Iran rejects naming new UN ambassador ... Rand Paul challenges conservatives ... NASA orders spacewalking repairs

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Updated: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:15:54 EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has ejected naming a new diplomat to represent it at the United Nations, with one lawmaker urging the Islamic Republic to stand up to "bullying" from the U.S., which has rejected granting its pick a visa. The standoff over Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, comes as world powers negotiate with Iran over its contested nuclear program. It also threatens to stir fresh animosity between countries that recently have seen their relations thaw.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement going. The Republican senator from Kentucky tells an audience in New Hampshire that the GOP cannot be the party of "fat cats, rich guys and Wall Street." He says conservatives must carry messages of justice, concern for those out of work and against government surveillance.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has ordered spacewalking repairs for a serious computer outage at the International Space Station. A backup computer for some robotic systems failed yesterday. The main computer is fine and the six-man crew is safe, but the malfunction puts next week's supply run in jeopardy. Mission managers agreed today that a spacewalk is needed to replace the bad computer. But officials want one more day before deciding whether the situation is safe enough in orbit to proceed with Monday's SpaceX launch as planned.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead or are unaccounted for after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus and big rig drivers were killed, but their identities have not been released.

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says many obstacles remain in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared March 8 en route from Kaula Lumpur to Beijing. That's a change in tone from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who had said earlier that he was confident about prospects for locating the plane, which disappeared with 239 people aboard.

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