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Shuttle to make last nighttime launch Monday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —NASA has cleared Discovery for a Monday morning launch to the International Space Station, the last scheduled liftoff in darkness for the soon-to-retire shuttle program.

Mission managers met Saturday and gave the go to proceed toward liftoff. The unanimous decision came after engineers determined there were no booster rocket safety concerns. Two booster problems recently cropped up when the parts were tested offsite.

Forecasters expect an 80 percent chance of good weather for the 5:21 a.m. CDT liftoff, close to an hour before sunrise.

N.J. police corruption may vacate convictions

CAMDEN, N.J. —Prosecutors say some police officers in one southern New Jersey city have bullied residents for years, making cases by planting drugs on suspects, falsifying police reports, and conducting searches without warrants.

Now four Camden officers are being investigated by a federal grand jury and have been suspended; one officer has already pleaded guilty.

And prosecutors say they've had to drop charges or vacate convictions in 185 criminal cases because of possibly corrupt police work — meaning scores of criminals could end up back on Camden's drug-infested streets.

Kids find body while hunting Easter eggs

DES MOINES — Des Moines police say two children on an Easter egg hunt have discovered a body at a city park.

Police say two children came across the man's body in a wooded area at Beaverdale Park on Saturday morning. They were among 100 children participating in the park's annual egg hunt.

Police say they don't suspect any foul play, and an autopsy is planned.

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