NASA scrubs Saturday space shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A potentially dangerous hydrogen gas leak cropped up during the fueling of space shuttle Endeavour on Saturday and forced NASA to postpone the launch by at least four days.
It was almost identical to a leak that stalled another flight back in March and threatened to bump Endeavour's space station construction mission all the way into July.
NASA halted the countdown shortly after midnight, less than seven hours before Endeavour was due to blast off. The seven astronauts had yet to suit up.
Craigslist helps NC police make 2nd arrest in rape
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - A man has been arrested and charged with raping a North Carolina woman in an attack allegedly arranged by the victim's husband on Craigslist, police announced Saturday.
The online classified service helped authorities locate 39-year-old Rodney Liverman Sr. of Norwood and he was taken into custody at his home Friday, Kannapolis police said.
Liverman is charged with first-degree rape and three other sex offenses and remains in jail on a $250,000 bond, police said. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.
Umpire ejects entire crowd during game
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa - An umpire has emptied the stands at a high school baseball game, ejecting the entire crowd of more than 100 fans for being unruly.
Umpire Don Briggs said he had no problem with any of the student athletes during Thursday's game between Winfield-Mount Union and West Burlington.
He said he had to take action because fans were being unruly, yelling and arguing.
Woman gets 20 years in student's death
MILWAUKEE - A judge in Milwaukee has sentenced a 21-year-old woman to 20 years in prison for helping a new boyfriend kidnap and kill a college student for his car.
Tammi LaFave pleaded guilty in March to a charge of felony murder.
LaFave's 20-year-old boyfriend Travis Zoellick killed himself when police approached his home.
Six Flags seeks bankruptcy protection
NEW YORK - The amusement park company Six Flags is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it needs to reorganize and shed $1.8 billion of debt.
Mark Shapiro, the New York-based company's chief executive officer, said the move won't affect the operation of its 20 theme parks in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Six Flags said it actually had a great year in 2008. It saw 25 million visitors and posted record revenues. But executives are trying to lighten a $2.4 billion debt load that they say is unsustainable.
Tickets to Lady Liberty's crown reopening sell out
NEW YORK - Hoping to visit Lady Liberty's crown when it reopens July 4? Dream on.
Tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty's iconic headpiece for the first three days after its reopening sold out within hours Saturday. The crown has been closed since the Sept. 11 attacks.
About 240 people will get to visit the crown each day, with only 30 people let in per hour for safety reasons.
Reservations can be made up to a year in advance by calling 877-523-9849 or going to www.statuecruises.com.