Space shuttle cleared for Monday launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) NASAs next-to-last space shuttle flight is set to blast off Monday morning.
Mission managers gave the green light Saturday for the final voyage of Endeavour. Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 70 percent.
Endeavour will fly to the International Space Station under the command of astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of recuperating U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She will be at Cape Canaveral for this second launch attempt.
Late last month, an electrical problem in Endeavours engine compartment halted the initial countdown. A switch box and faulty thermostat were replaced.
Six veteran spacemen are assigned to the 16-day flight.
Imam, two sons charged with giving money to Taliban
MIAMI (AP) A Miami imam and two of his sons were arrested Saturday on charges they provided $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization, officials said.
Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, 76, was arrested after morning services at the Miami Mosque, also known as the Flagler Mosque, where he is an imam. One of his sons, Izhar Khan, 24, an imam at the Jamaat Al-Mumineen Mosque in nearby Margate, Fla., was arrested after morning services there. Another son, Irfan Khan, 37, was detained at his hotel room in Los Angeles about the same time. The men are U.S. citizens. Their mosques are not suspected of wrongdoing, officials said.
Also named in the indictment are three others at large in Pakistan Hafiz Khans daughter, grandson and an unrelated man, all three of whom are charged with handling the distribution of money. The money was used to buy guns, support militants families and promote the cause of the Pakistani Taliban, according to the indictment.
Gingrich businesses owed unpaid taxes
ATLANTA (AP) Companies run by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich have faced overdue tax bills in four states worth more than $6,000, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.
The tax liens, which generally allow governments to seize assets or property to settle tax bills, ranged in size from a $195 property-tax bill in the Atlanta suburbs to $1,969 in unpaid Missouri taxes. Most of the liens were paid shortly after tax authorities filed them.
One exception was in Pennsylvania, where Gingrich Holdings Inc. last week paid off a $1,599 lien for unpaid corporate income taxes just days before Gingrich formally announced he would run against Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.
Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler said Gingrich and his firms were unaware of most of the tax liens until being contacted last week by the AP.
Glitch delays broadcast of Richard Wagner opera
NEW YORK (AP) The Metropolitan Operas live telecast to millions of viewers worldwide, including an audience at the Durango Stadium Nine theater, was delayed by almost 40 minutes because of a glitch in the set.
Hundreds of ticketholders stood outside the Met on Saturday, waiting to enter for a noon (EDT) performance of Richard Wagners Die Walküere.
Met spokeswoman Lee Abrahamian said a sensor in one of the planks in the set had to be fixed.
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