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The real Sarah Palin greets the crowd during a 2008 election rally

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A screen portrayal has hit a raw nerve with America's right. Is it too close to the truth?

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The Grey (15)

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BP on trial over 'broken promises' that led to second oil spill in Alaska

BP could be forced to pay higher penalties over the 2006 Prudhoe Bay oil spill, the worst onshore pipeline leak in Alaska's history, depending on the outcome of a trial under way in Anchorage.

Polar bear shot dead by BP guard in Alaska

British Petroleum has again drawn the ire of environmentalists after a security guard at one of its Alaskan oil fields shot dead a polar bear, an animal listed as threatened with extinction.

'I am reborn. This is my dawn': The remarkable life and lonely death of Christopher McCandless

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

Orange goo in Alaska was fungal spores, not tiny eggs

An orange-coloured goo that streaked the shore of a remote Alaska village turned out to be fungal spores, not millions of microscopic eggs as indicated by a preliminary analysis.

Mysterious Alaskan 'goo' identified as fat-filled eggs

A strange, orange-coloured goo that appeared on the shores of a remote Alaskan village last week has been identified as millions of microscopic eggs.

Mysterious orange goo leaves Alaskan villagers baffled

A neon orange goo that appeared in a remote Alaskan village last week has scientists baffled.

Robert Headland: It's not totally safe, it's not inevitably a disaster – the truth lies in between

A lot of people are economical with the truth when they talk about the consequences of drilling for oil.

Teens mauled by bear in Alaska

Alaska State Troopers say a brown bear that was with her cub attacked teens participating in a survival skills course, badly injuring two in the group.

Missing British newlyweds found safe in Canada

A British couple reported missing in Canada were enjoying their holiday unaware of a major search for them.

BP Alaska fined $25m for oil leak

BP's subsidiary in Alaska will pay a $25m (£15m) civil penalty under a settlement that comes five years after more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from company pipelines.

BP fined $25m over Alaska oil spill

BP has agreed to pay a $25m (£15m) civil penalty plus interest to settle a federal investigation into a 2006 pipeline oil spill on Alaska's North Slope, according to court papers filed yesterday.

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