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Inquiry underway in deadly refinery blast; Discovery cleared for launch

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Discovery receives go-ahead for launch

NASA has cleared space shuttle Discovery for a Monday morning launch to the international space station.

Mission managers met Saturday and gave the "go" to proceed toward liftoff. The unanimous decision came after engineers determined that there were no booster rocket safety concerns. Two booster problems recently cropped up when the parts were tested off-site.

Forecasters expect an 80 percent chance of good launch weather. Liftoff is scheduled for 6:21 a.m., shortly before sunrise.

Discovery is loaded with spare parts and science experiments for the space station. Only four shuttle flights remain. President Obama will visit the Cape Canaveral area April 15 -- while Discovery is in orbit -- to elaborate on his post-shuttle plans.

-- Associated Press

Newark marks first murder-free month since 1966: Law enforcement officials in Newark say that March was the city's first month without a killing in more than 40 years. Police Director Garry McCarthy said the last time the city went through a calendar month without a murder was in May 1966. McCarthy attributed the decreases to progress by police in combating the narcotics trade.

Deadly Minneapolis fire under investigation: Investigators were trying to pinpoint the cause of a fire Friday that destroyed a building containing several apartments and an Irish pub, killing three adults and three children. Friends and family feared that the victims were a bartender and several of his girlfriend's relatives.

-- From news services


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