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Nation in brief: Public yawns, scientists cheer moon crash

This image provided by NASA shows an image taken shortly after the Centaur rocket impacted the moon taken from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite Friday morning Oct. 9, 2009.

This image provided by NASA shows an image taken shortly after the Centaur rocket impacted the moon taken from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite Friday morning Oct. 9, 2009.

WASHINGTON -- NASA's great lunar fireworks finale fizzled.

After gearing up for the space agency's much-hyped mission to hurl two spacecraft into the moon, the public turned away from the sky Friday anything but dazzled. Photos and video of the impact showed little more than a fuzzy white flash.

In social media and live television coverage, many people were disappointed at the lack of spectacle. One person even joked that someone hit the pause button in mission control.

Yet scientists involved in the project were downright gleeful. Sure, there were no immediate pictures of spewing plumes of lunar dust that could contain water, but, they say, there was something more important: chemical signatures in light waves. That's the real bonanza, not pictures of geyser-like eruptions of debris, the scientists said.

Husband kills Pa. gun advocate during video chat

LEBANON, Pa. -- A soccer mom who was thrust into the national gun-rights debate after taking a loaded pistol to youth sports events was killed by her husband in a shooting witnessed online by her video chat partner, authorities said Friday.

Scott Hain used his own gun to fire several shots into his 30-year-old wife, Meleanie, while her video chat was active and perhaps as she washed dishes in their kitchen, police said. Scott Hain, 33, later killed himself in an upstairs bedroom.

Meleanie Hain's loaded pistol -- with a bullet ready in the chamber -- was in a backpack hanging from the front door.

NYC dad admits killing daughter found in boiler

NEW YORK -- A father pleaded guilty Friday to strangling his 14-year-old daughter, who was 12 weeks pregnant with his child, then stuffing her body into his apartment building's boiler and partially burning it.

Miguel Matias told investigators he strangled his daughter Ana with an electrical cord after he found her writing ''sex things'' on a computer in February 2008.

Sgt: Explosive at home similar to London bombing

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. -- A Southern California man who blew off four fingers while mixing explosives in a home that doubled as a day care center had made a volatile compound similar to the one used in the 2005 London subway bombings, a sheriff's official said.

Benjamin Kuzelka, 23, made triacetone triperoxide, a very volatile compound, and was in the garage handling an unstable liquid when it exploded, Sgt. Pat Chavez told the Riverside Press-Enterprise in a story published Friday.

Chavez said there was no immediate indication of any link to terrorism. He said Kuzelka, who remains hospitalized with wounds to his hand, face and chest, told investigators he had researched bomb-making online and was trying it at home for fun.

Physician who cared for 1st US test-tube baby dies of cancer

RENO, Nev. -- Dr. Frederick ''Fred'' Wirth Jr., the physician to America's first test-tube baby, has died, his family said Friday. He was 68.

Wirth died Monday of pancreatic cancer in Carson City, said his wife, Linda Wirth. He moved three years ago to nearby Minden, 50 miles to the south.

Wirth gained national attention as the neonatologist who cared for Elizabeth Jordan Carr after her birth on Dec. 28, 1981.

Hummer brand sold to Chinese manufacturer0

DETROIT -- Hummer, the off-road vehicle that once epitomized America's love for hulking trucks, is now in the hands of a Chinese heavy equipment maker.

General Motors Co. and Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp. finally signed the much-anticipated deal for GM to sell the brand on Friday.

Tengzhong will get an 80 percent stake in the company, while Hong Kong investor Suolang Duoji, who indirectly owns a big stake in Tengzhong through an investment company, will get 20 percent. The investors will also get Hummer's nationwide dealer network.

Son: Slain 100-year-old mom, roommate had tension

DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The roommate of a 100-year-old woman found strangled in her bed at a nursing home had made ''threatening'' remarks to the centenarian, her son said Friday, and the slain woman's family had sought to have the women split up.

Elizabeth Barrow was found dead in her bed last month, with a plastic bag tied around her head. This week, authorities ruled the death a homicide. They have not named any suspects.