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    Cancer survivors and supporters to raise awareness by climbing mountain

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 12, 21:15

    Gwendolyn Carlson loves to high-five life’s successes, no matter how small they may be. “G,” as everyone calls her, is the nurse manager at Alaska Women’s Cancer Care. She brings compassion and energy to a job that, most days, is filled with breaking terrible news to terrified patients. Carlson knows what it’s like to hear […]

  • Health

    Cancer survivor fights for her life while helping others

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 12, 10:33

    Always enthusiastic and full of life, Mary Rita Ely never imagined something ugly was destroying her body. “I had a tumor the size of a grapefruit!” she said. “How the hell did I not notice that?” Ely has always been healthy and active. But by the time she figured out her stomach pain was ovarian […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Auction honors first responders, military personnel

    by Hope Miller on Sep 10, 16:46

    A Thursday event aims to honor military personnel and first responders with art by the very people who have served our country overseas and at home. Called “Service Before Self,” the silent art auction will take place the evening of Sept. 11 at the new UAA Alaska Airlines Center. About a dozen pieces — including […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Apple lifts curtain on iPhone 6, Apple Watch

    by Alain Sherter/CBS News on Sep 09, 10:26

    Last Updated Sep 9, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Apple (AAPL) on Tuesday introduced two new iPhones, its long-awaited Apple Watch and a mobile payment system as part of a marketing blitz aimed at drumming up consumer excitement. Now the question is whether the new gear will live up to the hype. Speaking from the Flint Performing […]

  • Money

    Division of Insurance approves health plan rate hikes

    by Associated Press on Sep 08, 12:52

    The state Division of Insurance has approved rate increases of up to 39 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans on the federally run online marketplace. For individuals receiving federal subsidies to help pay their premiums, any increases are expected to be largely offset, according to division director Lori Wing-Heier. She says about 10,000 […]

  • Health

    First case of mumps reported in Alaska since ’95

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 08, 9:20

    A case of mumps was reported in Alaska for the first time since 1995, according to Alaska health officials. On July 11, a 50-year-old woman reported a headache, jaw pain and trismus, which can involve muscle spasms or locking of the jaw. She tested positive for the viral illness. According to an Alaska Section of […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Joan Rivers remembered at star-studded funeral

    by Associated Press on Sep 07, 18:05

    Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang “Smile” and bagpipers played “New York, New York” at Joan Rivers’ funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that – like late comedian herself – brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media. At a funeral befitting a superstar, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus sang […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage Ballet seeks funds for expansion project

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 06, 16:24

    The Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy is embarking on a public fundraising campaign to fund an expansion project to add studio space to its current midtown location. The Anchorage Ballet is about halfway through its Kickstarter campaign, but construction is already underway to expand the facility. The nonprofit organization has already received over 20 backers and […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska SeaLife Center names new Steller sea lion pup

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 05, 17:50

    The Alaska SeaLife Center’s newest Steller sea lion pup finally has a name: Forrest. Staff, interns and volunteers voted on the name Thursday night. It was between Forrest, Barnabas or Hook. Some staffers said they voted for Forrest because his father’s name is Woody. The month-and-a-half-old pup isn’t just adorable; he’s also an integral part […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Native artifacts come home to Alaska

    by Sierra Starks, Hope Miller on Sep 05, 9:06

    An overseas auction of Alaska Native and Native American sacred objects caused controversy last year among tribes who said the pieces belonged with them. Now, two Alaska Native artifacts — a Tlingit panel and a Chugach mask — have been returned to the 49th state. The Annenberg Foundation, based in California, purchased the sacred items anonymously at […]

  • Sci/Tech

    HealthCare.gov server hacked

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Sep 04, 15:25

    A government security team last month found malware on a Health and Human Services (HHS) server that supports the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, HHS confirmed to CBS News on Thursday. The commonplace malware was designed to launch “denial of service” attacks against other websites, HHS said, and there is no evidence any consumers’ personal information was […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Joan Rivers dead at 81

    by CBS News on Sep 04, 11:16

    Joan Rivers, a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy and television, has died, her daughter confirmed. She was 81. Rivers died at 1:17 p.m. ET Thursday in New York surrounded by family and friends. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said. “Although that is difficult to do right […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Tesla selects Nevada for new battery plant

    by Associated Press on Sep 03, 12:20

    Tesla Motors has selected Nevada for a massive, $5 billion factory that it will build to pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. A person with familiar with Tesla’s plans said Wednesday that Nevada beat out four other states which were vying for the project. The person, who spoke on condition of […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Sterling artist carves her niche in community

    by Hope Miller on Sep 02, 14:55

    It all started with a bet. In 2012, Twyla Showalter struck a deal with the man who is now her husband and agreed to sell her eggshell carvings at a Kenai Central High School holiday bazaar. If it went horribly, he would stop bugging her about turning her art into a business. If it went […]

  • Health

    Anchorage moms promote healthy living to their kids

    by Sierra Starks, Hope Miller on Sep 02, 7:33

    It’s not your typical workout session. On a Wednesday morning in mid-August, a group of Anchorage mothers meet at Chester Creek Park with their little ones in tow. The moms stretch, sing and jog around the park while they push their children in strollers or let the kids out for a supervised romp through the […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    FBI ‘addressing’ leak of celebrities’ nude photos

    by CBS News on Sep 01, 15:04

    The FBI said it was looking into the matter of nude photos of Hollywood celebrities being leaked online by hackers. In a statement, the agency said it was “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.” A publicist for Jennifer Lawrence […]

  • Only in Alaska

    ‘It’s like prehistoric lawn darts’

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 01, 14:20

    It’s a sport that bridges the present and the past — Denali Borough high school students learned firsthand how hard it was to hunt with a tool called an atlatl. “The technology is pretty simple,” explained Phoebe Gilbert, Denali National Park and Preserve archaeologist. “Have you guys ever seen those Chuckits where you throw a tennis […]

  • Health

    Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

    by Associated Press on Sep 01, 10:05

    Safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize their marijuana laws. Researchers who have studied the issue are divided. Marijuana can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking – all those are important driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, stoned drivers […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    State fair hosts duct tape competition

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 31, 19:24

    The Alaska State Fair offers fun in many flavors, including all kinds of contests and competitions. One of the wackier ones on Sunday was the Great Alaska Duct Tape Competition. Contestants of all ages had just 15 minutes to come up with an original creation from duct tape. Winner Marisa Garagues said she didn’t know what […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Food is a main attraction at the state fair

    by Dave Leval on Aug 30, 19:42

    It’s lunch time for Jake Songer and his family at the Alaska State Fair. The Songers have worked up quite an appetite coming from their home in the Kenai Peninsula. They have also found themselves amongst a lot of company in line at M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs. Employees at the hot dog stand show they can […]