National briefs: Gasoline help for California

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SAN FRANCISCO -- State air pollution regulators said Monday that California's air quality is not expected to worsen appreciably after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend of gasoline to help slash record-high pump prices.

The California Air Resources Board issued a regulatory advisory a day earlier after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered them to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply.

AAA said the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California hit $4.668 Monday. Analysts said the spike has been driven by refinery disruptions and corrosion issues in an important pipeline.

Private space launch

WASHINGTON -- A private rocket successfully sent a capsule full of cargo zipping toward the International Space Station in a first of its kind delivery for NASA, but couldn't deliver on job No. 2: putting a commercial satellite into the correct orbit.

One of nine engines on Space X company's Falcon 9 rocket failed Sunday 79 seconds after launch because of a pressure loss. The engine didn't explode, but it did start a series of events that meant another company's private satellite is not in the orbit it is needed.

The main mission for the Falcon launch -- delivering half a ton of science and food supplies toward the space station -- is still on track with a docking of the cargo-laden Dragon capsule scheduled for Wednesday. SpaceX on Monday said the ship's flight computer calculated a new path to the station for the capsule. It is the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA.

Rutgers suicide: no suit

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- The parents of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi -- who committed suicide after his roommate used a webcam to spy on him and a male lover -- have decided not to sue anyone, choosing instead to focus their attention on a foundation named after their son.

Mr. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in 2010. His roommate, Dharun Ravi, was convicted in March of 15 counts of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in connection with his use of a webcam to spy on Mr. Clementi. Mr. Ravi, who spent 20 days in jail, is appealing the conviction.

Mr. Clementi's parents, Joseph and Jane Clementi of Ridgewood, will put their energy into the Tyler Clementi Foundation, attorney Paul Mainardi said.

Skydiving feat

ROSWELL, N.M. -- Skydiver Felix Baumgartner's attempt at the highest, fastest free fall in history today is scheduled to be streamed on the Internet beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

Red Bull has been promoting the event at http://www.redbullstratos.com/live. Organizers said there will be a 20-second delay in their broadcast in case of a tragic accident.

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