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Chinese National Charged in Alleged Conspiracy to Steal Patented Seeds from U.S. Companies

July 21, 2014 | Comments

Patented seed allegedly stolen from U.S. seed corn companies as part of what prosecutors say was a conspiracy involving seven employees of a Chinese agriculture biotechnology company to steal trade secrets could be worth as much as $500 million, federal prosecutors said last week.

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Locals Evacuated After Train Crash

July 21, 2014 4:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Two people were injured and thousands of gallons of fuel were spilled when southbound Canadian National train struck several Wisconsin & Southern Railroad cars  at a rail crossing.  Some 100 people who live near the crash site were evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

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After Explosion, No Timetable for Re-Opening of Ethanol Plant

July 21, 2014 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur, Iowa. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer. It is unknown when the plant, which employs about 50 people and operates 24 hours a day, will re-open.

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Wildfires Beginning to Calm Due to Weather

July 21, 2014 4:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles throughout the state.

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New York Breaches Have Exposed 23 Million Private Records in Past Eight Years

July 15, 2014 10:29 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | Comments

Nearly 23 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed in data security breaches reported by more than 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments over the past eight years.  Deliberate hacking was responsible for 40 percent of the 5,000 incidents.

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Fire Still Growing, Dozens Evacuated

July 14, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Firefighters have built a partial line around a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon that has destroyed structures and led to dozens of evacuations.  The last measurement estimated the blaze at about 4 1/2 square miles according to officials

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Saltwater Spill Could Lead to Regulations

July 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.  The leak involved an estimated 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallons, of saltwater and condensate, byproducts of oil and gas production.

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Man Hacked Hundreds of Retail Businesses, Authorities Said

July 14, 2014 2:31 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say a 30-year old Russian man recently arrested on bank fraud and other charges was also found to have hacked into computers at restaurants in Western Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses and even the Phoenix Zoo.   

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After Safety Breaches, CDC to Close Two Labs

July 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.  An incident at one of the closed Atlanta labs could have accidentally exposed workers in three labs to anthrax last month. A second, previously undisclosed problem earlier this year involved deadly bird flu.

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One Injured, Roads Closed After Chemical Plant Accident

July 8, 2014 11:10 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | Comments

An accident at a chemical plant in Dalton injured a worker Monday and briefly caused authorities to close roads and warn residents in nearby apartments to stay inside.  The accident marked a third serious safety incident for MFG Chemical Inc.

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Company Gets $11,000 Fine after oil Spill

July 8, 2014 11:01 am | Comments

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight. On Jan. 9, roughly 10,000 gallons of MCHM leaked from one of the tanks and through the riverside diked wall and left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.

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Fewer MERS Cases as Scientists Try to Stop the Spread

July 7, 2014 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Infection rates for the Middle East respiratory syndrome are slowing and scientists are working to stop the dangerous coronavirus from spreading further internationally.  Scientists say most of the 824 confirmed cases of MERS since 2013, including at least 286 deaths, could have been prevented.  

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Germany, U.S. Concerned About Chinese Spying

July 7, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized industrial spying Monday while on a visit to China, which Germany and other governments have cited as a global center for economic espionage.  The United States and other governments complain China's military, a leader in cyber warfare, steals foreign trade secrets to help the country's vast state-owned industrial sector.

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Typhoon Neoguri Makes Landfall in Okinawa

July 7, 2014 4:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Forecasts show the storm tracking toward Kyushu island and then across Japan's main island of Honshu. It is forecast to lose some power over land, but winds and heavy rains could cause landslides and other damage, Ebihara warned.     

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Coal Industry Lawsuits Could Have National Impact

July 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.  In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, the group WildEarth Guardians asserts coal companies benefited from lax oversight by federal regulators.

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Facing Pressure, Foster Farms Recalls Chicken

July 7, 2014 3:47 pm | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture said it has found evidence directly linking Foster Farms boneless-skinless chicken breast to a case of Salmonella Heidelberg, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the disease that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months and led to pressure from food safety advocates for federal action against the company.

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