Astronauts open new addition to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts swung open the door to their new space station addition Saturday and floated into the spacious and sparkling white room, formally christening it Harmony.

Even though it looked immaculate inside, international space station commander Peggy Whitson and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli - the first to enter - wore surgical masks and goggles to protect themselves from any dirty stowaways, like dust, lint or crumbs.

UAW, Chrysler agree to contract

DETROIT - Despite significant dissent among some of its workers, United Auto Workers members narrowly passed a four-year contract agreement with Chrysler LLC on Saturday, leaving Ford Motor Co. as the last automaker to negotiate with in this year's round of contract talks.

Talks with Ford were proceeding Saturday, although union leadership wasn't expected to attend and no agreement was expected during the weekend, a person briefed on the talks said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private.

The union said 56 percent of production workers and 51 percent of skilled trades workers voted for the Chrysler pact. The percentages voting in favor were much higher among clerical workers and engineers represented by the union.

Former mayor of New York has appendectomy

NEW YORK - Former Mayor David Dinkins underwent an emergency appendectomy but on Saturday was ""doing well,' a family friend said.

Dinkins, 80, was operated on Friday evening at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, former adviser and friend Peter Johnson Jr. said.

""He's doing well. He's walked already,' Johnson said.

Weather helps firefighters in Southern Calif.

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. - Firefighters battled stubborn wildfires across Southern California on Saturday, but cloudy skies scattering occasional raindrops brought a welcome improvement in conditions.

Tropical moisture flowing from the south replaced the hot, dry Santa Ana winds that roared in a week earlier and spread fires over more than a half-million acres, destroying more than 2,300 structures, including 1,700 homes.

The number of deaths directly attributed to the fires officially rose to seven. Officials confirmed that the flames killed four suspected illegal immigrants.