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December 12, 2000



Space shuttle returns

Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of five on Monday returned to Earth in triumph, ending NASA's most difficult space-station construction mission yet.

During their week at the international space station, Alpha, the crew installed the world's largest and most powerful solar wings. Three spacewalks were required to attach the $600 million wings, hook up all the cables and then tighten the slack right wing.

The space station and its gleaming new solar wings soared over Florida four minutes before Endeavour's touchdown, clearly visible from Cape Canaveral as it streaked through the dark sky.

New York City

Fox executive denies giving Bush information

The head of Fox's projection team said he spoke five times with his cousin, George W. Bush, on election night but insists he did not give out confidential exit poll information. Bush got that information elsewhere, he said.

John Ellis, an election night consultant for Fox, was hired by to write an account of what happened that night; it was posted on the Web site Monday.

Fox network is still investigating whether Ellis, who was working on a temporary contract, provided the Bush campaign with insider data.


Disbarment case for Clinton delayed

A judge has pushed back a deadline in President Clinton's disbarment case, meaning the case likely won't be heard until Clinton is out of office.

The complaint to strip Clinton of his law license, filed by the state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, is based on Clinton's testimony about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson, in an order released Monday, gave lawyers for both sides an additional month to respond to requests for admissions submitted Nov. 9, setting the new deadline at Jan. 11.

Clinton leaves office Jan. 20.


NASA venture aims for crash-proof software

The agency that landed men on the moon, built a space station and sent robots to Mars is tackling another tricky high-tech challenge: Developing computer software that

doesn't crash.


NASA, Carnegie Mellon University and a dozen high-tech companies announced Monday the formation of a consortium whose primary mission is to eliminate failure in software vital to the nation.

Systems to be targeted by the High Dependability Computing Consortium include those that play a crucial role in air traffic control, the space program, banking and health care "software that you depend your life on," said Henry McDonald, director of NASA's Ames Research Center.

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