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  • Lifestyle

    Toddler falls asleep while waiting to meet Santa, result is adorable

    by Associated Press on Nov 30, 13:32

    When Donnie Walters took son Zeke to have his picture taken with Santa Claus, the 6-month-old boy couldn’t stay awake while they waited in line. So Santa obliged Walters and posed asleep with the snoozing child resting on his belly. Walters posted the photos of the sleeping pair on Facebook. The photos taken Nov. 25 […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Researchers in Alaska try to find cause of chickadee beak deformity

    by Daniella Rivera on Nov 30, 8:04

    Researchers in Anchorage are trying to figure out what’s causing beak deformities in black-capped chickadees and other species of birds in Alaska. “The beaks can grow in different directions, so it affects the ability to come and pick up a seed or also access food from a feeder, just because the beaks are all twisted […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Coloring books for adults: Wasilla woman creates unusual way to unwind

    by Eric Ruble on Nov 30, 6:50

    Brittney Kauffman spends her weekdays as a medical assistant at a neurologist’s office. In her free time, she’s an artist. Her creative interests fill a wide spectrum; she has spent time painting, crocheting and making jewelry. Her latest ambition, however, is making coloring books for adults. “A lot of people these days don’t stop to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Artists plan to rebuild Alaska art display damaged by tides, winds

    by Associated Press on Nov 27, 12:50

    Creators of a public art installation damaged by tides and high winds at an Anchorage beach plan to rebuild the display by the original opening date. Lead project artist Sarah Davies says participants at Point Woronzof have recovered 82 of 85 of the sculptures made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap. She says the official […]

  • Money

    Tips for safe online shopping in the age of hackers

    by Amy Kraft / CBS News on Nov 26, 15:35

    Nearly 135 million Americans will be shopping on Thanksgiving weekend according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. Although Black Fridayand Cyber Monday are perfect times to buy gifts for the upcoming holidays, they are also the perfect time for hackers to steal customers’ credit card and personal data. “Security has now become a board […]

  • Health

    Tests zero in on source of E. coli in Costco chicken salad

    by Associated Press on Nov 26, 15:02

    Testing has pointed toward a vegetable mix from a California food wholesaler as the source of E. coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, a Costco official said Wednesday. Craig Wilson, Costco vice president of food safety and quality assurance, said he was told […]

  • Web Exclusives

    Thanksgiving in space: What astronauts eat on Turkey Day

    by Sarah Lewin / Space.com on Nov 25, 16:20

        Astronauts gave thanks and previewed their “traditional” space meal in a video greeting from the International Space Station just in time for Thanksgiving. NASA astronauts Scott Kelly, who is nearing the end of his one-year mission, and Kjell Lindgren took a moment to celebrate the season in a video preview of their Thanksgiving […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Young PFD recipient donates $100 to Alaska Zoo through Pick.Click.Give.

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 24, 21:21

    The Alaska Zoo is one of Haddi Lofgren’s favorite places. The two-year-old is particularly fond of the wolves. “She is a big fan of dogs and I think she resonates with the wolves because we have puppies at home,” her mom, Amanda Lofgren, explained. Lofgren takes her kids to the zoo almost every weekend. When […]

  • Health

    Anchorage School District grapples with more students who have food allergies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 24, 19:49

    Food allergies in children are becoming more common, and you don’t have to look further than the Anchorage School District to see that. Approximately eight percent of children have food allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. At ASD, that translates to at least 4,000 students. “Even just about 10 years ago […]

  • Health

    E. coli outbreak linked to Costco chicken salad

    by Associated Press on Nov 24, 15:36

    Nineteen people in seven states, including Washington and California, have contracted E. coli in an outbreak linked to chicken salad bought at Costco, federal health officials said Tuesday. People who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco store on or before Friday were advised to throw it away, even if no one has gotten sick. The […]

  • Health

    Anchorage family copes with son’s multiple food allergies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 23, 19:10

