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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Avalanches in Northeastern Afghanistan Kill at Least 165

February 26, 2015 9:27 am | by Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The heavy snowstorms, which began early Tuesday, hampered rescue efforts.

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More Harsh Winter Weather in South, Record Snow in Boston

February 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

States of emergency were declared and schools were closed ahead of wintry weather mix that hit much of the South on Wednesday.  Heavy rain, snow, and temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below zero were forecast for several states. The wintry mix of precipitation was expected from northern Texas eastward across the Gulf states and into the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.

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'Safer' Train Car Design Could Save Lives

February 26, 2015 9:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. secretary of transportation stood at the site of a horrendous commuter train crash near downtown Los Angeles and called for the adoption of a new train car design that testing showed could blunt the tremendous force of a head-on collision.

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U.S. Government Contracts with Quebec Biotech Company to Make Anti-Ebola Drug

February 26, 2015 8:57 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A Quebec City biotech company has been awarded a contract to make a ZMapp-like product to fight Ebola.  The U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority issued a contract to make monoclonal Ebola antibodies to Medicago.

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Political Battle Slowing New York's Subways

February 26, 2015 8:49 am | News | Comments

 It's an ominous refrain, repeated endlessly in the same automated monotone: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are delayed because of train traffic ahead of us."  What commuters don't realize is that those delays are tied to a political fight playing out over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year capital budget plan, which will fund critical improvements and repairs to the city's sprawling transit system.

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WHO Urges Europeans to Step Up Measles Vaccinations

February 26, 2015 8:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.  WHO's regional office said cases in Europe and Central Asia fell by half from 2013 to 2014 but its goal of eliminating measles there this year is threatened.

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Dutch SIM Card Company Allegedly Targeted by British, U.S. Agencies

February 26, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netherlands-based Gemalto, a maker of SIM cards used in mobile phones and credit cards, said an internal investigation "gives us reasonable grounds to believe" an operation by the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart "probably happened."

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Al-Shabab Video Calling for Mall Attacks Raises Major Concerns

February 24, 2015 12:11 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

In a video released Monday by Al-Qaeda backed Somali rebel group Al-Shabab, a member of the organization called on Muslims in the west to carry out attacks on shopping malls.  Although U.S. authorities said they have no credible evidence that any sort of organized attack is in the works, the video named specific targets, including the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.  

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Employee Safety, Data Breaches Were Key Topics at MADRA Meeting

February 24, 2015 12:04 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association (MADRA) hosted an open forum discussion, which focused on several key aspects of business continuity, on Thursday, Feb. 19.  The event focused on several critical business continuity topics.

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ATAP to Hold Lincoln Center Conference March 30-31

February 24, 2015 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) is holding its annual spring regional conference in the northeast. The ATAP conference will be held at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City on March 30-31. 

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Retired Doctor Discusses Experience With Measles

February 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a practicing pediatrician in Victoria, he saw the toll that measles took on children who came down with the viral infection.

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Chicago Area Police Department Pays Hacker $500 Ransom

February 23, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A suburban Chicago police department paid a hacker a $500 ransom to restore access to data on a police computer that the hacker had disabled through the use of an increasingly popular type of virus.  Midlothian Police Chief Harold Kaufman confirmed the department had been hacked, but declined further comment.

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Federal Study Reveals Grim Projections on Train Derailments

February 23, 2015 4:12 pm | by Matthew Brown and Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. 

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Connecticut Taxpayers May Have to Wait on Refunds While State Weeds Out Fraudulent Returns

February 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Some Connecticut taxpayers might receive income tax refunds a few weeks later than expected as state revenue officials verify that fraudulent returns are not being submitted.  Federal and state tax officials blame breaches, identity theft, phishing and other forms of cybercrime for attempts to fraudulently claim refunds.

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Investigation Into Derailment Begins as Cleanup Continues

February 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Pat Ramsey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A full-scale federal investigation of an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia has begun as work continues to remove the overturned tank cars from the site, federal officials said.  A fire sparked by the Feb. 16 derailment in Mount Carbon prevented investigators from gaining full access to the crash scene until this weekend.

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