(CNN) – Longtime Alaska Rep. Don Young, 79, attempted to clarify Thursday his use of the derogatory term "wetbacks" to describe immigrant workers in an interview earlier this week.
"I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California," the Republican congressman said in a statement issued to a local television station in Anchorage. "I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect."
CNN: Blast kills 6 near U.S. Consulate in restive region of Pakistan
A blast near the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed six people and wounded at least 11 more Friday, hospital spokesman Jamil Shah said. A suicide bomber rode a motorbike up to a security checkpoint a third of a mile from the consulate and detonated 22 pounds of explosives attached to his body, police spokesman Mohammad Faisal said.
CNN: Crew takes first fast-track flight to International Space Station
In six hours, a person might walk 18 or so miles. By car, it could be 350-plus miles. A commercial airplane might get as far as 3,400 miles. A spaceship? In that much time, you could get from Earth to the International Space Station. That's what happened with a Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft, which launched from Kazakhstan at 4:43 p.m. ET Thursday, or 2:43 a.m. Friday local time, with three soon-to-be space station crew members on board. NASA mission control declared "contact and capture confirmed" at 10:28 p.m. ET - four minutes earlier than planned - indicating the spacecraft had successfully docked.