NATION IN BRIEF: Authorities lift fire evacuations in Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. — More than 1,700 people evacuated because of a wildfire west of Boulder are being allowed to return to their homes after firefighters worked through the night to stop the fire from spreading.

Calm winds and higher humidity helped keep the 144-acre fire from spreading overnight Saturday. It is now 70 percent contained.

Concerns about high winds spreading the flames prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in the west part of Boulder and in the mountains west of the city when two fires started Friday. The fires then merged into one.

No buildings have burned. The blaze is near an area where a wildfire burned almost 10 square miles and 169 homes last month.

Repairs delay Discovery launch another day

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Last-minute leak repairs have again pushed back space shuttle Discovery’s final launch, this time until Wednesday.

NASA delayed Discovery’s flight to the International Space Station yet another day because more work was needed than initially thought to replace a pair of leaking pipe hookups near the shuttle’s tail, NASA test director Jeff Spaulding said Saturday.

The problem cropped up earlier in the week, forcing NASA to give up on the original Monday launch attempt and aim instead for Tuesday. That one-day slip to Election Day — which was announced Friday — had officials in neighboring communities worried about the massive traffic jams that might result from hordes of launch spectators and residents trying to vote.

Lawsuit claims NYC stole 9/11 software secrets

NEW YORK — A software company that helped identify the remains of 9/11 victims is accusing the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office of handing its secrets over to the FBI.

A Manhattan federal judge has been asked to decide if the lawsuit, filed in March by the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Gene Codes, can go forward, The New York Times reported Saturday. New York City has filed a countersuit claiming Gene Codes didn’t meet its contractual obligations.

Gene Codes’ software, known as the Mass-Fatality Identification System, helped the city analyze and organize the DNA of victims of the terrorist attack. Both sides signed a three-year contract in 2002, for which the city said it paid $13 million.

Obama appeals for common ground, jabs GOP

WASHINGTON — Whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s election, it’s time to put aside partisanship, President Barack Obama is telling Democrats and Republicans.

Yet his appeal for unity includes a jab at GOP leaders in the House and Senate for comments that the president said were troubling.

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio “actually said that ‘this is not the time for compromise,’” Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. The president added that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky “said his main goal after this election is simply to win the next one.”

The address was released shortly before Obama left Washington for a day of campaigning in Philadelphia, Bridgeport, Conn., and Chicago. The three states have competitive House and Senate races, as does Ohio, where the president will hold a rally today in Cleveland.

Soldiers say work helped after Fort Hood shootings

MADISON, Wis. — Members of a U.S. Army Reserve psychological unit that lost three members in the Fort Hood shootings said their deployment to Afghanistan helped them deal with the tragedy.

The 467th Combat Stress Control Detachment came home to Wisconsin this week after a year in Afghanistan.

Maj. Laura Suttinger of Fort Atkinson commanded the unit and said Saturday that members threw themselves into helping combat soldiers deal with their crises rather than dwelling on their own losses.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is accused of killing Maj. Libardo Caraveo, Capt. Russell Seager and Sgt. Amy Krueger and 10 others. He also injured six soldiers from the unit in the Nov. 5 shootings. He had been scheduled to deploy with that unit.