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Two arrested in deaths of 2 Chinese students

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police arrested two young men in the shootings deaths of two graduate students from China last month near the University of Southern California, an attack that stunned a school that has more international students than any other U.S. university.

Javier Bolden, 19, and Bryan Barnes, 20, were arrested Friday on suspicion of killing the two during an apparent robbery attempt, Police Chief Charlie Beck said.

Ming Qu, of Jilin, and Ying Wu, of Hunan, both 23, were shot April 11 while sitting in a BMW about a mile from campus.

Their parents sued USC last week, accusing it of misrepresenting safety at the campus, where one-fifth of the 38,000 students are from overseas.

The motive for the killings was still under investigation, Beck said, but the "evidence points to a street robbery."


Episcopalians pick next bishop

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A Massachusetts priest will succeed Bishop Gene Robinson as New Hampshire's next Episcopal bishop.

A delegation of clergy and lay people chose the Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld of Grace Church in Amherst, Mass., from a field of three nominees. Votes were cast Saturday at St. Paul's Church in Concord.

If approved at the church's national convention in July, Hirschfeld will succeed Robinson when he steps down in January after serving nine years as the state's ninth Episcopal bishop. Robinson's consecration in 2003 as the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican church created an international uproar and led conservative Episcopalians to break away from the main church in the U.S.


SpaceX engines quit just before liftoff

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A new private supply ship for the International Space Station remained stuck on the ground Saturday after rocket engine trouble led to a last-second abort of the historic flight.

All nine engines for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared to life, but with a half-second remaining before liftoff, the onboard computers automatically shut everything down.

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said high combustion chamber pressure in engine No. 5 was to blame. During an inspection later in the day, engineers discovered a faulty valve and worked into the evening to replace it.

Tuesday is the earliest that SpaceX can try again to send its cargo-laden Dragon capsule to the space station.

This was the first launch attempt by a private U.S. company hoping to take over the job of delivering cargo and eventually astronauts to the space station for NASA.


First tropical storm forms off S. Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The first tropical storm of the season formed Saturday off the coast of South Carolina with top winds of 45 mph, but it wasn't threatening land. Forecasters said tropical storm Alberto was centered about 140 miles east of Charleston, S.C.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect, but forecasters said they may issue one later. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said there were no hazards affecting land so far, and the tropical-strength winds weren't reaching shore. Some strengthening was possible.

National Weather Service meteorologist Sandy LaCorte in Wilmington said the system will continue moving to the southwest before reversing course and heading northeast over the next several days. She said the center of the storm is not expected to get close to the Carolinas' coast.