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IRS Needs to do More to Fight Cyber Attacks, Watchdog Says

June 3, 2015 3:00 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The IRS has failed to implement dozens of security upgrades to combat cyberattacks, leaving the agency's computer systems vulnerable to hackers, a government watchdog told Congress.  The agency's inspector general outlined the security weaknesses a week after the IRS announced that criminals had stolen the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.

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South Korea Reports its First Two Deaths from MERS Virus

June 3, 2015 2:55 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country's first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries.

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Amtrak CEO Vows to Put Safety Technology into Operation

June 3, 2015 2:48 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress or the Obama administration is most to blame for railroads not installing the technology.

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Californians Conserved More Water Ahead of Mandatory Cuts

June 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot more to reach the mandatory drought cuts taking effect this month, according to the latest numbers.  California residents reduced overall water use by 13.5 percent in April compared to the same month in the benchmark year of 2013, water officials said.

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Prosecution: Ex-BP Exec Lied; Defense: No Motive to Lie

June 3, 2015 2:29 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former BP executive manipulated early estimates of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico after a 2010 rig explosion to conform to a low government estimate, then lied about it to federal agents, a prosecutor told jurors.  

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UN Chief Urges All Nations to Help End Ebola in West Africa

June 3, 2015 2:27 pm | by Edith Lederer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that as long as there is one Ebola case in West Africa "all countries are at risk" and urged all nations to support the final battles to wipe out the deadly disease in Sierra Leone and Guinea.  Liberia, once the worst affected country, is now Ebola free, but Ban warned that in Sierra Leone and Guinea "the battle has not yet been won" and "any lapse in vigilance could allow the virus to spread."

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Storage Bunkers Sealed Off at Nuclear Dump Closed by Leak

June 3, 2015 2:22 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of containers of waste have been entombed at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico now that workers have closed off storage areas affected by a serious radiation leak, officials said.

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Copter Chartered by Aid Group Crashes in Nepal, Killing Four

June 3, 2015 2:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A helicopter chartered by Doctors Without Borders crashed in quake-damaged northeast Nepal and four people on board were killed, police and the aid group said.  The helicopter was returning to Kathmandu when it crashed on Yamuna Danda hill near Balefi village, Nepal Police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam said.

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Social Media Plays Critical Role in Reporting, Responding to and Humanizing Disasters

June 2, 2015 11:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Social media has changed, and is continuing to change, the way organizations and individuals understand, respond to and recover from disasters.  Now more than ever, the world can see the impact of events like the Texas floods as the happen through the eyes of those most affected by them.

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Video: Cyber Attacks and Social Engineering

June 2, 2015 11:47 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Monika Stoeffl, Risk Intelligence Consultant at CR Solutions, discusses the impact social engineering has on cyber attacks as well as other risks it poses to organizations.  She also discusses why it is important to be aware of social engineering as it relates to physical risks.

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The Flip Side of Years of No Hurricanes: Good Luck Runs Out

June 1, 2015 4:24 pm | by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cities like Tampa, Houston, Jacksonville and Daytona Beach historically get hit with major hurricanes every 20 to 40 years, according to meteorologists. But those same places have now gone at least 70 years — sometimes more than a century — without getting smacked by those monster storms, according to data analyses by an MIT hurricane professor and The Associated Press.

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Sun Returns to Texas, Revealing Flood Damage Across State

June 1, 2015 4:08 pm | by Allen Reed and David Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Parts of the state were finally beginning to recover Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made Texas a place of extremes: severe drought conditions earlier in the year that have given way to unprecedented rainfall in some areas. At least 31 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend.

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Malaysia Air CEO says Carrier Could Break Even by 2018

June 1, 2015 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The new CEO of Malaysia Airlines said the ailing carrier could break even by 2018 after cutting staff, selling surplus aircraft and refurbishing its international fleet.  Christoph Mueller said the airline is trying to sell two of its A380 super jumbo jets and has gone ahead with its previously announced plan to cut 6,000 of its 20,000 staff.

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CDC: 150 Possibly had Contact with Lassa Fever Victim

June 1, 2015 3:53 pm | by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Federal and state health officials have identified more than 150 people who possibly had contact with a patient who died of Lassa fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.  So far, most of those people face no danger, but six are at a high risk of having been exposed, CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said in a statement. Thirty-three are at low risk. All are being monitored, Haynes said.

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Bangladesh Files Murder Charges in 2013 Building Collapse

June 1, 2015 3:51 pm | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charges were filed against 41 people, including the building's owner, Sohel Rana, and his parents and more than a dozen government officials, for their direct role in the deaths of 1,137 people in the collapse of Rana Plaza, said the lead investigator, Bijoy Krishna Kar of the Criminal Investigation Department.

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