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Ebola-Hit Countries Appeal for $3.2 Billion to Rebuild

July 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The presidents of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are appealing for $3.2 billion to help their countries recover from the Ebola epidemic which has devastated their economies, severely damaged their social fabric and killed more than 11,000.

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Company Blamed for 31-Acre Sinkhole Sues Oil Company

July 10, 2015 2:43 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The company blamed for a 31-acre sinkhole that forced 350 rural Louisiana residents out of their homes has sued Occidental Petroleum Corp., claiming that negligent drilling and production contributed to the damage.  Texas Brine Co. LLC says Occidental and Oxy USA Inc. should have to cover more than $100 million in damages that Texas Brine has paid or will have to pay.

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US Personnel Chief Resigns in Wake of Massive Data Breach

July 10, 2015 2:38 pm | by Josh Lederman and Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the U.S. government's personnel office resigned abruptly on Friday, bowing to pressure for her to step down following a massive government data breach on her watch.  Katherine Archuleta, director of the federal Office of Personnel Management, submitted her resignation in person to President Barack Obama, the White House said.

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Eruption of Indonesian Volcano Sparks Travel Chaos

July 10, 2015 2:30 pm | by Niniek Karmini and Haven Daley, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Ash spewing from a volcano on Indonesia's main island of Java sparked chaos for holidaymakers as airports closed and international airlines canceled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands. Mount Raung in East Java province, about 150 kilometers (95 miles) from Bali's international airport, has been rumbling for several weeks.

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California Beach to Reopen Two Months After Oil Spill

July 10, 2015 2:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A California beach fouled by an oil spill will reopen to swimmers and campers two months after a pipeline ruptured and spewed thousands of gallons of crude along the coast, officials said.  State Parks rangers toured the shoreline west of Santa Barbara on Thursday and cleared Refugio State Beach to reopen July 17.

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Panel Hears Conflicting Safety Assessments for Diablo Canyon

July 10, 2015 2:25 pm | by Michael Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Environmentalists argued that government regulators have allowed California's last operating nuclear power plant to sidestep federal rules and conceal the risk of earthquakes that could threaten its twin reactors.  Officials for owner Pacific Gas and Electric Co., meanwhile, said the Diablo Canyon plant is safe and the company is operating within its government licenses.

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China Evacuates Tens of Thousands Ahead of Typhoon Chan-Hom

July 10, 2015 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Chinese authorities have evacuated tens of thousands of people, canceled scores of trains and flights and shuttered seaside resorts as a super-typhoon with wind gusts up to 200 kilometers per hour (125 mph) heads toward the southeastern coast.

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Kyushu Electric Finishes Loading Fuel into Nuclear Reactor

July 10, 2015 2:20 pm | News | Comments

Kyushu Electric Power Co. has completed reloading nuclear fuel into a reactor at its Sendai Nuclear Power Station, a step toward rebooting the first atomic device meeting stringent safety standards Japan has introduced after the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns.

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Tough Day on Markets Upended by NYSE Outage

July 9, 2015 11:15 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The New York Stock Exchange stopped trading in the late morning Wednesday because of a technical problem, though NYSE-listed shares continued to trade on other exchanges.  The exchange said on its official Twitter feed that the issue was internal and not related to a breach of its systems. As of 2:05 p.m. Eastern, about two and half hours after the halt was announced, trading had not yet resumed on the NYSE.

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Syrian Activists Say IS Supporters Hacked Their Website

July 9, 2015 11:03 am | by Bassem Mroue, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers claiming to be supporters of the Islamic State group hacked the website of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the head of the monitoring group said.  The Observatory, which has been tracking Syria's conflict since it started in March 2011, has been aggressively reporting over the past year on atrocities committed by the Islamic State extremists.

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Thai Farmers Ask Spirits for Rain to End Crippling Drought

July 9, 2015 10:32 am | by Thanyarat Doksone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thailand's rainy season officially began in the last week of May, but it rained only once in the Ban Lueam district in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province. It is one of more than 250 districts — or nearly 20 percent of the country — that have been declared emergency disaster zones as the prolonged drought becomes the worst in decades.

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Hacker Attacks Gambling Websites, Demands Bitcoin Ransom

July 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | News | Comments

A hacker shut down four New Jersey Internet gambling sites for half an hour last week and threatened more cyberattacks over the holiday weekend unless a ransom was paid using the online currency Bitcoin, authorities said.  No ransom was paid. 

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USDA Prepares for Possible Return of Bird Flu this Fall

July 9, 2015 9:58 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two top veterinary officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers affected by the bird flu outbreak said Tuesday it will take increased surveillance, improved farm security and more money to fight off a possible fall return of the disease that devastated chicken and turkey flocks.

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House GOP Effort Would Tap Disaster Fund for Some Wildfires

July 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Republicans are proposing that some forest fires be treated like federal disasters, an attempt to win broader support for legislation that targets overgrown national forest lands.  The legislation focuses on speeding up timber harvests and the removal of underbrush the Forest Service deems necessary to improving the health of a forest.

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Full Conference Program Announced for 2015 R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference

July 7, 2015 12:09 pm | by ABM Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advantage Business Media’s R&D Magazine, sponsor of the R&D 100 Awards, today announced the full conference agenda for the R&D 100 Technology Conference to be held November 12-13, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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