- - Sunday, August 14, 2011

ALASKA

2 die, but 4 survive wilderness plane crash

ANCHORAGE — Authorities say two people have died in a plane crash in the Alaska wilderness, and four others aboard the small aircraft survived.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said the survivors were being flown to an Anchorage hospital. The identities of the six on board the Inland Aviation Service plane were not immediately released.

The single-engine Cessna 207 departed Saturday evening from the community of McGrath, about 225 miles northwest of Anchorage. A pilot and five Iditarod School District employees on board were heading to the village of Anvik, which is about 140 miles to the west.

CALIFORNIA

Rembrandt drawing stolen from hotel lobby

MARINA DEL REY — A drawing by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, valued at $250,000, was stolen from a hotel in Southern California in what sheriff’s investigators said was a well-planned heist.

The pen-and-ink drawing, thought to be called “The Judgment,” was nabbed Saturday night while a curator was distracted by a guest at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Sunday.

“When the curator turned back to the Rembrandt, it was gone,” Mr. Whitmore said, adding that it “was a well-thought-out, well-executed theft.”

The drawing was part of an exhibit at the hotel sponsored by San Francisco’s Linearis Institute. Detectives think the theft of the Rembrandt drawing occurred during a 15-minute window starting at 10:20 p.m.

KANSAS

Major grocers recall ground beef products

DODGE CITY — At least three major grocery store chains have recalled some of their ground beef packages because they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Winn-Dixie, Publix and Kroger announced the recalls Sunday, saying they stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there have been no reports of illnesses.

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