News bites: Beacon attorney blames bankruptcy on Solyndra 'firestorm'

An attorney representing Beacon Power — the energy storage company that received an Energy Department loan guarantee, but filed for bankruptcy this week — blamed the firm’s financial problems on the “political firestorm” surrounding Solyndra, The Associated Press reports.

The former CEO of Solyndra received a $456,000 severance package, AP reports.

Among the things that Solyndra is auctioning off as part of its bankruptcy is the banner that hung on the wall when President Obama visited the embattled solar company in 2010, ABC News reports.

Scientists are closely watching an asteroid slated to come within 220,000 miles of Earth next week, The Washington Post reports.