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Engineer: Excavation Led To Katrina Collapse

September 17, 2012 5:01 pm | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Excavation work by an Army Corps of Engineers contractor weakened New Orleans floodwalls and caused them to breach in two places during Hurricane Katrina, an engineering expert testified Monday. The excavation work created subterranean water pressures that led to the failure of floodwalls meant to protect the city's Lower 9th Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish.

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Family Of Joplin Tornado Victim Sues Wal-Mart

September 17, 2012 4:56 pm | News | Comments

The suit alleges Stanley Kirk, a 62-year-old aircraft engine technician, wasn't allowed to leave the store and was directed to "an unsafe/improper location." Court records said Kirk lived only three miles away, "or a seven-minute drive," in an area that was not hit by the May 22, 2011, tornado. Of the 161 people killed, at least three died in the Walmart.

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University Of Texas Defends Bomb Threat Response

September 17, 2012 4:50 pm | by JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The caller claimed bombs placed throughout campus would go off in 90 minutes, but administrators waited more than an hour before blaring sirens on the campus of 50,000 students and telling them to immediately "get as far away as possible" in emergency text messages.

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Louisiana State Evacuates Following Bomb Threat

September 17, 2012 4:37 pm | by SHEILA V KUMAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana State University issued a statement on its website announcing the evacuation, then distributed the information through text messages, emails and social media. The university sent a follow-up message to students at 1:36 p.m. telling them not to return.

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Villages Slowly Vanish In Slow-Motion Flood

September 17, 2012 3:59 pm | by EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ & TRENTON DANIEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's been a slow-motion disaster and potentially catastrophic for two countries already burdened by major environmental challenges. The waters' rise has worsened exponentially in recent years, especially after heavy rains in 2007 and 2008 hit the island of Hispaniola, which both countries share.

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Mexican Hackers Attack Political, Official Sites

September 17, 2012 2:44 pm | News | Comments

Mexican hackers have taken over more than a dozen websites belonging to political parties and local governments and posted a message criticizing the government on the nation's Independence Day. The hackers targeted sites such as that of the government-owned National Auditorium, the National Action Party branch in the Yucatan and the southeastern Mexican town of Macuspana.

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Doing More With Less: Recovery Services

September 17, 2012 1:02 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights speaks with Walt Thomasson, Managing Director at Rentsys Recovery Services, about how business continuity professionals can streamline their organizations’ disaster recovery solutions, mobile recovery trends, the importance of testing, and recovering multiple locations.

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Business Continuity Systems Maintains Secure Servers For Hoboken Charter School

September 17, 2012 11:26 am | News | Comments

After evaluating onsite and offsite options, HCS chose BCS to host and archive its data; a decision that has proved to be prescient, particularly in light of the fire that recently caused significant damage to the school. Because their servers were not onsite, the school suffered no data loss.

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No, Really: Govt Warns Of 'Zombie Apocalypse'

September 14, 2012 12:23 pm | by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tongue firmly in cheek, the government urged citizens Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, part of a public health campaign to encourage better preparation for genuine disasters and emergencies. The theory: If you're prepared for a zombie attack, the same preparations will help during a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack.

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Power Outage Grounds Flights At Calif. Airport

September 14, 2012 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Wedge says the outage hit while passengers for the first flights out of the airport were going through security screening. Transportation Security Administration passenger and luggage screening devices were rebooted and passenger screening has resumed.

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Wis. Police Release Video Of Temple Gunman

September 14, 2012 12:05 pm | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | News | Comments

The video shows Wade Michael Page, dressed in a white shirt and black pants, bursting out of the temple. Lt. Brian Murphy spots him and raises his gun. Page runs out of the frame and Murphy rolls for cover behind a parked car, disappearing from view.

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GoDaddy Says No Hacking Attack Behind Web Outage

September 14, 2012 11:52 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

GoDaddy.com says a Web hosting outage that involved thousands and possibly millions of websites on Monday was due to internal problems, not an attack by hackers. The outage lasted for about four hours and affected mainly small-business sites.

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Tropical Storm Nadine To Turn Away From The US

September 14, 2012 11:34 am | News | Comments

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Nadine is moving into an area of the Atlantic where conditions will be less favorable for strengthening. Nadine's maximum sustained winds early Friday are just below hurricane strength at 70 mph (110 kph).

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Vt. Governor: FEMA Funding Will Remain Uncertain

September 14, 2012 11:27 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont will forge ahead with plans to replace its main psychiatric hospital and renovate an office complex flooded by Tropical Storm Irene as questions linger about how much help can be expected from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday.

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Guatemalan Eruption Sparks Massive Evacation Order

September 14, 2012 11:02 am | by ALBERTO ARCE & ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers and farmers living at the foot of a Guatemalan volcano say they were awoken by a massive roar when the long-simmering Volcan del Fuego exploded with a series of eruptions that darkened the skies and covered the surrounding sugar cane fields with ash.

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