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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Hurricane Sandy Funds Went Toward Shoddy Work

April 1, 2015 2:06 pm | by Mike Balsamo, Associated Press | News | Comments

A program that was supposed to rebuild homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy paid $6.8 million to contractors for work that was "flawed or incomplete," the city's comptroller said in an audit.  The audit examined whether the city properly ensured benefits to storm victims from June 2013 through August 2014.

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Chief Executives Visit Site of Germanwings Crash

April 1, 2015 1:54 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associate Press | News | Comments

 Lufthansa's chief executive said it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the Alps last week — but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.

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Federal Agents Accused of Siphoning more than $1 Million in Bitcoins

April 1, 2015 1:42 pm | by Kristin Bender and Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the online black market known as Silk Road while they and their agencies operated an undercover investigation into the website.

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Typhoon Weakens as it Heads for the Philippines

April 1, 2015 1:35 pm | by Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press | News | Comments

A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend.  Typhoon Maysak packed winds of 160 kilometers per hour (100 mph) when it passed north of the Yap State atolls of Ulithi and Fais in the Federated States of Micronesia.

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Truck Explodes after Attempted Gasoline Theft

April 1, 2015 1:11 pm | by Christopher Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in a gasoline tanker truck explosion in southeastern Mexico rose to 14 , the result of an attempted theft of fuel in an area that authorities say has a long reputation for roadside thefts.  Gasoline theft has been a persistent problem in Mexico, but siphoning directly from pipelines has received the most attention.

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BP Case Will be Heard by Jury

April 1, 2015 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge says Alabama's Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury.  BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying that neither the Oil Pollution Act nor admiralty law provides the right to a trial by jury.

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Most Personal Information Safe After British Airways Hack

April 1, 2015 12:48 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some British Airways frequent flier accounts have been hacked, but the airline says that most personal information is safe.  The London-based airline did not say how many accounts were compromised, but said they have been locked down and can no longer be accessed.

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Fatal Floods, Landslides Strike India, Kashmir

April 1, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers recovered 16 bodies Tuesday from two houses hit by rain-triggered landslides in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, following its second major floods in six months. Elsewhere in India, fierce rain and lightning toppled houses and trees in Bihar state, killing 20 others.

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Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part Two

March 30, 2015 2:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment.  Business continuity professionals are no exception.  More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.

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Germanwings Owner Lufthansa Could Face 'Unlimited' Compensation Claims

March 30, 2015 2:23 pm | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said.  Several analysts said Lufthansa will probably reach settlements with relatives of victims to avoid going to court

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Tapped Gas Line May Have Caused NYC Explosion

March 30, 2015 2:13 pm | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press | News | Comments

After two bodies were pulled from the rubble of a Manhattan apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to what caused the massive explosion and fire and the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.

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West Virginia Rolls Back Chemical Spill Safeguards

March 30, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Less than a year after signing legislation with new safeguards in response to a 2014 chemical spill that prompted a tap-water ban for 300,000 people, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill to trim away some of those protections against leaky aboveground tanks.

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Sierra Leone Asks Residents to Stay Home for Three Days

March 30, 2015 1:51 pm | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.  Thousands of teams were out reminding people how Ebola is spread and how to prevent it. Teams were also going to search for Ebola cases, particularly in regions around the capital and in the north, where flare-ups persist.

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Government Announces Five-Year Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

March 30, 2015 1:26 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said last year that bacteria resistant to antibiotics have spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections like strep throat could kill. Antibiotic resistance also threatens animal health, agriculture, and the economy.  In an interview with WebMD, President Barack Obama said over-prescribing antibiotics is a serious problem.

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Glitch Shows There's Still a Long Way to go in Fukushima

March 30, 2015 1:10 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.  But what went wrong, even in a simple demonstration for reporters Friday for the $5 million project, was a sobering reminder of the enormous challenges that lie ahead for the decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-ichi.

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