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Denver Broncos place franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons

Denver Broncos place franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons

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March 13 (UPI) -- The Denver Broncos on Friday placed the franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons. Denver said they are still planning to negotiate a long-term contract extension for the four-year veteran. Simmons, 26, had 93 total tackles, 15 passes defensed, a career-high four interceptions and two tackles for a loss in 16 starts last season for the Broncos. He has started every game in the Broncos secondary over the last two seasons. "We remain focused on reaching a long-term contract agreement with Justin, and he's a big priority for us," Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway said. "This is a placeholder in that process and our goal is the same -- to make sure that Justin is a Bronco for a long time." Simmons was a second-team All-Pro in 2019. He was ...
Safety of Fukushima waste water focus of sea release debate

Safety of Fukushima waste water focus of sea release debate

Technology
OKUMA, Japan -- Inside a giant decontamination facility at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, workers in hazmat suits monitor radioactive water pumped from three damaged reactors, making sure it's adequately — though not completely — treated. Three lines of equipment connected to pipes snaking around in this dimly lit, sprawling facility can process up to 750 tons of contaminated water a day. Four other lines elsewhere in the plant can process more. From there, the water is pumped to a complex of about 1,000 temporary storage tanks that crowd the plant's grounds, where additional tanks are still being built. Officials say the huge tanks will be completely full by the summer of 2022. The decontamination process, which The Associated Press viewed on a recent tour, is a key elemen
NFL at 100: Helmets go high tech in quest for player safety

NFL at 100: Helmets go high tech in quest for player safety

Technology
Long gone are the days of the leather shell and single-bar face mask. Today’s helmets are technological marvels, using cutting edge materials and design elements to make the headgear the safest it’s been in the 100th season of the NFL. No piece of protective equipment has undergone as much transformation over the past decade as the helmet. Through a combination of technological advancements, investment by the NFL and an open marketplace for development, helmets are rapidly evolving — with more innovation on the horizon. The helmet will never be expected to fully prevent concussions or other head trauma. But the advancements in recent years are making a major difference, the league says. “There is no question there has been significant success from the helmet manufacturer side in
Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Technology
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and counterparts in the US and Australia have sent an open letter to Facebook calling on it to rethink its plans to encrypt all messages on its platforms.The policy threatens "lives and the safety of our children", they said.They said it could hamper international efforts to grant law enforcers faster access to private messages on social media, as agreed between the UK and US.Facebook said "people have the right to have a private conversation online."The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Will Cathcart had previously posted on Hacker News: "End-to-end encryption protects that right for over a billion people every day."Facebook said it is "consulting closely with child safety experts, governments and tec...
Houston Texans sign veteran safety Mike Adams

Houston Texans sign veteran safety Mike Adams

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Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The Houston Texans signed veteran safety Mike Adams, who recently worked out for the team, to a contract, the club announced Tuesday. The Texans waived tight end Jerell Adams in a corresponding roster move, according to the team. Houston also signed safety Jonathan Owens to the practice squad and released offensive tackle Christian DiLauro and safety Austin Exford from the practice squad. Adams, who turned 38 in March, started all 32 regular-season games for the Carolina Panthers across the last two seasons after joining the franchise in 2017. Adams, a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Indianapolis Colts, entered the league with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004 as an undrafted free agent out of Delaware. The veteran defensive back started 10 contests during his second s...