In brief: Report backs NASA’s shuttle decision
Washington – NASA acted properly when it picked new homes for the retired space shuttles, the space agency’s watchdog said Thursday.
The shuttles were awarded in April to museums in suburban Washington, Los Angeles, Cape Canaveral, Fla., and New York, based on recommendations by a special NASA team and a decision by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Congressional and local officials for two of the losing cities – Houston and Dayton – had asked for an investigation, alleging political influences in the bidding process.
“We found no evidence that the team’s recommendation or the administrator’s decision were tainted by political influence or any other improper consideration,” Inspector General Paul Martin wrote in the report released Thursday.
Anthony begins probation in Florida
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida authorities said Thursday that Casey Anthony was polite and cooperative during a meeting with her probation officer and pledged to meet the conditions of her one-year probation for check fraud.
The 25-year-old Anthony, who has remained hidden since a jury acquitted her of killing her daughter, met with the officer for more than an hour Wednesday evening at an undisclosed location as she begins her probation.
Anthony has been in hiding since a jury last month found her not guilty of murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Cattle rustler gets 99 years in prison
Lubbock, Texas – An East Texas man with a prolific cattle-rustling history spanning more than a decade has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for swindling bovines from a Mississippi rancher.
Carl Wade Curry, 44, from Athens, was accused of stealing 400 head of cattle worth more than $200,000 last year. A jury in Hardeman County took less than 30 minutes to both convict and sentence Curry on Wednesday evening.