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When Victoria Pendleton stepped off a bike for the last time at the London Olympics, she felt nothing but relief. She was 31, her race was run, her time was up. She was now a former sprint cyclist, albeit one with two gold medals. She embraced the fact.
The man who pays his way
The Andean eco-region of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve starts at 4,200m above sea level and covers more than 700,000 hectares in the far south-west of Bolivia.
Four years ago, she was the new Republican sensation, the most electrifying vice-presidential nominee in recent history. Now, it seems, Sarah Palin may not even be granted an official speaking slot at the party's coronation of Mitt Romney in Tampa, Florida, at the end of next month.
The Oscar-nominated 'Into the Wild' revealed to the world the tragic irony of Christopher McCandless's final days - trapped by the wilderness he adored. Now, a new book of his personal notes and photos collated by his family offers an intimate picture of the adventurer's love for America's backcountry - and desperation as he saw his end approaching
A neon orange goo that appeared in a remote Alaskan village last week has scientists baffled.
The fate of a shipment of bath toys missing since 1992 has led to greater knowledge of the world's oceans
An unprecedented investigation into the biology of hibernating bears has provided scientists with vital insight into "suspended animation", which might one day allow future space travellers to sleep for months at a time.
Chalk it up as a home win for Sarah Palin. In one of the biggest upsets of what has already been a hugely successful summer for political underdogs, a virtually-unknown lawyer from Alaska has won a surprise victory in the State's Republican primary, unseating a well-established but far less conservative incumbent in the process.
Contrary to impressions that may have arisen since 2008, the politician who put Alaska on the map was not a certain Sarah Palin. That distinction unequivocally belonged to Ted Stevens – "Uncle Ted" to many Alaskans who could barely remember a time when he was not representing America's largest state in the US Senate, securing billions of federal dollars for its development.
Levi Johnston may be following in Sarah Palin's footsteps. His manager, Tank Jones, has confirmed a report on Variety Magazine's website that Mr Johnston is planning to run for city office in his home town of Wasilla, Alaska, as part of a reality TV show.
The parents of a pregnant British mother accused of being part of a US terrorism plot have protested her innocence, it emerged today.
Nestled in the vast tundra of Alaska's North Slope, the island of Kaktovik is hard to spot on a map. A remote region, surrounded by sea ice, it is part of a 19.6 million-acre area of Arctic wildlife reserve, and boasts a fierce natural environment. In winter, temperatures regularly drop to minus 20 degrees, and strong winds hurtle across the sprawling, snow-white plains – making this the ideal natural habitat for some of the 25,000 polar bears still living in the wild today, as well as caribou, Arctic fox and more than 125 species of bird.
The American right's darling sold a record-breaking 300,000 copies of her autobiography on day one. What does this say about the US?
Late-night TV host David Letterman has apologised to his wife on his Late Show, saying she had been "horribly hurt by my behaviour."
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