Hours of steady rain from northern California's third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state was moving out of its driest three years in history - while still deeply locked in drought. After last week's three back-to-back winter storms, much of the state was doing noticeably better for rain than last year, but still well below normal for this point in the year.
Authorities are closely watching a new front in the outbreak, a cluster of cases in Mali linked to the death of a 70-year-old Muslim imam who was brought to Mali's capital, Bamako, from neighboring Guinea — and health officials didn't immediately recognize that he had Ebola.
Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent chemical leak were trapped inside the Texas pesticide plant for an hour before anyone called 911, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside. The DuPont plant in La Porte typically housed as much as 250 tons of highly flammable methyl mercaptan.
Families in Buffalo rushed to pack up their valuables and schools closed in advance — not of snow but possible flooding. Temperatures hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing area residents to prepare for evacuations caused by runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks.
Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed more than 30 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it into a raging torrent.
A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said. Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m.
Gerry Nolan, President and CEO of Eagle Rock Alliance, discusses use of remote solutions during recent disasters, why those solutions have been effective and why business continuity professionals need to make using these solutions a primary focus.
The New York City Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its November meeting at Rabobank on Thursday, Nov. 20. The event featured a presentation by Steve Crimando about crowd and mob behavior and violence and how they can have a negative effect on businesses.
What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital? Over the past few months, U.S. medical centers have spent millions of dollars putting together a plan to treat patients with the scary, but extremely rare disease. To a large extent, it has been an exercise in improvisation.
Home Depot's third-quarter profit rose 14 percent, suggesting that a huge data breach announced exactly two months ago has not shaken the faith of its customers. The nation's biggest home improvement retailer stuck to its outlook for all of 2014, but said that it could not account for all possible losses from a data breach it revealed in September that affected 56 million debit and credit cards.
Tensions spiked at democracy protests that have gripped Hong Kong for nearly two months as a small group of activists clashed with police while trying to break into the city's legislature. Police detained six people in the overnight clashes and warned of more arrests. The scuffles came hours after authorities enforced a court order to clear some barricades from a small section of a nearby site occupied by pro-democracy activists.
Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility. A vacuum truck exploded into flames at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., spreading about 1,200 gallons of a waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.
BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau's administration of claims. It sought his removal by a federal judge in motions claiming that he had a conflict of interest.
South Korea formally launched a new safety agency in the wake of April's ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students, and exposed shortcomings in disaster response. The new ministry has about 10,045 employees, becoming the fifth largest government department, according to the home affairs ministry.
Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said. The government said the army was on standby to help emergency service workers with evacuation efforts, as more heavy rain was expected.