Space shuttle crew prepares to head home
The astronauts aboard the orbiting shuttle and station complex shook hands and hugged goodbye Tuesday as the doors swung shut between their spacecraft on the eve of undocking. Gregory Chamitoff, the international space station's newest resident, said he was sad to see his friends go, "but I'm looking forward to the adventure ahead." As for Garrett Reisman, headed home after three months in orbit, it was a satisfying moment. He had hugs for Chamitoff and the two Russians he was leaving behind. Discovery is scheduled to pull away from the space station this morning, ending a nine-day visit that was highlighted by the installation of a new Japanese lab. The shuttle and its crew of seven are due back on Earth on Saturday.
Judge: Change lethal injection
Ohio must stop using its three-drug combination and instead use a single, anesthetic drug to execute its condemned prisoners, because the current lethal injection process doesn't provide the quick and painless death required by Ohio law, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge ruled Tuesday. Burge ruled in favor of Ruben Rivera and Ronald McCloud, who are awaiting trial in separate murder cases and could receive death sentences if convicted. State officials were reviewing the decision, said Jim Gravelle, a spokesman for the state attorney general.
After five decades, gay couple to wed
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon's nuptials at City Hall ignited the gay wedding spree that thrust San Francisco into the national spotlight in 2004. Now the city is planning a repeat of the ceremony when gay marriage becomes legal in California on Tuesday. Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to officiate at the couple's wedding, just as he did for them in 2004. The clerk's office will issue licenses for other couples beginning Wednesday. Martin, 87, and Lyon, 84, are lesbian activists who have been together for more than five decades. They were plaintiffs in the California Supreme Court case that led to the state's legalization of gay marriage.
Baby bottles safe, FDA official says
Plastic baby bottles and water bottles are safe, a federal health official said Tuesday, seeking to ease public concerns about the health hazards of a chemical used in the products. Dr. Norris Alderson, the Food and Drug Administration's associate commissioner for science, said small amounts of bisphenol A can be released as plastics break down but the agency's review shows the level of exposure is safe.