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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. United States armed forces bases and tourism are also a significant part of the economy.

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Hail storm kills more than 11,000 birds in Montana, Alaska notches its warmest month on record as climate shifts, and more
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Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref, about 600 miles northwest of Anchorage
Credit: CBS News - Published 20 hours ago

Reporters from Russia-1 tracked down the sender of the message, Capt. Anatoliy Botsanenko.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 day ago

Pilot cars began shepherding motorists through a previously-closed stretch of Alaska’s George Parks Highway for several hours Saturday after high winds and dry..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 2 days ago

GoBankingRates.com guides skygazers to the best spots to watch the northern lights in Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Scotland and Scandinavia.
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Russia's Defence Ministry said on Friday that two of its nuclear-capable TU-160 bombers had left an airfield opposite Alaska after training exercises and..
Credit: Reuters - Published 3 days ago

Russia's Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday it had flown two nuclear-capable Tu-160 bombers to a far eastern Russian region opposite Alaska as part of a..
Credit: Reuters - Published 5 days ago

There have been multiple reports of dead salmon in Alaska's Koyukuk river. Holly Carroll, an area manager for the summer season at Alaska's Department of Fish..
Credit: CBS News - Published 1 week ago

Russia’s floating nuclear plant unnerves Alaskans, Corvettes and caves gain Kentucky city bachelor party recognition, and more
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 week ago

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