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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

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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Registration Open for Continuity Insights New York 2015

July 7, 2015 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editior | Articles | Comments

Registration is open for the 2015 Continuity Insights New York Conference.  The event will be held Oct. 20-21 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in New York City.  The conference will feature sessions covering case studies, cyber security, the internet of everything, metrics, maturity models and a host of other relevant business continuity topics.

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Italian Surveillance Company Hacked, Documents Stolen

July 7, 2015 11:19 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Italian surveillance firm known for selling malicious software used by police bodies and spy agencies has succumbed to a cyber attack, the firm's spokesman said , confirming an embarrassing breach which sent documents and invoices ricocheting across the Internet.

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Foreigner in Philippines Tests Positive for MERS Virus

July 7, 2015 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said.  Philippine Health Secretary Janette Garin said several people the foreigner had come in close contact with have been traced. She said one of them, a Filipino woman exhibiting mild symptoms, had been isolated and that her test results were being awaited.

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Storm Causes Floods, Knocks Out Power in North Philippines

July 7, 2015 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities.  The storm, which had sustained winds of 85 kilometers (53 miles) per hour and gusts of 100 kph (62 mph), started early, according to government forecasters.

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Final News of the World Journalist Sentenced over Hacking

July 7, 2015 9:53 am | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Four years after a phone-hacking scandal sank the News of the World, the last of the tabloid's journalists to face charges has been sentenced.  A judge  gave ex-features editor Jules Stenson a four-month suspended sentence, 200 hours community service and a 5,000 pound ($7,800) fine for conspiring to hack phones.

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Kyushu Electric Moves a Step Closer to Restarting Nuclear Power

July 7, 2015 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kyushu Electric Power Co. began loading nuclear fuel into a reactor at its Sendai complex, moving a step closer to its restart planned for mid-August under more rigorous safety requirements adopted after the 2011 Fukushima triple-reactor meltdowns.

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Storm Brings Flash Flooding to Las Vegas

July 7, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A thunderstorm with heavy rains and high winds moved across the Las Vegas area, flooding roads and knocking out power to hundreds.  The Las Vegas Sun reports that the hardest-hit areas included the Lone Mountain and Summerlin areas.  

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The Importance of Public/Private Partnerships

July 1, 2015 10:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

John Jackson, Executive Vice President of Fusion Risk Management,  discusses public/private partnerships and their importance in business continuity planning.  He talks about some of the ways business continuity professionals can leverage these partnerships to improve their programs.

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Union Sues Feds Over Hack, Says Agency had Ample Warning

July 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | 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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Liberia Quarantines an Area Where New Ebola Case Appeared

July 1, 2015 10:27 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liberian authorities quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.

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Appeals Court: Former BP Engineer Should Get New Trial

July 1, 2015 9:32 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming from an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled.  The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that granted Kurt Mix a new trial because of jury misconduct in his 2013 trial.

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USDA: Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed by Rain

July 1, 2015 9:10 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, but it's not clear whether they'll all sprout because persistent rain in some Midwestern states has flooded fields and slowed plant development.

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