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Hackers Target Malaysia Airlines, Threaten to Release Customer Information

January 26, 2015 | by Associated Press | Comments

Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.  The airline's site was down for at least seven hours, replaced by a message from the Lizard Squad hacker group, before the company brought it back online by mid-afternoon in Malaysia.

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A Year After Explosion, Biofuel Plant Could Reopen Soon

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen.  The explosion and fire on Jan. 22, 2013, all but leveled the plant, which converted chicken fat into biodiesel. Nobody was hurt.  The estimated damage to property and contents was $3.5 million.

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BP Calls Witnesses in Case to Lower Oil Spill Penalty

January 26, 2015 10:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

It will be oil giant BP's turn to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the U.S. government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Last week, Government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

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Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Infects 70

January 22, 2015 10:39 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated. 

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Ebola Fight Not Over Yet, U.N. Mission Chief Cautions

January 21, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Close to 1,000 new cases of Ebola were recorded in the last three weeks despite progress in combatting the deadly disease and "the fight is far from won," the U.N. mIssion chief in West Africa said.  Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the U.N. General Assembly that "Ebola continues to be a global threat."

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China's Slowing Economy Beginning to Impact Others

January 21, 2015 4:13 pm | by Kelvin Chan and Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writers | Comments

The global economy, slowed by stagnation in Europe and Japan, is being further hampered by China's decelerating growth.  The Chinese economy grew 7.4 percent in 2014, its weakest performance in nearly a quarter-century. And its growth is forecast to slow even more over the next two years.

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Cancer-Causing Agent Found in Water Samples from Montana Town

January 21, 2015 4:09 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

 Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.  Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive, near North Dakota.

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Top Officials Fired after New Year's Eve Stampede that Killed 36 in China

January 21, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ian Mader and Paul Traynor, Associated Press | Comments

Shanghai announced it fired four top officials and disciplined seven others over a New Year's Eve stampede that killed 36 people, saying some of the officials were attending an opulent banquet as the disaster unfolded.  An investigation report blamed top government, police and Communist Party officials in Shanghai's Huangpu District for insufficient precautions at the scene and for not responding fast enough to the disaster

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Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Targeting Army, Microsoft

January 21, 2015 3:55 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal prosecutors have obtained a third guilty plea involving an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers.  Authorities say 20-year-old Nathan Leroux of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty  to conspiracy to commit computer intrusions and criminal copyright infringement.

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Dunes May Have Prevented Severe Damage from Sandy

January 21, 2015 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state's beaches just before and after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. It found beaches with higher, wider dunes protected better against the storm than beaches without them.

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Kenya Could Send Hackers Back to China

January 21, 2015 3:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 A Kenyan official says the government is considering a request by the Chinese government to repatriate some of the 76 Chinese nationals arrested in Kenya for hacking.  Police arrested the 76 Chinese nationals and one Taiwanese early December with sophisticated equipment in houses in plush neighborhoods of the city.

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Collapsed Overpass Shuts Down Major Ohio Highway

January 20, 2015 11:40 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | Comments

A collapsed overpass covered southbound lanes of Interstate 75 with hundreds of tons of concrete and steel, following a construction accident that killed a worker and injured a truck driver.  The Ohio Department of Transportation said the busy artery through downtown Cincinnati will be closed at least two to three days.

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Drinking Water Shipped in After Traces of Oil Detected in Public Supply

January 20, 2015 11:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

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Trust in Media, Business Falls After Turbulent 2014

January 20, 2015 11:24 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | Comments

Trust in institutions has fallen to levels not seen since the financial crisis, after a year that produced the twin Malaysia Airlines disasters and the conflict in Ukraine, a global survey found.  Public relations firm Edelman found that general level of trust in institutions — among college-educated people around the globe — at levels not seen since 2009 in many of the markets it surveyed.

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About 100 Homes Underwater Due to Heavy Rain in Sarajevo

January 20, 2015 11:14 am | by Aida Cerkez, Associated Press | Comments

Heavy overnight rainfall has caused rivers to rise in the Sarajevo area on Monday and flood homes in the suburbs for the fifth time in the past 20 months.  In central Bosnia, the river Bosna is reaching a critical level and rain has caused at least three landslides. Several roads were closed.  Rain is expected to continue to fall for the rest of the week.

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Two Workers Die in Accidents at Fukushima Plant

January 20, 2015 11:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 Two workers died in separate accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the nearby Daini complex, despite Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s continued pledge to improve working conditions at the site of the catastrophic nuclear disaster.

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