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  • 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.

  • State authority to sell holdings in Alaska rig Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority announced plans Friday to sell its ownership stake in a Cook Inlet rig, which will be transported to South Africa for offshore exploration, pending final approval. The Endeavor is owned by Kenai Offshore Ventures LLC, whose members include the state development authority, Ezion...

  • US rig count up 3 to 1,928 Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by three this week to 1,928.. Alaska, California, Louisiana, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming each gained one. Texas declined by four, Pennsylvania was down three and Kansas and Oklahoma dropped one apiece.

  • Cod restrictions will cost consumers who buy local Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— New restrictions on commercial cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine will likely make local cod more expensive for New England consumers, but markets and fish-and-chip shops are unlikely to run low because of abundant foreign sources. Supply from countries such as Iceland and Norway, as well as Alaska, is steady enough that a lack of Gulf of Maine cod is...

  • AP Exclusive: Drone sightings up dramatically Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government is getting near-daily reports— and sometimes two or three a day— of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. Michael Toscano, president of a drone industry trade group, said FAA officials also have verified the increase to him.

  • Republican wins Senate race in Alaska Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:01 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska's U.S. Senate race, defeating first-term incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. The Alaska seat was initially considered key to the Republicans' hopes of taking control of the U.S. Senate, but that goal was accomplished before the Alaska race was decided. Begich was in Washington, D.C., as Congress geared up to finish out...

  • Hawaii shipping company buys Alaska business Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 5:42 PM ET

    HONOLULU— The shipping company with the largest share of the Hawaii market said Tuesday it will buy the Alaska operations of its competitor. Matson Inc., which has the largest share of the U.S. mainland-to- Hawaii market, said it will buy Horizon Lines Inc. for $69 million. Separately, Horizon will sell its Hawaii operations to The Pasha Group for $142 million and...

  • New pot shops on the block not always so popular Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 2:19 AM ET

    DENVER— The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbors, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities. The strife went public...

  • Arctic blast descends on Rockies, Upper Midwest Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 1:10 AM ET

    Residents were digging out from as much as 13 inches of snow Tuesday morning in northern Wisconsin, where several school districts cancelled classes, while some Minnesotans awoke to 15 inches of fresh powder— with more snow expected. Michigan's Upper Peninsula also was buried under at least a foot of snow Tuesday— with another foot or two expected— prompting...

  • Groups sue to protect walrus from drilling Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 5:52 PM ET

    The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.. The six groups— Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands— say petroleum exploration and drilling will harm a species already suffering from the...

  • 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...

  • 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.