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Space walk No. 2: Astronauts improve space station

cape canaveral

last space walk involves some spit and polish

Discovery's astronauts took a final space walk at the International Space Station on Wednesday. Alvin Drew headed to a broken pump and drained the ammonia to make it safe for handling in case it's returned to Earth on the last shuttle mission this summer. He and Stephen Bowen completed their to-do list, installing a rail car light and an outdoor robot's camera. They also removed an experiment platform and some insulation. It was a hodgepodge of relatively minor jobs that will leave the orbiting lab in the best possible condition once shuttles stop flying.

washington

Manning faces 22 new leak charges

The man suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive and classified documents to the Wiki-Leaks anti-secrecy group was charged with aiding the enemy, a crime that can bring the death penalty or life in prison. The Army filed 22 new charges against Pvt. 1st Class Bradley E. Manning, including causing intelligence information to be published on the Internet. The charges don't specify which documents, but they involve the suspected distribution by the military analyst of more than 250,000 State Department cables as well as a raft of Iraq and Afghanistan war logs.

south dakota

Abortion bill would require 3-day wait

The state Senate voted 21-13 to require women to wait 72 hours before they can have abortions and to submit to counseling about why they shouldn't go through with the procedures. It was sent to Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who declined to tell the Associated Press if he intended to sign the bill.

los angeles

Police chief backs magazine limits

Police Chief Charlie Beck endorsed a proposed federal ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that have been used in mass shootings, most recently the wounding of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the death of six people in Arizona. If passed, the bill would prohibit the sale or transfer of any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, though possession of magazines legally purchased before the ban's start date would be allowed. The bill was written by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., whose husband was killed and son seriously wounded in a 1993 shooting.

norfolk, va.

Navy pulls 10 from destroyer

The U.S. Navy fired a destroyer commander and a top aide and removed eight sailors from their ship in the Mediterranean after misbehavior by the crew in overseas ports that included drunk and disorderly conduct. The U.S. 6th Fleet said Cmdr. Nathan Borchers was relieved from the USS Stout on Tuesday. He had taken command of the Norfolk-based ship in December.

Elsewhere

California: Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Sen. Robert Kennedy serving a life sentence for the 1968 murder, was denied parole for the 14th time.

Hawaii: Democratic Daniel Akaka, 86, will not run for re-election next year after 22 years in the U.S. Senate.

New York: Fox News Channel suspended the contracts of on-air contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for two months as they explore a White House run.

Pennsylvania: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday declared the eastern cougar to be extinct.

Times wires

Space walk No. 2: Astronauts improve space station 03/02/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 10:27pm]
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