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Gas tank drilling thieves strike in Elko again

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A mysterious gasoline thief has struck again in rural northeast Nevada.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports the latest victims include the newspaper itself.

Police say the gas thieves have hit more than a dozen vehicles the past month, drilling holes in gas tanks and apparently draining the fuel into buckets.

In addition to a newspaper truck, tanks were tapped over the weekend at a car dealer, a laundry and a grocery store.

Earlier targets included a city councilman's truck and a state-owned SUV at NV Job Connect.

Police have no suspects. They say they haven't been able to establish any pattern to the thefts.

And if the price of gasoline isn't bad enough, authorities say replacement tanks are costing the victims anywhere from $500 to $2,000.

Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Ed Koch's tombstone engraved with wrong birth date 

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch meticulously planned his own funeral, but his tombstone has the wrong birth date.

NBC 4 New York reported Monday that the headstone lists his birth year as 1942 instead of 1924.

The engraver, Tommy Flynn, of Flynn Funeral and Cremation Memorial Services, says it was "an inadvertent error" and that he feels "terrible." He says he'll correct it.

Koch was buried in Trinity Church cemetery in Washington Heights after dying of congestive heart failure in February at 88.

The Democratic mayor is credited with helping save New York from its economic crisis in the 1970s and leading it to financial rebirth.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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