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Problems Cited At Nuclear Cleanup Site

HANFORD, Wash., Jan. 18 (UPI) — The cleanup is not going well at a former Washington state nuclear site that made plutonium for the first world’s atom bombs, officials said. The plant in Hanford produced plutonium 70 years ago for the first atom bomb ever detonated at the New Mexico Trinity test site and also […]

La Nina Said To Be Bringing U.S. Drought

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 18 (UPI) — The La Nina weather event, dubbed “the diva of drought,” is peaking and increasing the odds the southwestern and southern United States will be dry, NASA says. The space agency said sea surface height data from its Jason-1 and -2 satellites show the milder repeat of last year’s strong […]

TransCanada Shrugs Off Keystone XL Denial

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 19 (UPI) — Canadian pipeline company TransCanada said it would reapply for a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline following a White House denial. U.S. President Barack Obama announced he accepted a recommendation from the U.S. State Department to deny TransCanada’s application for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada wants […]

Russia Talks Of Permanent Moon Base

MOSCOW, Jan. 19 (UPI) — Russia’s space agency Roscosmos says it is in talks with European and U.S. partners about creating permanent manned research bases on the moon. “We don’t want the man to just step on the moon,” Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin said in a radio interview Thursday. “Today, we know enough about it, […]

Shuttle Exhibit Breaks Ground In Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 18 (UPI) — Officials in Florida said groundbreaking has begun on a $100 million exhibit to hold the retired shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Visitor Complex officials said the 65,000-square-foot exhibit for Atlantis would be “the marquee element” of a 10-year master plan to attract more tourists […]

Cape Canaveral Set For First 2012 Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 18 (UPI) — Forecasters at Cape Canaveral in Florida say weather conditions look good for the first launch of 2012, set for late Thursday. A Delta IV rocket carrying a next-generation military communications satellite is scheduled to launch at 7:38 p.m., Florida Today reported. A forecast from the Air Force’s 45th […]

Scanners Could Reveal Concealed Weapons

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) — New York City police say they are testing a new way to find concealed guns by using radiation scanners that can detect people carrying firearms. NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said the new technology can reveal a firearm concealed under clothing, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. The […]

China To Demand Bloggers’ True Identities

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (UPI) — China says it is expanding a program requiring people to disclose their real identities to authorities before posting comments on popular blogging services. Wang Chen, the government’s top Internet regulator, said Wednesday registration trials in five major eastern Chinese cities would continue but eventually all 250 million Chinese users of […]

Study: Texting Doesn’t Relieve Stress

MADISON, Wis., Jan. 18 (UPI) — A person who is stressed and sends a text message rather than picking up the phone or seeking comfort in person doesn’t get satisfaction, a U.S. study says. Anthropologist Leslie Seltzer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison says previous studies have confirmed both phone conversations and face-to-face talks with mothers […]

Gaming Sites For Children Are Virus Target

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Hackers are increasingly using child-focused gaming Web sites to spread malware and data-stealing programs, a European anti-virus company says. Czech anti-virus firm Avast says it detected virus activity at more than 60 sites with the words “game” or “arcade” in their title in the 30 days ending last […]

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