Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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NATION CAPE CANAVERAL Stubborn Clouds Keep Shuttle Grounded

For a record-tying sixth time, NASA delayed the launch of space shuttle Columbia on Sunday because of thick, low clouds that just wouldn't budge.

Shuttle managers said they would try again Thursday, at the earliest.

Launch controllers waited as long as possible to send Columbia and its seven astronauts on their way, but finally gave up early in the afternoon. By then, it was getting dark at the emergency landing strips overseas, and the weather at the launch site was not improving.

Columbia - NASA's oldest shuttle - tied its own record for launch scrubs. A satellite-delivery mission by Columbia was delayed six times before finally getting under way in January 1986, almost a month late. This science mission already is three weeks late.

AP RODNEY KING CASE Ex-Police Officer To Go To Halfway House

Former Los Angeles police Sgt. Stacey Koon, sentenced to 30 months in prison for the 1991 videotaped beating of Rodney King, will be released today to a federal halfway house.

Koon has been serving his sentence at the Sheridan Federal Correction Institution about 30 miles southwest of Portland, Ore.

He will go to a halfway house in Rubidoux, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, to serve the rest of his sentence, which expires Dec. 14, said Ira Salzman, Koon's lawyer. Former Officer Laurence Powell, also sentenced to 30 months, left prison Sept. 26 for a halfway house. He will be released Dec. 13.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear appeals by Koon and Powell. The justices will consider whether a judge was wrongfully ordered by an appeals court to consider longer sentences.

Koon and Powell could be forced to return to prison if the Supreme Court rules against them. A ruling wasn't expected until June or later.

AP WORLD TURKEY Leader Resigns After No-Confidence Vote

Prime Minister Tansu Ciller's center-right government lost a confidence vote in parliament Sunday, forcing Turkey's first woman leader to step down.

Lawmakers voted 230-191 against Ciller's government, which has been under attack for resisting early elections and taking a hard stand against striking civil servants.

Ciller, a U.S.-trained economist who took office in 1993, had argued that an early election would harm her economic austerity program and damage prospects for closer economic ties with the European Union.

Her governing coalition collapsed in September in a dispute over the belt-tightening measures. The prime minister and her center-right True Path party then formed a new government by themselves, a move that required a vote of confidence from the 450-member parliament. …

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