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NASA Teams Head to California

The California Highway Patrol says NASA has told the agency it is sending investigative teams to Northern and Southern California to look at possible debris from the space shuttle Columbia.

CHP spokesman Steve Kohler says they will be looking at two items that have been collected by local law enforcement, one from the Groveland area. But he says any information about the items, including their locations, will come from the federal government. There has been no confirmation that actual shuttle debris has been found in California.

An astronomer reported Saturday that Columbia appeared to leave fiery debris trails in its wake as it flew over Owens Valley. NASA says debris early in the flight path would be critical because that would be near the start of the events as the shuttle crossed the country from west to east.