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Union Sues Feds Over Hack, Says Agency had Ample Warning

July 1, 2015 | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyber thefts in U.S. history.

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Teens storm Georgia Wal-Mart in wild rampage of destruction

July 1, 2015 9:06 am | Comments

Authorities in central Georgia say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Wal-Mart in Macon, smashing merchandise and causing an estimated $2,000 in damage.  Sheriff's officials said one of the teens later told a Wal-Mart employee the goal was to see how much damage they could cause.

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Heavy Rains in Central China Kill 15, Leave 19 Missing

July 1, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said.  Millions of people have been affected by the heavy rains since Friday and tens of thousands were relocated.  

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Family of Businessman Killed in Train Crash Sues Amtrak

June 30, 2015 11:49 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | Comments

The family of a businessman killed when a speeding passenger train derailed near Philadelphia accused Amtrak of negligence and outrageous conduct in a wrongful-death lawsuit.  The May 12 crash killed eight people, including businessman Robert Gildersleeve Jr. of Elkridge, Maryland, and injured more than 200.

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Washington Wildfire Destroys Structures, Forces Evacuations

June 30, 2015 11:47 am | by Bob Seavey, Associated Press | Comments

A wildfire fueled by high temps and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, forcing more than a thousand people to flee their homes and destroying a dozen structures, authorities said.  At least a thousand people have left their homes in Wenatchee, about 120 miles east of Seattle.

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Two Dead After Man Sets Self on Fire on Japanese Bullet Train

June 30, 2015 11:45 am | by Ken Aragaki and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | Comments

 A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said.  At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.

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Unrelenting Rain Leads to More Flooding in Midwest

June 30, 2015 11:42 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | Comments

A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, strengthening worries that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon.  It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, "possibly a lot," National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said.

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Egypt Sees Sandstorm and Earthquake on the Same Day

June 30, 2015 11:33 am | by Merrit Kennedy | Comments

 Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.  At its peak, the sandstorm covered the capital in a thick orange cloud, dramatically reducing visibility.

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Lufthansa to Offer Germanwings Crash Compensation this Week

June 30, 2015 11:31 am | Comments

 Lufthansa is preparing to make a compensation offer this week to relatives of those who died in the March 24 Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.French prosecutors believe the plane, operated by the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings, was intentionally crashed into a mountain 24 by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, killing all 150 people on board.

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Feds Shut Down Background Check Database over Flaw

June 30, 2015 11:20 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

 The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China says it has temporarily shut down a massive database used to update and store background investigation records. The agency says a newly discovered flaw left the system vulnerable to hackers.

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US Personnel Office Not the Worst for Weak Cyber Security

June 25, 2015 11:07 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

The federal government has for years failed to take basic steps to protect its data from hackers and thieves, putting at risk everything from nuclear secrets to the private tax information of hundreds of millions of Americans, records show.

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Storm Cleanup Begins in PA, NJ; Nearly 400K Without Psower

June 25, 2015 11:04 am | by Shawn Marsh, Associated Press | Comments

Powerful storms that thundered through eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut downed trees and power lines, leaving nearly 400,000 customers without electricity and disrupting mass transit service in all three states.  The strong storm system was the same that had spawned tornadoes in the Midwest, including at least nine in northern Illinois.

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Agency Chief: Contractor's Credential Used to Breach System

June 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Deb Riechmann and Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

The head of the government agency that suffered two massive cyber attacks said a hacker gained access to its records with a credential used by a federal contractor. Despite calls for her ouster, the director of the Office of Personnel Management said if anyone is responsible for the breaches, it's the hackers.

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Heat Wave Subsides in Pakistan as Death Toll Reaches 860

June 25, 2015 10:53 am | by Adil Jawad, Associated Press | Comments

The devastating heat wave that struck southern Pakistan last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll was still climbing, to a total of 860 confirmed deaths, a senior health official said.  On Thursday, the temperature dropped to 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in Karachi from a high of 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday.

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South Korea Cuts Growth Forecast as MERS Saps Spending

June 25, 2015 10:51 am | by Youkyoung Lee, AP Business Writer | Comments

South Korea's finance ministry said Thursday that economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism.  The ministry cut its forecast for South Korea's growth to 3.1 percent from 3.8 percent. Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 3.3 percent last year.

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Flash Floods Kill Seven, Leave Four Missing in Northern Vietnam

June 25, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A disaster official says flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province.  Vietnam is prone to floods and storms, which kill hundreds of people each year.

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