June 5 offbeat news

Environmental groups seek to overturn Oyster Creek nuclear plant license renewal – Lacey Township wins a 20-year extension of its license. Now a coalition of environmental and citizens groups have asked a federal court to overturn the decision [read it at NJ.Com]

Battery maker to open Massachusetts plant – Boston-Power, a lithium-ion battery maker, is expected to announce plans to build a state-of-the-art battery manufacturing plant in Auburn, Massachusetts which will create 600 jobs [read it at The New York Times]

Camera surveillance moves towards “secondary” capture of vehicle violations – Initially, we started seeing red light cameras posted at busy intersections in cities to curb dangerous behavior. Now the cameras are being set up to catch “secondary infractions” in a town that is known for being biometric database hub. [read it at the examiner]

Mazda recalls 2009 Mazda3 vehicles — Mazda is recalling 7,100 my 2009 Mazda3 vehicles equipped with dynamic stability control [read it at TotalRecallInfo.Com]

JSF refocusing on test-ready aircraft — Joint Strike Fighter officials are refocusing the program on delivering test-ready aircraft following further delays to completing F-35s for development flight-testing [read it at AviationWeek.Com]

Nebraska cattle herd tests positive for bovine TB — Officials are trying to find out whether bovine tuberculosis (TB) has spread from a herd of beef cattle in north-central Nebraska [read it at Google.Com]

Swine flu ongoing update – Ongoing update of CDC and WHO reported cases of swine flu continues. See the global map of the spread [read it at this site]

Microsoft Office 2000 users warned of potential malware attacks as final patching date announced — Microsoft has warned Office 2000 users that it plans to withdraw patch updates from the middle of July [read it at SC Magazine]

Are you safe enough? Serious vulnerability found in Trend Micro Officescan — A serious vulnerability has been found in Trend Micro OfficeScan Client. Not long ago, the security issue was confirmed and refers to version 8.0 SP1 Patch 1 [read it at PC1 News]

From Willnevergiveup archives: More US money going to foreign assistance

Obscure United States fact: The US climate is mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky [source: CIA]

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