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DC museum to get World Trade Center steel beam

The National Law Enforcement Museum that is to open in Washington is getting a structural beam from the World Trade Center ruins of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The museum group announced Thursday that the 5-foot beam will help the museum illustrate the events of the attacks. The 72 law enforcement officers who died that day will be honored at the museum.

The museum has several other items from Sept. 11, including a toolbox, an air tank, an American flag and a piece of one of the airplanes that struck the World Trade Center towers.

The museum, authorized by Congress in 2000, is scheduled to open in late 2013 at Judiciary Square.


Coast Guard protection increases for striped bass

The Coast Guard says it's ratcheting up efforts to protect Atlantic striped bass in the waters off New York and New Jersey.

The measure is being taken during the spawning season for the popular game fish.

The Coast Guard says it's stepping up enforcement to prevent illegal fishing of striped bass further than three miles from shore.


1975 Russian spacesuit fetches $242,000

A Russian spacesuit worn during the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project skyrocketed to $242,000 at a Manhattan auction house.

Bonhams had estimated the suit would fetch $100,000 to $150,000. The auction house didn't disclose the buyer of the Sokol K pressure suit.

The Apollo-Soyuz was the first multinational manned spaceflight. Soyuz commander Alexei Leonov wore the white nylon canvas suit during docking, launch and re-entry.

Another highlight of the Thursday sale was a brass neck tag worn by Ham, the first chimpanzee launched into outer space during the American space program.

The auction was held on the 50th anniversary of the first American in space, Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard.

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