Commercial rocket will fly to the space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, a private company will launch a rocket to the International Space Station, sending it on a grocery run this weekend that could be the shape of things to come for America’s space program.
If this unmanned flight and others like it succeed, commercial spacecraft could be ferrying astronauts to the orbiting outpost within five years.
It’s a transition that has been in the works since the middle of the last decade, when President George W. Bush decided to retire the space shuttle and devote more of NASA’s energies to venturing deeper into space.
Saturday’s flight by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is “a thoroughly exciting moment in the history of spaceflight, but is just the beginning of a new way of doing business for NASA,” said President Barack Obama’s chief science adviser, John Holdren.
By handing off space station launches to private business, “NASA is freeing itself up to focus on exploring beyond low Earth orbit for the first time in 40 years.”
California-based Space Exploration, or SpaceX, is the first of several companies hoping to take over the space station delivery business for the U.S. The company’s billionaire mastermind, Elon Musk, puts the odds of success in his favor while acknowledging the chance for mishaps.
Michigan boy finds finger piece in Arby’s sandwich
JACKSON, Mich. (AP0 — A Michigan teen finishing off an Arby’s roast beef sandwich chomped down on something tough that tasted like rubber, so he spit it out.
Turns out it tasted like finger. The fleshy, severed pad of an unfortunate employee’s finger, apparently.
Ryan Hart, 14, told the Jackson Citizen Patriot on Wednesday that once he got a good look at it, he knew right away what had been in the junior roast beef sandwich he was eating last Friday.
“I was like, `That (has) to be a finger,’” Hart said “I was about to puke. ... It was just nasty.”
The employee apparently cut her finger on a meat slicer and left her station without immediately telling anyone, said Steve Hall, the environmental health director for the Jackson County health department. Her co-workers continued filling orders until they found out what had happened, he said.
John Gray, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Arby’s, released a statement Wednesday apologizing for what he described as an isolated and “unfortunate incident.”
5 shot, 3 dead, in west Louisville neighborhood
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two shootings in a western Louisville neighborhood have left three people dead and police say two more have been hospitalized.
An AP reporter on the scene saw three bodies Thursday afternoon.
Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said two bodies were found at a house where four people had been shot.
As police investigated, onlookers and reporters dove for cover when several shots rang out. Shortly after, a sheet was placed over a third body on the sidewalk and two people were placed in handcuffs.
Mitchell said two others who were wounded have been taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where one was in critical condition.
The victims’ identities haven’t been released, and police didn’t release any information about what may have happened.
Closing arguments in John Edwards trial
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A prosecutor used John Edwards’ own stump speech against him in closing arguments at his corruption trial Thursday, saying the presidential candidate violated campaign finance laws meant to protect “the two Americas” in order to cover up a lurid sex scandal.
Edwards is accused of orchestrating a scheme to take about $1 million from two wealthy campaign donors to hide his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter while he ran for the White House in 2008. In the 2004 campaign, when he ran for vice president with Sen. John Kerry, Edwards spoke often of the two Americas, saying the rich and poor needed an equal say.
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