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  • Sci/Tech

    UAF opens HAARP to the public

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 25, 21:03

    A site long rumored to have the power to control the weather and even people’s minds is opening its doors to show the public what really happens. The University of Alaska Fairbanks recently took over the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, from the Air Force. The university decided to open the facility […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Liberal, moderate or conservative? See what Facebook thinks of you

    by CBS News on Aug 25, 14:27

    You may think you’re politically subtle on Facebook — especially compared to your neighbor, who constantly reminisces about the good ol’ days of Ronald Reagan, or your grade school teacher, whose newsfeed is 90 percent inspiring quotes from first lady Michelle Obama —but Facebook knows better, and whether you like it or not, the social media giant has already neatly plotted you on the spectrum […]

  • Health

    Mylan says it will expand programs that lower EpiPen costs

    by Associated Press on Aug 25, 6:38

    Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will be reduced through a savings card that will cover up to $300 for an EpiPen 2-Pak. The company said it’s […]

  • Health

    What not to say to help your teen lose weight

    by Ashley Welch / CBS News on Aug 24, 21:50

    If you want your teen to lose weight, the American Academy of Pediatrics has some advice: Don’t tell them that. Doing so may raise their risk of developing unhealthy habits or even an eating disorder, the AAP states in new recommendations published online this week. “The focus should be on a healthy lifestyle rather than on weight,” the […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Is Pokémon Go already passé?

    by CBS News on Aug 24, 12:35

    Pokémon Go hit America with the force of a hyperactive rattata, but the augmented reality game may not be evolving the way its creators had hoped. Usage of the augmented reality game appears to have peaked, according to a research report from Axiom Capital Management analyst Victor Anthony. Active users on Pokémon Go have declined 35 […]

  • Outdoors

    Orphaned bear cub finds permanent home at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 23, 13:58

    Last updated at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 A black bear cub orphaned in Valdez has been permanently adopted by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), according to an email sent Tuesday by the center’s founder, Mike Miller. The cub, named Kobuk, was orphaned in June after its mother was chased off by two […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Study: Your kid’s cyberbully is more likely to be their friend

    by Robert Preidt / Healthday on Aug 22, 16:45

    Cyberbullying among teens is highly likely to involve current or former friends and dating partners, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from a 2011 survey of nearly 800 students in grades 8 through 12 at a public school in a New York City suburb. About 17 percent had been involved with cyberbullying in the previous […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Blueberry picking brings back fond memories in Unalakleet

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 22, 12:33

    The tundra outside Unalakleet stretches for miles, blanketed in blue. “There are just berries everywhere this year. They’re so abundant,” said Davida Hanson. On a sunny Friday evening, she and her family headed for the hills near the Norton Sound village to fill their buckets with blueberries. “To bring the kids out here to teach […]

  • Outdoors

    Obama celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service

    by Reena Flores / CBS News on Aug 20, 15:50

    President Obama is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in a new video, highlighting his commitment to conservation and touting his own administration’s past efforts in protecting public lands and waters. “From Glacier and Denali to Gettysburg and Seneca Falls, our more than 400 parks and other sites capture our history and […]

  • Health

    Calcium supplements linked to higher dementia risk in some women

    by CBS News on Aug 19, 15:11

    Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman’s risk of dementia, a new study suggests. And that seems particularly true if a woman has already sustained an event causing poor blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular disease), such as from astroke, researchers said. The study can’t prove cause-and-effect. However, […]

  • Outdoors

    Update: 2 wilderness guides mauled in Southeast Alaska identified

    by KTVA / AP on Aug 19, 9:06

    ANCHORAGE — Last updated at 3:40 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22 Alaska State Troopers have identified the victims mauled by a sow bear as 41-year-old Anna Powers, of Hawaii, and 26-year-old Michael Justa, of Juneau. Original story – The Latest on two cruise ship wilderness guides mauled by a bear in Alaska (all times local): Aug. 19, […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Anchorage ‘Pumpkin Man’ aims for a win at State Fair despite last year’s crash

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 18, 20:15

    Dale Marshall’s license plate says it all: GROBIG. For years Marshall has been growing giant vegetables to enter in the Alaska State Fair, particularly enormous pumpkins. He began entering pumpkins in the fair in 2008. Marshall lost the first year, then won all the rest — except for two years when he was disqualified. In […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Twitter to let all users filter tweets for higher ‘quality’

    by Associated Press on Aug 18, 16:38

    NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter is making a “quality filter” available to all users, allowing them to hide tweets that contain threats, appear to be automated or spammy. The feature was previously only available to users with “verified” accounts, which are typically celebrities, public figures or journalists, and who can be identified by a blue […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Historic cruise through the Northwest Passage underway

    by Melissa Frey on Aug 17, 20:44

    Towering over Seward, yet still dwarfed by the mountains, sat the Crystal Serenity, a luxury unmatched at sea. The ship was packed with food, supplies and the luggage for its roughly 1,700 passengers, ready to begin their historic adventure through the Arctic on Tuesday. The all-inclusive cruise will take 32 days to sail from the Pacific […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Anchorage mom gives back with photos of ‘Warrior Kids of Alaska’

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 17, 19:34

    Children with complicated medical conditions often face unimaginable challenges. One Anchorage photographer wants to make sure people recognize them not for being different, but as triumphant warriors. Earlier this summer, we told you the story of Willow Stennett, a baby with two holes in her heart that had to travel out of state for surgery. Now Willow […]

  • Health

    Women’s risk for 4 cancers goes up the more years spent overweight

    by Amy Norton / Health Day / CBS on Aug 17, 18:07

    The longer a woman is overweight, the higher her risk of several cancers, researchers report. The study, which followed nearly 74,000 U.S. women, found that the longer a woman carried excess pounds, the greater her risk of breast, endometrial, colon and kidney cancers. “We’ve known for a long time that excess weight is important in cancer risk,” said […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Spruce bark beetles return to Southcentral Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 17, 16:12

    In the 1990s, spruce bark beetles were considered an epidemic, responsible for destroying millions of acres of trees on the Kenai Peninsula. Jessie Moan, a pest management specialist, says that on a much smaller scale, the beetles are back. “We are seeing more spruce beetle activity than we have in the past few years, and […]

  • Money

    Amid budget cuts, teachers scrimp for student supplies

    by Kate Gibson / Money Watch on Aug 17, 13:13

    Last Updated Aug 17, 2016 2:47 PM EDT Teachers in the U.S. have long reached into their own pockets to help cover the cost of school supplies. But that financial burden is getting heavier amid funding cuts around the country for public education. Eva Siefert, who teaches art to roughly 300 students at one preschool […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cyrano’s cleans out 35 years of theater history

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 16, 19:39

    It takes a lot of stuff to put on a play — from actors and scripts to costumes and props — and in 35 years of shows, Cyrano’s Theatre Company has collected a lot of that stuff. Now staff and volunteers are going through it all, deciding what to keep and finding some hidden gems […]

  • Health

    Even if you exercise, too much sitting time is bad

    by Robert Preidt / Healthday on Aug 16, 14:07

    Even if you exercise regularly, too much sitting can still be bad for your heart, a leading cardiologists’ group warns. The American Heart Association (AHA) also says that too many people are spending far too much time on chairs and sofas, period. “Based on existing evidence, we found that U.S. adults are sedentary for about six to eight hours […]