hFestival features danceby Native Americans
VICTOR, N.Y. -- Members of the Buffalo Creek Dancers perform a social dance during Ganondagan's 14th Annual Native American Dance & amp; Music Festival at the Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, N.Y. The event, which features traditional and contemporary dance, storytelling and family activities, continues today.
Shooting attack in Gazaleaves 2 dead, 4 wounded
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian gunmen opened fire on an Israeli vehicle traveling on the main road connecting the Gaza Strip settlements to Israel early today, killing a husband and wife and wounding four other Israelis, rescue workers and the army said. Earlier, the army said it had captured a would-be suicide bomber armed with an 11-pound explosive belt, who had infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip and planned to attack Tel Aviv. The violence comes as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice left the region after a three-day visit aimed at shoring up its fragile truce. Israel and the Palestinians declared an end to the more-than four years of fighting in February, but violence has flared over the last two weeks. After the shooting on the vehicle, troops in the area clashed with the gunmen, killing one of them and were carrying out searches for the others, the army said.
Countdown clocks beginonce again for NASA
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The countdown clocks began ticking again Saturday for NASA's return to space, as shuttle managers voiced optimism -- but not certainty -- that they had fixed the fuel gauge problem that thwarted the first launch attempt. "No doubt there is some degree of finger crossing," NASA test director Pete Nickolenko said before the start of the second countdown in two weeks. "But the other side of the coin is that we have really performed a very thorough troubleshooting analysis to a great degree, an excruciating degree of detail with all the shuttle program experts and the contractors that we can get." NASA is aiming for a Tuesday morning liftoff of Discovery on the first shuttle mission since Columbia's disastrous re-entry in 2003. The flight was delayed by two weeks after one of four hydrogen fuel gauges in Discovery's big external tank failed a routine test July 13, just two hours before the initial scheduled liftoff.
Judge overrules womanabout boy's transfusion
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A judge has overruled a mother's religious objections and ordered a blood transfusion for a 12-year-old boy who is battling sickle cell anemia. The boy's mother, Leslie Raymond, is a Jehovah's Witness -- a religion that believes the Bible forbids transfusions. The judge said Friday the mother's beliefs posed a threat to Appollo Raymond, who doctors said could die from complications of the disease without the transfusion. "This is a very difficult balancing act for the court," Judge James Seals said. "I try to give every deference to the religious preference of the parent, but the life interest of the child supersedes the liberty interest of the parent." Appollo Raymond was in serious condition at Children's Hospital. It was unknown Saturday if the transfusion had actually occurred.
Quake rattles Japan, leaving at least 27 hurt
TOKYO -- A magnitude-6.0 earthquake shook the Tokyo area Saturday, injuring at least 27 people, rattling buildings across the sprawling capital and temporarily suspending flights and train services. The earthquake struck at 3:35 a.m. EDT and was centered about 55 miles underground in Chiba prefecture, just east of Tokyo, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. There was no danger of tsunami, the agency said. The quake was the strongest to hit the capital since 1992 as measured on Japan's sliding scale of tremor intensity, the Kyodo News agency reported. The quake injured at least 27 people, including five people hit by a falling signboard at a supermarket in neighboring Saitama prefecture, Kyodo said. There were some 50 cases of people briefly trapped in elevators.