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Alaska town may ban drunk walking

Jackie Chan

Defecating and urinating in public are already against the law in Alaska, but one small town 400 miles west of Anchorage is considering a ban of its own—and the proposed ordinance doesn't stop there. The move to beef up Bethel's public decency laws would also bar residents in the town of 6,100 from walking on city streets while drunk, reports KYUK. Doing so would allow the fines for such behavior (up to $200 in the case of public defecation) to enter the town's coffers, instead of the state's, reports the AP.


Sarah Palin's son Track divorcing after 18 months of marriage

Track Palin and his wife, Britta, have filed for divorce in Alaska. They have a 1-year-old daughter, Kyla.


FBI says Alaska man killed people for fun

Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes admitted he enjoyed killing people, but couldn't or wouldn't give investigators a more meaningful answer when quizzed why he did it....


Alaska ice tested as possible new energy source


...The U.S. Department of Energy and industry partners over two winters drilled into a reservoir of methane hydrate, which looks like ice but burns like a candle if a match warms its molecules. There is little need now for methane, the main ingredient of natural gas. With the boom in production from hydraulic fracturing, the United States is awash in natural gas for the near future and is considering exporting it, but the DOE wants to be ready with methane if there's a need.


Texting Alaska woman falls off cliff

Falling Off a Cliff While Texting

A woman is busily texting and tries to discard a cigarette butt in Kodiak, Alaska. There is a nearby cliff. The story does not end well.


Shell gets partial go-ahead off Alaska coast

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday that Royal Dutch Shell would be allowed to start “certain limited preparatory activities” for oil drilling in the environmentally sensitive waters off Alaska’s northwest coast.


Shell's Arctic drilling rig runs adrift in Alaskan harbor

Arctic oil ambitions ran into new problems Saturday evening when the Discoverer drilling rig, slated to begin exploratory operations in the Chukchi Sea next month, ran adrift in stiff winds in Alaska’s Dutch Harbor and came perilously close to the beach.


Alaska's rodent-free Rat Island gets new name


Notorious as the first spot in Alaska despoiled by rats,  a remote island has a new name to celebrate its rodent-free status.- but it may be harder for some to pronounce. The 10-square-mile island will now be known as Hawadax (pronounced "How-ah-thaa"), the traditional Aleut name it was given before a Japanese sailing ship ran aground there in the late 1700s and triggered Alaska's first rat invasion, state and federal officials said on Wednesday.


Bristol Palin to star in Lifetime reality series

Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin's home life in Alaska is the subject of a reality series starring the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.


Alaska town tries to dig out from huge snow dump

Alaska Town Covered in Snow

Dozens of National Guard troops have arrived in Cordova to help the Alaska fishing town dig out from massive snows that have collapsed roofs, trapped some people in homes and triggered avalanches....


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