Biological Development. A corrected version of the story is below: Groups sue to ... Thu, 04 May 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-05-04T16:02:00Z Alaska lawmakers mull measure calling abortion 'child abuse' JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A conservative state lawmaker has successfully tacked an anti-abortion message onto an otherwise innocuous resolution in the Alaska House aimed at raising awareness about sexual assault and child abuse. The amendment from Republican Rep. David Eastman of Wasilla refers to abortion as "the ultimate form of child abuse." He said it wou... Tue, 02 May 2017 23:14:00 GMT 2017-05-02T23:14:00Z Oh snake can you see? Search on for missing Alaska python ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A misplaced pet is causing concern in a community north of Anchorage, Alaska. Animal control officials in Matanuska-Susitna Borough say a 17-foot python that weighs 100 pounds escaped in neighborhood in Meadow Lakes. Animal care officer Darla Erskine says the owner has gone door-to-door notifying neighbors and c... Tue, 02 May 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-05-02T20:48:00Z Quake near Canada border jolts Yukon, southeast Alaska ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A major earthquake in northwest British Columbia shook up communities in nearby Alaska and Yukon Territory but caused no apparent damage. Kathryn Carl, a teacher in the Alaska village of Klukwan about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the epicenter, said the magnitude 6.2 quake shook her awake at 4:30 a.m. Carl thought her 80-pound Karelian bear dog had ... Mon, 01 May 2017 23:48:00 GMT 2017-05-01T23:48:00Z Trump to sign order aimed at expanding offshore drilling WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump will order his interior secretary to revi... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:29:00 GMT 2017-04-28T01:29:00Z In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Going without health insurance is a risk. Going without it in Alaska can be a gamble of a much higher order, for this is a place unlike anywhere else in the U.S., a land of pitiless cold, vast expanses and dangerous, back-breaking work such as pulling fishing nets from the water or hauling animal carcasses out of the woods. And yet m... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:26:00 GMT 2017-04-15T18:26:00Z Repair halts natural gas spew from Alaska undersea pipeline ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divers have placed a clamp over a hole in an underwater Alaska pipeline, stopping the flow of millions of cubic feet of natural gas into Cook Inlet, home to endangered beluga whales. Hilcorp Alaska LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp, announced Friday that divers Thursday night covered a gash at the bottom of the 8-inch (20... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT 2017-04-14T20:00:00Z Leak raises concerns about aging Alaska seafloor pipelines ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's picturesque Cook Inlet is home to endangered beluga whales and wild salmon — and a spider web of oil and natural gas pipelines on the sea floor, many of them placed there five decades ago. Cook Inlet's petroleum production is often overshadowed by Alaska's giant North Slope oil fields, but the inlet is in the spotlight as... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:16:00 GMT 2017-04-13T20:16:00Z Divers find natural gas pipeline leak in Alaska's Cook Inlet ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Repair work is underway for a pipeline that has spewed hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of processed natural gas into Alaska's Cook Inlet, home to endangered beluga whales and other marine mammals. The 8-inch (20-centimeter) diameter pipeline supplies gas for power to four Hilcorp Alaska, LLC production platforms. A spokeswoman... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:22:00 GMT 2017-04-11T00:22:00Z China president's plane stops in Alaska after Trump visit ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping was able to take in views Friday night of the natural beauty that Alaska has to offer. The state's governor hopes this will lead to an increased appetite in the world's most populous nation for more natural resources from Alaska. Xi requested time with Gov. Bill Walker Friday night as the Chinese deleg... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 07:05:00 GMT 2017-04-08T07:05:00Z The Latest: Xi stops in Alaska on way back to China PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping (all times EDT): 10:50 p.m. Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) is getting a quick view of America's Last Frontier. Xi landed in Alaska for a refueling stop following his meeting with President Donald Tru... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 03:09:00 GMT 2017-04-08T03:09:00Z Oil company finds another problem in Alaska marine pipelines ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A petroleum company under investigation for leaks in two underwater pipelines in Alaska's Cook Inlet confirmed Friday it has an issue with a third. Hilcorp Alaska LLC shut down a natural gas pipeline last weekend when volumes of natural gas moved from a production platform did not match what was received by a processing facility on shore. ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 01:46:00 GMT 2017-04-08T01:46:00Z Company fined $10M for moving drill rig with foreign vessel ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska oil company has agreed to pay the largest civil penalty ever for a violation of a law requiring that goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flagged ships. Acting U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder says in an announcement that the Furie Operating Alaska LLC has agreed to pay $10 million to s... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-04-04T21:31:00Z Pipeline owner says Alaska spill was less than 3 gallons ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An underwater pipeline that sprung a leak in Alaska's Cook Inlet, an area known for diverse marine life, probably dumped less than three gallons (11 liters) of crude oil into the ocean, the pipeline's owner said Monday. The spill between two production platforms owned by Hilcorp Alaska LLC was spotted Saturday. Cook Inlet stretche... