‘Make or break’ in Los Alamos fire
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — Fire managers say it’s a ‘‘make or break day’’ for ensuring flames from a wildfire don’t race into a northern New Mexico town that is home to a government nuclear laboratory.
The blaze has charred about 93 square miles and is burning around the south and west side of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Lab officials and fire managers said they were confident the flames wouldn’t reach key buildings or areas where radioactive waste is stored in barrels above ground.
For the stored waste, officials say a last resort would include spraying foam on the barrels to ensure they aren’t damaged by fire.
Man: I didn’t move remains
ORLANDO, Fla. — The meter reader who found Caylee Anthony’s remains testified Tuesday that he didn’t touch the bag containing the toddler’s bones after he spotted it in the woods and called police.
Roy Kronk discovered Caylee’s remains in December 2008 in a wooded area near the Anthony family’s Orlando home. Under questioning at the murder trial of the girl’s mother, Casey Anthony, Kronk denied ever moving them.
Kronk is a key witness as defense attorneys continue a strategy of casting doubt on the forensic evidence in the case. In opening statements, the defense suggested that Kronk tampered with the 2-year-old’s remains and might have moved them at some point in hopes of claiming a cash reward for finding her. They hinted at that motive during questioning Tuesday, but Kronk denied it.
Driver: Bombs were for fun
LOCKPORT, La. — The driver of a pickup truck found to be carrying 10 pipe bombs after it rolled over on a Louisiana highway told authorities he made the devices for some Independence Day revelry and had no malicious intent, a state police spokesman said Tuesday.
‘‘He just claimed he was going to use them for a Fourth of July celebration,’’ Trooper Bryan Zeringue said.
Tony A. Barisich, 53, of Terrytown, faces various state felony charges in connection with the pipe bombs discovered in his truck after Monday’s accident. Zeringue said charges filed Tuesday include 10 counts of manufacture and possession of a bomb, improper storage of explosives and reckless handling of explosives.
‘‘He claims he builds and detonates the devices for entertainment purposes — no malicious intent,’’ Zeringue said. ‘‘People don’t realize how dangerous these things are.’’
Mob boss lawyer decision delayed
BOSTON — A federal judge in Boston has postponed a decision on whether mob boss James ‘‘Whitey’’ Bulger will have a tax-funded attorney.
U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf said in court Tuesday he would hold up on ruling on the public defender issue after prosecutors moved to dismiss a 1994 racketeering indictment against Bulger.
Prosecutors filed notice that they intend to drop the 1994 indictment so that they can focus on a 1999 indictment on Bulger’s role in 19 murders.
Wolf said he wanted to give Bulger’s provisional attorney 24 hours to see if he objects to dismissal.
Consumer index remains low
NEW YORK — If you’re a U.S. consumer, why would you be confident?
Following a string of bad news that threatens the painfully slow economic recovery, consumer confidence fell to a seven-month low in June on continuing worries about high unemployment and stagnating wages, according to a report released Tuesday by a private research group. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index slipped to 58.5 in June. That’s down from a revised 61.7 in May, which marked an almost six-point drop.
‘‘Americans still feel like they’re in a recession,’’ said C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group.
News Corp. to sell MySpace
LOS ANGELES — News Corp. is aiming to sell struggling social network site MySpace this week after three years of massive losses, according to a person familiar with the matter. The move will likely result in the layoff of more than half of the site’s remaining 500 workers.
At least three bidders are still in the running — online advertising network Specific Media, private equity fund Golden Gate Capital and Austin Ventures, an investment fund that is working with MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe. The company hasn’t chosen a front-runner yet.