Supply ship departs space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The International Space Station has one fewer capsule and a lot less trash.
A commercial cargo ship ended its five-week visit Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins used the space station's big robot arm to release the capsule, called Cygnus. Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up today when it plunges through the atmosphere, over the Pacific.
Orbital Sciences Corp. launched the capsule last month from Virginia under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA. The Cygnus delivered 3,000 pounds of goods, including belated Christmas gifts for the six-man crew and hundreds of ants for a student experiment.
Snowden elected leader of students
LONDON - Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was elected Tuesday as the official representative of the student body at the University of Glasgow.
Students said that they nominated Snowden to make a statement about democratic rights.
Glasgow students had earlier said they contacted Snowden through his lawyers, and he agreed to stand for the job, known as rector.
Chinese vice governor in corruption probe
BEIJING - China's ruling Communist Party said a vice governor of the southern island province of Hainan is under investigation for serious violations, an apparent reference to corruption.
Ji Wenlin is one of the latest high-ranking officials to be investigated since party leader and President Xi Jinping launched an anti-corruption campaign after taking over as head of the ruling Communist Party last spring.
Vietnam court rejects dissident's appeal
HANOI, Vietnam - A Vietnamese appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction and 30-month prison sentence against a U.S.-trained lawyer and well-known dissident found guilty of tax evasion in a case that international rights groups said was politically motivated.
The court in Hanoi rejected Le Quoc Quan's appeal on Tuesday. His lawyer, Ha Huy Son, said Quan maintained his innocence throughout the trial.
About 100 people gathered near the courthouse demanding Quan's release, and police sealed off the area.
The Associated Press