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2013-05-12T00:00:00Z 2013-05-20T21:34:25Z National newsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Spacewalking astronauts hope new pump stops leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Astronauts making a rare, hastily planned spacewalk replaced a pump outside the International Space Station on Saturday in hopes of plugging a serious ammonia leak.

The prospects of success grew as the minutes passed and no frozen flecks of ammonia appeared. Mission Control said it appeared as though the leak may have been plugged, although additional monitoring over the next few weeks, if not months, will be needed before declaring a victory.

"No evidence of any ammonia leakage whatsoever. We have an airtight system — at the moment," Mission Control reported.

Christopher Cassidy and Thomas Marshburn installed the new pump after removing the old one suspected of spewing flakes of frozen ammonia coolant two days earlier. They uncovered "no smoking guns" responsible for the leak and consequently kept a sharp lookout for any icy flecks that might appear from the massive frame that holds the solar panels on the left side.

 

Prince Harry in Colorado for wounded vet Warrior Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. | Britain's Prince Harry chatted and joked with wounded service members from the United Kingdom on Saturday at the Warrior Games, the U.S. military's Paralympic-style competition in Colorado.

The prince, a veteran combat helicopter pilot, mingled with the 35-member British team and then sat on a gymnasium floor in a circle of 12 sitting volleyball team members, batting the ball around amid whoops and laughter.

The veterans said Harry's combat experience made him easy to talk to.

"He knows what it's like out there," said British Army Capt. Dave Henson, a member of the volleyball team. "He's been on the ground and in the air."

The visit to Colorado got underway Friday night when Harry charmed dozens of dignitaries, British expatriates, students and military officers at a cocktail party welcoming him to Colorado.

A captain in Britain's Army Air Corps, Harry has deployed to Afghanistan twice, and he wore a brown camouflage uniform and tan combat boots when he met with the British team.

 

Obama hails courage of nation's police officers

WASHINGTON | President Barack Obama on Saturday praised the nation's police officers for everyday acts of courage, saying they often rush into danger to do "some really tough stuff."

In a White House ceremony honoring some of the bravest, he said America need look no further than the Boston Marathon bombings to know what police are made of: "Police officers ... running towards explosions not knowing if there was something more on the way. Law enforcement from different agencies in different parts of the country working together as one united team to identify suspects and bring them to justice."

He said few will ever forget the end of the marathon manhunt in Watertown, Mass. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a gunbattle with police, and residents cheered and gave police high fives after his brother Dzhokhar was apprehended.

 

Northern California officers seek triple homicide suspect

PETROLIA, Calif. | SWAT teams from three counties, federal law enforcement officials and local police — on the ground and in the air — are joining the hunt for a Northern California man wanted in the killing of his wife and two young daughters.

Humboldt County Lt. Wayne Hanson, a spokesman for the department, says the extra help — which includes two helicopters and an armored vehicle — comes as law enforcement officials continue Saturday to search through the rugged terrain of California's remote North Coast for Shane Franklin Miller.

The 45-year-old Miller is suspected of slaying his family Tuesday night in the rural community of Shingletown, then fleeing to Humboldt County.

Authorities say Miller — who is considered armed and extremely dangerous — grew up in the area and knows the thick forests of the region very well.

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