7:22am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Day's Other Major Story: June Jobs Report

Good morning.

As we wait to hear whether Atlantis is still on schedule to launch today on the last mission into space for the space shuttle program, here's a quick look at other stories making headlines.

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7:10am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

'Space Junkie' Expects To Cry At Last Launch

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.

7:05am

Fri July 8, 2011
Afghanistan

Ambassador Eikenberry To Leave Afghanistan

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.

7:01am

Fri July 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Royal Couple To Visit Southern California

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visit Southern California this weekend. They'll hobnob with celebrities, meet veterans, inner-city children and attend a polo match.

7:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

STS-135: The Shuttle Program's Final Space Odyssey

The first space shuttle mission was launched on April 12, 1981.
NASA

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."

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6:55am

Fri July 8, 2011
World

Ex-Cameron Aide Arrested In U.K. Hacking Scandal

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.

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6:51am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Government Sector Isn't Adding New Jobs

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.

6:46am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

NASA Workers Saddened By Shuttle Program's End

Workers throughout NASA are upset that the space shuttle program is ending. But maybe none more so than the people at Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the astronauts live and train.

6:39am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Space View Park Perfect To See Atlantis Launch

After 30 years of space shuttle takeoffs, crowds are gathered at Space View Park in Titusville, Fla., to see the final launch of Atlantis.

6:31am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Shuttle's Final Launch Gets Mega Attention

Weather permitting, the space shuttle Atlantis will bast off Friday for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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