NASA delays end of shuttle program
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s space shuttle program will keep going until next year.
The space agency made it official Thursday after weeks of hints of launch delays. Managers agreed to postpone the next-to-last shuttle launch until Nov. 1. Discovery had been scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in September.
The very last mission now has a Feb. 26 launch date. Endeavour will close out the shuttle program by delivering a major scientific instrument to the space station.
NASA says it needs more time to prepare the cargo for those two flights.
As for the possibility of an extra shuttle mission, NASA says no decision is expected before August. NASA would like to fly Atlantis one more time before the fleet is retired.
Protesters end church sit-in
CLEVELAND — Carrying U.S. and Hungarian flags, parishioners have ended their sit-in at a Cleveland-area Roman Catholic church that is closing after police told them they would be trespassing if they did not leave.
The protesters staged a vigil at midnight Wednesday at the 106-year-old St. Emeric Church near downtown Cleveland, then remained through about 4 p.m. Thursday.
The historic Hungarian church is the last of 50 parishes to be closed by the local diocese. Protester John Juhasz says Bishop Richard Lennon has agreed to meet with them.
The protest ended after police had entered the church several times and spoken with parishioners by cellphone.
Police Commander Keith Sulzer says six protesters were inside the church. No one was arrested.
Suicide blast at shrine kills 18
LAHORE, Pakistan — A government official says at least two suicide bombers attacked a popular Muslim shrine minutes apart in the Pakistani city of Lahore, killing 18 people.
Sajjad Dhutta, a senior government official in Lahore, says police are still investigating the source of a third blast that followed the two suicide bombers.
Dhutta said thousands of people were visiting Data Darbar shrine at the time of the attack. It contains the tomb of a Sufi saint and is visited by thousands of people annually.