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Forecast Not Good For Shuttle Launch

The weather forecast was bleak for NASA’s third attempt in five days to launch space shuttle Atlantis on a flight to link up with the Russian space station Mir and bring home an American astronaut.

Thunderstorms reduced the chances of good weather for Tuesday’s 3:32 p.m. liftoff to 30 percent, NASA weather officer Ed Priselac said Monday. More bad weather was forecast for the rest of the week.

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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

UPDATED: 10:03 p.m.

North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. There was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.