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10 Missing Disks Prompt Los Alamos to Halt Some Work

University of California officials on Tuesday ordered an immediate halt to some computer operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory after the nuclear weapons design lab said it had lost track of 10 computer disks marked “classified.” UC and laboratory officials said the missing disks may have been destroyed, as the lab intended, but without being properly logged. They said an initial review had indicated no threat to national security, although the federal government was expected to investigate. The announcement marks another embarrassment for the University of California, which manages Los Alamos and its sister nuclear weapons lab, Lawrence Livermore, for the U.S. Department of Energy. In April, after months of allegations of fraud, security lapses and lax oversight at Los Alamos, the Energy Department said it would require UC, for the first time, to compete for the right to run the lab. UC officials have said they had not yet decided whether they would compete for the contract, which the university has held for six decades. Full Story

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