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Glenn urges NASA to retain shuttles

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Mercury astronaut John Glenn wants NASA's space shuttles to keep flying until a reliable replacement is ready, no matter how long that takes.

Glenn joined the national debate Monday over the nation's future in space and became the latest ex-astronaut to speak out on the matter. He issued a nine-page statement in which he questioned the decision to retire the shuttle fleet and rely on Russia to take astronauts to the International Space Station.

"We have a vehicle here, why throw it away? It's working well," the first American to orbit Earth said by telephone.

"Going to Russia and being, in effect, under control of Russia for our space program just doesn't sit right with me and I don't think it sits well with the American people, or won't, either," said Glenn, a former U.S. senator who rode the shuttle into orbit in 1998 at age 77. He will turn 89 next month.


Shots, deliveryman prompt base lockdown

LAKEHURST, N.J. (AP) -- Something that sounded like gunfire and a FedEx delivery driver with a gun led to a one-hour lockdown Monday at a military base. A base official said no one was injured or faced real danger.

Angel Lopez, spokeswoman for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, said security issues arose at about 9:30 a.m. at two different base entrances -- the base's main gate and the commercial-traffic gate.

At the commercial entrance, someone reported hearing gunfire. Around the same time, guards were questioning a delivery driver who was trying to enter through the main gate.

Most drivers who regularly make deliveries know to go to the commercial gate, but this one didn't, Lopez said. When guards asked the driver if he had any weapons, he said he did. The man possessed the gun legally but was cited for trying to bring it on base and was released later Monday morning, Lopez said. The search for the source of the gunshot sounds turned up nothing.


Chief's son suspected of killing man, officer

LANCASTER, Texas (AP) -- Investigators said Monday they believe the 27-year-old son of Dallas Police Chief David Brown fatally shot a man at a suburban apartment complex and then opened fire on responding officers, killing one, before being shot to death.

Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Lupe Valdez said investigators still were sorting out details. David Brown Jr. appeared to have shot Jeremy McMillan, 23, Sunday evening and opened fire on Officer Craig Shaw and others.

Shaw, 37, was killed, the first officer to die in the line of duty in Lancaster, a city of 35,000 about 15 miles south of Dallas.

Brown died after other officers returned fire.

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