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Isabel Taylor and Duncan MacWatt assumed their precious photos had been lost forever when Mrs Taylor dropped a bag containing a memory card

Hard rock: Most of the Grand Canyon, along with many other US attractions, is currently closed

Simon Calder: The land of the free, now disfigured by barricades

Something to Declare

Five-minute memoir: Alexis M Smith's visits to an Alaskan cemetery taught her about life - and maths

'I’ll never forget the day we arrived to find a new grave, covered in paw prints'

Sarah Outen celebrating her arrival at Adak, Alaska

After months of sharks, storms, and hallucinations, Sarah Outen lands in Alaska after rowing from Japan

Independent blogger completed 4,300 miles in 150 days - including proposing to her girlfriend via satellite telephone

Sarah Palin, pictured here in 2011

Page 3 Profile: Sarah Palin, hockey mom

Oh no, what now?

BP complains of 'injustices' in oil spill claims process

BP sought the intervention of federal judges in New Orleans yesterday in the way a court-appointed administrator is assessing and approving claims for payments from a partial settlement over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, calling on them correct what it termed "irreparable injustices".

Alaskan plane crash: 10 killed at Soldotna Airport

Light aircraft bursts into flames leaving pilot and all nine passengers on board dead

Album review: The Silver Seas, Alaska (The Lights)

Pleasant and pleasingly melodic, but lacking the risky edge that makes a band truly great, The Silver Seas are like the living equivalent of a guilty pleasure, Daniel Tashian's songs echoing the sleek, unthreatening demeanour of 1970s AOR.

Weather extremes: freak conditions from around the globe

The world is no stranger to extreme temperatures and those currently baking in the blistering Arizona heat can testify to that.

Gulf oil spill lawyer is suspended for alleged BP scam

Allegations of misconduct have surfaced against a lawyer working for the administrator charged with assessing claims connected to BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Briton 'died on US rafting trip' in Alaska

A British man has died following a white-water rafting trip in America, it has been reported.

Great Bear Stakeout team in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

US Interior Secretary accuses Shell of 'screwing up' Arctic oil drilling

Shell's beleaguered campaign to produce oil in the Arctic has suffered a further setback after the US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the company "screwed up" its attempt to drill in Alaska last year.

Shell delays Arctic drilling plans for a year

Shell last night announced it had shelved its controversial Arctic drilling plans after a series of failures in the quest for fresh oil supplies.

The Kulluk oil rig near Sitkalidak Island, pictured on Tuesday

New twist in stricken rig saga: Shell was moving it to avoid tax

The oil giant will instead suffer a multi-million dollar loss on the exercise after the rig ran aground off the Alaskan coast

'No oil leak' from Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk which ran aground off Alaska

Crews aboard two aircraft which flew over an oil drilling ship that went aground in a severe Alaska storm say there is no sign that the vessel is leaking fuel or that its hull has been breached.

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