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Alaska

State of the United States of America

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Alaska is a U.S. state in the northwest extremity of the United States West Coast, just across the Bering Strait from Asia. The Canadian province of British Columbia and territory of Yukon border the state to the east and southeast. Its most extreme western part is Attu Island, and it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. To the north are the Chukchi and Beaufort seas—southern parts of the Arctic Ocean. The Pacific Ocean lies to the south and southwest. It is the largest U.S. state by area and the seventh largest subnational division in the world. In addition, it is the 3rd least populous and the most sparsely populated of the 50 United States; nevertheless, it is by far the most populous territory located mostly north of the 60th parallel in North America: its population—estimated at 738,432 by the United States Census Bureau in 2015— is more than quadruple the combined populations of Northern Canada and Greenland. Approximately half of Alaska's residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska's economy is dominated by the fishing, natural gas, and oil industries, resources which it has in abundance. Military bases and tourism are also a significant part of the economy.

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Why didn't the beaver cross the road? We will probably never know, but it was caught on camera recently by police in Anchorage, Alaska. (May 24)
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U.S. warplanes intercepted Russian bombers and fighter jets off the Alaskan coast for the second day in a row Tuesday, the North American Aerospace Defense..
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The National Transportation Safety Board is warning about the safety of floatplanes. Three crashed since last week in Alaska, killing nine people. Jonathan..
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The surviving pilot in last week's fatal mid-air plane collision in Alaska saw a flash just before the two planes collided with a "large, loud impact," according..
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U.S. fighter jets intercepted several Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, in the fourth and fifth such incursions this..
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Alaska suffered its third deadly plane crash in just over a week. One person was killed and two others were hurt when the plane went down Tuesday in Prince..
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NORAD sent F-22s to ward off Russian bombers and fighter jets that entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone twice
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The Coast Guard said the three people on board were taken to local hospitals
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All Taquan Air commuter and sightseeing flights have been cancelled indefinitely, the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday.
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Four Russian bombers and two fighter jets were intercepted near the coast of Alaska on Monday by North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the..
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For the second time in a week, a small airline in Alaska has suspended all flights after a deadly crash involving one of its planes. Two people were killed when..
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Two people are dead after a small Alaska-based airline's third crash in less than a year. The floatplane crash Monday is the second deadly incident for Taquan..
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Millions in the central U.S. face a new threat today from storms that brought serious flooding and tornadoes to the southern Plains. Also, two people are dead..
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Taquan Air operated a plane that crashed Monday in a harbor, killing both people on board, and one of the planes in a deadly mid-air collision last week
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Matthew McConaughey goes back to Texas high school and gets diploma, Santas renew vows in North Pole on Alaska cruise, and more
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At least 53 gray whales have washed up emaciated and dead in recent months along West Coast beaches.
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Responders in Ketchikan, Alaska recovered the wreckage of the larger of the two planes that collided this week, according to federal accident investigators. It..
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Here's the latest for Thursday May 16th: Trump to introduce new immigration plan; Alabama's governor signs abortion bill; Police officer and firefighter shot in..
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