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Second Student Dies In Ohio School Shooting

February 28, 2012 7:20 am | by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Classes will fully resume Friday in the school district where a student is accused of opening fire in a cafeteria, killing two students and wounding three others.  A juvenile court hearing for suspect T.J. Lane is set for Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Cleveland suburb is trying to heal by offering grief counseling to students, staff and others at area schools, officials said at a news conference.

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It’s Not About Disaster Recovery — It’s About Operational Resilience

February 28, 2012 3:39 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It is my pleasure to announce that Dennis Wenk from Symantec is the latest addition to the Continuity Insights editorial advisory board. His views on operational risk and disaster recovery will help us continue to provide compelling and forward-thinking editorial and conference content.

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5 Percent Of Tsunami Debris Could Reach N. America

February 28, 2012 3:32 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tsunamis generated by the magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan last March dragged 3 million to 4 million tons of debris into the ocean after tearing up Japanese harbors and homes.  Scientists believe ocean currents are carrying some of the lumber, refrigerators, fishing boats and other objects across the Pacific toward the United States.

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1 Dead, 4 Wounded In Ohio High School Shooting

February 27, 2012 7:53 pm | by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Cleveland high school Monday, killing one student and wounding four others before he was chased from the building by a teacher and captured a short distance away, authorities said.  A student who saw the attack up close said it appeared that the gunman targeted a group of students sitting together and that the one who was killed was gunned down while trying to duck under the cafeteria table.

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Conference Organizers Reveal Contingency Plans To Address Striking Workers

February 27, 2012 7:39 pm | News | Comments

Workers from TMB, the main public operator for the metro and municipal buses in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress, which will be held 27th February through 1st March 2012. Negotiations between the government and the unions continue in an effort to resolve the issues.

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Meet Megaupload's Kim Dotcom

February 27, 2012 7:02 pm | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

On his way up, he fooled them all: judges, journalists, investors and companies.  Then the man who renamed himself Kim Dotcom finally did it. With an outsized ego and an eye for get-rich schemes, he parlayed his modest computing skills into an empire, becoming the fabulously wealthy computer maverick he had long claimed to be.

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Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Now Bat Flu? Human Risk Unclear

February 27, 2012 6:41 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have found evidence of flu in bats, reporting a never-before-seen virus whose risk to humans is unclear.  The surprising discovery of genetic fragments of a flu virus is the first well-documented report of it in the winged mammals. So far, scientists haven't been able to grow it, and it's not clear if — or how well — it spreads.

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Tornado Season Looms, But Forecasting A Challenge

February 27, 2012 5:56 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Tornado season is starting, but don't ask meteorologists how bad it will be this spring and summer.  They don't know. They're having a hard enough time getting a fix on the likely path of storms expected in the next 48 hours.  The very nature of tornadoes makes them the wildcard of weather disasters. It's just hard to figure when and where they'll appear.

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The Inner-Workings Of A Radiological Response Plan

February 27, 2012 1:18 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Last year’s earthquake, tsunami and subsequent partial meltdown of two reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant presented numerous challenges for U.S. organizations with employees, facilities or critical suppliers in Japan. An effective incident response and recovery on foreign soil requires substantial pre-planning with local authorities and an understanding of international standards and best practices — not just those laid-out by FEMA.

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IceWEB Releases 'IceSTORM 3.0' Operating System For Fast & Easy Management Of Unified Storage Appliances

February 27, 2012 5:22 am | News | Comments

Now shipping standard on all IceWEB unified storage appliances at no additional cost, IceSTORM provides all of the enterprise-scale capabilities needed to provision, manage, and optimize IceWEB storage arrays as well as any other storage arrays on the same storage area network (SAN). In addition, IceSTORM provides all the data protection needed to ensure the high availability and disaster recovery organizations need, all much more affordable than traditional storage hardware and software vendors.

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Siemens Introduces New Flexible, Scalable Intelligent Fire Systems

February 27, 2012 5:06 am | News | Comments

Siemens Building Technologies Division announced today the introduction of its new CerberusT PRO and DesigoT Fire Safety portfolios-advanced fire system panels and smoke detectors for small to mid-size applications. Whether customers are seeking a fire system or an integrated fire safety solution from their local Siemens branch, or a turnkey fire system installed by a Siemens' Authorized Distributor, Desigo Fire Safety and Cerberus PRO portfolios (respectively) provide facility owners and system specifiers comprehensive fire protection technology that guarantees immunity from false alarms.

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4.0 Earthquake In Missouri Shakes 9 States

February 21, 2012 5:08 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 4.0 earthquake was centered near the town of East Prairie, Mo. Geological Survey geophysicist Amy Vaughan says several people in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee reported being awakened by the quake that happened at 3:58 a.m. A few residents of North Carolina, Alabama, Indiana and Georgia also felt it.

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Big Questions Still Unanswered In Thai Terror Plot

February 21, 2012 5:06 am | by TODD PITMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

 It began when three men blew up their house accidentally on Valentine's Day in Bangkok. It ended with a gory scene that looked more like Baghdad: a bloodied, would-be bomber with severed legs moaning on a glass-strewn sidewalk after another botched blast.  Last week's explosions in the Thai capital announced the apparent arrival of international terrorists in this Southeast Asian nation, revealing a plot allegedly aimed against Israeli diplomats. But big questions remain about who was behind the plot, and why.

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Last Katrina FEMA Trailer Leaves New Orleans

February 21, 2012 4:55 am | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

The last of the once-ubiquitous FEMA trailers has been removed from New Orleans more than six years after floodwalls and levees broke during Hurricane Katrina and caused the city to fill with floodwaters.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the last trailer was removed Sunday. The agency said on Monday that those living in the trailer moved into their rebuilt home last week. At one point, New Orleans had more than 23,000 FEMA-issued trailers and mobile homes.

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Texas Regional Medical Center Selects Iron Mountain For Medical Image Archiving

February 20, 2012 8:25 pm | News | Comments

The Dallas-based for-profit hospital will implement Iron Mountain's VNA to lower overall medical data storage costs, provide caregivers better access to images, and improve disaster recovery by moving data securely offsite. Iron Mountain also announced the addition of new retention management functionality to its VNA to help hospitals identify and properly archive or destroy obsolete medical data.

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