NASA spacecraft sets record

CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is now closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever gotten.

Parker on Monday surpassed the record of 26.6 million miles set by Helios-2 back in 1976. And it will keep getting closer to the sun until it flies through the corona, or outer atmosphere, for the first time next week, passing within 15 million miles of the solar surface.


Woman shot while holding pellet gun

FORSYTH — Authorities said Georgia sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a 42-year-old woman confronting them with a pellet gun after the officers were dispatched on a 911 call.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that Ida Christy Stiles died after three Monroe County deputies fired their guns at her.

The GBI said a woman called 911 on Monday morning asking for deputies to be sent to Stiles’ address. The news release said Stiles refused to come to the door when three deputies arrived, so deputies entered the house and were “confronted by Stiles, who brandished a pistol.”


Driver shot by Park Police was unarmed

ALEXANDRIA — Police reports show a northern Virginia man was unarmed when he was shot and killed by U.S. Park Police after a brief car chase last year.

Twenty-five-year-old Bijan Ghaisar of McLean died after a Nov. 17 chase on the George Washington Parkway. Federal authorities have said little about their investigation.