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Shuttle Flight Delayed

NASA has delayed indefinitely its next space shuttle flight because of heat damage to critical O-ring seals in booster rockets used in the last two launches.

Endeavour was supposed to blast off Aug. 5 on a science mission.

Shuttle manager Brewster Shaw said Friday that NASA will not launch Endeavour until engineers are confident they understand the O-ring problem.

Hot gas from burning rocket fuel singed primary O-rings in the booster nozzles of Atlantis and Discovery in late June and July.


 

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Zimbabwe leader calls assassination attempt ‘cowardly act’

UPDATED: 8:14 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s president was unscathed Saturday by an explosion at a campaign rally that state media called an attempt to assassinate him, later visiting his two injured vice presidents and declaring the “cowardly act” will not disrupt next month’s historic elections.