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Legendary Broadcaster Walter Cronkite Dead at 92

Famed broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92. Cronkite, named “the most trusted man in America,” was the anchor of the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981. He broadcasted such events as the Apollo 11 launch, the Vietnam War, and Nixon’s impeachment, New York Times.

A second French hostage has been handed over to al-Shabab, a Muslim terrorist group in Somalia. Another man was taken by the group on Thursday and the Somali government says the group is known for their public executions. The two hostages were part of a team training government troops in Mogadishu, BBC News.

The space shuttle Endeavour has linked up with the international space shuttle for a 16-day mission. The number of crew members on board is now at 13, from six. NASA says they are tracking a piece of “space junk” that may force the station to change its position, CNN.

Iran is still in turmoil, more than a month after the controversial presidential elections declared incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner. Today, large groups protested, even amid reports of detained protesters being tortured by police over the last month, AP.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Finally Launches

After five delays, the space shuttle Endeavour finally lifted off today from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle will link up with the international space station for a 16-day mission, CNN.

A man was killed by police today near the U.S. Capitol building after he fled from a routine traffic stop. The man did have a weapon and two officers were injured, but it is not known whether the man fired his gun or not. Witnesses say about 15 shots were fired, Washington Post.

Natalia Estemirova, a Russian human rights activist, has been found dead after she was abducted in Chechnya this morning. According to reports, “she had been gathering evidence of a campaign of house-burnings by government-backed militias.” Human Rights Watch, a prominent human rights organization, say they believe that Estemirova undoubtedly was targeted because of the case she was working on, BBC News.

The black boxes from the Iranian plane that crashed earlier today have been recovered, but are reported to be damaged. The plane, en route from Tehran to Yerevan, crashed 16 minutes after takeoff and killed all 168 people on board, BBC News.

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Three Reported Dead in Tehran Clashes

If you haven’t, check out our earlier live blog of today’s protests in Tehran after Ahmadinejad was declared the winner of the presidential election. Some unverified reports say 50-100 people died in clashes, but BNO can only confirm three deaths so far, BNO.

President Obama met with Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai today and pledged to give $73m in aid to the struggling country. Tsvangirai shares power with President Robert Mugabe, who is widely criticized by international powers, BBC News.

The launch of the space shuttle Endeavour has been delayed because of a hydrogen gas leak. A second launch attempt will take at least four days, SPACE.

Hot Topic: NPR takes a look at military families who will have to have to celebrate Father’s Day without their dads. Read it here.

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