Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

NASA to astronauts: Rain delays likely for return

cape canaveral

rain could delay morning shuttle landing

NASA warned Discovery's astronauts Sunday to expect rain delays as they wrapped up their two-week mission. The space shuttle and its crew of seven were scheduled to land this morning. For its first opportunity at 8:48 a.m., Discovery was to zoom over British Columbia and Alberta, swing down over Montana and the Dakotas, and pass over Sioux City, Iowa and the middle of Missouri. It would come down over the eastern border of Arkansas and Tennessee, then over northeastern Mississippi and Alabama, southwestern Georgia and almost directly over Jacksonville. A second chance would occur 1½ hours later.


Hard-liner wins leadership role

Hard-line challenger Dervis Eroglu won a key Turkish Cypriot leadership election, vowing to continue peace talks amid fears his victory could grind reunification negotiations with the Greek Cypriots to a halt and scuttle Turkey's bid for European Union membership. Eroglu won with 50.38 percent of the vote, to leftist incumbent Mehmet Ali Talat's 42.85, according to results posted on the Turkish Cypriot High Electoral Board's Web site. Candidates needed 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff.


Cigar legend Robaina is buried

Hundreds of friends and relatives bid farewell to the godfather of Cuban tobacco, who was buried Sunday in a casket adorned with a half-smoked cigar bearing his name and a yellow tobacco flower. Alejandro Robaina, a 91-year-old legend who was the only Cuban to have a cigar brand named after him, died Saturday from cancer after doctors discovered inoperable tumors on his lungs and kidney, his grandson, Hirochi Robaina, said.

puerto rico

Earthquake rattles two islands

No damage or injuries were reported in what the U.S. Geological Survey recorded as a magnitude-5.1 temblor in the Mona Passage separating the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The epicenter was roughly 37 miles south-southeast of the Dominican city of Higuey in the easternmost province of La Altagracia.


Prize-winner goes above and beyond

When Thuli Makama set out to help struggling communities, she envisioned mediating agreements allowing people to collect firewood from wildlife parks. Instead, she ended up fighting to save lives. Makama, head of the Swazi environment group Yonge Nawe, has been investigating allegations of private park rangers killing suspected poachers in sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy. Today, she was named one of the winners of the U.S.-based Goldman Environmental Prize, the most prestigious international award for environmental activists.


Armed troops guard 'Wall Street'

Troops armed with assault rifles moved into Bangkok's central business district this morning to stop thousands of anti-government protesters threatening to march down the capital's "Wall Street." The government earlier declared Silom Road, a thoroughfare studded with bank headquarters and office buildings, off-limits to the protesters who have camped in the capital's main shopping district nearby for weeks.

Times wires

NASA to astronauts: Rain delays likely for return 04/18/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 18, 2010 10:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Fennelly: Bucs' Roberto Aguayo has his backers, no matter how many kicks he misses


    He was perfect Friday, and not just because he didn't have to kick.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) takes a photo with fans following the first day of training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 28, 2017.
  2. Starbucks to close all Teavana locations, including five in Tampa Bay


    Local Teavana locations include Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg, International Plaza and Westfield Citrus Park in Tampa, Brandon and Clearwater.

    Starbucks announced Thursday plans to shut down all 379 Teavana stores, citing "underperformance." Starbucks acquired the mall-based tea chain for $620 million in 2012. [ CANDICE CHOI | AP file photo]
  3. What to watch this weekend: 'The Last Tycoon,' 'Room 104,' 'Rick and Morty'


    Checking in: Room 104

    Listen up, fans of Hitchcock and American Horror Story. Room 104 might be your next obsession. With a premise that feels experimental, Room 104 explores one of film's most traditional styles - telling a story from the inside of just one room. The HBO series is from …

    Each episode of Room 104 follows the guests of a single motel rom and the strange and wonderful things they experience.
  4. Rubio: I intend to keep campaign promises on Obamacare


    WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio says he remains committed to overturning Obamacare following the collapse of the latest attempt.

  5. Family spokeswoman: British baby Charlie Gard has died


    LONDON — Charlie Gard, the critically ill British baby at the center of a legal battle that attracted the attention of Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump, has died. He would have turned 1 next week.

    This is an undated photo of sick baby Charlie Gard provided by his family, taken at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. [Family of Charlie Gard via AP]