* The three astronauts aboard the international space station said they cried when they heard of the space shuttle Columbia disaster.
The three men spoke with reporters yesterday from their spot orbiting high above Earth. They have been aboard the space station since November and were supposed to come back to Earth in March. But since shuttle flights have been canceled, no one knows for sure when American astronauts Kenneth Bowersox and Donald Pettit and Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin might come home.
"We are enjoying our mission up here. The extra time [on the station] is not something we consider a negative," Bowersox said.
The astronauts said they have been feeling sad because the seven shuttle astronauts who died aboard Columbia were their friends, but they are trying to get back to normal by doing their experiments and by working out on the treadmill.
"One of the things we noticed that really helps is exercise," Bowersox said.
* And the nominees are . . .
The Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday in 24 major categories, from visual effects ("Spider-Man" got nominated in that one) to best foreign language feature (anyone seen "Zus & Zo" from the Netherlands?).
As for the best animated movies of the year, the Academy's top picks were "Ice Age," "Lilo & Stitch," "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," "Spirited Away" and "Treasure Planet."
The nominees for best movie of the year are "Chicago," "Gangs of New York," "The Hours," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Pianist."
The winners will be announced in California on March 23.
-- From staff and wire reports