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Astronaut accused of attempted kidnapping

By Jennie Wander

Police charged an astronaut Friday with attempting to kidnap a woman who was supposedly romantically after a space shuttle pilot she was interested in, Kare 11 said.

Lisa Nowak, 43, was charged a month after she was arrested at an airport in Orlando where she drove 900 miles to confront a woman who supposedly threatened her romance with another man, Kare 11 said.

Nowak's backseat contained a BB-gun, steel mallet, knife, and rubber tubing. Police suggested an attempted murder charge, but prosecutors declined to do so, Star Tribune said.