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Air Traffic Control System at Risk of Being Hacked

March 4, 2015 | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration has taken steps to protect the air traffic control system from cyber-based threats, but "significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation," said a report by the Government Accountability Office.

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Malaysia Airlines Looking to Rebound from Disastrous Year

March 4, 2015 3:57 pm | by Kelvin Chan and Eileen Ng, Associated Press | Comments

 After a year of calamity, Malaysia Airlines is shrinking to survive.  The disappearance of Flight 370 one year ago, combined with the downing of Flight 17 over a rebel held area of eastern Ukraine four months later, brought the already financially struggling flag carrier to its knees.

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Residents, Tourists Evacuated After Volcanic Eruption

March 4, 2015 3:46 pm | by Eva Vergara and Gabriela Ulloa, Associated Press | Comments

One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.  Chilean authorities had issued an orange alert on Monday because of increased activity at the volcano. About 3,500 people have been evacuated so far, including tourists, said Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo.

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Could 'Marshall Plan' for Ebola be a Possibility?

March 4, 2015 3:38 pm | by Lorne Cook, Associated Press | Comments

 Liberia's president called for an Ebola "Marshall Plan" to help rebuild economies in West African nations devastated by the virus.  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that "we need our international partners to remain committed to us," as the number of deaths from the disease approaches 10,000.

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Phone Hacking Rampant at British Tabloids

March 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Phone hacking was "rife" for years at tabloids owned by Britain's Trinity Mirror PLC, a lawyer for victims of illegal eavesdropping said.  David Sherborne said the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People tabloids likely began hacking phones "by mid-1999 at the latest." He said it went on for "at least eight and possibly 10 years."

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Workers Evaluating Motor Oil Leak in Washington

March 4, 2015 3:28 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Oil-spill responders are evaluating the impact to wildlife from a used motor oil leak into a river in an agricultural area of south-central Washington, as at least 50 ducks, geese and other waterfowl were observed covered in oil.  The work could take weeks.

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Government Mulling New Oil Train Car Regulations

March 2, 2015 4:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

 Fiery wrecks of trains hauling crude oil have intensified pressure on the Obama administration to approve tougher standards for railroads and tank cars despite industry complaints that it could cost billions and slow freight deliveries.

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Commuter May Have Exposed 1,500 to Measles

March 2, 2015 4:12 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Officials say the commuter who may have exposed at least 1,500 Bay Area Rapid Transit riders to measles also ate at a popular Northern California restaurant.  BART warned commuters for a second time this month about possible exposure. 

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Boston Inches Away from New Snowfall Record

March 2, 2015 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

It has topped more than 100 inches of snow this season, but Boston is just short of surpassing its 20-year-old snowfall record — for now.  Two small snowfalls, Tuesday night and Wednesday into Thursday, could do it, said Frank Nocera, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Taunton, Massachusetts, office.

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Have Airline Disasters Hurt Malaysia's Tourism Industry?

March 2, 2015 3:46 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | Comments

For the past decade, Malaysia has run an elaborate campaign to market itself abroad as an ideal Asian destination, touting a multiethnic culture, lush rainforests and pristine beaches. Despite the effort to internationalize, its tourism industry still relies heavily on tightly-packed neighboring Singapore and in a renewed push the government had designated 2014 as "Visit Malaysia Year."

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Even Southern California Can't Escape Snow

March 2, 2015 3:40 pm | Comments

The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" has been turned white by a dumping of hail from a fast-moving storm.  The National Weather Service says at least an inch of icy pellets coated the sand at Huntington Beach after the system roared ashore Monday morning.

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United Nations Urges Persistence in Ebola Fight

March 2, 2015 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.  U.N. experts said the spread of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has dropped to almost 10 percent of what it was in September.

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Avalanches in Northeastern Afghanistan Kill at Least 165

February 26, 2015 9:27 am | 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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More Harsh Winter Weather in South, Record Snow in Boston

February 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

States of emergency were declared and schools were closed ahead of wintry weather mix that hit much of the South on Wednesday.  Heavy rain, snow, and temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below zero were forecast for several states. The wintry mix of precipitation was expected from northern Texas eastward across the Gulf states and into the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.

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'Safer' Train Car Design Could Save Lives

February 26, 2015 9:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. secretary of transportation stood at the site of a horrendous commuter train crash near downtown Los Angeles and called for the adoption of a new train car design that testing showed could blunt the tremendous force of a head-on collision.

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U.S. Government Contracts with Quebec Biotech Company to Make Anti-Ebola Drug

February 26, 2015 8:57 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Comments

A Quebec City biotech company has been awarded a contract to make a ZMapp-like product to fight Ebola.  The U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority issued a contract to make monoclonal Ebola antibodies to Medicago.

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