This program is about 1 hour long
(Kennedy Space Center: David Lee Miller) NASA delaying the scheduled launch of the space shuttle Discovery until tomorrow due to weather problems noted; the possibility the launch will be delayed even further noted; details given on a minor problem with the shuttle’s thrusters; computer diagram of the thrusters and scenes of the crew shown.
(Houston, Texas: Kim McIntyre) The NASA objectives hinging on a successful mission for Discovery featured; details given on the new techniques to be tested during the mission, and the implications for the International Space Station. [NASA Astronaut Robert CURBEAM, European Astronaut Thomas REITER- comment.]
(Washington: Molly Henneberg) A new audiotape from Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden featured; details given on his call for Al Qaeda in Iraq to join up with other insurgent efforts and attack American interests, and his praise of new Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri; translated message excerpt quoted on screen.
(New York City: Reena Ninan) The situation in Iraq updated; scenes shown of chaos and carnage after a massive car bomb went off in a crowded Baghdad market despite efforts to step up security there.
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) Investigators into alleged rapes and murders during an attack in March stating that the US soldiers accused plotted it for a week noted.
(Gaza City: Mike Tobin) Israel demanding the unconditional release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit as it keeps up the pressure on the Palestinian government with air and artillery strikes reported; details given on new demands issued by Shalit’s kidnappers; live scenes shown from Gaza, where Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh’s office has been hit by Israeli planes.
(Fox Weather Center: Rick Reichmuth) Storm systems and flood warnings affecting the Northeast tracked; national forecast noted; weather maps and data shown on screen.
(Rome and Berlin: Father Jonathan Morris) Germany’s hosting of World Cup soccer putting the spotlight on the country’s legalized prostitution featured; details given on fears that more prostitutes are being imported for the soccer fans, possible slavery rings, and Germany’s defense of the industry; scenes shown from Berlin. [Brothel manager Edberg KRUMEICH- comments.]
(Washington: Julie Kirtz) Competing “New York Times” and “Los Angeles Times” newspaper editors Bill Keller and Dean Baquet publishing a joint op-ed in defense of their decision to report on the US anti-terror bank monitoring program reported; Baquet and Keller quoted on screen. [Representative Michael OXLEY- comments.]
(Three Points, Arizona: Adam Housley) Minutemen doing search and rescue along the Arizona-Mexico border featured; details given on the dangerous conditions for illegal immigrants trying to cross the border, the death rate, and the type of assistance the Minutemen provide; scenes shown from the Mexican border. [Minutemen founder Chris SIMCOX- says we’ve always done rescue.]
(Portland, Maine: Rick Leventhal) Contention over Maine’s proposed special edition “support our troops” license plates, which would fund relief for the families of soldiers overseas, featured; details given on some war opponents’ argument that the plates would be a pro-war statement, and similar plates that will appear in several states this year; scenes shown of the plate design. [Wife of soldier in Afghanistan Johanna STICKNEY, State Representative Don PILON, Maine National Guard Gen. Bill LIBBY, Veterans for Peace Doug RAWLINGS- offer varying views.]