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NATION IN BRIEF: Obama hails 'shared spirit of humanity'

The Associated Press. The Space Shuttle Discovery, seen at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is scheduled to launch Monday on a mission to the International Space Station.

The Associated Press. The Space Shuttle Discovery, seen at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is scheduled to launch Monday on a mission to the International Space Station.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's Easter address calls on people of all faiths, as well as nonbelievers, to embrace their common aspirations and ''shared spirit of humanity.''

Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to touch lightly on some of his administration's priorities: expanding health coverage, creating jobs and improving education. But his comments were more spiritual than political in tone.

''On this Easter weekend,'' he said, ''let us hold fast to those aspirations we hold in common as brothers and sisters, as members of the same family -- the family of man.''

Obama noted that Jewish families recently celebrated Passover, and on Sunday, ''my family will join other Christians all over the world in marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ.''

NASA clears space shuttle for Monday launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has cleared Discovery for a Monday morning launch to the International Space Station, the last scheduled liftoff in darkness for the soon-to-retire shuttle program.

Mission managers met Saturday and gave the ''go'' to proceed toward liftoff. The unanimous decision came after engineers determined there were no booster rocket safety concerns. Two booster problems recently cropped up when the parts were tested offsite.

Forecasters expect an 80 percent chance of good weather for the 6:21 a.m. liftoff.

Kids on Easter egg hunt find body in park

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Police said two teenagers who wandered away from their younger siblings at an Easter egg hunt found a body at a Des Moines park.

Police Sgt. Chris Scott said the teens came across the man's body in a wooded area at Beaverdale Park on Saturday morning.

He said the teens had accompanied their siblings to the park's egg hunt but wandered away. The body was found at least 300 yards from where the egg hunt took place. He didn't know how old the teens were. About 100 children participated in the annual event.

Police said they don't suspect any foul play, and an autopsy is planned.

The man's name hasn't been released pending notification of his family.

Man charged with stabbing wife 70 times

MINNEAPOLIS -- A North Minneapolis man stabbed his wife 70 times before his 13-year-old daughter pulled him off her mother, disarmed him and fled with the knife.

That's according to a criminal complaint charging 46-year-old Billy Nash with first-degree murder. He was ordered held on $1 million bail, pending a Monday court appearance.

Minneapolis police said an older daughter woke to her mother's screams about 3 a.m. Friday. They said that teen ran to her mother's bedroom and saw her father beating her mother with his fist. She ran to call 911.

The criminal complaint said that's when her 13-year-old sister came in and tried to save her mother.

Girl arrested for doodling on desk plans to sue

NEW YORK -- A 12-year-old girl who was hauled out of her New York City school in handcuffs for doodling on her desk has started legal action against the city over her arrest.

A lawyer for Alexa Gonzalez filed legal papers seeking $1 million in damages, saying the Queens girl was subjected to overly harsh treatment.

Alexa was arrested at her junior high school in February after scribbling ''I love my friends Abby and Faith'' on her desk with an erasable marker.

Her family's lawyer says school officials overreacted by calling the police.

The Department of Education acknowledges the arrest was a mistake. The city's legal department has declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Teen shot by classmate in police station

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Authorities in upstate New York are investigating whether a 16-year-old gunman was motivated by racial hatred when he allegedly shot a classmate in the foyer of a police station near the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Officials said the white high school student chased a black classmate into the Cooperstown police department headquarters Friday, wounded him, then shot himself in the chin when the lone officer on duty ordered him to drop his weapon.

The gunman was hospitalized with a serious wound. The other teen, also 16, was hit in the arm. He was treated and released.

Cooperstown Police Chief Diana Nicols said investigators may file a hate crime charge.