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America’s nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go

AMARILLO, Texas: In a sprawling plant near Amarillo, Texas, rows of workers perform by hand one of the most dangerous jobs in American industry. Contract workers at the US Department of Energy’s Pantex facility gingerly remove the plutonium cores from retired nuclear warheads. Although many safety rules are in place, a slip of the hand could mean disaster. In Energy Department facilities around the country, there are 54 metric tons of surplus plutonium. Pantex, the plant near Amarillo, holds so much plutonium that it…

Bolivian man said to be 123 years old dies in Andean village

BOLIVIA: An indigenous man in Bolivia whose reported age would have made him the oldest person ever known, died on Monday night in his village near Lake Titicaca, his only living son said. Carmelo Flores, an Aymara Indian, claimed to be 123 years old. Flores carried national identity documents based on a baptism certificate showing his birthday as July 16, 1890. But Bolivia only began issuing official birth certificates in 1940 and authorities were never able to confirm or disprove Flores' age. "He died yesterday at nine…