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Nurse Defies Voluntary Quarantine, Goes on Bike Ride

October 31, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

 A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.  Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on mountain bikes, followed by state police cruiser.

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Residents Evacuated After Eruption in Costa Rica

October 31, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 The Turrialba volcano's largest eruption in over a century rained ash over parts of central Costa Rica and prompted the evacuation of some nearby communities, authorities said.  sh fall was observed in four provinces, and scientists were analyzing its content to determine whether the eruption could be a precursor to lava emission.

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Man Sets Fire to Store, Causing $2 Million in Damages

October 31, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A man has been jailed on charges he set fire to the Pennsylvania discount store where he worked, starting a blaze that did $2 million in damage to a strip mall.  The fire was started after he picked up a cigarette lighter from a shelf and began setting fire to paper products

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'Pirate Bay' