- - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

FLORIDA

Shuttle leaves space station last time

CAPE CANAVERAL — The last space shuttle is headed home.

Atlantis left the International Space Station on Tuesday and slipped away after a partial lap around the station. Ten pairs of eyes pressed against the windows, four in the shuttle and six in the station.

All that remains of NASA’s final shuttle voyage is the touchdown, targeted for the pre-dawn hours of Thursday back home in Florida. Its return ends the 30-year run of a vessel that kept U.S. astronauts flying to and from orbit longer than any other rocket ship.

As a final salute, the space station rotated to provide never-before-seen views of the complex. Atlantis flew halfway around the outpost, cameras whirring aboard both craft to record the historic event.

HAWAII

Japanese tea ceremony held at Arizona Memorial

PEARL HARBOR | Symbolizing how far the two countries have come, U.S. organizers on Tuesday hosted an ancient and ritualistic Japanese tea ceremony steeped in tradition at the watery grave of Pearl Harbor.

It was the first time the centuries-old art form emblematic of Japan was performed in the USS Arizona Memorial, which sits on top of the battleship, which sank in the Japanese attack 70 years ago.

Organizers hoped the highly choreographed ritual will promote world peace and reconciliation between the U.S. and Japan, which were enemies but have been strong allies for more than 50 years. Such ceremonies encourage contemplation, reflection and respect for others.

They are also events of peace: Samurai in medieval Japanese times would remove their swords and place them outside before entering a tearoom.

IOWA

Man arrested in attack at congressman’s farm

LEON — Police announced Tuesday that they had arrested one man and issued a warrant for another suspected of being involved in a weekend home invasion at Rep. Leonard Boswell’s farm outside Lamoni.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said authorities had arrested Cody John Rollins, 19, of Lamoni. He’s charged with first-degree burglary, assault while participating in a felony, going armed with intent and three counts of first-degree robbery.

He was held on $50,000 bond.

Police also were searching for David Palmer Dewberry, 20, of Fremont, Neb., who is considered armed and dangerous and may have fled the state.

Authorities have said a man with a gun entered the congressman’s house Saturday night and attacked his daughter. Mr. Boswell tried to fight the man off, and as they scuffled, his 22-year-old grandson got a shotgun. When Mr. Boswell’s grandson pointed the gun at the intruder, the man ran off.

Mr. Boswell, a 77-year-old Democrat, suffered minor injuries, but no one was seriously hurt.

MASSACHUSETTS

Feds: Harvard fellow hacked millions of papers

BOSTON — A Harvard University fellow who was studying ethics was charged with hacking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s computer network to steal nearly 5 million academic articles.

Aaron Swartz, 24, of Cambridge, Mass., was accused of stealing the documents from JSTOR, a popular research subscription service that offers digitized copies of more than 1,000 academic journals and documents, some dating back to the 17th century.

In an indictment released Tuesday, prosecutors say Mr. Swartz stole 4.8 million articles between September 2010 and January after breaking into a computer wiring closet on MIT’s campus. Mr. Swartz, then a student at the Harvard’s Center for Ethics, downloaded so many documents during one October day that some of JSTOR’s computer servers crashed, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors say Mr. Swartz intended to distribute the articles on file-sharing websites.

MICHIGAN

Autoworkers suspended after caught drinking on TV

DETROIT — Chrysler Group LLC says it has suspended nine workers for drinking and smoking marijuana before their shifts at a Michigan plant.

Detroit television station WJBK-TV aired a story about the workers at the Trenton Engine Plant last week. Chrysler says it identified the workers using the station’s video. All nine have been suspended without pay while the company investigates.

This is the second time in a year that the station has reported on Chrysler workers drinking and smoking before a shift.

MONTANA

FX Energy to plug wells at site of spill

HELENA — FX Energy Inc. plans to permanently shut down two oil wells in northwestern Montana where a spill went unreported for a month and spread nearly a mile before being discovered, a company executive said Tuesday.

The company is filing notice with the Blackfeet Indian tribe that subsidiary FX Drilling Co. will plug the small wells on the Blackfeet reservation and dig up the connecting flow line that spilled up to 840 gallons of crude and contaminated water, FX Energy Vice President Andy Pierce said.

A neighboring landowner reported finding oil July 12, a month after the company discovered the spill and fixed the line. An environmental-response team says the oil traveled nearly a mile down a steep coulee, soiling the ground and filling pools of spring-fed water before reaching Cut Bank Creek.

The two wells combined produce only about a barrel of oil a day — 42 gallons — and have been offline since the leak was discovered, Mr. Pierce said.

NEW YORK

Raids conducted in hacking probe

NEW YORK — The FBI has raided homes in New York and California during a probe into the hacker group Anonymous.

In New York, FBI spokesman Jim Margolin says agents searched residences and seized computers at one address in Brooklyn and three on Long Island. He declined further comment. The raids were first reported by FoxNews.com.

In Los Angeles, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says warrants were executed there as well.

The targets of the searches were not named.

Anonymous is a loosely organized group of hackers sympathetic to WikiLeaks. It has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against corporate and government websites around the world.

The group claims credit for disrupting the websites of Visa and MasterCard in December when the credit card companies stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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