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    Health official: Alaskans at low risk for Zika virus

    by Associated Press on Feb 05, 18:22

    An official with the state Division of Public Health says Alaskans are not likely to contract the Zika virus unless they have contact with people who have been traveling in affected areas. Infectious disease program manager Michael Cooper says Alaskans could theoretically be infected through sexual transmission or blood transfusions, but not by the mosquitoes […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Grace Christian 5th grader a finalist in ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 04, 19:34

      ANCHORAGE — It’s possible you could see an Anchorage student’s artwork the next time you use Google’s homepage. For the past eight years, the internet giant has had kids submit their best drawings of the iconic ‘Google’ logo. Celebrity judges pick their favorite from each state. Grace Christian 5th grader Lucas Schild’s design was […]

  • Money

    Toyota discontinues Scion after years of slumping sales

    by Associated Press on Feb 03, 8:22

    Toyota is discontinuing its Scion brand, aimed at younger car buyers, after years of slumping sales. Toyota Motor Corp. established Scion as a separate brand in 2003 for sale in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, but sales plunged following the economic recession in 2008 and never fully recovered. Sales of all models combined peaked at […]

  • Health

    U.S. confirms first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus

    by Ashley Welch / CBS News on Feb 02, 16:28

    Health officials in Dallas are reporting the first case of Zika virus acquired through sexual transmission in the continental United States. The patient’s infection was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CBS DFW reports. The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill person who recently returned from a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    What’s On the Menu?: Alaska entrepreneur delivers good eats straight to your door

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 02, 8:36

    On any given afternoon, Skyler Lovelace’s compact car is overrun with the smell of food, hot out the oven. “That’s the hardest part of this whole job — is not eating the food that we’re delivering,” said Lovelace. “Especially when it’s Fat Ptarmigan.” Lovelace’s start-up, On the Menu, is a food delivery service, similar to […]

  • Money

    BP reports 91 percent plunge in 4th quarter earnings

    by Associated Press on Feb 02, 8:05

    British oil company BP says fourth-quarter earnings plunged because of sharp declines in oil prices. The company reported Tuesday that fourth-quarter underlying replacement cost profit fell 91 percent from the same quarter a year earlier to $196 million. The figures were reported using an oil industry accounting standard that takes into account fluctuations in the […]

  • Health

    Airlines offer travelers ‘flexible travel policy’ for Zika-affected destinations

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 01, 16:58

    For those planning on heading south of the border to escape winter over the next few weeks, news of the spread of the Zika virus through many South and Central American countries have some changing their travel plans. If you’ve already bought tickets aboard Alaska Airlines, they are offering a “flexible travel policy” for certain […]

  • Health

    How much exercise does your heart really need?

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Feb 01, 16:55

    Getting regular exercise not only reduces a person’s risk of heart disease, it can increase the chance of survival if a heart attack does happen, compared to people who aren’t in very good shape, a new study shows. But just how much walking, jogging, swimming, or yoga does a heart need? Researchers from the Henry Ford Health […]

  • Lifestyle

    Age is no obstacle for third grader helping the homeless

    by Eric Ruble on Jan 31, 18:16

    Eight-year-old Violet Brettschneider felt helpless when she saw homeless people on the city’s street corners. “[People] drive by and they don’t even pay attention to them. That really bothered her,” said Violet’s mom, Alecia Brettschneider. Violet wanted to volunteer at a local shelter, but said she was turned away. That’s why she and her mom […]

  • Money

    Anchorage volunteers help with free tax prep

    by Eric Ruble on Jan 30, 17:42

    Most Americans dread filing taxes. The complex paperwork looms in the back of one’s mind as the Internal Revenue Service deadline approaches. But a group of Alaskans is making it easier — and cheaper – to get your return. So easy, in fact, you might be encouraged to file early. “If there is a refund […]

  • Health

    Division of Insurance says renewed Moda plans still effective

    by Liz Raines on Jan 30, 10:25

    The Division of Insurance announced Thursday that Moda Insurance is leaving Alaska, but says if you renewed your plan before that, it will still be valid through next year. “We are encouraging Moda customers that this is not a true panic, to keep paying your premiums, your policy is valid,” said Lori Wing-Heier, Director of […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Coloring book proceeds to help quake victims

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 29, 19:03

    A Washington artist is giving back to Kenai families who lost their home in the earthquake. Katie Zamudio is a graphic designer by day, coloring book artist by night. About a year ago she started Doodlebug Coloring Books for adults. Her goal is to create iconic, intricately designed drawings for each state. She started with […]

  • Health

    CDC issues travel warning to pregnant women over mosquito spread illness

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 29, 18:03

    The Centers for Disease Control is warning pregnant women not to travel to countries where the Zika virus has been spreading. That’s a geographic area that includes most of South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. The warning comes after an estimated 4000 babies in Brazil have been born with a serious birth […]

  • Lifestyle

    Curvy, tall, petite: Barbie gets 3 new body types

    by CBS News on Jan 29, 7:32

    Since 1959, Barbara Millicent Roberts – better known as Barbie - has been a household name. At 11 and a half inches tall, Barbie has had more than 180 careers and has become a pop culture icon, leading the toy industry as a billion-dollar business. But after decades of dominating the doll world and just weeks short […]

  • Lifestyle

    UPDATE: Tina Fey gets the win on Bristol Palin’s ‘Who Wore It Better?’ poll

    by Daybreak Staff on Jan 28, 5:04

    The flashy jacket Sarah Palin wore when she endorsed Donald Trump for president last week created quite a stir . The black, silk chiffon jacket with fringe-like metallic embellishments sold out on the Saks Fifth Avenue website — which meant NBC’s Saturday Night Live had to recreate the jacket for Tina Fey’s recent SNL return. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    NASA to honor crews of Challenger, Apollo 1, Columbia on 30th anniversary of Challenger tragedy

    by Shannon Kemp on Jan 27, 15:54

    A special tribute will be held for the crews of Apollo 1 and the shuttles Challenger and Columbia on Thursday, Jan. 28, which is the 30th anniversary of the Challenger accident that killed all seven aboard. “NASA’s Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of […]

  • Money

    Wounded Warrior Project accused of wasting donation money

    by Chip Reid / Jennifer Janich / CBS News on Jan 26, 17:50

    A CBS News investigation into a charity for wounded veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project, looks into how the charity spends its donation money. What caught our attention is how the Wounded Warrior Project spends donations compared to other long-respected charities. For example, Disabled American Veterans spends 96 percent of its budget on vets. Fisher House […]

  • Health

    Mat-Su Borough addresses arsenic in Talkeetna water

    by Associated Press on Jan 26, 13:15

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has taken action to address arsenic levels in the Talkeetna water system that violated federal drinking water standards. Arsenic occurs naturally and can be picked up by groundwater. The permit for the Talkeetna system allows no more than 10 micrograms of per liter. Tests in December detected 14.8 micrograms per liter. The […]

  • Health

    What to include in an emergency kit for a natural disaster

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jan 25, 19:56

    It’s never too late to prepare for the next natural disaster, and experts say one of the tools that could save your life is an emergency kit. “Here in Alaska we can get cut off from say our air fields are damaged, our docks are broken, so we’re a lot more isolated in that respect, […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Iñupiaq texting app now available on iTunes store

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 24, 14:46

    “It’s now as easy as ‘a, ch, g’ to type Iñupiaq on your iPhone,” say the creators of a new app that provides an Achagat-based keyboard. Named after the Iñupiatan alphabet, the Achagat keyboard was created by two brothers, Reid and Grant Magdanz. “My brother approached me this fall and asked if I knew anything about […]