Arrest made in trooper slayings
A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two troopers in a remote village, the Alaska State Troopers said Friday.
Nathaniel Lee Kangas, 19, is under arrest in the slayings Thursday of Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson in the isolated community of Tanana. Troopers said formal charges against the Tanana man were being prepared by troopers with the state Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals.
A second Tanana man, Arvin Kangas, 58, is charged with assault in connection with a Wednesday incident involving a village public safety officer. Resident Ruby Cruger said that she is related to the men, and that they are father and son. Cruger said she did not know the details of the shooting.
The two troopers were occasionally featured on the National Geographic Channel's Alaska State Troopers, which focuses on the state's wild terrain. They were not filming when they were shot. - AP
A temporary hospital is on its way from North Carolina to Louisville, Miss., to help fill the gap after this week's deadly tornado heavily damaged Winston County's only hospital, a nursing home, and medical offices. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kirsti Clifford said that the first 12 trucks carrying tents and equipment left Friday and that six more trucks were being loaded. The facility will be set up on a four-acre paved site, with an emergency room, surgery unit, inpatient beds, an X-ray machine, and a lab. - AP
Infection now in U.S.
A case of the sometimes fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, has been reported in Indiana, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The announcement marks the first time a patient with the infection has been identified in the United States, CDC officials said. The patient is a health-care provider who had been working in Saudi Arabia. - L.A. Times