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SAMOA PLANS TO GO BACK TO THE FUTURE

Samoa plans to leap 24 hours into the future so it can be on the same weekday as Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia, offsetting a decision made 119 years ago to align itself with U.S. traders based in California. Samoa has found its interests lying more with the Asia-Pacific region and wants to switch back to the west side of the line, which separates one calendar day from the next and runs roughly north-to-south through the middle of the Pacific Ocean. No date has been set.

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U.S. library focus is on gay rights

Documents from gay rights history are on display for the first time at the Library of Congress, part of an exhibit on constitutional history and civil rights protections. They belong to gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, who was fired as a government astronomer in 1957 because he was gay. On display is his 1961 petition to the U.S. Supreme Court contesting the firing. Though denied, his was the first petition to the high court for a violation of civil rights based on sexual orientation.

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Shuttle launch is set for Monday

Endeavour got a green light to launch at 8:56 a.m. Monday, even though NASA is not certain about the root cause of an electrical failure that scrubbed the April 29 launch attempt. Mission management team chairman Mike Moses said NASA officials have "full confidence" that they have isolated the problem to a switch box, or to some wiring, and both have been replaced.

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