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As Ebola Outbreak Grows, Air Travel Could Prove More Dangerous

July 28, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.  Airports in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three other West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak, have implemented some preventive measures.

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Storms Hit Eastern United States, Damage Homes and Businesses

July 28, 2014 5:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.   

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Environmental Regulations Could Cause Critical Power Plant to Shut Down Temporarily

July 28, 2014 5:09 pm | Comments

New York's latest proposal to save Hudson River fish from being sucked into the Indian Point nuclear plant calls for shutting down one of the region's largest power producers for up to three months a year.  Experts predict there will still be enough power to meet demands.

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Fertilizer Companies Say Towns to Blame for Unprepared First Responders

July 28, 2014 5:05 pm | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the April 2013 blast.  

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Another Typhoon in China Likely a Factor in Plane Crash

July 28, 2014 4:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A typhoon has killed 13 people in China and left thousands in need of basic living supplies, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Sunday.The bad weather associated with Typhoon Matmo in Taiwan is considered a likely factor in a plane crash on a small Taiwanese island that killed 48 people last week.

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

July 21, 2014 4:42 pm | 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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