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Department of Homeland Security Offers Advice on Preventing Data Breaches

September 22, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.  The Department of Homeland Security Department warned last month that more than 1,000 retailers could have malware in their cash-register computers and offered ways for consumers to protect themselves.

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Electricity Provider Installing Fences to Fend Off Thieves

September 22, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

FirstEnergy will spend $15 million this year installing special security fencing and thermal-imaging cameras at some substations to keep out would-be metal thieves.  Metal thieves caused more than $500,000 in losses at FirstEnergy's facilities in the Akron, Ohio region last year.

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Firefighters Making Progress in Battling Blaze

September 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke.

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Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides, Flash Floods

September 22, 2014 11:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials said Monday.  A senior police official in Meghalaya state said the deaths occurred in the northern part of the state.

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Amid Controversy, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority Commissioner Promises Safety

September 19, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

New commissioner of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority  vows to proceed with safety screenings of nuclear facilities with independence, brushing off criticism he has close ties with nuclear power companies.  He has come under fire for receiving payments and donations in the past from bodies including one linked to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant.

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Senate Investigators Accuse Chinese Military of Spying

September 19, 2014 11:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said.

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Investigation Finds HealthCare.gov Has 'Significant Security Flaws'

September 19, 2014 11:04 am | Comments

HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.  The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues.

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Mexican Government Begins Airlifting Tourists After Hurricane Odile

September 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.  Military and commercial planes carried travelers out through the Los Cabos international airport, which remains closed to commercial flights

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Seattle Officials: Emergency Planners Must Do More To Lower Train Accident Risk

September 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

With increasing numbers of volatile crude oil trains moving through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.

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Crowded Shelters, Lack of Equipment Compounding Problems in Kashmir

September 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago.  Patients were also dying due to a lack of basic medical equipment.

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Justice Department Seeking Ways to Combat Credit Card Fraud Overseas

September 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Justice Department officials are seeking a tougher law to combat overseas credit card trafficking, an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries.  Authorities say the current statute is too weak because it allows people in other countries to avoid prosecution if they stay outside the United States when buying and selling the data and don't pass their illicit business through the U.S.

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Residents, Tourists Trapped as Hurricane Hits Baja California

September 16, 2014 8:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.  Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves as well as drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods.

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Four Injured After Explosion at Nestle Plant

September 15, 2014 4:57 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Flames from welding equipment touched off a grain-dust explosion at a Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff Sunday, burning two workers severely and leaving two others with less serious burns.  The four contractors were welding about 5 p.m. on the fifth floor of the complex's seven-story grain elevator when their torches sparked grain dust and set off the blast.

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Fires Force Hundreds to Evacuate their Homes

September 15, 2014 4:44 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes. The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park in central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of about 400 homes

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Damage From Sinkholes Serious, Difficult and Expensive to Repair.

September 15, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sinkholes open when soil collapses into large holes, caused by flowing water in underground limestone. Their toll can be dramatic, swallowing homes, trees or anything else on the collapsing ground.  For every sinkhole that causes property damage, scores open in fields and other obscure places.

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Sierra Leone Officials Upset with World Health Organization After Doctor Succumbs to Ebola

September 15, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.  Dr. Olivet Buck died Saturday, hours after the U.N. health agency said it could not help evacuate her to Germany.

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