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  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The governor of Alaska says the owner of an underwater pipeline leaking processed natural gas will temporarily reduce the amount of gas that feeds into the line. Bill Walker said Saturday that Hilcorp Alaska has agreed to the temporary reduction in the flow of gas through the pipeline for safety and environmental reasons.

  • As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. Mary Vavrik, a 57- year-old freelance deposition court reporter from Anchorage, Alaska said she was relieved that the current health law will remain because she's happy with the coverage she gets...

  • DENVER— Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. The bill would allow Colorado's 500 or so licensed recreational pot growers to instantly reclassify their weed. A switch would cost the state more than...

  • The biggest gains, as a proportion of total jobs, were in Montana, Nebraska, Arkansas, and New Mexico. In the past 12 months, job gains were strongest, in percentage terms, in Idaho, Utah and Nevada, all states in the Mountain region. Gains in Utah and Nevada have been similarly widespread.

  • DALLAS— After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America— their airline's name is being dumped. Alaska announced late Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019, adding that name to a list including Continental and US Airways that disappeared in the past decade. So when Alaska announced last year...

  • NEW YORK— The big snowstorm in the U.S. The period from December through February was the sixth-warmest winter on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. government agency that compiles statistics about the weather. The average January temperature in the lower 48 states, which excludes Alaska and Hawaii, was 33.6...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— An Australian couple with roots in Alaska has bought more than two dozen radio stations in three states, marking the first time federal regulators have allowed full foreign ownership of U.S. radio stations. The Federal Communications Commission recently approved a request by Richard and Sharon Burns through their company Frontier Media to...

  • SEOUL, March 20- North Korea has likely mastered the technology to power the different stages of an intercontinental ballistic missile and may show it off soon, analysts say, but is likely still a long way from being able to hit the mainland United States. North Korean state media announced its latest rocket-engine test on Sunday, saying it would help North Korea...

  • BOSTON— Backers of legalized recreational marijuana urged Massachusetts legislators Monday to hold off, at least for now, on making any significant changes to a law voters approved in November. The appeal came during the first public hearing held by a special legislative committee formed to review the law, which passed by a 240,000 vote margin and made...

  • Connecticut and Alaska are two of the latest considering legislation this year that would create a "non-opioid directive" patients can put in their medical files, formally notifying health care professionals they do not want to be prescribed or administered opioid medications. Legislators in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania last year voted to create...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 631 rigs sought oil and 157 explored for natural gas this week. Oklahoma increased by 10 rigs, North Dakota added five, Texas gained four, Colorado and Utah were each up two, and Alaska gained one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A federal wildlife agency studying the Steller sea lion decline in Alaska's Aleutian Islands is looking for help from citizen scientists. "If we see these animals over time, we can estimate their survival," Sweeney said from her office at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. They are found in the North Pacific from Japan and Russia to...

  • The U.S. Air Force this week hosted allies and partners in Hawaii for a symposium on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which can sneak undetected behind enemy radar. The Air Force will use the F-35 to replace the A-10 and the F-16, and say it represents a "quantum leap" in air combat capability over these older planes. The F-35 is being built in different configurations...

  • Conservatives have plenty to like in the White House plan, with its 10 percent increase in military spending next year and beefed-up funding to help deport more illegal immigrants and build a wall on the border with Mexico. But the gaze into Trump's priorities for the next four years proved too savage for many Republicans' taste, foreshadowing an intense battle...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump called Thursday for eliminating subsidized air service to rural communities, many of which supported his election last year after he promised to create jobs. I would argue that this program is vital for rural America, "said Laurie Gill, the Republican mayor of Pierre, South Dakota. The proposal is an early step in a lengthy...

  • CHICAGO, March 16- A Wal-Mart Stores Inc supplier has recalled frozen pizzas available in 11 U.S. states due to concerns about possible listeria contamination, according to the retailer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. RBR Meat Company recalled about 21,220 pounds of Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza that were shipped to retail distribution...

  • Trump's plan, submitted to Congress on Thursday and showcasing his administration's economic priorities, is just the first volley in what will likely be an intense battle over spending in coming months. Although Trump's fellow Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives, Congress holds the federal purse strings and seldom approves...

  • Although both the Senate and House of Representatives are controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, Congress holds the federal purse strings and seldom approves presidents' budget plans. Trump's plan took a big swipe at some federal institutions, envisaging a more than 31 percent cut, or $2.6 billion, for the Environmental Protection Agency and a 28 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defense spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants. It is the first volley in what is expected to be an intense battle over spending in coming months in Congress,...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defense spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants. It is the first volley in what is expected to be an intense battle over spending in coming months in Congress,...