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    Top theater chains cancel ‘The Interview’ showings

    by CNN / AP on Dec 17, 11:49

      NEW YORK  - The top theater chains in North America have dropped “The Interview” after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the Christmas Day release of the film. Regal Cinemas, AMC and Cinemark have each pulled the movie. In a statement, Regal said it was delaying any showings of “The […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage wins $25,000 concert grant

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 17, 8:35

    The Anchorage Downtown Partnership’s Live After Five summer concert series is getting a big financial boost. The organization won the Levitt AMP Grant Award, which is worth $25,000. Anchorage is one of 10 small to mid-sized cities across the country to receive the money. Anchorage Downtown Partnership staff had to put together a proposal highlighting […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Google announces Anchorage’s top searches for this year

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 16, 14:52

    What do Jennifer Lawrence, the Iditarod and Ebola all have in common? They’re all among Anchorage’s top Google searches for 2014. As part of the corporation’s Year in Search, Google compiled hundreds of top-10 lists from dozens of countries. Globally, top searches included Robin Williams, the World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines and the ALS Ice Bucket […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Tech review: CAT S50 smartphone

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 15, 12:04

    It’s a high-end, 4G, rugged smartphone fit for people on the go. But is it as tough as all the ads say? Greg Klimek, vice president of wireless sales and marketing at GCI (KTVA’s parent company),  joined Daybreak Monday with a tech toy review on the purpose-built phone made by Caterpiller Inc. — the CAT […]

  • Photo Gallery

    Photo gallery: Bohemian waxwings

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 15, 9:27

    Photos taken in West Anchorage this weekend. The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count began Sunday and runs through Jan. 5. In its 115th year, the citizen science project helps gather data on population trends and the health of birds around the country. Click here to find a count near you.

  • Health

    Anchorage practices ‘mindfulness’ meditation

    by Dave Leval on Dec 15, 7:15

    Cellphones, tablets and other electronic devices are a part of our daily lives. Leah Levington, an instructor at Anchorage Yoga, says they can prevent you from reaching your full potential. “I think technology can become numbing, mind numbing, or, even a coping mechanism for not living in this reality as it is,” Levington said. She […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Big-budget Hollywood film to be shot primarily in Whittier

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 12, 13:42

    The little town of Whittier, Alaska will soon be home to a big-budget Hollywood film. Producers of the movie “Hunter Killer” won’t say the exact size of their budget, but are promising it will exceed any movies previously shot in Alaska. According to the movie website IMDB, the movie will be directed by Martin Campbell, […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Steampunk shop fuels fight against teen homelessness

    by Sierra Starks, Hope Miller on Dec 12, 7:54

    There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. For staff at My House, a Wasilla-based nonprofit that helps homeless teens in the Mat-Su Valley, it was donations. They had more clothes than they knew what to do with. Thankfully, 18-year-old Kyra Hoenack had a solution. Involved with My House since she […]

  • Money

    Ugly sweater season boosts local thrift store sales

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 11, 19:35

    The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Dimond Boulevard can barely keep up with the demand for sweaters: Ugly sweaters, that is. “When the store opens people just go in and start grabbing,” said Janell Skibicki. It’s that time of year when holiday parties are in full swing and ugly sweaters are a central theme. Dec. 12 […]

  • Money

    Is a recession inevitable for Alaska?

    by Alexis Fernandez on Dec 11, 6:57

    With low oil prices top of mind in Alaska, some economists are tossing around the word “recession.” Is it inevitable? Neil Fried, economist with Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development says — maybe. “It all depends on how long and low oil prices go, and I’m not about to try to answer that question,” […]

  • Photo Gallery

    Photo gallery: Open house at the Governor’s Mansion

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 10, 8:10

    Alaska’s new governor spent Tuesday afternoon meeting his new Juneau neighbors. Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott invited the community to an open house at the Governor’s Mansion — a holiday tradition started in 1913 with Territorial Gov. Walter Eli Clark and his family. This year’s event included more than 20,000 cookies, 100 […]

  • Lifestyle

    Tourist tradeoff: Alaska, Iceland see boost in winter vacationers

    by Alexis Fernandez on Dec 10, 7:37

    Iceland is probably not at the top of the list for Alaskans looking to escape the winter weather. But it’s slowly becoming a popular destination. Canadian tourist Lisa Glover is one of tens of thousands of North Americans taking advantage of direct flights to Iceland. “It was great,” said Glover, who took advantage of horseback […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ‘Made in Alaska’ category debuts at Anchorage Film Fest

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 08, 21:22

    The Anchorage International Film Festival is back with a whole new lineup. And one new category, Made in Alaska, is shining a light on movies made right here in the 49th state. The woods around Willow provide a perfect backdrop to the story of three brothers working to solve a mystery in the movie “Detective […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Santa delivers goodies to Shishmaref

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 08, 11:55

    A special delivery was made this weekend as Santa and his team made it to the Western Alaska village of Shishmaref. He gave his reindeer a break, instead making the trip in a C-130 with members of the Alaska National Guard for the 58th annual Operation Santa Claus.

  • Sci/Tech

    Orion capsule returns to Earth after dramatic test flight

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Dec 05, 8:49

    Boosted to an altitude of 3,604 miles by a powerful Delta 4 rocket, NASA’s Orion deep space exploration vehicle fell back to Earth Friday in the program’s maiden voyage, slamming into the atmosphere at nearly 20,000 mph, enduring a hellish 4,000-degree re-entry and settling to a Pacific Ocean splashdown to wrap up a critical unmanned […]

  • Health

    Flu shot may not be enough protection this season

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on Dec 04, 13:42

    “Get your flu shot.” It’s the most common health advice this time of year. Physicians and public health officials constantly stress the importance ofprotecting yourself from the seasonal flu, an illness that kills thousands of Americans every year. But now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year’s vaccine may not offer […]

  • Money

    ACS sells wireless customer base to GCI for $300 million

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 04, 13:10

    GCI (General Communication, Inc.) announced in an online statement Thursday it has reached an agreement to purchase the current wireless subscriber base from ACS (Alaska Communications System Group, Inc.) for $300 million. “The two companies have agreed upon a service transition plan for Alaska Communication customers. This will ensure a seamless continuation of service as they are […]

  • Health

    Alaska sees spike in number of HIV cases

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 01, 19:39

    Today is World AIDS Day, an awareness day the World Health Organization established in 1988. Health officials are concerned that the number of people testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in Alaska is increasing. Seventy-one cases of HIV infection have been reported so far this year, compared to 59 cases last year. Susan […]

  • Money

    5 Cyber Monday tips for hacker-proof shopping

    by Eliene Augenbraun / CBS News on Dec 01, 6:37

    Americans spent some $263 billion shopping online in 2013, with over $2 billion spent on Cyber Monday alone. This year is on track to be even bigger. But as you shop for the perfect holiday gift, hackers are shopping for you. This time of year is rife with email scams, deceptive advertising and criminals lurking to steal information from […]

  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery: UAA falls to Long Beach State in championship

    by KTVA Sports on Nov 26, 23:15