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Red Cross, Italian Military Participate in Ebola Evacuation Drills

September 26, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Italian authorities and medical experts insist that the risk of Ebola spreading from Africa to Europe is small, given that the virus only spreads by direct contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids. While the risk of the disease coming to Europe is low, the EU must improve coordination and prevention measures to better diagnose, transport and treat suspected cases.

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Electricity Meters Could Be Fire Hazards

September 26, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Nevada utility officials said they will turn over all data demanded by state regulators investigating whether smart electricity meters pose a fire danger.  The state fire marshal and local fire chiefs sought the preliminary inquiry after investigators linked the meters to at least nine fires.

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Sandwich Chain Believes Customer Data was Stolen from 216 Stores

September 26, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

Jimmy John's sandwich chain said that it believes customers' credit card data was stolen from 216 of its shops between June and September.  The Champaign, Illinois-based chain said in a news release that stores in 37 states across the United States were affected. It did not say how many customers are affected.

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Oil Producers, North Dakota Government at Odds Over Potential Regulations

September 26, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Oil producers in North Dakota are objecting to any new state regulations that would require them to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.  North Dakota's Industrial Commission is considering new rules that would require companies to remove certain liquids and gasses from crude oil train shipments, a process some say would make such transport safer.

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One Hurt After Plastics Plant Explosion

September 26, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Officials say the "flash explosion" apparently stemmed from an electrical breaker failure, but it did not cause a full-fledged fire. The victim was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp.

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Classes in Plane Crash Survival Becoming More Popular

September 26, 2014 9:36 am | Comments

Half-day safety course encourages airplane passengers to be aware of their surroundings and familiarize themselves with what happens in an emergency. Participants learn the best way to brace for a crash, how to open aircraft doors and why to wait until exiting a plane to inflate life vests.

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Department of Homeland Security Offers Advice on Preventing Data Breaches

September 22, 2014 2:09 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.  The Department of Homeland Security Department warned last month that more than 1,000 retailers could have malware in their cash-register computers and offered ways for consumers to protect themselves.

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Lockdown in Ebola-ridden Sierra Leone Lifted

September 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease.  The streets of the capital, Freetown, were again mostly deserted on Sunday in compliance with a government order for the country's six million residents to stay in their homes.

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Nine Charged with Fraud in Alleged Hack of Bank's Card Payment System

September 22, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A Spanish judge charged nine people with fraud Sunday for allegedly participating in the theft of $45 million after a massive hacking of a bank's card payments system.  Judge Eloy Velasco of Spain's National Court said the suspects include seven Romanians and two Spaniards, who allegedly fraudulently extracted money from ATMs.

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Electricity Provider Installing Fences to Fend Off Thieves

September 22, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

FirstEnergy will spend $15 million this year installing special security fencing and thermal-imaging cameras at some substations to keep out would-be metal thieves.  Metal thieves caused more than $500,000 in losses at FirstEnergy's facilities in the Akron, Ohio region last year.

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Firefighters Making Progress in Battling Blaze

September 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke.

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Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides, Flash Floods

September 22, 2014 11:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials said Monday.  A senior police official in Meghalaya state said the deaths occurred in the northern part of the state.

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Amid Controversy, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority Commissioner Promises Safety

September 19, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

New commissioner of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority  vows to proceed with safety screenings of nuclear facilities with independence, brushing off criticism he has close ties with nuclear power companies.  He has come under fire for receiving payments and donations in the past from bodies including one linked to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant.

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Senate Investigators Accuse Chinese Military of Spying

September 19, 2014 11:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said.

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Investigation Finds HealthCare.gov Has 'Significant Security Flaws'

September 19, 2014 11:04 am | Comments

HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.  The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues.

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Mexican Government Begins Airlifting Tourists After Hurricane Odile

September 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.  Military and commercial planes carried travelers out through the Los Cabos international airport, which remains closed to commercial flights

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