Self-described "Space Junkie" Lloyd Behrendt was only 18 months old when his Dad took him to see the first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral in 1950. He's been to hundreds of launches since. Behrendt will be at the Kennedy Space Center for the final shuttle launch.
The top American diplomat in Afghanistan steps down this month. Renee Montagne speaks with the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, who has worked there over the last decade — first as an Army general and currently as ambassador.
The first space shuttle mission was launched on April 12, 1981.
In May, when the space shuttle Atlantis was moved to its launch pad, STS-135's flight engineer, Rex Walheim, got a bit emotional.
"That is the most graceful, beautiful vehicle we've had to fly in space, ever, and it's going to be a long time until you see a vehicle roll out to the pad that looks as beautiful as that," Walheim said. "How can you beat that? An airplane on the side of a rocket. It's absolutely stunning."
London police on Friday arrested Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who also served as the prime minister's former communications chief, in relation to Britain's tabloid phone-hacking scandal.
London police said a 43-year-old man was arrested Friday morning over allegations of phone hacking and police bribery and was in custody at a London police station. They did not name him but offered the information when asked about Coulson.
The unemployment report for June comes out Friday. Businesses have been doing some hiring, but not fast enough pace to bring down the unemployment rate. Another problem is the sharp decline in the number of government jobs.