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UPDATE 4-Stricken Alaska oil rig refloated and under tow

* Oil rig refloated at 0710 GMT * Weather remains a challenge, with gales forecast * Salvage teams found no signs of breaches to fuel tanks By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A recovery team has refloated a Shell oil drilling rig that ran aground last week near an Alaska island and began towing it on Monday towards a more sheltered position 30 miles away.

Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Cat caught sneaking saw, phone into Brazil prison RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A cat carrying a saw and a mobile phone was "detained" as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported on Saturday. Prison guards were surprised when they saw a white cat crossing the main gate of the prison, its body wrapped with tape. A closer look showed the feline also carried drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries and a phone charger.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-US auto sales close out 2012 on positive note

(Removes reference to 2012 in paragraph 5, to make clear that entire paragraph refers to 2013 industry projections) * Industry on pace to turn in best year since 2007 * Toyota, Honda gained market share in 2012 * Toyota's U.S. December sales up 9 pct, GM up 5 pct * Economic uncertainty in 2013 may dampen sales By Bernie Woodall and Ben Klayman DETROIT, Jan 3 (Reuters) - U.S.

UPDATE 1-Runaway Alaska oil rig dragged two tugs for miles

* Shell's Kulluk drillship "upright and stable" * Coast Guard plans more overflights of grounded rig * Kulluk needed as backup for Shell's other Arctic rig By Andrew Callus and Yereth Rosen LONDON/ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan 2 (Reuters) - The runaway oil rig that ran aground in Alaska on New Year's Eve dragged two vessels trying to control it more than 10 miles ( 16 kilometer s) to ward shore in just over an hour before the crews cut it loose to save themselves in "near hurricane" conditions.
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