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JUNK MISSES SPACE COMPLEX

A big piece of space junk safely sped by the International Space Station and shuttle Discovery, missing by less than a mile. The astronauts were still asleep Friday when the old rocket part, measuring 15 feet around, passed by. NASA had been monitoring the situation and decided it was unlikely to be a problem, so controllers did not move the station-shuttle complex. NASA officials said the closest it was to the astronauts was about 4,200 feet - less than a mile. Astronauts went ahead with a space walk Thursday night to install a new, fully loaded tank of space station coolant. The third and final space walk of this mission is scheduled for today for astronauts Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang, who also performed Thursday's space walk. Discovery is scheduled to undock from the space station Tuesday. - Associated Press

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White House to post its guest list online

Reversing a policy embraced by previous presidents of both parties, the Obama administration will make public a listing of visitors to the White House. The White House characterized the move as another step in making the administration more open. "We will achieve our goal of making this administration the most open and transparent administration in history," President Barack Obama said in a statement. Under the policy, the Obama administration will post online the names of White House visitors from the previous 90 to 120 days. The only names withheld under the policy would be people being considered for high-level appointments or people whose known presence at the White House would pose a national security risk, the White House said.

BY THE NUMBERS

$40,000

Estimatedcost of Sarah Palin's midterm resignation as Alaska governor, not including more than $100,000 for a special legislative session in which lawmakers approved a new lieutenant governor.

$14,100

Cost of the July 26 swearing-in ceremony of new Gov. Sean Parnell.

$3,328

Cost of moving Palin and her family from the governor's mansion in Juneau.

$25,000

Opening bid for dinner with Palin, part of a charity auction on eBay for the Ride 2 Recovery program. The 10-day auction starts at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

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