Commercial craft heads for space

A commercial cargo ship rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Fla., into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA.

It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the lab by the California-based SpaceX company. The first was last spring.

This time was no test flight, however, and the spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear.

The unstaffed Falcon rocket roared into the night sky right on time, putting SpaceX on track to reach the station Wednesday.

Fund to fight wildfires runs dry • In the worst wildfire season on record, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service ran out of money to pay for firefighters, firetrucks and aircraft that dump retardant on flames.

So officials did about the only thing they could: take money from other forest-management programs. But many of the programs were aimed at preventing giant fires in the first place, and raiding their budgets meant putting off removal of dried brush and dead wood over vast areas — the things that fuel blazes, threatening property and lives.

Distributor of tainted steroid recalls all products • The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure.

The New England Compounding Center announced the recall Saturday. The company said in a news release that the move was taken out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of contamination. It says there is no indication that any other products have been contaminated.

The Food and Drug Administration had previously told health professionals not to use any products from the center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted updated figures Sunday showing there are 91 confirmed cases of the rare form of fungal meningitis. The outbreak spans nine states and has killed at least seven people.

Details emerge on killing of border agent • The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents, thinking they were armed smugglers, and was killed when they returned fire, the head of the Border Patrol agents' union said Sunday.

The two sets of agents approached an area where a sensor had been activated early Tuesday and encountered each other in an area of heavy brush, National Border Patrol Council President George McCubbin said. Agent Nicholas Ivie apparently opened fire first and wounded one of the other agents. He was killed in the return fire.

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