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NATION IN BRIEF: Atlantis wraps up spacewalks

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Atlantis' six astronauts got a little down time up in orbit Saturday on the eve of their departure from the International Space Station.

The shuttle crewmen wrapped up the third and final spacewalk of their space station visit Friday. So on Saturday, Mission Control gave them part of the day off.

They planned to indulge in their favorite pastime -- gazing out the window and watching the world go by -- before preparing for Sunday morning's undocking of Atlantis.

''It's like a geography lesson. It's fantastic,'' astronaut Piers Sellers said in an educational event.

Sheriff: Man killed by bomb outside bar

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- Authorities in West Virginia said a pipe bomb exploded outside of a bar, killing a man. No other injuries were reported.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas said the man who was killed apparently brought the bomb to the area outside the bar Saturday morning. It detonated about 2:30 a.m.

He said 20 to 30 residents were evacuated from the area while investigators searched for more bombs. West Virginia State Police said the agency's bomb technicians defused two other bombs that were found.

McComas said the investigation is ongoing. Few other details were released.

Utah refugee backs out of plea for slaying

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah plea hearing was derailed when a Burmese refugee charged with the March 2008 slaying of a 7-year-old girl denied his guilt.

When his attorney told the judge on Friday that a resolution in the case had been reached, Esar Met shook his head to the contrary and said he was forced by authorities to say he killed Hser Ner Moo.

Met is charged with killing the girl at his Salt Lake City apartment.

Her family traveled from Marshalltown, Iowa, for Friday's hearing after being told Met would plead guilty and be sentenced.

After Met's denial of guilt, a status hearing was set for July 9.

Quakes shake Southern Calif.; no damage

SAN DIEGO -- A series of moderate earthquakes south of the California border on Saturday shook buildings in downtown San Diego but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude-4.9 earthquake struck at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, centered in Baja California about 16 miles southwest of Calexico. A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck about three minutes later, followed by a 3.6 quake at 10:59 a.m.

San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Hank Turner said shaking was felt in downtown San Diego. Dispatchers received no calls reporting damage or injuries.

Obama: Military, diplomacy go hand in hand

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The U.S. must shape a world order as reliant on the force of diplomacy as on the might of its military to lead, President Barack Obama said Saturday as he outlined a foreign policy vision that repudiated the go-it-alone approach forged by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Addressing nearly 1,000 graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, many of whom will likely head to war in Iraq and Afghanistan under his command, Obama said all hands are required to solve the world's newest threats: terrorism, the spread of nuclear weapons, climate change and feeding and caring for a growing population.

The U.S. military is the ''cornerstone of our national defense,'' but Obama said the men and women who wear America's uniform cannot bear that responsibility by themselves. ''The rest of us must do our part,'' he said.

Moms of jailed Americans return from Iran

NEW YORK -- The mothers of three Americans jailed in Iran returned to New York empty-handed Saturday, with one of the women saying leaving their children behind was almost more than they could bear.

At a brief news conference at John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly after they returned to the U.S., Cindy Hickey thanked the Iranians for allowing the women to see the three and said they were disappointed they could not return with their children.

''The pain is almost more than we can bear,'' Hickey said.