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Author accused in Palin book leak

JUNEAU | The writers of an unpublished Sarah Palin tell-all allege the author of a rival book helped leak copies of their manuscript, destroying its marketability.

In a letter to author Joe McGinniss, attorney Dean Steinbeck says the matter “appears to be no more than that of a jealous author sabotaging a competitor via unlawful and unscrupulous means.”

The letter, on behalf of Ken Morris, Jeanne Devon and Frank Bailey, states the writers are reviewing their legal options. Mr. Bailey was an aide to Mrs. Palin when she was governor of Alaska.

A draft of the unpublished manuscript leaked late last week, with stories about it and its contents making national news.

For about three months last year, Mr. McGinniss lived next door to the Palins in Alaska while researching a book on the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

NASA

New satellite goes up Wednesday

LOS ANGELES | NASA is set to launch its latest Earth-orbiting satellite on a $424 million mission to analyze airborne grit spewed by volcanoes, forest fires, smokestacks and tailpipes.

The Glory satellite is slated to blast off before dawn Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Taurus XL rocket. Once boosted to an altitude of 440 miles, it will join a fleet of satellites collecting climate data for years.

Its main job will be to study fine airborne particles known as aerosols. Smaller than the diameter of a human hair, these ubiquitous specks can span great distances of the globe and are largely responsible for producing hazy skies.

Scientists know very little about aerosols and their effect on climate. A better understanding is critical to improving climate models.

Over the past century, average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit worldwide. Scientists blame carbon dioxide, mostly from the burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels, as the chief cause of global warming.

From wire dispatches and staff reports