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South Korea Power Company Preparing for Cyber Attacks

December 23, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.  State-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. said the two-day drills are meant to prepare workers in the event of hacking attacks aimed at disabling the plants' controlling systems.

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Coal Mines on Pace for All-Time Low in Work-Related Deaths

December 22, 2014 3:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.  Officials point to their more aggressive use of team inspections at problem sites and other measures, which they say have fostered more responsible behavior below ground.

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Stolen Laptop Contained Personal Information of Nearly 3,000

December 22, 2014 3:06 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A major Chicago health care system has apologized to nearly 3,000 patients whose personal information was on an unencrypted laptop that was stolen in October.  Northwestern Memorial Healthcare started mailing letters Friday to affected patients and promised to take steps to enhance security. 

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Washington Will Help Local Government Recover After Storm

December 22, 2014 2:50 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal government pay to clean up and rebuild after a last month's blockbuster storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow across the region.

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Spaniards Protest New Laws Throughout Country

December 22, 2014 2:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Thousands of people protested in Spanish cities against a proposed law that would set hefty fines for offenses such as burning the national flag and demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic installations.  The Public Security Law was approved by one house of parliament last week and is expected to be accepted by the other government-controlled one next month.

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Study Says Federal Government Not Fully Prepared to Handle Nuclear Attack, Large Scale Catastrophe

December 19, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

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Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.  The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview."

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Army Virologist Found Traces of Ebola in West Africa Long Before Outbreak

December 19, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces of Ebola virus in patient samples in West Africa -- a region thought to be untouched by the disease -- seven years before the largest, deadliest Ebola outbreak took the world by surprise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

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Drones Could Help with Storm Research

December 18, 2014 4:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.  Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger than piloted planes, the scientists say.

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Former Chemical Company Employees Indicted in Spill

December 18, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia's capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days. 

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Prosecutors Charge 14 People Involved in 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 18, 2014 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.  The co-founders, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are accused of using expired ingredients and failing to follow standards for cleanliness at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

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Mudslide Blocks Freeway as Storms Continue in California

December 18, 2014 3:40 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on.  California has been hit hard by rain and snow over the past week, but experts say it will take many storms to end a three-year drought.

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Businesses, Individuals Can Take Precautions Against Identity Theft

December 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft.  Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps businesses and individuals can take to protect themselves against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft — and most of them are free.

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California Receives Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

December 16, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

California has received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year.  Scientists have tried to make the public alert system available but funding has been a problem. But $5 million was allocated for the program in a major spending bill approved by Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Some Sandy Victims Saddled with Huge Loan Payments

December 16, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Some of the thousands of Sandy victims who jumped at Small Business Administration's offer in the storm's immediate aftermath say they didn't fully understand the potential repercussions of their loans. Now they regret taking them, saying they say ruined their chances for recovery grants and left them with monthly loan payments their neighbors don't have.

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California Begins Cleaning Up Storm Damage

December 16, 2014 8:07 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Californians cleaned up from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.  Perhaps the biggest job was in Camarillo, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, where a Friday mudslide besieged houses, making 13 uninhabitable. The debris flowed down a hillside burned by wildfire last year.

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