NUCLEAR WORK speeded up, u.n. agency says
Iran appears to be accelerating key components of its nuclear program, installing advanced machines for enriching uranium and moving some equipment into underground bunkers less vulnerable to airstrikes, U.N. nuclear inspectors said in a report Friday. The International Atomic Energy Agency also expressed "increasing concerns" about past — and possibly ongoing — research by Iranian scientists on nuclear warhead design. Iran has insisted repeatedly that its nuclear program is peaceful.
VAN HORN, Texas
Spaceship fails during test flight
An unmanned spacecraft bankrolled by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos failed during a test flight last week. The vehicle became unstable at 45,000 feet and ground controllers had to terminate it as a precaution. Additional details about what went wrong were not released Friday. Bezos founded Blue Origin to develop a vertical takeoff and landing rocketship that would fly passengers to suborbital space. It has won money from NASA to compete to go into orbit as a space taxi now that the space shuttle fleet is retired.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.
Mother charged in children's deaths
An Illinois mother arrested as she sat with a shotgun outside a St. Louis TV station was charged Friday with shooting to death her two youngest children. Yokeia Smith, 25, faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of daughter Yokela Smith, 4, and son Levada Brown, 5. Their bodies were found in the family's apartment after an 8-year-old brother escaped unharmed.
Man accused of having terror video
A 24-year-old Virginia resident was arrested Friday and accused of helping produce a video for a terrorist group in Pakistan. Jubair Ahmad, a Pakistani native, produced and uploaded a five-minute propaganda video to YouTube on behalf of Lashkar e Tayyiba, a Pakistan terrorist group, according to court documents.
New arrest in hacking inquiry
A 34-year-old man was arrested in London on Friday as part of investigations into phone hacking, the police said in a statement. He is the 15th person held since a wide-ranging investigation into criminality at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World newspaper began early this year. In line with Metropolitan Police policy, the man was not named.
Military units okay magazine for gays
With the U.S. military on the verge of allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly, Army and Air Force officials have approved the distribution of a magazine targeting gay service members at bases. OutServe Magazine will hit store shelves at bases on Sept. 20, the day the Pentagon plans to formally end enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans gays from serving openly.
Hesperia, Calif.: A wildfire erupted Friday along Interstate 15 between Southern California and Las Vegas, forcing the evacuations of 1,500 homes in Southern California and destroying two mobile homes.
Japan: New Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda promised on Friday to keep Japan on its path of phasing out nuclear power. Times wires