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Lawsuit: EPA has dragged feet on oil spill dispersant rules

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana are asking a federal court to make the Environmental Protection Agency set new rules for use of oil spill dispersants, citin...

Alaska Aleutian Islands volcano erupts again, spews ash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands has sent up another ash cloud that could threaten aircraft, the Alaska Volcano Observatory announced. Shishaldin Volca...

Cliffs, jungle a big hurdle for feds in Hawaii copter crash

HONOLULU (AP) — The remote and rugged terrain on the Hawaiian island of Kauai where a sightseeing helicopter crashed, killing all seven people aboard, could make it difficult or even impossible to pie...

Agency agrees to designate habitat for threatened ice seals

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency will decide by September how much ocean and coast will be designated as critical habitat for two ice seal species found in Alaska. The Cente...

US agency to consider expanded drilling in Alaska reserve

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency has drafted new management alternatives that could lead to expanded drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Bureau of Land Ma...

Arctic in hot water: Sea ice minimal in Chukchi, Bering seas

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq can break through ice as thick as 2.5 feet (0.76 meters). In the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this month, which should be brimming with fl...

Critics gear up for response to lease sale in Arctic refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Opponents of oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge have a message for oil drillers and the people who finance them: Don't become the company known for the demise o...

Yellow cedar rejected for threatened species listing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An iconic Alaska tree with roots that can freeze to death if not covered by snow was rejected Friday by a federal agency for the threatened species list. The...

Yellow cedar trees denied for US threatened species listing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced ...

Alaska’s northern fur seals find refuge on tip of volcano

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s northern fur seal population for three decades has been classified as depleted, but the marine mammals are showing up in growing numbers at an unlikely location _ a t...

US biologists eye unusual deaths of Alaska ice seals

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast have been dying at uncommon rates, and federal marine mammal biologists Thursday declared an "unusual mortality event."...

Walruses appear early on Alaska shore as sea ice recedes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says thousands of Pacific walruses have come to shore on the northwest coast of Alaska in their earliest appearance since sea ice has substa...

Deal reached for land swap for road through wildlife refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new land exchange agreement aimed at constructing a road through a national wildlife refuge has been signed by an Alaska Native corporation and the Interior Department, vill...

Alaska's largest city sets high-temperature record

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's largest city and two other state locations reached record high temperatures on Independence Day. The National Weather Service says Anchorage on Thur...

NOAA Fisheries biologists record singing by rare right whale

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have recorded singing by a rare right whale for the first time. Researchers used moored a...