CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
New supply ship
gets to space station
NASA’s newest delivery service made its first-ever shipment to the International Space Station on Sunday, another triumph for the booming commercial space arena that has its sights set on launching astronauts.
Orbital Sciences Corp.’s unmanned cargo ship, the Cygnus, pulled up at the orbiting lab with a half-ton of meals and special treats for the station astronauts who assisted in the high-flying feat.
With the smooth linkup, Orbital Sciences of Virginia became only the second company to accomplish such a far-flung shipment. The California-based SpaceX company took the lead last year.
Now that the space station has two U.S. private companies capable of delivering goods, he noted, “it’s certainly relief and something we’re ready to celebrate,” said the NASA manager overseeing this commercial effort, Alan Lindenmoyer.
Car bomb kills
at least 43 people
A car bomb in Peshawar, the third in a particularly violent week for the northwestern Pakistani city, killed at least 43 people and wounded more than 100 on Sunday in a crowded market about 350 yards from where a memorial service was being held for the victims of a church bombing last week.
Bomb squad head Shafqat Malik said the bomb was planted in a car parked in front of a small hotel in the Qissa Khwani bazaar, the city’s oldest and one of its biggest. The device used about 440 pounds of explosives and was detonated by remote control, he added, leaving a crater five-feet deep.
Pedestrians were just starting their Sunday shopping shortly before noon when the blast occurred near a mosque and a police station, witnesses said.
Wave of attacks
Suicide bombings tore through a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad and the relatively safe Kurdish area in the north Sunday as a wave of attacks killed at least 46 people across Iraq, officials said.
A surge in sectarian violence in recent months has heightened fears that Iraq is becoming a new battlefield, nearly two years after U.S. forces withdrew from the country. A period of calm after the pullout had raised hopes for a measure of normalcy in Iraq, but tensions have spiked amid Sunni anger over perceived mistreatment from the Shiite-led government. More than 4,500 people have been killed since April.
The deadliest assault occurred when an attacker blew himself up inside a Shiite mosque during a funeral in a former insurgent stronghold south of Baghdad, prompting city administrators to criticize Iraqi security forces for failing to protect the people.
Cops: Daughter kills
mom, dad kills her
Authorities say an estranged daughter killed her mother with a sawed-off shotgun before her father killed her in self-defense, not realizing she was the daughter he hadn’t seen in years.
Officials say Josephine and Jeffrey Ruckinger burst into the home Friday night and killed her mother and brother before the family patriarch opened fire himself, killing the assailants.
Authorities on Sunday said Josephine Ruckinger killed her mother, Roberta Frew, while her husband apparently killed John Frew Jr.
Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan says investigators believe Josephine Ruckinger’s father, John Frew, then killed her and her husband.
The attack happened at the Frew home in Ashville, a rural community about 40 miles southwest of State College.
A relative said Josephine Ruckinger had a long-standing feud with her family.