- - Monday, January 16, 2012

ALASKA

Fuel transfer begins from tanker at Nome

ANCHORAGE — Crews have begun transferring 1.3 million gallons of fuel from a Russian fuel tanker to the iced-in western Alaska city of Nome.

Stacey Smith of Vitus Marine, the fuel supplier that arranged to have the Russian tanker Renda and its crew deliver the fuel, said the offloading began around sundown Monday.

Earlier, crews laid two hoses for the transfer along a stretch of Bering Sea ice.

Jason Evans, board chairman of the Sitnasuak Native Corp., said crews Monday hooked the hoses to a pipeline 550 yards from the tanker.

The city of 3,500 didn’t get its last barge fuel delivery before winter because of a massive storm. Without the Renda’s delivery, Nome would run out of fuel long before the next barge delivery is possible.

ARIZONA

Tucson base lockdown arose from mistake

PHOENIX — An official with an Arizona air force base in Tucson says the false report of a hostage-taking at the base in September was the result of a misunderstanding.

Capt. Jonathan Simmons told the Arizona Republic that officials at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base don’t believe it was a hoax but rather a mistake.

There were unconfirmed reports of gunfire at the base Sept. 16, which prompted officials to limit traffic onto the base and lock down schools. No weapons or gunman were found.

Emails among Air Force officials sent during the six-hour episode indicate fears of a tragedy similar to the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in which an Army psychiatrist is accused of killing 13 and wounding dozens.

CALIFORNIA

Homeless-killings suspect held in isolation

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