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>Next-to-last mission of shuttle set April 29

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight is set to begin late next week.

Spaceflight managers gathered Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center here and set April 29 as the launch date for Endeavour's final mission.

The two-week mission will be led by Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. He is awaiting doctors' permission for his wife to attend the launch. Giffords was shot in Tucson, Ariz., three months ago in an assassination attempt.

Endeavour will fly to the International Space Station. The crew of six will deliver a $2 billion particle physics experiment.

Liftoff time is 3:47 p.m. It will be the 134th shuttle mission overall and the 25th for Endeavour.


>Obama speaks of Jesus at prayer breakfast

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pausing to observe Holy Week amid war and policy struggles, President Obama said Tuesday that the agony of Jesus through the Crucifixion and the Resurrection puts mere political struggle "in perspective."

For the second year running, Obama hosted an Easter season prayer breakfast at the White House.

"As busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there is something about the Resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ that puts everything else in perspective."

Obama has used previous prayer breakfasts to underscore the depth of his Christian faith in the face of polls indicating that some Americans question his religious beliefs.

Tuesday, Obama recounted the story of Christ's suffering on the way to Calvary, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection -- the "unfathomable grace" of taking on the world's sins.

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