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Utah prisoner to die by firing squad

A judge agreed Friday to a Utah inmate's request to die by firing squad.
Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, had the option of being killed by lethal injection or by a firing squad, an option that only Utah and Oklahoma offer, according to The Washington Post.
"I would like the firing squad, please," Gardner said when given the two options in a Utah courtroom on Friday, according to The New York Times.
In 2004, Utah ended the practice of using a firing squad for execution. In order to avoid legal complications, they allow prisoners who selected to die by firing squad before the practice was ended the choice, reported The New York Times.
According to The New York Times, Andrew Parnes, Gardner's lawyer, said he would make a new appeal to the State Supreme Court arguing that his client did not receive proper help with experts and research before his sentencing and that execution after such a long wait would be cruel and unusual punishment.
This is the fourth time a Utah judge has signed a death warrant to have Gardner executed, according to The Washington Post.
Gardner has seven days to ask for a sentence of life in prison without parole, reported The Washington Post.
Gardner was given the death penalty 25 years ago after murdering an attorney while trying to escape, according to The Washington Post.

Obama talks about space program among budget changes to NASA

President Barack Obama gave a speech about how he would like NASA to move forward amidst changes in budgeting plans for projects on Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Obama said he would like to send astronauts to asteroids by 2025 and to Mars in the 2030's, according to The Washington Post.
This proposal came after Obama announced he would scrap the Constellation project and ask for funding from private companies in order to send astronauts to the International Space Station, according to The New York Times.
The Constellation project, started five years ago, would have sent astronauts back to the moon, reported The New York Times.
Obama said $40 million would be used to help retrain workers at the Kennedy Space Center who will lose their jobs when the space shuttles are retired, reported The New York Times.
NASA needs to bring along commercial space entrepreneurs to handle transport missions to the international space station so the agency would be freed up to think and reach much farther, Obama said according to The Washington Post.
Obama has proposed .
White House administration has stopped discretionary spending temporarily, but has budgeted $6 billion extra for NASA over the next five years, Obama said according to The Washington Post.
Obama has faced opposition with his new budget plans for Nasa. "I would say the administration's plan is laughable, but I can't find much humor in it when the consequences to space exploration and American workers during tough economic times are so dire," Sen. Orrin Hatch said according to The Washington Post.
"We've got to do it in a smart way, and we can't just keep on doing the same old things we've been doing and thinking that's going to get us where we want to go," Obama said according to The New York Times.

U.S. limits emissions from automobiles

President Barack Obama finalized new rules on Thursday that will set a limit to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions cars can give off, and also increase fuel efficiency in vehicles.
The rules demand that by 2016, all models of vehicles must have get an average of 35.5 miles per gallon, reported The Washington Post.
According to The Washington Post, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that new vehicle requirements will add $985 to the initial cost of the car, but will save consumers an estimated $4,000 in fuel costs over the life of the car.
The new reduction standards for vehicle emissions are expected to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by as much as 30 percent from the years 2012 to 2016, reported The New York Times.
The new vehicle rules would save consumers money and provide an incentive for the development of new automotive technology, Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator, told The New York Times.
The program being enacted to make these changes to fuel emissions will end in 2016, reported The New York Times.
Car companies would need to know what their fuel economy rules would be after 2016, when the program announced Thursday ends.Gloria Bergquist, a vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, told The New York Times.

Honey bees in trouble

A federal survey has shown that a substantial amount of bees died off this winter.
A new study has shown that the bees' pollen and hives contain pesticides, reported The New York Times.
Scientists are concerned because bees play a large role our food supply. Plants need pollination from honeybees, and plants are an essential part of the food chain, reported The Washington Post.
The decrease in the amount of bees has been happening for decades, but has started to alarmingly decline since 2006, reported The New York Times.
''It's just gotten so much worse in the past four years. We're just not keeping bees alive that long," said Jeff Pettis, research leader of the Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md, according to The New York Times.
According to The Washington Post, viruses, parasites, bacteria, and poor nutrition, as well as pesticides, are to blame for the declining number of bees.
According to The New York Times, on Thursday, chemists at a scientific conference in San Francisco addressed the issue of pesticides and the decreasing bee population in response to the study that found pesticides in the bees' pollen and hives.

Possible disclaimers on images of airbrushed models

A study done by a psychologist and media personality have asked the U.K. to put disclaimers on images of models who have been airbrushed.
"When girls evaluate themselves against unrealistic airbrushed images it cultivates a feeling of falling short, of not being 'good enough'", Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist and media personality said, according to The New York Times.
According to The New York Times, the issue has been arising periodically in the U.K. since a Ralph Lauren advertisement featured a model that was so heavily photoshopped that her head was bigger than her waist.
Britain's advertising watchdog was taking more time to study the issue of airbrushed models, according to The Boston Globe.
The Periodical Publishers Association said in a statement that the issue was complex and they needed more evidence before adding disclaimers to airbrushed photos of models, reported The Boston Globe.
Britain's government said they were studying Papadopoulos's advice, reported The New York Times.

International Space Station finished

The International Space Station was finished Wednesday after the final piece, an observation deck, was attached.
The observation deck is a room called Tranquility, and has a bay window composed of seven windows, reported the Toronto Sun.
According to The Boston Globe, the round window in the center was the largest window ever sent into space.
The Toronto Sun reported that the addition was 27 feet long and was attached using a robotic arm.
Power and data cables will be hooked up to the new room on Friday, and plumbing will be hooked up Saturday, according to the Toronto Sun.
The observation deck cost $27 million, reported The Boston Globe.

Astronauts have trouble with space station part

Astronauts couldn't get a critical piece to fit on the space station on Saturday.
According to The Washington Post, an insulating piece was supposed to be attached between the observation deck and a room on the space station called Tranquility, but wouldn't fit.
The piece is needed on the space station in order to protect the seals and docking parts from the cold, reported The Washington Post.
The New York Times reported that the metal bars of the insulation piece aren't locking down because a hand rail or some other metal piece interfered.
The area that was supposed to be covered with this piece would be exposed when it's moved to the other side of Tranquility where it will permanently stay, reported The New York Times.
Flight director Bob Dempsey said that engineers are trying to figure out what do to next, but the move may have to be put on hold until this issue is resolved, reported The Washington Post.

Space shuttle Endeavour to launch early Monday

The space shuttle Endeavour was supposed to launch early Sunday, but has been rescheduled to launch early Monday.
According to The Washington Post, the space shuttle could not launch when it was scheduled to because of cloudy skies.
The space shuttle is now scheduled to launch at 4:14 a.m. on Monday, reported The New York Times.
According to The Washington Post, six astronauts will board the Endeavour on a 13-day trip to install the last two main pieces of the International Space Station.

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