Endeavour examined for damage
Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts unfurled a 100-foot, laser-tipped pole and surveyed their ship for any launch damage Saturday while drawing closer to their destination, the international space station.
At least two pieces of debris were spotted Friday night in launch photos, Mission Control reported, and engineers were poring over the images to determine whether anything hit Endeavour.
The spacecraft and its crew of seven were on track to hook up this afternoon with the space station, currently home to three astronauts. The shuttle was delivering tons of equipment for remodeling, including a new bathroom, kitchenette, two sleeping compartments and an unprecedented recycling system for turning urine into drinking water. Associated Press
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An engineer who police said fatally shot three former co-workers at a Silicon Valley company was arrested Saturday after a daylong manhunt. Jing Hua Wu was arrested in Mountain View on three counts of murder, said Santa Clara police Lt. Mike Sellers. Wu was not armed when he was arrested, and officers did not find a gun in his vehicle, police said. Police said Wu had been let go last week from his job as a product test engineer and that he appeared to have specifically targeted his three victims. Associated Press
The Diocese of Fort Worth voted Saturday to split from the liberal-leaning Episcopal Church, the fourth traditional diocese to do so in a long-running debate over the Bible, gay relationships and other issues. About 80 percent of clergy and parishioners in the Texas diocese supported the break. Associated Press
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is calling for talks with Barack Obama as soon as possible after the U.S. president-elect takes the oath of office. Medvedev is reaching out to the incoming administration during his first visit to the U.S. since becoming Russia's president in May. During an appearance Saturday night in Washington, Medvedev said there is a lack of trust between Russia and the U.S. and he hopes this will change when Obama becomes president. Associated Press
Gunfire erupted in the storied Waldorf-Astoria Hotel during a brazen robbery attempt Saturday at a lobby jewelry store, wounding a security guard and sending guests diving for cover. The 54-year-old guard was shot in the chest but was expected to survive, and a suspect was in custody, police said. Associated Press
Ossetian troops withdrew Saturday from Perevi, an ethnic Georgian village near South Ossetia that became a flash point of tensions in recent days as the militia took control and residents fled in fear. Perevi, which the European Union has said is “clearly” outside South Ossetia, was occupied by Russian forces in the war with Georgia in August. The Russians withdrew last week, leaving Ossetian forces in charge. Georgian civilians said they feared they would be attacked by the Ossetians. On Saturday, the Russian soldiers returned. New York Times