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Ebola Outbreak Driving Food Prices Up

September 2, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields.  Surrounding countries have closed land borders, many airlines have suspended flights to and from the affected countries, restricting food imports to the hardest-hit countries. Those countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — all rely on grain from abroad to feed their people.

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Eight Killed After Gas Leak Caused Explosion

September 2, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.  A gas leak is believed to be the cause of the explosion. 

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Property Owners Effected by Sandy Now Facing Funding, Property Rights Questions

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Business and private beach owners who's  properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are now facing the issue of either repairing sand dunes themselves or opening up beaches to the public to receive federal funding and assistance. 

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New Calls for Early Warning System after Weekend Earthquake in California

August 27, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A university lab in the city of Berkeley is testing a prototype of an earthquake early-warning system that California is pursuing years after places like Mexico and Japan already have them up and running.   Experts say it would allow trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects, reducing injuries and damage.

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Hurricane Cristobal Gaining Strength as it Passes Through Caribbean

August 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 Hurricane Cristobal was gradually gaining strength Tuesday as it headed over the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda after drenching parts of the Caribbean and causing at least five deaths.  The storm was centered about 590 miles (950 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) as it approached the British island territory, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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Radiation Cleanup, Compensation for Residents Increasing Cost of Fukushima Disaster

August 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The cost of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident will amount to an estimated 11.08 trillion yen, almost double the government projection made at the end of 2011, a recent study by shows.  The figure includes 4.91 trillion yen to pay compensation to affected residents and 2.48 trillion yen for radiation cleanup work.

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Wearable Fitness Product Provides Data from California Quake

August 26, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Data from users of Jawbone fitness products, wearable devices that track their user's daily activity and sleep habits, have provided data about how California residents who were near the epicenter of last weekends earthquakes were effected.  

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Explosion at Recycling Plant Kills Two, More Explosions a Concern

August 25, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Granite City police told local television stations that the bomb squad has been sent to the Totall Metal Recycling plant and officials fear more explosions, perhaps from live ammunition rounds.  More than 160 people work at the plant. 

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Experts Urge California Nuclear Plant to Shut Down Due to Nearby Faults

August 25, 2014 11:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

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More Ebola Cases in Nigeria as Outbreak Continues

August 25, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died. the two are spouses of a man and woman who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into the country last month with the virus and infected 11 others before he died in July.

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Wildfires Destroy Eight Structures, Threaten 500 More

August 19, 2014 11:07 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.  The nearly 2-square-mile blaze in Madera County had destroyed eight structures and was threatening 500 others around Oakhurst, which is about 16 miles away from an entrance to Yosemite.

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Ebola Outbreak Disrupting Flow of Goods, Driving Prices Up

August 19, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area.Amid roadblocks manned by troops and pervasive fear among the population of the dreaded disease, the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola is increasingly impacting the food supply in three countries.

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Tanker Truck Explodes, Causing Delays and Damaging Overpass

August 19, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 A tanker truck explosion and fire in Middle Tennessee killed one person early Friday and police said would cause significant delays for motorists on Interstate 65.  The fuel tanker hit an overpass around 3:40 a.m.   It was carrying unleaded gasoline.

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Site Engineer to Face Criminal Charges in Thai Building Collapse

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The death toll from the collapse of a six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand's capital has risen to 14, as rescue teams ended their search Friday, four days after the cave-in.  Police were investigating the cause of the collapse and have arrested four people, including the site engineer, who will face criminal charges.

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Account Numbers, Expiration Dates Compromised in Grocery Store Data Breach

August 19, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The grocery chain Supervalu said Friday that it may have suffered a data breach at stores in as many as five states.  Hackers accessed a network that processes store transactions. Account numbers, expiration dates, cardholders' names and other information may have been stolen, the company said.

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Detroit Area Sees Heavy Flooding

August 12, 2014 2:58 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | Comments

Warren Mayor James Fouts said roughly 1,000 vehicles had been abandoned in floodwaters in the suburb where many roads were closed after 5.2 inches of rain fell Monday. He said he would contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help.

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