Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Russian becomes world's oldest spacewalker at 59

Cosmonaut sets a space record

A 59-year-old Russian cosmonaut became the world's oldest spacewalker on Friday as he and another cosmonaut performed maintenance work outside the International Space Station. Pavel Vinogradov claimed the honor as he emerged from the hatch with Roman Romanenko. But he inadvertently added to the array of space junk when he lost his grip on an experiment tray that he was retrieving toward the end of the 6½-hour spacewalk. The tray contained metal samples, and scientists wanted to see how the material had fared after a year out in the vacuum of space. Otherwise, the spacewalk went well, with the spacewalkers installing new science equipment and replacing a navigation device.

Harry talks trash ahead of a race

Prince Harry said Friday he will take part in a race to the South Pole in November and December, leading a team of wounded British military personnel against counterparts from Australia, Canada and the United States. In a tongue-in-cheek challenge issued at a news conference in London, the 28-year-old royal warned his competitors that the Brits would have some tea "ready for you when you join us at the Pole."

At 82, accused of seeking hit man

An 82-year-old Alabama woman has been accused of trying to arrange for three of her relatives to be killed. Sue Hutchison of the Birmingham suburb of Hoover is charged with three counts each of criminal solicitation and conspiracy to commit murder. She was arrested Thursday. WBRC-TV reported that investigators believe she is concerned about who will inherit her husband's estate when he dies.

Associated Press

Russian becomes world's oldest spacewalker at 59 04/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Death threats take Madeira Beach strife to new level

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Politics here took a nasty turn last week when someone called City Manager Shane Crawford nine times, threatening to kill him, his wife and her children.

    Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford
  2. Forecast: Rainy conditions move out of Tampa Bay as cool front moves in

    Weather

    While Wednesday's storms weren't as bad as expected throughout most of the Tampa Bay area, a few lingering isolated showers could pop up across the region throughout Thursday morning.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  3. Safety improvements coming to deadly U.S. 19 intersection

    Roads

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Over a six-year period, 14 people, including five pedestrians, were killed in traffic crashes near the U.S. 19 intersection with Beacon Woods Drive in Hudson.

    The proposed fixes to the traffic woes at U.S. 19, Beacon Woods Drive, Beach Boulevard and Dipaola Drive in Hudson include a roundabout,  access roads within the Walmart parcel and a future traffic signal.
Josh Solomon | Times
  4. Brooksville's popular Florida Cracker Kitchen aims at statewide expansion

    Retail

    BROOKSVILLE — Florida Cracker Kitchen's inverted cowboy boot logo — seemingly plastered on every pickup truck in Hernando County — may someday be just as ubiquitous across the state.

    Shrimp and grits is a signature dish at Florida Cracker Kitchen, which plans to open more restaurants in the state.
  5. Florida education news: Prekindergarten, charter schools, online education and more

    Blogs

    EARLY EDUCATION: Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten program continues to get high marks for access but low ratings for quality and funding in the National …