May 23, 2018
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Last shuttle spacewalkers make history above Earth


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA completed its part in the construction of the International Space Station on Friday, with the final spacewalkers in the 30-year shuttle program attaching an extension boom.

Spacewalker Gregory Chamitoff said it was fitting for space shuttle Endeavour to be at the space station for the end of construction since it was there for the first assembly mission in December 1998.

It was the fourth spacewalk in a week for the Endeavour astronauts, who are headed back to Earth in just a few days to end NASA’s next-to-last shuttle flight. One last flight in July will bring up supplies.

NASA managers on Friday afternoon gave Endeavour the all-clear for an early Wednesday landing. A final review of 3-D images showed the shuttle’s delicate heat shield wasn’t damaged.

Facebook calls NY lawsuit ‘fraud on the court’

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Attorneys for Facebook Inc. are calling a New York man’s federal lawsuit claiming part ownership of the company “a fraud on the court.”

In their latest legal response, Facebook attorneys accuse Paul Ceglia of doctoring a 2003 contract that he says proves he bought into Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s idea for the site when Zuckerberg was a Harvard University freshman.

Ceglia “has now come out of the woodwork seeking billions in damages,” the response filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Buffalo said.

Ceglia’s lawsuit, first brought in 2010 and refiled last month, relies largely on a two-page “work for hire” contract bearing the names of both men. Ceglia says he and Zuckerberg signed the contract after Zuckerberg responded to his Craigslist help-wanted ad for work on a street-mapping database he was creating.

According to the lawsuit, Ceglia paid Zuckerberg $1,000 to develop software for the street-mapping project and gave him another $1,000 after Zuckerberg told him about his Facebook idea, with the condition Ceglia would get half if it took off.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company’s response said the document is a fake.

More young folks have high blood pressure, study finds

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have found that young adults may be much more likely to have high blood pressure — traditionally a problem for older people — than previously thought.

The researchers think the growing national problems with diet, obesity and sedentary lifestyles are largely to blame for the increase.

The study appeared this week in the online version of the journal Epidemiology and will be in the upcoming print edition. Researchers tested more than 14,000 people between the ages of 24 and 32 and found that nearly one in five had high blood pressure — nearly five times the rate found in an earlier study.

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a factor in heart disease and strokes, the top- and third-ranked leading causes of death among Americans, respectively.


Soggy Northern Plains braces for more flooding

LODGE GRASS, Mont. — Rain-swollen rivers that have swamped Montana towns could keep flooding the region for another month or more as melting mountain snow delivers a second slug of water to the soggy Northern Plains.

Heavy rains are forecast through the holiday weekend. Warm weather after that is expected to kick off the melt of snows that in some areas are twice as deep as average.

Even with rivers already raging from record rainfalls, authorities have started dumping massive volumes of water from low-land reservoirs to get ready for the annual spring rise.

Those releases are predicted to flood homes downstream in the Dakotas, and possibly in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

“There is going to be record flooding all along the Missouri River,” said Paul Johnson, director of the Douglas County, Neb., Emergency Management Agency. “This isn’t going to return to normal anytime soon.”

In Montana, the state’s famous rivers and streams — swollen to 10 times their usual size in places — continued to carry a torrent of damaging debris through small towns and over roads Friday.

Cresting waters have broken through barriers and left hundreds of homes drenched in muddy floodwaters.

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