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POSTED June 21, 2013 10:30 p.m.

SUPER FULL MOON SHINES BRIGHTLY THIS WEEKEND: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A "supermoon" rises this weekend.

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual.

While the moon will appear 14 percent larger normal, skywatchers won't be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it's worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos.

"It gets people out there looking at the moon, and might make a few more people aware that there's interesting stuff going on in the night sky," Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory said in an email.

Some viewers may think the supermoon looks more dazzling but it's actually an optical illusion. The moon looms larger on the horizon next to trees and buildings.

The moon will come within 222,000 miles of Earth and turn full around 4:30 a.m., making it the best time to view.

$1.4M FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON LETTER IN NYC AUCTION: NEW YORK (AP) — A letter in which George Washington offers his positive views on the newly drafted Constitution has sold for $1.4 million in New York.

It was written during the contentious debate over the document's ratification. A private collector offered it for sale at Christie's on Friday.

Christie's says the seven-page letter was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1,443,750. Bidding was between the phone bidder and a woman in the room.

Dated April 25, 1788, it is addressed to Revolutionary War Officer John Armstrong.

Washington writes that he doubts "whether the opposition of the Constitution will not ultimately be productive of more good than evil."

He also says the framers of the Constitution "have given the rights of man a full and fair discussion.

4 SHOT AT NC LAW FIRM, WAL-MART; SUSPECT CAUGHT: GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A man armed with a shotgun shot one person outside a North Carolina law firm Friday, darted across a busy street and wounded three others outside a Wal-Mart before officers subdued him, police said.

Officers confronted the man outside the store and caught up with him behind a nearby Toys "R'' Us. He fired at them and they shot multiple rounds back, hitting the gunman, said Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden. The suspect was expected to survive as well as the four others he's accused of shooting, Aden said.

NEVADA GOV. TELLS US TO BURY NUKE WASTE ELSEWHERE: LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor is telling the federal government the state doesn't want highly radioactive waste of the type that could be used to build a "dirty bomb" buried in a shallow pit at the former national nuclear proving ground north of Las Vegas.

The federal Energy Department is reviewing Gov. Brian Sandoval's letter opposing plans to ship about 400 canisters of waste from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to the Nevada National Security Site, agency spokeswoman Aoife McCarthy said Friday.

Sandoval, a Republican former federal judge and state attorney general, accused the Energy Department of trying to set a dangerous precedent by exploiting a regulatory loophole to classify the waste as a low-level hazard so that it can be buried at the former test site about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The governor said the material should be handled as high-level radioactive waste.

 

Greg Siegel, a project manager at an Internet service provider near the shopping center, told the Greenville Daily Reflector he saw from his office window the gunman fleeing police. He said the man was dressed all in black and shot at police while he ran away.

POLICE RELEASE IMAGES OF TRUMP TOWER BASE JUMPERS: CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police have released images of three men they say climbed to the top of the Trump International Hotel & Tower and parachuted to the ground.

Police spokesman John Mirabelli said Friday the men were spotted on security video climbing stairs inside North America's second-tallest building in downtown Chicago.

The trio of BASE jumpers — one wearing a dress shirt and tie — "breached" a lock early Thursday. They managed to make it to the roof, strap on parachutes and float to the ground. The daredevils got away.

Authorities want to speak with witnesses who either saw the men jump from the 1,389-foot-tall building or watched them land. Investigators are also culling through video.

 

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