Brazilian court grants custody to U.S. dad

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil's chief justice on Tuesday ruled in favor of a U.S. man who has pursued a five-year court battle to gain custody of his son.

According to the court's Web site, Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes ruled David Goldman's 9-year-old son must be delivered to him by the boy's Brazilian relatives, as a federal court ordered last week. A time frame for the handover was not clear.

The ruling put Goldman one step closer to finally being reunited with his son, Sean. The boy was taken by Goldman's now-deceased ex-wife to her native Brazil in 2004, where he has remained. Goldman has been fighting to get him back from the boy's stepfather.

Russian spacecraft docks at space station

MOSCOW — A Russian spacecraft carrying an American, a Russian and a Japanese astronaut docked successfully at the International Space Station today, officials said.

Russia's Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said the Soyuz TMA-17 hooked up with the station using an automatic docking system.

The spacecraft was launched Monday from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.