12 workers freed from collapsed tunnel in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An official says rescuers have recovered 12 workers who were trapped for more than three days in a collapsed tunnel at a hydropower plant under construction in central Vietnam.

Local government official Pham Trieu in Lam Dong province said the 11 men and one woman needed medical attention but are in stable condition.

Vietnam tunnel collapses, trapping 12 workers

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The tunnel of a hydropower plant that is under construction in central Vietnam collapsed Tuesday, trapping 12 workers, state media reported.

The Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Pham Dinh Hieu, a project manager, as saying the incident occurred Tuesday morning in Lam Dong province as the workers were putting concrete on the tunnel's dome. Twenty other workers escaped unhurt.

13 workers killed at power plant site in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A sudden collapse at the site of Ecuador's largest-ever infrastructure project killed 13 people and injured a dozen more, officials said Sunday.

The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

Step forward for blowout preventer standards


A rule to toughen the standards of blowout preventers – to prevent a failure like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster – will get an interagency review now that it’s been sent to the White House from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, FuelFix reports.

Hagel orders top-to-bottom changes in nuke force

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered top-to-bottom changes in the management of the nation's nuclear arsenal Friday, saying a lack of sustained attention and investment in the force caused it to "slowly back downhill."

Speaking to Pentagon reporters, he said the Defense Department will boost spending on the nuclear forces by about 10 percent a year for the next five years -- an increase of nearly $10 billion -- adding there is no problem on this issue the Pentagon can't fix.


ND mulls rules to make crude safer for shipment

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's top energy industry regulator unveiled new rules Thursday that would require companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's shipped by rail.

State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms told the state Industrial Commission that all crude from North Dakota's oil patch would have to be treated to remove certain liquids and gases to "ensure it's in a stable state" before being loaded onto rail cars.

Hagel to order nuke force overhaul to fix failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded that problems in the nation's nuclear forces are rooted in a lack of investment, inattention by high-level leaders and sagging morale, and is ordering top-to-bottom changes, vowing to invest billions of dollars to fix the management of the world's most deadly weapons, two senior defense officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Hagel ordered two lengthy reviews of the nuclear force after a series of stories by the AP revealed numerous problems in management, morale, security and safety, leading to several firings, demotions and other disciplinary actions against a range of Air Force personnel from generals to airmen.

Report: China hacked NOAA weather systems

The Washington Post

Federal officials told The Washington Post that Chinese hackers recently breached the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's systems, requiring a cybersecurity team to lock down crucial disaster planning data and other information.

Former NSA head calls for stronger cybersecurity policies


Mike McConnell, National Security Agency director under President Clinton, called on Congress to pass legislation to allow government agencies to better coordinate cybersecurity efforts with energy and finance industries to protect against hacking and espionage, FuelFix reports.

US fights cybercrime from suburban office parks

ARLINGTON, Virginia (AP) — Ground zero in the nation's fight against cybercrime hides in plain sight, in a nondescript suburban office building with no government seals or signs.

Only after passing a low-key receptionist stationed on the seventh floor does one see the metal detectors, personal cellphone lockers and a series of heavy doors marked "classified" — all leading to the auditorium-sized National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.


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