Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands Safely in California

The space shuttle Atlantis safely landed in California this morning after bad weather had previously put off attempts to land in Florida. Los Angeles residents were warned to expect sonic booms as the shuttle re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, CNN.

U.S. President Barack Obama has named former astronaut Retired Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. to head NASA. Bolden will oversees President Obama’s plan to return man to the moon by 2020, Washington Post.

Tamil Tiger rebels confirm that their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is dead. The Sri Lankan government announced that they had killed Prabhakaran last week and showed images of his body. The BBC reports that a spokesman told the news agency the Tamil rebels would use nonviolent forms of protest in the future. Over 70,000 have been killed since the conflict began in 1983, BBC News.

30 people have been wounded in a shooting at a Sikh temple in Vienna, Austria. Five men entered the temple Sunday afternoon and started firing. All five are in police custody, New York Times.

A woman was raped in broad daylight in Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington yesterday afternoon. Witnesses called the police with reports of lewd behavior. Police quickly determined that the sex was not consensual. The perpetrator has  been arrested on charges of 2nd degree rape, KREM.

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