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Thousands in Sierra Leone Break Quarantines to Find Food

November 4, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.  Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes.

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Safety a Key for the Future of Space Flight

November 4, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past decade, the space industry has tried to go from risky and government-run to routine private enterprise — so routine that if you have lots of money you can buy a ticket on a private spaceship and become a space tourist... But it all depends on flying becoming safe and routine. 

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Slowing Chinese Economy Could Become a Worldwide Problem

November 4, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's roaring economy for years has pulled much of the rest of the world with it, soaking up oil, iron ore and other commodities from developing countries and autos and luxury goods from Europe.  But its role as a global engine is fading as its economy slows — and many other nations, in the view of economists, will feel the pain.

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Power Returns Throughout Bangladesh

November 4, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Power was back on across Bangladesh after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said.  The country's energy grid was fully restored, and any further problems that may arise would be for "local reasons," Junior Power Minister Nasrul Hamid told reporters.

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Canada Suspending Visa Applications for Residents of Ebola-stricken Nations

November 4, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

 Canada's government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.  With the decision, Canada joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.

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Storm a Mixed Bag for California

November 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California storm dropped about half an inch of rain on Los Angeles, causing a troublesome mudslide in the region but bringing a good start to a much needed wet season amid the state's drought, forecasters said.  The storm that started in Northern California on Friday and moved south is typical for November, the start to California's wet season.

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Reactors Back On Line After Debris Removed

November 4, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 One of the two reactors at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan is back online after rough waters on Lake Michigan forced a two-day shutdown.  The company says it shut the generators early Saturday after excessive debris from large lake swells damaged several water screens.

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Hurricane Vance Maintains Strength, Could Cause Deadly Currents

November 3, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Vance is maintaining its strength in the Pacific off Mexico's coast.  The hurricane's maximum sustained winds Monday morning remain near 105 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Vance is expected to start weakening later in the day.

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'Dealing With Disasters at Dell' Available On-Demand

October 31, 2014 11:32 am | by Joe Shust, Editor Dell Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights and Dell hosted their webinar, “Dealing with Disasters at Dell,” which discussed lessons learned and disaster recovery at the computer company, on Thursday, Oct. 30.   The free webinar is available here for those who were unable to attend. 

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Residents Evacuated After Eruption in Costa Rica

October 31, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Turrialba volcano's largest eruption in over a century rained ash over parts of central Costa Rica and prompted the evacuation of some nearby communities, authorities said.  sh fall was observed in four provinces, and scientists were analyzing its content to determine whether the eruption could be a precursor to lava emission.

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Business Continuity Planning Goes Mobile

October 31, 2014 10:08 am | by Chris Britton
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Chris Britton, General Manager of In Case of Crisis, discusses incoporating mobile technology into business continuity planning, communicating with employees through mobile devices and how those devices are changing the way people think about BC.

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Nurse Defies Voluntary Quarantine, Goes on Bike Ride

October 31, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.  Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on mountain bikes, followed by state police cruiser.

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Unmanned Shuttle Bound for International Space Station Explodes

October 31, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Libera Making Progress on Ebola, Sierra Leone Getting Worse

October 31, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.  Their assessments underscore that Ebola remains a constant threat until the outbreak is wiped out.

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Report: Red Cross Mishandled Response to Issac, Sandy

October 31, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A report from investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR alleges that The American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and often seemed more focused on public relations than on helping storm victims.

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