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Space shuttle Discovery heads to launch pad for last time

CAPE CANAVERAL

Space shuttle 'Discovery' heads for launch pad

Space shuttle Discovery is headed to the launch pad for the last time. NASA moved Discovery out of its hangar Monday night. The 3½-mile trip to the pad was bittersweet for the space agency, which has only two shuttle missions remaining. Discovery is set to lift off Nov. 1 for the International Space Station. Endeavour will follow in February to wrap up 30 years of shuttle flight. Several hundred NASA contract employees will lose their jobs Oct. 1 in a continuing wave of layoffs.

FORT BLISS, Texas

Shooter is killed after wounding 2

A person opened fire Monday at a convenience store on Fort Bliss, injuring two people before being killed by responding officers, the commander of the west Texas Army post said. Col. Joseph Simonelli Jr. declined to discuss the conditions of the victims or other details of the shooting. Simonelli said the area was roped off for an FBI investigation, but the facility next to El Paso was not under lockdown. The victims were taken to nearby William Beaumont Army Medical Center, said post spokesman Dieter Jester.

CHICAGO

Arrest is made in alleged bomb plot

A man arrested for allegedly placing a backpack he thought contained an explosive near Chicago's Wrigley Field also talked about poisoning Lake Michigan, bombing a landmark skyscraper and assassinating Mayor Richard Daley, according to a federal complaint filed Monday. Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, a Lebanese citizen living in Chicago for about three years, was charged with one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device.

FARMVILLE, Va.

Rapper pleads guilty to killing 4

An aspiring rapper in the "horrorcore" genre pleaded guilty Monday to killing his girlfriend, her parents and her friend days after the adults chaperoned the teens at a music festival featuring songs about raping, killing and mutilating people. Richard "Sam" McCroskey, 21 and from Castro Valley, Calif., pleaded guilty to killing Emma Niederbrock, 16; her parents, Presbyterian minister Mark Niederbrock and Longwood University professor Debra Kelley; and Melanie Wells, 18, of Inwood, W.Va. Their bodies were found last September in Kelley's home.

Elsewhere

Herriman, Utah: Gen. Brian Tarbet, commander of the Utah Army National Guard, took responsibility Monday for a wildfire that led to the evacuation of 1,600 homes on Sunday, saying Guard officials erred when they allowed live-fire training despite high wind warnings.

New York: A large fire under a bridge sent billowing smoke over New York and shut down commuter rail service between Manhattan and the northern suburbs for over two hours on Monday.

Times wires

Space shuttle Discovery heads to launch pad for last time 09/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 12:45am]

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