    In the past decade, the number of people with food allergies has skyrocketed and many of the people who suffer are children. LaDonna Dean knows that well — her 7-year-old son Nicolas has several life-threatening allergies. Nicolas was diagnosed with food allergies when he was just 2 months old. Right away, Dean — a nutritionist […]

  • Health

    State officials: 17 confirmed cases of Salmonella stemming from cucumbers, 7 connected to daycare center

    by Shannon Kemp on Nov 23, 17:00

    At least 17 cases of Salmonella in Alaska were connected to a national outbreak stemming from contaminated cucumbers, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services. At least seven Alaska patients came into contact with the cucumbers at a daycare center. The outbreak was reported in 38 states starting in July, according to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    In Anchorage, Christmas Arts and Crafts Emporium showcases Alaskan work

    by Eric Ruble on Nov 23, 7:33

    Christmas may be more than a month away, but that didn’t stop thousands of shoppers from hunting for uniquely Alaskan gifts at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Emporium. More than 200 vendors from across the state filled the Dena’ina Center on Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of products were on display – there was everything from […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaskans embrace the bizarre at Alascattalo Day Parade

    by Eric Ruble on Nov 23, 7:09

    Fans of the alascattalo describe it as a mythical creature that is half moose, half walrus. Unfortunately, they say, there is only one of these animals left on earth, so it has no ability to mate. On Sunday, about a dozen Alaskans gathered in an alley north of Fifth Avenue to celebrate the alascattalo. Dressed […]

  • Health

    Medicare health care enrollment questions answered as deadline looms

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 20, 22:40

    With the deadline to sign up for health coverage through Medicare less than two weeks away, Judith Bendersky with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services answered some of the common questions Alaskans have about enrollment. For more information on enrolling under Medicare, call the DHSS at 907-269-3680.

  • Sci/Tech

    Hacker group known as ‘Anonymous’ declares war on ISIS

    by Paula Cohen / CBS News on Nov 16, 13:38

    As warplanes pound ISIS targets and U.S. special forces ramp up operations in Syria, the war against the terrorist group may be unfolding on another far more unconventional front as well. Make no mistake: #Anonymous is at war with #Daesh. We won’t stop opposing #IslamicState. We’re also better hackers. #OpISIS — Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 15, 2015 The hackers’ collective […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska VA hosts ‘Stand Down’ to tackle access problems

    by Eric Ruble on Nov 15, 12:13

    For the Veterans Affairs’ first-ever National Access Stand Down, employees were encouraged to spend the day catching up on work and refocusing their efforts on tackling one of the biggest challenges facing the VA — access. “What we’ve done today is get out of the fray of everyday work and look at specific processes and […]

  • Sci/Tech

    New app helps Alaskans keep tabs on changing environment

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 12, 22:13

    As scientists work to understand the impacts of a changing climate in Alaska, locals in one Kenai Peninsula town are stepping in with their smartphones to keep tabs on their environment. Lifelong resident Marcia Patrick calls the tiny town of Seldovia home. She spends her free time at the beach. It’s been pretty quiet over […]

  • Only in Alaska

    2016 Fur Rondy pin designs unveiled at Alaska Zoo

    by Hope Miller on Nov 12, 15:01

    You have not one but two new pins you can wear at the 81st Fur Rendezvous next year. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz unveiled the designs at the Alaska Zoo Thursday afternoon. The decision to reveal the pins at the zoo — next to the lynx exhibit — made sense after the first pin design was revealed. […]

  • Only in Alaska

    ‘It’s been quite an adventure’: 93-year-old WW II veteran shares her story

    by Daniella Rivera on Nov 11, 23:00

    Nearly 500 World War II veterans die every day. The Department of Veterans Affairs says Alaska has the largest population of female WWII vets in the country. Hazel Johnson joined the military at 21 years old. She was one of the first women to serve and said it was one of the best decisions she […]