What we’re watching Saturday

BY Connie Kargbo  December 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM EDT

Astronauts begin series of spacewalks

NASA astronauts began work Saturday to fix a cooling system aboard the International Space Station.

Astronauts need to urgently replace a pump containing a bad valve, a task that has only been done once before.

All scientific research has come to a near-halt on after the system malfunction on Dec. 11 forced nonessential equipment inside the space station to be turned off.

The spacewalk is being live streamed on NASA’s website.

American troops injured in south of Sudan

Three US military aircraft were hit by gun fire in South Sudan while attempting to evacuate Americans from the country.

Four American service members were injured, including one critically. The aircraft was headed to Bor, which has seen heavy fighting over the past week.
“After receiving fire from the ground while approaching the site, the aircraft diverted to an airfield outside the country and aborted the mission,” the military said in a statement.

Turkish PM speaks on corruption probe

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is pointing the finger today at unnamed foreign ambassadors, accusing them of playing a role in a growing corruption investigation against his government.

24 people have been arrested so far, including two government minister sons, charged with taking or facilitating bribes, according to Turkish media reports.

Local media reports the recent turmoil is tied to a power struggle between Erdogan and former ally, Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic scholar based in the US.

Snow and freezing rain threaten holiday travel

Weather forecasters are predicting freezing rain, thunderstorms, and snow as Americans hit the roads for one of the busiest travel weekends.

The wintery weather is expected to hit the Midwest and make its way toward the east coast late Saturday.