Cruise Ship Passengers Helping Themselves To Free Coffee & Donuts At Homeless Shelter

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We get it: Cruises can be expensive, and often the food and drink at ports of call can be pricier than what you pay back home. But that doesn’t mean you have to bogart the free coffee and donuts at the homeless shelter near the dock. [More]

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SCOTUS Backs Hunter Who Uses A Hovercraft To Track Moose In National Preserve

Hovercraft. Moose. The Supreme Court of the United States. If you think those three things are totally unrelated, well, you’re wrong. The highest court in the land ruled in support of a hunter who uses a hovercraft to track moose in a national preserve in Alaska, overturning a lower court’s ruling. [More]

Naked Woman Trashed Subway Restaurant, ‘Appeared To Be On Drugs’

Naked Woman Trashed Subway Restaurant, ‘Appeared To Be On Drugs’

We don’t know what a woman spent two hours doing in the bathroom before she went on a rampage and trashed a Subway restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska, but one of her agenda items was “remove clothing.” Police say that she emerged from the restaurant and started to destroy the furniture, tear down ceiling tiles, and cause general mayhem. [More]

Fred Meyer Kicks Off Christmas Decoration Season On Labor Day

Fred Meyer Kicks Off Christmas Decoration Season On Labor Day

While Alaska is closer to the North Pole than the rest of the country, that doesn’t mean that the Christmas season starts any earlier there than it does in the Lower 48. Unless, of course, you’re retailer Fred Meyer. Or does the Christmas season start on Labor Day everywhere now? [More]

Beaver Wanders Into A Lowe’s Store, Finds Nothing Useful

Beaver Wanders Into A Lowe’s Store, Finds Nothing Useful

If you find a trip to your local home-improvement superstore daunting and stressful, imagine being a young adult beaver preparing to build your first home. One of the rodents wandered into the chain’s location in Fairbanks, Alaska, and wandered the store’s aisles aimlessly. It was as likely to find twigs and mud as you are to agree on a paint shade for the master bedroom. [More]

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Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal In Alaska — With Some Restrictions

Alaska became the third state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana as of today — but only if you can figure out a way to get your hands on some without actually buying it from someone else. Smoking, growing and owning marijuana is all cool under the new law, but handing over money for the stuff or smoking it in public places is still illegal.

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Voters In Oregon, Alaska, Washington D.C. Legalize Marijuana

Break out the celebratory brownies: Alaska, Oregon and D.C. are joining the ranks Washington State and Colorado, after residents had their say in last night’s vote and legalized marijuana where they live, in varying degrees. [More]

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Kids Tasked With Dumping Alaska Village’s “Honey Buckets” Likely Psyched To Finally Get Indoor Plumbing

Aren’t chores the worst, kids? Yes, sure, taking out the trash and emptying the dishwasher are both bummer gigs, but let’s all just thank our lucky stars that we were never in charge of dumping buckets of human waste at the town receptacle. To that end, kids in one Alaska village where many homes don’t have indoor plumbing are probably pretty pumped to hear that “honey bucket” duty is almost at an end. [More]

3 Things We Learned About Delivering Pizza Above The Arctic Circle

3 Things We Learned About Delivering Pizza Above The Arctic Circle

If during this past winter you hesitated to order pizza delivery because you felt bad dragging the pizza guy/gal out in the frigid weather, the story of what it’s like to deliver hot food in the country’s northernmost town may make you realize that your local Domino’s driver doesn’t have it so bad. [More]

Home Depot Worker Swoops In To Save Falling Baby

Home Depot Worker Swoops In To Save Falling Baby

So imagine you’re working at the store one day when out of the corner of your eye you see a baby about to fall to the floor from atop a shopping cart. Would you be fast enough to save the day? [More]

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Is Climate Change Making Oyster-Eaters Sick?

Climate change and global warming have been blamed for a lot of things, but one possible link between warming sea water and food-borne illnesses could be awfully depressing to folks who enjoy chowing down on raw oysters. [More]

Sears Has Your Toaster In Maine. You Live In Alaska.

Sears Has Your Toaster In Maine. You Live In Alaska.

In hindsight, Marla would have been better off ordering a toaster and a toaster oven from anywhere except Sears. But she didn’t know that the company has entered the next phase of its existence as a massive anti-capitalist prank, and has now added an absurdist theater aspect to the project. At least, that’s the only explanation for some of the conversations Marla had when her toaster didn’t show up. First, they refused to understand that the toaster wasn’t in the box at all. Then, she received a call to come pick up her floor-model toaster at a store in Maine. Marla lives in Alaska.

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Russia Wants To Connect With Alaska Via Tunnel

Russia Wants To Connect With Alaska Via Tunnel

In what at a first glance seems like an supervillain plot from a James Bond movie, Russia wants to dig a 64-mile tunnel that connects Siberia and Alaska. The $65 billion project would allow for travel via a high-speed railway and connect the countries with energy links and fiber optic cable.

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Get A Refund After An Airfare Pricedrop

Get A Refund After An Airfare Pricedrop

It is possible to get a refund for the difference if the airfare drops after you buy your ticket, but you’ll usually have to fly one of these three airlines to make it worth your while.

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BP To Pay $25 Million Penalty For Alaska Oil Spill

BP To Pay $25 Million Penalty For Alaska Oil Spill

Long before BP was cutting costs — and spilling oodles of oil — into the Gulf of Mexico, it was polluting the soil in Alaska by refusing to properly maintain its pipeline system. And now your Worst Company In America has agreed to pony up $25 million to settle the federal investigation into a massive Alaska spill in Prudhoe Bay.

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See The Show BP Would Rather Blot Out With Black
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See The Show BP Would Rather Blot Out With Black Gook

Catch the FRONTLINE doc on the BP Gulf spill on PBS tonight. A newly released excerpt shows how the oil giant behaved in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, pushing aging infrastructure that was supposed to only last until 1987 for years past its limits.

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For Your Next Vacation, Try Norwegian's Exciting All-Upsell Cruise

For Your Next Vacation, Try Norwegian's Exciting All-Upsell Cruise

Jarrod tells Consumerist that his father-in-law recently traveled to Alaska with Norwegian Cruise Line. His biggest gripe was that everything a passenger could do on board, including purchases in the gift shop, carried an automatic 18% gratuity. This would be acceptable if the service were good enough to justify a tip at all. But Jarrod notes, “[Room stewards] knew they were getting an automatic 18%, so why work for it?”

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Are You Ready For Smoked Salmon Vodka?

Are You Ready For Smoked Salmon Vodka?

Because there is apparently a lack of meat-flavored vodkas in the world, a distillery in Alaska has recently unleashed a version of the distilled spirit infused with the unmistakable taste of smoked salmon.

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