House and Senate negotiators have agreed to increase funding for Navy shipbuilding while decreasing money spent on the Army's Future Combat System program. The FCS budget was cut by $200 million, while increased funding was approved for three Navy shipbuilding programs.
Discovery astronauts will wait until Saturday to perform a spacewalk in which they will attempt to repair a solar panel. The panel, part of the International Space Station's solar array, was torn on Tuesday while it was being deployed.
The Air Transport Association reported that the industry cost index was up 5.6% for the second quarter, due largely to higher fuel costs. The federal Consumer Price Index rose 2.4% during the same period.
A report of a March 2004 incident in which the pilot and co-pilot fell asleep on a flight between Baltimore and Denver was the subject of some discussion during a congressional hearing Wednesday. Details of the flight -- including which airline was involved -- were not included in the report, which was made anonymously by the captain to NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System.
A bill designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, factories and transportation has moved from the Senate global warming subcommittee. The legislation will now be taken up by the full Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.