Endeavour fuels up again for a try Monday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Despite more clouds on the horizon, NASA fueled Endeavour for the second straight night Sunday in hopes of sending the shuttle on the last big space station construction mission.
The launch team began pumping millions of gallons of fuel into Endeavour just as the Super Bowl was kicking off to the south in Miami. NASA's launch director, Mike Leinbach, told his controllers to be at their computers, ready to support the launch, football or not. He said there would be no distractions in the firing room, scene of all the shuttle monitoring.
Endeavour and its crew of six were scheduled to blast off at 4:14 a.m. Monday with a new room and observation deck for the International Space Station.
Sunday morning's try was spoiled by thick, low clouds. Although more of the same was hovering over the launch site late Sunday, forecasters went with a 60 percent chance of acceptable weather.
S.F. brawl, shooting kills 1, injures 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say one person is dead and four critically injured after a shooting outside a nightclub near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.
The shooting around 1:40 a.m. Sunday took place outside the Suede Nightclub and Lounge on Bay Street, according to a police spokesman. The two-story nightclub is about three blocks from the wharf and near a number of hotels popular with tourists.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office identified the person killed in the shooting as 19-year-old Lawon Hall, of nearby Richmond. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooting started after an altercation inside the nightclub spilled onto the street, escalating into gunshots, according to San Francisco Police Sgt. Wilfred Williams.
N.Y. not ruled out yet as trial location
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Sunday he has not ruled out a New York federal court trial for Sept. 11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, but he was taking into account the objections of the city's mayor and police commissioner.
The Obama administration has come under withering attack, mainly from Republicans, for a decision by his Justice Department to try the terrorist mastermind in a U.S. court near Ground Zero, site of the attack that destroyed New York's World Trade Center.
Obama said using the traditional judicial method was a "virtue of our system" in which Americans should take pride.
He also defended his decision, noting again that the administration of former President George W. Bush had handled terror suspects arrested in the United States in the same way.
Charges say wrong guy got kidnapped
NEVADA, Mo. (AP) — Court documents allege kidnappers abducted a New Jersey resident thinking he was another man with the same name in a bungled effort to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of a Missouri contractor.
Documents filed in Vernon County Circuit Court Thursday say 55-year-old Roy A. Slates, who allegedly sought assistance in retrieving $400,000 he lost in a Utah construction project, has been charged with concealing a felony and hindering prosecution.
Three other men are charged with kidnapping Jeffrey Muller. The documents state Slates lost the money in a deal with a different man named Jeffrey Muller.
Slates was released Thursday after posting $5,000 bond.
Online court records do not name an attorney for Slates, and his number is not listed.
Mother accused in boy's death once said cult abused him
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman charged in her 8-year-old son's death in a New York City luxury hotel was once detained by police in Wyoming after claiming the boy was being molested by devil worshippers.
Cheyenne detective Tom Hood told the New York Post that Gigi Jordan wrote letters to a sex crimes investigator more than two years ago saying her autistic son was being abused by a cult.
Hood says Wyoming officials briefly detained Jordan for a psychiatric evaluation. An examination of the boy showed no signs of abuse.
The boy was found dead Friday. Police say it appears he died of a drug overdose in a murder-suicide attempt.
Jordan's ex-husband says he's shocked by the accusations. He says she appeared to be a devoted mother.
The district attorney's office doesn't know whether Jordan has a lawyer.