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Incidents Reveal Weaknesses in Pipeline Management

January 29, 2015 | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations.

 

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More Snow Could be Coming to New England

January 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days as New Englanders are just digging out from a historic blizzard.  Forecasters are also monitoring a storm loaded with moisture that's heading into the region over the weekend.

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Authorities will Release Report on Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Plane

January 29, 2015 10:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won't have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing.

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Three Injured in Philadelphia Roof Collapse

January 29, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An athletic-wear store's roof partially collapsed, apparently as bricks fell from a taller building next door, injuring three women inside.  The three women were taken from the Lululemon store to a hospital but didn't have life-threatening injuries,

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Hackers Target Malaysia Airlines, Threaten to Release Customer Information

January 26, 2015 11:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.  The airline's site was down for at least seven hours, replaced by a message from the Lizard Squad hacker group, before the company brought it back online by mid-afternoon in Malaysia.

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World Health Organization Eyes Reform After Slow Ebola Response

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.  WHO's chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, acknowledged Sunday that WHO was too slow to grasp the significance of the Ebola outbreak, which is estimated to have killed more than 8,600 people.

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Diesel Fuel Spill Leaves 12,000 Without Drinking Water

January 26, 2015 10:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A diesel fuel spill has left about 12,000 people in southeastern West Virginia without drinking water.  The city of Lewisburg says an estimated 3,975 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a tributary of the Greenbrier River when a tanker truck overturned on Route 92.

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Armed Man Kills Co-Worker, Turns Gun on Himself

January 26, 2015 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself, police said, sending panicked workers and shoppers rushing to get away from the gunfire.  The 31-year-old man  exchanged words with a 38-year-old co-worker in the store's lighting section and then pulled out a gun.

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A Year After Explosion, Biofuel Plant Could Reopen Soon

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen.  The explosion and fire on Jan. 22, 2013, all but leveled the plant, which converted chicken fat into biodiesel. Nobody was hurt.  The estimated damage to property and contents was $3.5 million.

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BP Calls Witnesses in Case to Lower Oil Spill Penalty

January 26, 2015 10:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

It will be oil giant BP's turn to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the U.S. government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Last week, Government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

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Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Infects 70

January 22, 2015 10:39 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated. 

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Ebola Fight Not Over Yet, U.N. Mission Chief Cautions

January 21, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Close to 1,000 new cases of Ebola were recorded in the last three weeks despite progress in combatting the deadly disease and "the fight is far from won," the U.N. mIssion chief in West Africa said.  Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the U.N. General Assembly that "Ebola continues to be a global threat."

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China's Slowing Economy Beginning to Impact Others

January 21, 2015 4:13 pm | by Kelvin Chan and Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writers | Comments

The global economy, slowed by stagnation in Europe and Japan, is being further hampered by China's decelerating growth.  The Chinese economy grew 7.4 percent in 2014, its weakest performance in nearly a quarter-century. And its growth is forecast to slow even more over the next two years.

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Cancer-Causing Agent Found in Water Samples from Montana Town

January 21, 2015 4:09 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

 Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.  Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive, near North Dakota.

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Top Officials Fired after New Year's Eve Stampede that Killed 36 in China

January 21, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ian Mader and Paul Traynor, Associated Press | Comments

Shanghai announced it fired four top officials and disciplined seven others over a New Year's Eve stampede that killed 36 people, saying some of the officials were attending an opulent banquet as the disaster unfolded.  An investigation report blamed top government, police and Communist Party officials in Shanghai's Huangpu District for insufficient precautions at the scene and for not responding fast enough to the disaster

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Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Targeting Army, Microsoft

January 21, 2015 3:55 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal prosecutors have obtained a third guilty plea involving an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers.  Authorities say 20-year-old Nathan Leroux of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty  to conspiracy to commit computer intrusions and criminal copyright infringement.

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