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SpaceX Dragon capsule launched to space station
By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A commercial supply ship is on its way to the International Space Station.
The California-based SpaceX launched its unmanned Falcon rocket from Cape Canaveral on Sunday night. Aboard the rocket was a Dragon capsule holding 1,000 pounds of cargo, including chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream for the three station residents.
This is the first Dragon launch under a $1.6 billion contract between SpaceX and NASA. The contract calls for 12 resupply missions.
A Dragon flew to the space station in May, but it was a test so nothing vital was aboard. The newest Dragon is hauling key experiments and other precious gear.
Dragon will reach the orbiting lab Wednesday. It will remain docked for nearly three weeks before returning to Earth with an even bigger load.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A lot depends on the weather but if all goes well tonight, the first privately contracted supply mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to get under way.
California-based SpaceX will attempt to send a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab and its three-member crew. It's already done it once, but that was considered a test flight, not part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA for a dozen resupply missions.
Liftoff is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. EDT. Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 60 percent. Thick clouds and rain are the main concerns.
The Dragon is also scheduled to bring back used equipment and experiments. Unlike Russian cargo ships, the Dragon parachutes to earth for recovery.
This newest Dragon will haul about 1,000 pounds of food, clothes and gear, including ice cream.
The capsule will remain docked to the space station for most of October.
Posted: Sunday, October 7 2012, 07:48 PM CDT
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Court upholds El Reno man's murder conviction
May 21, 2013 13:38 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction and life without parole sentence of an El Reno man.
The court on Monday rejected several appeals by Thomas Twobabies -- including that he was not allowed to present a complete defense. Twobabies argued that prosecutors prejudiced him when they did not introduce at trial the statements Twobabies made to police in which he claimed self-defense and voluntary intoxication.
The court ruled that Twobabies had the opportunity to testify and present his defense and he chose not to do so.
The 29-year-old Twobabies was convicted in January 2012 of the December 2010 stabbing death of Neihhi Hamilton in El Reno.
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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A smartphone, plus a not-so-smart criminal -- equals an arrest in Oregon.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.