In brief: Female prisoner executed in Texas
Huntsville, Texas – A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death Wednesday evening in a rare execution of a female prisoner.
The lethal injection of Suzanne Basso, 59, made the New York native only the 14th woman executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed capital punishment to resume. Almost 1,400 men have been put to death during that time.
Nuclear site truck fire is out, team confirms
Carlsbad, N.M. – A truck fire that forced workers to evacuate the New Mexico site where the federal government seals away its low-grade nuclear waste, including plutonium-contaminated clothing and tools, was no longer burning by late Wednesday.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s mine rescue team went into the underground site near Carlsbad and confirmed that the fire in a truck hauling salt was out.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is the nation’s first and only deep geological nuclear repository. It takes plutonium-contaminated waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory and defense projects, and buries it in rooms cut from underground salt beds.