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US shuttle Endeavour docks at space station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour, with six astronauts on board including an Italian, docked at the International Space Station on Wednesday, NASA said. The docking, the next to last for the US shuttle program, took place at 1014 GMT, according to a commentator on NASA TV, which…

Astronauts board Endeavour for next-to-last shuttle flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – Astronauts boarded the space shuttle Endeavour on Monday as it prepared to blast off toward International Space Station on the penultimate flight for the US shuttle program. The 8:56 am (1256 GMT) launch is expected to draw as many as 500,000 onlookers to the area…

Arizona shooting suspect moved for mental tests

PHOENIX, Arizona — The suspect in a January shooting spree that severely wounded a congresswoman has been moved to a federal medical facility for a mental evaluation, court records said on Thursday. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, the prime suspect in the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was transferred to…

Judge orders Loughner mental evaluation in Missouri

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday ordered Jared Lee Loughner, the college dropout charged in January’s Arizona shooting rampage, to undergo a mental evaluation in Missouri to see if he is competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors earlier this month asked for Loughner to receive an evaluation. U.S.…

Fox News chairman Ailes told Palin not to make the ‘blood libel’ video

Among former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s (R) many lucrative jobs is her stint as a Fox News contributor for $1 million per year — which likely also provides her with her largest audience. So before she took to the airwaves to accuse her critics of “blood libel” for tying her…

Obama eyes ‘common sense’ US gun control

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama says it’s time for US lawmakers to tackle the divisive issue of gun control in hopes of preventing tragedies like the Tucson shooting spree that killed six people. In an opinion column published Sunday in the Arizona Daily Star, the main Tucson newspaper, Obama…

NRA chief blames government ‘failures,’ media for Tucson shooting

The head of the National Rifle Association came out swinging Thursday against a wave of gun-control legislation proposed in the wake of the Tucson shooting, saying that government policies and media sensationalism — rather than lax gun laws — were to blame for the tragedy. “If Tucson told us anything,…

PolitiFact: Bachmann’s claims ‘false’ more often than any other politician

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann isn’t letting her lack of credibility get in the way of her presidential ambitions. Only a day before the congresswoman’s Friday visit to Iowa, the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact noted that she had made false statements more often than any public official. “We have checked her…

Police alarmed over graffiti claiming Calif. Gov. Brown to be killed on Valentine’s Day

Santa Ana police were notified Thursday of two different instances of graffiti threatening the life of California Governor Jerry Brown. At 7 a.m., police were called about graffiti at one Greenville Street north of Alton Avenue, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. “We gonna kill Gov. Brown 2…

‘Large amount’ of weapons seized from blogger who cheered Tucson shooting

A Boston-area blogger who declared “one down, 534 to go” after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has had his gun license pulled and a “large amount” of weapons removed his home. Travis Corcoran, a comic book retailer in Arlington, Massachusetts, made the comment in a blog posting on January…

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