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Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.  The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview."

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Former Chemical Company Employees Indicted in Spill

December 18, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia's capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days. 

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Prosecutors Charge 14 People Involved in 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 18, 2014 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.  The co-founders, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are accused of using expired ingredients and failing to follow standards for cleanliness at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

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Mudslide Blocks Freeway as Storms Continue in California

December 18, 2014 3:40 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on.  California has been hit hard by rain and snow over the past week, but experts say it will take many storms to end a three-year drought.

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Businesses, Individuals Can Take Precautions Against Identity Theft

December 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft.  Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps businesses and individuals can take to protect themselves against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft — and most of them are free.

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California Receives Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

December 16, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

California has received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year.  Scientists have tried to make the public alert system available but funding has been a problem. But $5 million was allocated for the program in a major spending bill approved by Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Some Sandy Victims Saddled with Huge Loan Payments

December 16, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Some of the thousands of Sandy victims who jumped at Small Business Administration's offer in the storm's immediate aftermath say they didn't fully understand the potential repercussions of their loans. Now they regret taking them, saying they say ruined their chances for recovery grants and left them with monthly loan payments their neighbors don't have.

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California Begins Cleaning Up Storm Damage

December 16, 2014 8:07 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Californians cleaned up from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.  Perhaps the biggest job was in Camarillo, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, where a Friday mudslide besieged houses, making 13 uninhabitable. The debris flowed down a hillside burned by wildfire last year.

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After E-Mail Leak, What's Next for Pascal?

December 16, 2014 7:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 Amy Pascal, one of the most powerful women in the man's world that is Hollywood and the force behind such critical and commercial hits as "The Social Network" and "American Hustle," has had better days.  The co-chairman of the studio and chief of its film division is under fire for racist remarks about President Obama's presumed choice in movies that surfaced in emails made public by the Sony cyberattack.

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Death Toll at 56 After More Bodies Recovered in Indonesia Mudslides

December 15, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The death toll from a mudslide that flattened much of a village in central Indonesia rose to 51 on Monday before rain forced rescuers to halt their search for dozens of missing people, officials said.  Police rescue coordinator Lt. Col. Wika Hardiyanto said 11 bodies were recovered Monday, raising the confirmed toll to 51.

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For Data Breach Victims, Recovery a Difficult Road

December 15, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 The Target hack during last year's Black Friday shopping weekend was just one in a wave of data breaches that have exposed more than 100 million customer records at U.S. retailers, banks and Internet companies.  While cases are difficult to trace, analysts at Javelin Strategy & Research estimate that one in three Americans affected by a data breach ultimately became the victim of fraud last year — up from one in nine in 2010.

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Collapse Kills 13 in Ecuador

December 15, 2014 3:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

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Senatorial Elections in Liberia Postponed Due to Ebola

December 15, 2014 3:34 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 Officials in Ebola-stricken Liberia have postponed senatorial elections elections until the end of the week, while some urged calling off the vote for fear the results would not be credible.  Ebola has killed nearly 3,200 people this year in Liberia, and many question whether elections can be held at all under such circumstances.

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IBM, State of Indiana to Settle Dispute in Court

December 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

IBM Corp. and the state of Indiana are turning to mediation in hopes of settling their dispute over IBM's failed attempt to privatize Indiana's welfare services.  The two parties said in a court filing with the Indiana Supreme Court that they have agreed to mediation and chosen John R. Van Winkle of Indianapolis-based Van Winkle-Baten Dispute Resolution to hear their differences at a Feb. 25 mediation session.

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Nurse Exposed to Ebola Being Monitored For Virus

December 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C.  The NIH says in a statement that the nurse was expected to be admitted to the Bethesda, Maryland, facility on Thursday. 

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FBI Affidavit Says Former Freedom Industries President Lied About Role in Chemical Spill

December 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

In bankruptcy court hearings and meetings, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly said he had little to do with the company before it was sold a few weeks prior to the January chemical spill. But an FBI affidavit said Southern had overseen day-to-day operations at the chemical storage company, hired employees and executed contracts for several years, according to a complaint.

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