Endeavour hopes to return Sunday night
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour aimed for a landing back at NASA's spaceport Sunday night, but rainy and cloudy weather threatened to delay the astronauts' homecoming.
Endeavour and its crew of six are returning from a bigger and certainly brighter International Space Station. They added a new room and a dome containing seven windows in a highly successful mission that won presidential praise.
LeRoy Cain, chairman of the mission management team, said Saturday there's about a 50-50 chance — maybe a little better — that the weather will cooperate.
Family sues for cash and mom's head
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado family and an Arizona nonprofit are fighting in court over who gets the head of a woman who died this month, along with a $50,000 annuity she left behind.
At issue is whether 71-year-old Mary Robbins' head and brain will be preserved by cryonics — extremely cold temperatures — in the expectation that future technology may be able to bring her back to life and restore her health. Lawyers for both sides appeared in probate court Friday but the case hasn't been resolved.
Robbins, of Colorado Springs, died Feb. 9. Her family said she was suffering from cancer. In 2006, she signed documents giving the Alcor Life Extension Foundation of Scottsdale, Ariz., the right to cryogenically preserve her head and brain. She also agreed to give the nonprofit foundation a $50,000 annuity to cover preservation costs.
Her daughter, Darlene Robbins, said her mother changed her mind in her last days because of the procedures that preservation would have required before she died, including tubes in her throat and nose, intravenous lines and medications. Robbins' body is stored on dry ice at a Colorado Springs mortuary until custody is settled.
Woman, 2 children fall through ice, die
WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois say a mother, her 7-year-old son and his 6-year-old friend appear to have fallen through the ice and drowned in a lake in St. Clair County.
Officials identified the victims as 40-year-old Kathy Baxmeyer; her son, Kadin; and his friend Steven "Austin" Baum. Authorities said the bodies were recovered from the lake early Saturday.
Authorities say they began investigating after receiving a report that the 6-year-old boy was missing. Officials say they searched the lake at the Baxmeyer's residence after finding boots and gloves nearby. Authorities say it looks like the deaths were accidental, but that they are investigating and autopsies are planned.
Dalai Lama OK with low-key reception
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Dalai Lama says he isn't offended by the low-key reception he received from President Barack Obama during his visit to the White House earlier this week.
The exiled spiritual leader told the AP on Saturday that he understands Obama must be practical in juggling his desire for human rights in Tibet, while not angering China, a growing economic power. Obama hosted the Dalai Lama on Thursday but kept the get-together off-camera and low-key in an attempt to avoid inflaming tensions with China.
FBI investigating cruise ship death
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The FBI is investigating the death of a 32-year-old woman found in her room on a cruise ship.
FBI special agent Shauna Dunlap tells the Galveston County Daily News that authorities are trying to determine whether the woman's death aboard the Carnival Ecstasy was the result of foul play.
The ship's operator, Carnival Cruise Lines, said in a statement Saturday that the woman's body was found Tuesday.