WASHINGTON -- Two years ago, an independent commission that reviews NASA programs concluded that after a decade of shuttle budget cuts, "safety concerns have never been greater."
Shuttle Disaster: 'Independent' board: 3 of 10 from NASA
Within hours of the Columbia disaster, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe promised there would be two thorough investigations -- one by the agency itself, the other by a board working independently of NASA.
Shuttle Disaster: Supplies delivered to space station
KOROLYOV, Russia -- A Russian cargo craft docked Tuesday at the international space station, carrying fuel, food and water.
Shuttle Disaster: The president's address
Excerpts from President Bush's remarks about the astronauts at the memorial:
Shuttle Disaster: Families' ability to sue hinges on inquiry
Unless a contractor is found to be at fault, the relatives may have to turn to public opinion.
Shuttle Disaster: Mourn, but move ahead, Bush urges
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- The longing to soar beyond all that is familiar cannot be broken despite broken hearts, President Bush told mourners during a chilly outdoor memorial service Tuesday for the seven astronauts who died on the space shuttle Columbia.
Shuttle Disaster: Ice under insulation could have hit shuttle
HOUSTON -- Investigators trying to piece together what happened to the space shuttle Columbia searched for debris on both sides of the country Tuesday while attention focused on whether ice played a role in the disaster.
Shuttle Disaster: Contractors get a close look
The investigation is likely to examine whether privatization undermined NASA procedures and rules.
Right-wing terrorism stirs old fears in South Africa
SOWETO, South Africa -- After hearing the explosion, Josephina Monarang ran to a neighbor's house in Soweto late one night. To her horror, she saw a friend lying on the bed with her head smashed open.
Charities: Giving is down; need is up
As economic troubles swell the ranks of needy Americans, many charities are contracting rather than expanding, the result of a distinctively daunting year for fundraisers.
Bush budget relies more on user fees
WASHINGTON -- To pay for some of his proposed tax cuts, President Bush wants to raise more than $2-billion by charging new or larger fees on everything from stockyard, kennel and poultry plant inspections to military veterans' health care and Medicare claims processing.
States plunging into red
WASHINGTON -- The flood of red ink for state governments just keeps rising: Expected budget shortfalls jumped by close to 50 percent in the past three months, and the situation is expected to worsen, the National Conference of State Legislatures said Tuesday.
Nation in brief: Ex-Helmsley worker wins gay bias case
NEW YORK -- A jury awarded more than $11-million to a former hotel manager Tuesday after concluding he was fired by hotelier Leona Helmsley because he is gay.
Fighting terror: Germany keeps files from terror defendant
HAMBURG, Germany -- In a move that drew cries of protest from the defendant in court Tuesday, Germany refused for a second time to turn over evidence sought by defense lawyers in a trial connected to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
U.S. case against Hussein aired today
UNITED NATIONS -- Colin Powell, secretary of state, becomes Colin Powell, prosecutor, today, arguing to diplomats that war may be necessary to curb Saddam Hussein's ambitions for chemical and biological weapons.
Indian court rules eunuchs are male
JABALPUR, India -- A court in central India has ruled that eunuchs are male, barring them from seeking elected offices reserved for women.