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  • Alaska pot backer ordered to comply with subpoena Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A campaign-finance investigation is moving forward against an Alaska television reporter who quit her job on-air and vowed to work toward legalizing marijuana. The Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational pot use.

  • Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    The 23- year-old Georgia man had a car full of passengers when he pulled over Wednesday to fill up his tank in Atlanta. He hoped to make it to Chattanooga, Tennessee, within a few hours to see his 9- year-old goddaughter, who is being treated at the Ronald McDonald House. One traffic jam aside, the low gas prices made the cost a bit easier, he said, though he laughed about...

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    One judge on the appeals court complained then that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation of hazardous air pollutants from power plants is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs," wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. EPA determined that when the...

  • Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law. Scott Joens of St. George, Utah, said he and his wife are facing premium increases of about 18 percent for 2015. But instead of agonizing, he's looking for a plan with a higher deductible, which is the...

  • Fairbanks foreclosures increase; heating a factor Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    The district covers smaller communities south of the Brooks Range and along the Alaska- Canada border. Alaska saw 1,135 foreclosures in 2013, down from 1,386 in 2010, 1,272 in 2011, and 1,264 in 2012, according to state economist Karinne Wiebold. "Utility costs have a lot to do with it," said Laura Burke, executive director of Fairbanks Neighborhood Housing...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • Hawaii and Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that Hilo and Honolulu were the top two most expensive markets out of 264 examined in the study. The study pegged the national average at $49.41 for 2014....

  • BP: Deal with Hilcorp completed Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— BP has closed the sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp. BP president for Alaska operations Janet Weiss made the announcement Wednesday. The company announced in April that it was selling all its interests in the Endicott and Northstar fields and half its interests in the Liberty and Milne Point fields.

  • State releases proposed air quality rules Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    In areas with chronically bad air, such as Fairbanks and North Pole, the regulations call for using dry wood, wood pellet products, manufacture-approved biomass fuels and manufacturer-recommended starter fuels for October through March, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. They are included in the State Implementation Plan due by the end of 2014 to the...

  • Pot backer who quit TV job on air fights subpoena Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    The Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Alaska and Oregon this month joined Washington and Colorado as states approving legal pot. Greene made headlines in September when, while reporting on a story, she revealed...

  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, who...

  • Heating costs heading up as cold grips nation Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The cold is back, and with it, rising heating bills. "It came in hard and strong, pretty impressive stuff," says Matt Rogers, a meteorologist at the Commodity Weather Group, which forecasts weather and heating demand for energy companies. The Energy Department forecast in October that customers of all fuels should expect to see lower heating bills between...

  • NTSB: Gov't aircraft regulations apply to drones Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The National Transportation safety Board, which hears appeals of Federal Aviation...

  • Active Alaska volcano calms down _ for now Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— One of Alaska's most active volcanos has calmed down since spewing ash up to 35,000 feet into the air over the weekend, but scientists said Monday the volcano has a pattern of prolonged eruptions of varying intensity. Pavlof is in a volcano-rich, sparsely populated region about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula.

  • Active Alaska volcano calms down _ for now Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:29 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— One of Alaska's most active volcanos has calmed down since spewing ash up to 35,000 feet into the air over the weekend, but scientists said Monday the volcano has a pattern of prolonged eruptions of varying intensity. Pavlof is in a volcano-rich, sparsely populated region about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 7- As incoming head of the Senate Energy Committee, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski will gain more clout in January to reverse the 40- year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports, but she is unlikely to rush into legislative action. But upon taking the reins, Murkowski's first steps to roll back the ban, imposed by Congress after the Arab oil embargo in the 1970 s, are...

  • Recap: Election 2014—Waking up to a GOP Congress Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 10:37 AM ET
    On November 4, Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections with the control of the U.S. Senate in question.

    The Republican Party won control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, in a night that turned out to be a historic defeat for Democrats.

  • Voters make it clear: Raise the minimum wage Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 7:17 AM ET
    Placards during demonstration for higher wages in Chicago.

    Voters in five states approved ballot measures calling for raises in their states' minimum wages, adding to the federal debate.

  • What this election means for the sweep of history Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    Voters wait in line to enter a polling place at the Jamestown Town Hall before the poll opens Nov. 4, 2014, in Jamestown, North Carolina.

    Voters go to the polls for midterm congressional elections Tuesday, but just 10 states will decide the most important result.

  • Nov 3- Energy and climate are central issues on some of the tightest U.S. Senate races of 2014 and have created a surge in spending by outside groups. First-term Democrat Mark Begich has stood behind actions by President Obama' s Environmental Protection Agency, including a decision to limit development of the massive Pebble Mine project in the state because it...