August 31, 2009 in Nation/World

In brief: Discovery docks at space station

From Wire Reports
 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space shuttle Discovery pulled up and docked at the International Space Station on Sunday night, delivering a full load of gear and science experiments.

The linkup occurred as the spacecraft zoomed more than 200 miles above the Atlantic and ended a round-the-world chase of nearly two days. The astronauts cheered when the hatches swung open, and the two crews greeted each other with hugs and handshakes.

A thruster failure made the rendezvous all the more challenging for shuttle commander Rick Sturckow.

Discovery will spend more than a week at the orbiting complex. Astronauts will perform three spacewalks to replace an ammonia tank and perform other outside maintenance, with the first one Tuesday night.

Boaters found 180 miles offshore

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – Three Texas boaters missing for a week were reunited with their families early Sunday after they were found alive, sitting on top of their capsized catamaran 180 miles from land, the Coast Guard said.

The crew of the Affordable Fantasy spotted the men Saturday night off Port Aransas and rescued them from their 23-foot catamaran, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Renee Aiello. A Coast Guard boat met them and brought them back to land.

They were identified as Curtis Hall, 28, of Palacios; Tressel Hawkins, 43, of Markham; and James Phillips, 30, of Blessing, who owned the boat.

The three were reported missing Aug. 22.

Cabbie is fourth victim in months

YONKERS, N.Y. – A cab driver has been shot and killed in Yonkers, the fourth fatal cabbie shooting in the New York City area in four months.

Yonkers police Capt. William Cave said his department is consulting with the New York Police Department to determine whether the shootings could be linked.

Pericles Salas was found with a gunshot wound to the head early Sunday. The 32-year-old was a driver for Mexicana Taxi Service in Yonkers. He died at a local hospital.

Two other cabbies were killed in the last two weeks in the Bronx, just south of Yonkers. A third was killed about four months ago, also in the Bronx. Arrests have been made in two of those cases.


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