Head of company overseeing leaking nuclear tanks at Hanford to step down 29 May 2013
The head of the contracting company responsible for containment tanks found to be leaking radioactive liquid at the Hanford, Wash., Nuclear Reservation announced his retirement Wednesday. The head of the contractor overseeing cleanup operations at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina will replace Mike Johnson, president and project manager of Washington River Protection Solutions, or WRPS, Johnson said in an email message to employees obtained by NBC station KING of Seattle. WRPS has been the subject of extensive federal scrutiny since it waslearned in February that at least six of 177 underground tanks housing highly radioactive nuclear waste at the site were leaking.

Judge rejects legal challenges by accused Colorado theater gunman
29 May 2013
A Colorado judge rejected challenges on Wednesday to the state’s insanity defense statute and death penalty law by accused movie theater spree gunman James Holmes, resolving a key legal hurdle in the sensational case. Lawyers for Holmes, accused of killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more in a rampage last July, had argued that the state’s insanity law was unconstitutional because it forces their client to cooperate with court-appointed psychiatrists. They also contended that compelling the 25-year-old former neuroscience graduate student to reveal information to mental health experts that could be used against him at trial violates his constitutional right against self-incrimination. But Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour disagreed.