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Skier caught

in avalanche dies

A man died after being caught in an avalanche while skiing, state troopers said Sunday. Troopers said the victim of the avalanche, reported Saturday evening, is tentatively identified as Eric Peterson, 35, of Delta Junction.

They said Michael Hopper, 63, was skiing with Peterson when they were caught in the avalanche near milepost 205 of the Richardson Highway.

Hopper told authorities that it took him two to three hours to dig himself out and that once free, he found Peterson's glove. He then dug into the snow and found Peterson dead.

According to troopers, Hopper flagged down a motorist on the highway and contacted troopers.

Troopers were among responders to the scene, where conditions were unstable with heavy snow.

Conditions will be evaluated before a body recovery is attempted. - AP

Arrest in fatal fires

North Carolina authorities say they have arrested a man suspected of involvement in suspicious fires that killed two people and heavily damaged two large condominium buildings in a seaside community. Carolina Beach Police Chief Keith Hinkle said Sunday that Marshall Doran, 22, is charged with attempted first-degree burglary. Hinkle said Doran is a "person of interest" in three fires early Saturday. Two bodies were recovered from the rubble of the condominium buildings. - AP

Celebrating 110

Emily Tremonti is celebrating a big milestone - her 110th birthday. There weren't quite that many candles on her cake Saturday at the elder residence where she lives in Fairfield but she was surrounded by many people who love her. Great-great-niece Mary-Kate Mele says her Aunt "Em" didn't have children but has generations of nieces and nephews. - AP