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Coast Guard studies shipping lanes for Bering Sea routes

ANCHORAGE - More Arctic sea ice melting each summer from global warming is making it easier for ships to plot routes through the environmentally sensitive Bering Strait, and is prompting concerns among U.S.
Anchorage police arrest woman suspected of 3 armed robberies

ANCHORAGE - A woman suspected of armed robberies at two Anchorage coffee shops was disarmed and arrested when she attempted to rob a tobacco shop, Anchorage police said.
Rising seas, peat may have done in large ice age animals

ANCHORAGE - Woolly mammoths and other large ice age mammals thrived in northern Alaska until environmental changes turned grasslands into peat and rising sea levels submerged the Bering Land Bridge, cutting off their access to Asia, according to a research paper published Monday.Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of California studied bones of ice age horses, steppe bison, mammoths and other animals to determine why they died out in what's now Arctic Alaska.
Threatened sea duck may be reintroduced in southwest Alaska

ANCHORAGE - A colorful, threatened sea duck whose numbers plummeted in Alaska may be reintroduced to the southwest corner of the state.
Federal regulators pull back Arctic offshore lease sales

ANCHORAGE - Three weeks after Royal Dutch Shell announced it was walking away from exploratory drilling in U.S. Arctic waters, the Obama administration has taken steps to keep drill rigs out of Alaska's northern ocean for a decade or more.
State OKs hunting of musk oxen stranded on sea ice

ANCHORAGE - Alaska big game officials have legalized an unusual hunt that will take a boat and a bold hand. Starting Thursday, Alaska residents can harvest musk oxen that wander onto Bering Sea ice and become stranded when floes break and drift off.
Shell drill vessels exit Arctic after oil exploration ceases

ANCHORAGE - Two drill vessels employed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska's northwest coast have safely departed Arctic waters for the Pacific Northwest. The 572-foot Noble Discoverer, owned by Noble Drilling U.S.
Federal officials investigate walrus deaths

ANCHORAGE - Two groups of Pacific walrus have been found dead along the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska. One incident is the subject of a criminal investigation. The other has been blamed on natural causes.
Dead walruses found on northwest beach

ANCHORAGE - Walrus carcasses were found last week on a northwest Alaska beach, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the deaths appear to be natural.
New duck-billed dinosaur found in Alaska, researchers say

Researchers have uncovered a new species of plant-eating dinosaur in Alaska, according to a report published Tuesday. The animal was a variety of hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur that roamed in herds, said Pat Druckenmiller, earth sciences curator at the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks.


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