Firefighters clear more brush in Los Alamos lab

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) – Firefighters inside a nuclear weapons complex in New Mexico scrambled on Thursday to clear brush from around barrels of plutonium-contaminated waste stored a few miles from the edge of monster blaze roaring through surrounding forests.

Geithner has not made decision on leaving: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will not make any decision about leaving the Obama administration while focused on striking a deal to raise the U.S. debt limit, a U.S. Treasury official said on Thursday.

Greek lawmakers back reforms, clear way for more aid

ATHENS/BERLIN (Reuters) – The Greek parliament approved detailed austerity and privatization bills on Thursday in a crucial vote to secure emergency funds and avert imminent bankruptcy, but longer-term dangers still lurk.

Government sues Apollo 14 astronaut over lunar camera

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government has sued a former NASA astronaut to recover a camera used to explore the moon’s surface during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission after seeing it slated for sale in a New York auction.

Arizona executes man for 1988 child murder

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona on Thursday executed a convicted child killer, branded among the “worst of the worst” by a state clemency official, for the 1988 murder of a nine-year-old girl.

Google stops invitations to new social network

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc stopped inviting users to join its new social network less than 48 hours after beginning a limited rollout of the service.

Dealtalk: Private equity scours HP for cracks

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – If private equity firms had their way, Hewlett-Packard Co would look less like a monolithic tanker and more like a small fleet of streamlined schooners.

Nasdaq in spotlight as merger speculation heats up

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nasdaq OMX Group was centerstage on Thursday as the exchange industry buzzed with fresh merger speculation, despite a rash of failed plans underscored by London Stock Exchange…