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Ex-Russian Alaska 'too cold' to annex, Putin jokes

In a patriotic fervour, Russians are asking President Vladimir Putin to bring back the US state of Alaska, sold off to the United States in Tsarist times. Putin's answer? It's too cold. During Putin's annual marathon phone-in session Thursday, when Russians pose questions to the Russian leader, a pensioner asked him to possibly follow the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine with the taking of Alaska. "Faina Ivanovna, dear, why do you need Alaska?" Putin asked the pensioner.

Supreme Court rejects Alaska appeal over fishing, hunting rights for Alaska Natives

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal by the state of Alaska in a long-running fight over the control of rivers and the fishing and hunting rights of Alaska Natives. The court on Monday declined to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld U.S. Interior Department rules enforcing the fishing and hunting rights on some rivers that otherwise would be under state control. The state urged the high court to step in to address claims that the federal government has improperly asserted control over rivers in more than half of Alaska.

Alaska measure to legalize pot qualifies for August vote

By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - A measure that could make Alaska the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use after Colorado and Washington has enough valid signatures to be put before voters in August, state officials said on Tuesday. If voted into law, the Alaska initiative would allow adults aged 21 and older to possess up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana and grow up to six pot plants, and would pave the way for creation of a system to tax and regulate pot sales.

Measure to legalize recreational marijuana moves forward in Alaska

By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - A push to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Alaska took a step forward on Wednesday as backers announced they had submitted 45,000 signatures in support of their cause, more than enough to put the matter to voters later this year. If the measure succeeds in getting on the ballot and is approved by voters, Alaska could become the third U.S. state to legalize recreational pot use after Colorado and Washington, where voters opted to permit the drug in 2012.

Organizers turn in signatures for Alaska marijuana legalization initiative

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A citizens' group hoping to make Alaska the third state in the nation to legalize recreational use of marijuana took a step closer Wednesday, submitting more than 46,000 signatures to the state election office. If enough signatures are verified — they need about 30,000 qualified signatures — the question of whether to make pot legal in the nation's northernmost state will go before voters in the Aug. 19 primary. Signatures must come from at least 7 per cent of voters in at least 30 House districts.

Alaska fishermen protest Wal-Mart decision about sale of seafood

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Nearly 40 Alaska fishermen protested Wednesday outside an Anchorage Wal-Mart store, upset with a decision by the company about how it buys seafood. Holding signs like "Buy American? Start with Alaska Salmon" and "Walmart should be WILD about sustainable ALASKA SALMON," the protesters received honks from passing motorists in south Anchorage. The protest came a day before Alaska state and seafood industry officials were to meet with executives of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., at the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.

10-year-old boy wins Alaska's contest for giant cabbages

PALMER, Alaska — A 10-year-old boy has won Alaska's annual giant cabbage contest, submitting a 92.3-pound specimen named "Bob" to officials at the state fair.

Alaska announces plan to assess oil, gas potential at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska - The state of Alaska on Monday proposed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar plan aimed at determining the true oil and gas potential in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. State officials hope the plan will reinvigorate — and reshape — the debate over whether to drill on the refuge's coastal plain. The plan was announced at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy in Washington, D.C., by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan. Parnell appeared by remote.

Alaska starting first full cruise ship season under fuel rules meant to cut emissions

JUNEAU, Alaska - More than 1 million cruise ship passengers are expected to visit Alaska this year, but industry officials fear new fuel standards intended to limit pollution from large ships could drive vessels away and lower that number later. This will be the first full cruise season in Alaska under rules that require cargo carriers and cruise ships to use a low-sulfur fuel within 200 miles of U.S. and Canadian shores. The U.S. agreed to the standards as part of an international treaty.

Alaska rescue helicopter crash kills all three onboard

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaska State Troopers helicopter crashed during a rescue mission, killing all three people onboard, including the stranded snowmobiler who had summoned the troopers' help, officials said on Monday. Emergency workers reached the wreckage early on Sunday and recovered the bodies of veteran rescue pilot Mel Nading, 55, of Anchorage; Trooper Tage Toll, 40, of Talkeetna; and snowmobiler Carl Ober, 56, also of Talkeetna, state officials said at an Anchorage news conference.
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