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 02:56:00 GMT 2017-04-04T02:56:00Z Alaska troopers: Girl buried by fallen snow dies ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 4-year-old Alaska girl who was buried by snow falling off a metal roof has died, state troopers said Monday. Authorities were notified by the state medical examiner that Alexcia Baril died Monday, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. The girl was buried by 5 feet (1.5 meters) of snow in the Fairbanks suburb... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:50:00 GMT 2017-04-04T00:50:00Z The Latest: Troopers identify girl killed by falling snow ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 4-year-old girl buried by snow (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Alaska State Troopers have identified the 4-year-old girl who died after she was buried by snow falling off a metal roof. The troopers say the girl is Alexcia Baril. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says a... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:28:00 GMT 2017-04-04T00:28:00Z Oil leak discovered by workers in Alaska's Cook Inlet ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An oil leak was discovered in Alaska's Cook Inlet on Saturday, causing a major oil and gas producer to shut down two of its platforms there, officials say. Hilcorp Alaska LLC workers felt an impact on the company's Anna Platform shortly before noon Saturday, then noticed an oil sheen and bubbling from underwater, according to the Alaska Department of... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-04-03T01:30:00Z Flow reduced in leaking underwater Alaska gas pipeline ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Natural gas spewing into Alaska's Cook Inlet from a ruptured underwater pipeline has been reduced by about half after owners lowered pressure in the line. The pipeline carries gas from onshore to four production platforms owned by Hilcorp Alaska LLC. The platforms burn natural gas for power. Only two platforms were producing oil. ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-03-27T21:08:00Z Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway — and now it's dead. ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:12:00 GMT 2017-03-25T18:12:00Z That's not carry-on: Loose snake slumbers on Alaska flight ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anna McConnaughy was flying to Alaska's largest city when the announcement came over the intercom: a passenger on a previous flight had brought a pet snake on board. The passenger had gotten off the plane. The snake had not. "The pilot came, and said, 'Guys, we have some loose snake on the plane, but we don't kn... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:44:00 GMT 2017-03-22T10:44:00Z 5th dog tied to Iditarod dies as team nears Alaska village ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Another dog connected to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has died. Race officials say a 3-year-old male named Shilling from musher Roger Lee's team died Wednesday as Lee approached the Bering Sea village of Unalakleet (YOO-nah-la-kleet). A necropsy is planned. Lee, a rookie, was in 62nd place Wednesday afternoo... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:04:00 GMT 2017-03-16T00:04:00Z Seavey becomes oldest, fastest musher to win Iditarod ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Mitch Seavey became the oldest and fastest musher to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in year marred by an abnormally high number of dog deaths. After bringing in his dog team off the Bering Sea ice and under the famed burled arch on Front Street in Nome Tuesday, the 57-year-old winner greeted each of his dogs and thanked them with a frozen snac... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:12:00 GMT 2017-03-15T06:12:00Z Alaska residents warned to give grumpy moose their space ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials warned people Tuesday to keep their distance from grumpy moose after two close calls this past weekend. One of the animals walked up behind a woman tending chickens in the city of Homer on Sunday and started eating chicken food from a bucket she carried. When she turned, the startled moose kicked her. ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:06:00 GMT 2017-03-15T04:06:00Z Father, son battle for lead in Iditarod race across Alaska ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A father and son continued to battle for the top spot in the world's most famous sled dog race, despite another veteran taking the lead Sunday night. Mitch Seavey, a two-time Iditarod champion, was the first musher out of the checkpoint in the village of Kaltag on Sunday, leaving at 4:40 a.m. His son, current champ Dallas Seavey, departed five minute... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:28:00 GMT 2017-03-13T03:28:00Z Alaska man charged with using front-end loader to steal ATM ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage, Alaska, man has been charged with a snatch-and-grab theft with a twist — the use of heavy equipment to do the grabbing. Federal prosecutors have charged Adrian Turnbow, 25, with bank larceny in the attempted theft of an ATM with a front-end loader. The FBI is investigating three other Anchorage ATM... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:01:00 GMT 2017-03-11T01:01:00Z Veteran leads Iditarod as mushers jockey for lead ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Mushers are jockeying for the early lead in the world's most famous sled dog race. Wade Marrs, a 26-year-old veteran who had his highest finish at fourth last year, was the first to leave the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race checkpoint in Tanana on Wednesday. He departed just ahead of four-time champion Dallas Seave... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:41:00 GMT 2017-03-09T04:41:00Z