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NATIONAL
March 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Repairs have already been made to 20 of 28 orbiter tiles on the space shuttle Atlantis' left wing and side that were damaged by a Feb. 26 hailstorm, postponing its planned launch next week, NASA said. Inspections of about 2,000 divots in the external tank's foam insulation are expected to be completed this week. NASA is preparing for a launch in late April.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Water officials are requesting that residents and businesses in several cities reduce water use this week as upgrades are performed to the Rialto feeder pipeline. Officials have shut down the pipeline, a large source of water for Inland residents, through Sunday. Those in Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair and Ontario are asked to limit their water usage while the pipe is being repaired.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Operators of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline hope a scraping device will push out a piece of metal 20 inches in diameter that's been missing in the pipeline since December. A pipeline cleaning device known as a scraper or paraffin pig broke apart inside the pipeline in December between pump stations just north of Fairbanks and near Delta Junction, about 100 miles to the south. Most of the pieces have been recovered, but a stainless steel ring that holds other pieces in place has not been found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2007 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
BY the time a musical instrument arrives at the Los Angeles Unified School District repair shop, it might be dented, cracked, scratched, bent, chipped, smashed, warped, jammed, gouged, rusted or snapped. It might be missing strings, keys, valves, hooks, hammers, springs, pads, paint, cork, felt or horsehair. Somebody might have carved "Tony {heart} Jenny" on its side. Maybe somebody kicked it or threw it. Maybe somebody used it as a club or bowled with it. Never heard of piano bowling?
SCIENCE
December 20, 2006 | Michael Cabbage, Orlando Sentinel
Shuttle Discovery's astronauts left behind a successfully rewired International Space Station on Tuesday as they began the journey home after an eight-day visit. Discovery smoothly undocked from the outpost as they sailed 220 miles above the Indian Ocean. Three hours earlier, the seven shuttle astronauts and the station's three residents held a brief farewell ceremony before parting ways.
SCIENCE
December 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two spacewalking astronauts successfully rewired half of the International Space Station on Thursday, a job that when finished will allow the orbiting outpost to double the size of its crew and add two more labs in the coming years. Flight controllers on the ground happily reported to the space station that power was flowing through two electrical channels hooked up by astronauts Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang. "Excellent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2006 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
After Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered to create a 1,200--acre conservation easement along the San Luis Obispo County coastline, the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved permits Thursday to allow the utility to replace corroded steam generators at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
SCIENCE
December 13, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Discovery astronauts completed the first major task of their mission Tuesday, successfully installing the 2-ton P5 truss on the International Space Station's main backbone during a six-hour spacewalk. While veteran Robert Curbeam and rookie spacewalker Christer Fuglesang of Sweden directed the maneuver with hand signals, mission specialists Sunita Williams and Joan Higginbotham used the station's robotic arm to delicately maneuver the $11-million truss into position.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
NASA wrestled with two late-breaking technical concerns that showed up Tuesday, two days before the scheduled launch of space shuttle Discovery, but managers weren't sure whether they would delay the start of the mission. The launch still was scheduled for Thursday night.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Shipbuilders Council of America, concerned about U.S. shipowners sending more vessels overseas for cheap upgrading, has sued to stop Oakland-based Matson Navigation Co. from using a Chinese shipyard. The Shipbuilders Council and Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines filed a lawsuit against the Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Vessel Documentation Center, arguing that a Matson plan to alter three ships was improperly approved.
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