- The Washington Times - Monday, September 6, 2010

LOUISIANA

U.S. won’t discuss BP blowout device

NEW ORLEANS | The Justice Department won’t say whether the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from gushing from BP’s undersea well into the Gulf of Mexico is on its way to shore.

Spokeswoman Hannah August declined comment Monday.

The 50-foot, 300-ton device, which was lifted to the surface Saturday, is expected to be analyzed at a NASA facility in Louisiana.

It is not clear, meanwhile, exactly when the final plugging of the well will take place.

Relief well drilling was supposed to resume after Labor Day. The government’s point man on the spill response said Saturday he wanted to wait before giving a firm, updated timeline. BP said recently it didn’t expect to finish the relief well until mid-September.

ALASKA

Senate candidate cited in 3-car crash

ANCHORAGE | The Republican candidate who defeated Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s primary election has been cited with failing to exercise due care to avoid a recent three-car collision.

Joe Miller was involved in the crash in his hometown of Fairbanks three days after the Aug. 24 election and before his surprise victory was confirmed in the counting of thousands of absentee votes and questioned ballots.

Alaska state troopers said Mr. Miller’s vehicle rear-ended a vehicle driven by Denali Park resident James Raisis, who then rear-ended a car driven by Mark Lewis of Fairbanks.

Mr. Lewis was cited with stopping on a highway. He plans to contest the citation and said he was making a left turn and had his signal on when his sedan was struck.

Troopers said no one was hurt.

MASSACHUSETTS

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