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Justice Department Seeking Ways to Combat Credit Card Fraud Overseas

September 16, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Justice Department officials are seeking a tougher law to combat overseas credit card trafficking, an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries.  Authorities say the current statute is too weak because it allows people in other countries to avoid prosecution if they stay outside the United States when buying and selling the data and don't pass their illicit business through the U.S.

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Four Injured After Explosion at Nestle Plant

September 15, 2014 4:57 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Flames from welding equipment touched off a grain-dust explosion at a Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff Sunday, burning two workers severely and leaving two others with less serious burns.  The four contractors were welding about 5 p.m. on the fifth floor of the complex's seven-story grain elevator when their torches sparked grain dust and set off the blast.

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Fires Force Hundreds to Evacuate their Homes

September 15, 2014 4:44 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes. The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park in central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of about 400 homes

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Damage From Sinkholes Serious, Difficult and Expensive to Repair.

September 15, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sinkholes open when soil collapses into large holes, caused by flowing water in underground limestone. Their toll can be dramatic, swallowing homes, trees or anything else on the collapsing ground.  For every sinkhole that causes property damage, scores open in fields and other obscure places.

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Lava Could Shut Down Major Hawaii Highway

September 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Lava concerns on Hawaii's Big Island are shifting from it reaching a sparsely populated subdivision to it crossing over a heavily used highway.  Hawaii County workers on Thursday began preparing defunct roads to be used as alternate routes if lava from Kilauea volcano reaches Highway 130, which could happen within weeks. The highway is a lifeline that connects the mostly rural, isolated Puna district with the rest of the island.

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FEMA Seeking to Recover $5.8 Million After Alleged Sandy Overpayments

September 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects received improper payments after Hurricane Sandy, according to program officials. FEMA had asked around 850 of those aid recipients to return a collective $5.8 million. 

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Security Clearance Company to Lose Government Contract After Data Breach

September 10, 2014 2:04 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials say. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers.

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Chile to Invoke Anti-Terror Laws After Bombing Injures 14

September 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 A blast ripped through a fast-food restaurant next to a busy subway station in Chile's capital on Monday, injuring at least 14 people in the most damaging of nearly 30 bombings or attempted bombings in Santiago this year.  While no group claimed responsibility for the blast, many past bombings have been claimed by anarchist groups and Chile's government said it would invoke the country's tough anti-terror laws.

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Virus Hospitalizes Hundreds of Children Across Ten States

September 8, 2014 4:53 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.  Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone.

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After Work Stoppage Leads to Loss of Millions, Supermarket Chain on the Road to Recovery

September 8, 2014 3:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

After a six-week protest that cost Market Basket millions in lost sales, the company announced that an agreement had been reached for Arthur T. Demoulas to buy the chain, putting him back in control of the century-old business.  Company representatives say about 80 percent of operations have been restored.

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Ebola Resurgent in West Africa

September 8, 2014 10:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Ebola is returning to regions of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone where it was thought to have been contained.  Officials say people in contact with the sick have evaded surveillance, moving at will and hiding their illnesses until they infect others in turn.

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Massive Power Outage Takes Egypt Off Line for Several Hours

September 5, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.

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In Re-Routing of Plane, Lines Blurred Between Digital World and Reality

September 4, 2014 2:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 The boundary between the online and physical worlds got blurry last week when Sony's PlayStation Network was disabled by an online attack, while simultaneously an American Airlines passenger jet carrying a Sony executive was diverted due to a bomb threat on Twitter.  Experts say that's a wakeup call for a world still coming to grips with cybersecurity: What goes down online can be equally if not more disruptive in the real world.

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Hurricane Norbert Could be Headed for Pacific Coast

September 4, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.  The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Norbert was packing top sustained winds of 80 mph and is centered about 165 miles south of the Baja peninsula.

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Home Depot Investigating Major Data Breach

September 3, 2014 1:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Atlanta-based home Depot  is working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate "unusual activity" that would point to a hack.  Hackers have broken security walls for many retailers in recent months, including Target, grocery store chain Supervalu, P.F. Chang's and the thrift store operations of Goodwill.

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Doctor Unsure if Latest American with Ebola Will be Sent to Atlanta Hospital

September 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The doctor who oversaw treatment of two American missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus in west Africa said he doesn't know if a third sick American will be coming to his Atlanta hospital.  The North Carolina-based group Serving In Mission said Tuesday that the obstetrician has developed the Ebola virus and is now in isolation in Liberia.

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