Russia opens criminal probe
MOSCOW - Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal probe into a failed rocket launch that caused a two-man crew to mak e an emergency landing shortly after blast-off to the ISS on Thursday. "An investigative group has beenformedandofficialsarecurrentlyexamining the launch site, documents are being seized," the Investigative Committee said in a statement. The probe would seek to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction, leading to massive damage, the statement said. US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan following the emergency landing earlier Thursday.