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While on a visit to Japan, President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.
The Navy released some details of a complaint filed with its inspector general against Capt. Gregory McWherter, who was relieved of duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado in San Diego.
Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago. The death toll neared 160 and more than 140 are still missing.
Nepalese tourism officials traveled to the base camp at Mount Everest Thursday to negotiate with Sherpas who want to walk off the job after an avalanche killed 16 of the mountain guides.
Apple is giving more of its cash to shareholders and will split its stock for the first time in 9 years. It's attempting to charm investors fretting over slow sales growth and the pace of innovation.
If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.
Designed to give women and girls who experience disabilities a moment in the spotlight, Alaska's first Miss Amazing pageant aims to develop social interaction skills and boost self-confidence.April 23, 2014
Despite reports of a boom in Arctic ship traffic, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office concludes commercial industries aren’t planning to boost shipping through the Bering Strait or elsewhere in the U.S. Arctic over the next decade.
While some federal policymakers say now is the time to start building infrastructure to take advantage of shrinking sea ice, the GAO says deep-water ports, mapping and other infrastructure improvements will only go so far in attracting more ships.
For the container ship companies, one problem is that Arctic routes would be seasonal, while that industry needs steady year-round schedules. And the cruise industry says mainstream cruise lines aren’t drawn to the Arctic because, according to the GAO report, the 10-day journey is too long, the scenery unvarying and interesting ports too scarce.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a statement disagreeing with the main message in the report, saying she believes Arctic maritime activity is on the rise and the U.S. needs to think long-term.
The legislature has passed a bill containing aid for in state oil refineries.
The package, which includes state income tax credits and other provisions, was forwarded by Governor Sean Parnell as a means to ensure Alaska retains its refining industry as cheaper Lower 48 oil makes shipping fuel into the state an option.
HB287 also includes a provision that would allow state oil lease holders, who sell crude to an Alaska refiner, to use the agreed to contract price for calculating state royalty payments, a change aimed at making selling oil to Alaska refiners more attractive. The incentives in HB287 would be in effect for five years, and could provide up to $20 million annually to an individual in-state refiner.
In an announcement about the bill’s passage, Governor Parnell says healthy in state refineries support a strong military presence in Alaska and jobs. Critics of the bill characterize it as an industry bail out.
When Governor Sean Parnell signs House Bill 199, approved earlier this month by the Alaska Senate, Village Public Safety Officers can legally carry firearms. The Yukon Kuskokwim region has the largest number of VPSO’s in the state.
A survey sponsored by the Nature Conservancy indicates that Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents want to maintain a rural profile a quarter of a century from now. The Institute of Social and Economic Research collected the data used in the survey. The results were released last week.