Astronauts begin station installations

HOUSTON - Spacewalking astronauts floated outside the international space station Tuesday to help install the orbiting outpost's newest room, a bus-sized Japanese laboratory.

During a scheduled 61/2 -hour spacewalk, astronauts Michael Fossum and Ronald Garan Jr. prepped the $1 billion lab for installation by removing power and heating cables and restraints that connect it to the shuttle.

Astronauts working from inside will use the space station's robot arm later in the day to lift the lab from the shuttle and anchor it to the station.

Kennedy walking hospital halls as recovery begins

RALEIGH, N.C. - Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy emerged from the most precarious period following surgery to treat a brain tumor without any complications, spending Tuesday walking hospital hallways, spending time with his family and 'keeping up with the news of the day,' his office said.

Kennedy had a restful night's sleep after Monday's operation, a statement said, and the 76-year-old Democrat is expected to stay at the hospital in Durham for about a week before returning home to Massachusetts for further treatment.

Dozens hurt when Greyhound bus tips over in Ind.

CROWN POINT, Ind. - A Greyhound bus carrying 42 people tipped over as it drove down a northwestern Indiana interstate Tuesday, injuring more than two dozen aboard, officials said. Police said the driver probably fell asleep.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, police said. About 25 passengers were being treated at two hospitals and more were taken to a third, spokespeople for the hospitals said.

State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas said driver Darren P. Duke, 46, of Indianapolis likely fell asleep at the wheel of the bus as it traveled south on Interstate 65 about 15 miles south of Gary.

CDC: Tomatoes eyed in salmonella cases in 9 states

ATLANTA - An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in nine states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

Lab tests have confirmed 40 illnesses in Texas and New Mexico as the same type of salmonella, right down to the genetic fingerprint. An investigation by Texas and New Mexico health authorities and the Indian Health Service tied those cases to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes.

At least 17 people in Texas and New Mexico have been hospitalized. None have died, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Guard accused of smuggling drugs

TEXARKANA, Ark. - A corrections officer who had been making frequent takeout food deliveries to the county jail was caught sneaking syringes inside tacos and marijuana under chili, authorities said.

Jordan Michael Waller, 25, tried to enter the Miller County Jail with three pizzas at 3 a.m. Saturday, said Mike Liles, a county investigator. Twenty minutes later, Waller brought in what appeared to be a large bag containing chili and tacos, Liles said.

A jail sergeant became suspicious, searched the food and found marijuana that had been formed into three round patties under some chili and a couple of syringes inside tacos.

Waller was searched and found to also be carrying methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Liles said.

Waller was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and furnishing prohibited items into a correctional facility.

Judge dismisses obstruction charge in Iraqi case

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A military judge has dismissed one of the charges against a Marine lieutenant accused of helping cover up a squad's killings of 24 Iraqis, including women and children.

The judge dismissed an obstruction of justice charge Tuesday against 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson. Grayson is being court-martialed at Camp Pendleton on the remaining charges of making false official statements, trying to fraudulently separate from service and attempting to deceive by making false statements.

Police: Dye pack explodes in pants of Fla. shopper

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A bank robber got as far as a nearby pawn shop before a dye pack, inserted in his wad of stolen cash, exploded in his pants, authorities said.

The man then fled the store, leaving behind the money that contained the theft-detection device.

Fort Lauderdale Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Collins says the man matched descriptions of a robber who pilfered a bag of money Monday from a Pompano Beach bank about an hour earlier.

Authorities are still looking for him.