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Avalanches in Northeastern Afghanistan Kill at Least 165

February 26, 2015 | by Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press | Comments

 Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The heavy snowstorms, which began early Tuesday, hampered rescue efforts.

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Political Battle Slowing New York's Subways

February 26, 2015 8:49 am | Comments

 It's an ominous refrain, repeated endlessly in the same automated monotone: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are delayed because of train traffic ahead of us."  What commuters don't realize is that those delays are tied to a political fight playing out over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year capital budget plan, which will fund critical improvements and repairs to the city's sprawling transit system.

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WHO Urges Europeans to Step Up Measles Vaccinations

February 26, 2015 8:22 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.  WHO's regional office said cases in Europe and Central Asia fell by half from 2013 to 2014 but its goal of eliminating measles there this year is threatened.

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Dutch SIM Card Company Allegedly Targeted by British, U.S. Agencies

February 26, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Netherlands-based Gemalto, a maker of SIM cards used in mobile phones and credit cards, said an internal investigation "gives us reasonable grounds to believe" an operation by the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart "probably happened."

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Retired Doctor Discusses Experience With Measles

February 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Comments

Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a practicing pediatrician in Victoria, he saw the toll that measles took on children who came down with the viral infection.

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Chicago Area Police Department Pays Hacker $500 Ransom

February 23, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A suburban Chicago police department paid a hacker a $500 ransom to restore access to data on a police computer that the hacker had disabled through the use of an increasingly popular type of virus.  Midlothian Police Chief Harold Kaufman confirmed the department had been hacked, but declined further comment.

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Federal Study Reveals Grim Projections on Train Derailments

February 23, 2015 4:12 pm | by Matthew Brown and Josh Funk, Associated Press | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. 

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Connecticut Taxpayers May Have to Wait on Refunds While State Weeds Out Fraudulent Returns

February 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press | Comments

 Some Connecticut taxpayers might receive income tax refunds a few weeks later than expected as state revenue officials verify that fraudulent returns are not being submitted.  Federal and state tax officials blame breaches, identity theft, phishing and other forms of cybercrime for attempts to fraudulently claim refunds.

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Investigation Into Derailment Begins as Cleanup Continues

February 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Pat Ramsey, Associated Press | Comments

A full-scale federal investigation of an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia has begun as work continues to remove the overturned tank cars from the site, federal officials said.  A fire sparked by the Feb. 16 derailment in Mount Carbon prevented investigators from gaining full access to the crash scene until this weekend.

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North Korea Bans Foreigners from Marathon Over Ebola Concerns

February 23, 2015 3:19 pm | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | Comments

Further restricting travel to the already isolated country, North Korea barred foreigners from one of its most popular tourist events — the annual Pyongyang marathon — because of concerns over the Ebola virus, travel agencies said.  North Korean media have suggested Ebola was created by the U.S. military as a biological weapon.

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Reactor to be Inspected After Construction Damage

February 23, 2015 3:12 pm | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | Comments

A special inspection is underway after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina, federal regulators said.  The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its representatives are launching a special inspection this week at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia.

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Residents Throughout U.S. Coping with Winter Weather

February 18, 2015 2:53 pm | by Jonathan Drew and Meredith Somers, Associated Press | Comments

For the South, the storm that dumped a foot of snow in some places was only the beginning. Low temperatures gripped the region Wednesday, freezing and refreezing the snow and ice and making the roads as hazardous as they were during the height of the storm. In many areas, the cold was expected to stay for days. The refreeze has already played out over and over in New England, where mountains of snow are piled high.

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Drinkman Pleads Not Guilty in Computer Hacking Scheme

February 18, 2015 2:35 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press | Comments

 A Russian citizen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an 11-count indictment charging him and four others with running what authorities have called the largest criminal computer hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.  Vladimir Drinkman pleaded not guilty to computer hacking conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, several counts of unauthorized computer access and three counts of wire fraud.

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Attacks Make Vaccination in Pakistan Difficult

February 18, 2015 2:27 pm | by Rebecca Santana, Associated Press | Comments

While vaccine distrust has sparked debates amid a measles outbreak in the United States, Pakistan is in a deadly battle to wipe out polio.  Long eradicated in the West, polio remains endemic in Pakistan after the Taliban banned vaccinations, attacks targeted medical staffers and suspicions lingered about the inoculations.

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'Higher Safety Standards' for Tank Cars May Not be Enough

February 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

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Missouri Governor Wanted Police, Not National Guard, on Ferguson's Front Lines

February 18, 2015 2:06 pm | by David Lieb, Associated Press | Comments

 St. Louis area authorities planning for a grand jury announcement had proposed stationing Missouri National Guard troops and armored Humvees in a Ferguson neighborhood where Michael Brown had been shot by a policeman, according to records detailing the state's preparations.

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