It's time to test the new swine flu vaccine on pregnant women. Studies of adults and children are going so well that the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday it is opening the research to 120 women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. The flu always is dangerous to pregnant women, and 6 percent of U.S. swine flu deaths have been among pregnant women. Thevaccine is just a recipe change from the regular flu vaccine long given to pregnant women, but the studies are key to learning what dose is required for protection.
* * *
Flight 93 fliers, crew honored
Two days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, family members of the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 who died that day were honored on Capitol Hill with the unveiling of a bronze plaque paying tribute to their heroism. The plane was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was diverted. The Sept. 11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane as passengers tried to regain control of the cockpit.
* * *
Cuban 5 spy case: The nonprofit Partnership for Civil Justice Fund filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government's Office of Cuba Broadcasting on Wednesday demanding it turn over a list of journalists whom it paid while they were reporting on the prosecution of five Cuban intelligence agents.
Shuttle return: The Discovery's astronauts aimed for landing this evening to wrap up their successful space station delivery mission, but late summer storms threatened to delay them. The forecast called for a chance of thunderstorms today, and conditions are expected to worsen Friday and remain poor Saturday.
Clergy's lapses: One in 33 women who attend worship services regularly have been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, according to a study by researchers from the School of Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Sanford told to go: Sixty-one South Carolina House Republicans asked Gov. Mark Sanford to resign Wednesday, questioning his ability to lead the state since his summertime trip to see a mistress in Argentina and investigations of his state and private travel.