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Subtle but weighty: President-elect Obama should prepare for the sobering reality that “the football” represents to the U.S. and the world. It is a simple transfer of immense power. On Jan. 20, an unobtrusive military officer carrying a small leather-bound metal briefcase will follow President George W. Bush up to Capitol Hill. After the inauguration ceremony, he will accompany President Barack Obama back to the White House.

The Arizona Republic: Palo Verde Plant Applies for new nuclear permit

The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix has applied to renew all three of its reactor licenses, which begin expiring in 2025. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission limits the first license on nuclear plants to 40 years, after which a reactor operator - such as Arizona Public Service Co., which owns Palo Verde - can apply for a 20-year renewal.

Energy Business Review: Areva signs agreement to strengthen presence in Brazilian nuclear sector

French nuclear power generation solutions provider Areva and Brazilian electricity utility Eletronuclear have signed a memorandum of understanding to extend the industrial co-operation between the companies. Areva said that, it has indicated through the MoU, its commitment to the expansion of Brazil's nuclear plant fleet.