Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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NATION BRIEFS SPACE SHUTTLE Test Forces NASA To Skip Launch

A crack in a test engine forced NASA Friday to delay Columbia's launching for the fifth time so workers can inspect the space shuttle's engines.

Columbia was supposed to blast off today. Launch attempt No. 6 will be no earlier than Sunday; the engine inspections could end up taking longer than planned, and the weather outlook for Sunday is poor.

A spokeswoman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Thursday that a 2-inch crack had been found on the high-pressure duct of a shuttle engine being tested at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Tests showed that the cracked duct had an unacceptably thin wall near a weld. AP

***** TEXAS Witness Says Selena ID'd Her Killer

Tejano singer Selena, mortally wounded and terrified, identified her killer as she lay dying on the floor of a motel lobby, a witness said Friday in the trial of Yolanda Saldivar, who is accused of murdering the star.

Shawna Vela, a desk clerk at the Days Inn in Corpus Christi, Texas, told a jury in Houston that the last words of Selena Quintanilla Perez on March 31 were "Yolanda . . . (Room) 158" after she was shot in what prosecutors said was a business dispute.

Saldivar, the founder of Selena's fan club and manager of her clothing boutiques, faces life in prison if convicted of murdering the singer. Vela said Selena burst through a set of doors into the lobby, her clothes soaked in blood from a gunshot wound to her back. "Help me, help me. I've been shot!" she recalled Selena screaming. "Lock the door. She'll shoot me again!" Reuters

***** CALIFORNIA Oakland Brush Fire Leaves 1 Injured

A brush fire burned for about 30 minutes Friday in the Oakland, Calif., hills, injuring one person and burning three homes before being brought under control.

The fire was near the scene of the 1991 firestorm that killed 25 people and destroyed almost 3,000 dwellings. …

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