Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison and three years of supervised release

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the socialist South American country.

NRC publishes final two volumes of Yucca Mountain safety report

Washington, January 29, 2015, 3:00 pm

Nuclear Regulatory Commission publishes final two volumes, No. 2 and No. 5, of its Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Report, including overall staff conclusions.

Ex-Los Alamos scientist in nuke spy sting to be sentenced

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon is set to be sentenced.

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni is scheduled to appear before a U.S. district judge in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

Massachusetts nuclear reactor shuts down during snowstorm

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts nuclear power plant shut down automatically Tuesday after the blizzard moving through the region interrupted power flow, but there was never any danger to the public, authorities said.

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, the state's only nuclear power plant, shut down automatically at about 4 a.m. Tuesday when the electrical connections it uses to transmit electricity to the grid were interrupted, plant management said in a statement. Output had already been reduced to 20 percent because of the storm.

Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., a leading proponent of the legislation, says he remains skeptical a deal will materialize, but says he and nine other Democrats now won't push the bill at least until the end of March. Menendez' concession to the White House is good news for Obama, who has threatened to veto any new sanctions legislation.

India nuke deals still thorny for US despite 'breakthrough'

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and America's declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to suddenly become less complicated for U.S. nuclear companies.

President Barack Obama's three-day visit to New Delhi raised hopes for concrete plans to tackle India's fossil fuel dependency and to resolve a four-year standoff over liability that prevented U.S. and Japanese nuclear energy development on Indian soil. Instead, there were vague commitments and public displays of chumminess between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Obama takes in parade after reaching deals in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday took in a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities.

The crowd erupted in cheers as Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama, emerged from his armored limousine and took his place on the rain-soaked parade route in the capital of New Delhi. The parade was the centerpiece of Obama's three-day visit to India, which is aimed at strengthening a relationship between the world's largest democracies that has at times been fraught with tension and suspicion.

Developer has plans to preserve Westinghouse atom smasher

FOREST HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A developer has knocked over the Westinghouse atom smasher east of Pittsburgh but plans to preserve the structure no matter what happens to the property it was on.

The brick building at the base of the five-story, lightbulb-shaped atom smasher was in too much disrepair to save, said property owner Gary Silversmith of Washington, D.C.

Capacity factor for nuke plants over 90 percent in 2014, highest ever: NEI


The capacity factor of 91.8 percent for U.S. nuclear plants in 2014 – a record figure – is down to completion of repair outages and shorter refueling time, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute trade group, Platts reports.

Global warming, nuke threat prompt scientists to move Doomsday clock

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that's much too gloomy.

The U.S. advocacy group founded by the creators of the atomic bomb moved their famed "Doomsday Clock" ahead two minutes on Thursday. It said the world is now three minutes from a catastrophic midnight, instead of five minutes.


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