WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March. The new figures, cited in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement internal budget documents, are significantly higher than the "few hundred" releases the Obama administration acknowledged this week.
The White House has said it was not consulted on the releases of what it called "low-risk, noncriminal detainees," all of whom still eventually face deportation, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has conceded that they occurred in a manner she regrets.
SpaceX woes fixed
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A commercial craft carrying a ton of supplies for the International Space Station ran into thruster trouble shortly after liftoff Friday. Flight controllers managed to gain control, but were forced to delay its arrival at the orbiting lab.
The earliest the Dragon capsule could show up is Sunday, a full day late, said top officials for NASA and the private company SpaceX. "We're definitely not going to rush it," said SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk. "We want to make sure, first and foremost, that things are safe before proceeding."
The Dragon, owned and operated by SpaceX, holds science experiments for the space station as well as food and spare parts. Mr. Musk said six hours into the flight that all four sets of thrusters finally were working.
Detroit to get an overseer
DETROIT -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder plans to name an emergency manager to handle Detroit's fiscal crisis, stripping power from local officials.
Detroit, with a budget deficit of about $327 million and more than $14 billion in long-term obligations, would be the sixth Michigan city put under state control.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is targeting about 30 "high-risk" compounding pharmacies over the next two months as part of intensified enforcement after last year's deadly meningitis outbreak, officials said Friday. The labs make and distribute sterile drugs to health care providers.
The New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. shut down in October after its contaminated steroid shots were tied to a fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 48 people.
Samsung penalty cut
SAN FRANCISCO -- A U.S. judge on Friday slashed nearly half of a $1 billion jury award Samsung Electronics was to pay Apple Inc. after a high-profile trial over rights to the design and technology running some of the world's most popular smartphones and tablets.
U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh lowered the damages awarded to Apple Inc. by $450.5 million for 14 Samsung products including some products in its hot-selling Galaxy lineup.
Star of 'One Day at a Time'
Bonnie Franklin, the spunky, ginger-haired stage performer best remembered as the independent-minded divorcee with two teenage daughters on the sitcom "One Day at a Time," died Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 69.
-- Compiled from news servicesnation