The worn bars in the cell block are seen at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay, August 11, 2011. Seventy-seven years ago on August 11, 1934, a group of federal prisoners classified as "most dangerous" arrived at the new high-security penitentiary designed …

Russia Sentences Cubans to Prison for Trying to Reach U.S. Through Alaska

A court in far eastern Chukotka, Russia, sentenced two Cuban nationals to a provisional sentence of one year in prison on Wednesday for traveling to Russia with the intent of crossing the Bering Strait into Alaska, hoping to establish themselves in the United States.

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Palin Looks to Conquer World’s Longest, Toughest Race

NASCAR’s biggest race turned out to be a wild one on Sunday, as multiple crashes played a major role at the Daytona 500. If you can’t wait another week until more racing action, there’s another race underway in Alaska right now.

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Senate Opens ANWR to Oil Drilling in Tax Reform Vote

The U.S. Senate voted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration and drilling early Wednesday morning, as it passed the Republican tax reform bill on straight party lines, 51-48.

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12 States Where the Second Amendment is Your Carry Permit

While our nation’s overall concealed carry landscape is a patchwork of frustrating laws many Americans struggle to navigate, it is heartening to know that 12 states makes things easy by allowing law-abiding residents to carry guns without any bureaucratic interference.

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Food Stamp Enrollments Down in 46 Out of 50 States

Food stamp enrollment went down over the past year in 46 out of 50 states, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on food stamp enrollment.

In this Aug. 31, 2015 file photo, a grizzly bear looks up from foraging in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. There's a basic rule on what to do if you encounter a bear in the wilderness. That says, "If it's brown, you lie down. If it's black, you fight …

Armed 11-Year-Old Saves Family from Charging Bear

An armed 11-year-old walking to a “fishing hole” with his family in Hoonah, Alaska, saved his uncle and cousin by shooting a brown bear that came out of the woods and charged the group.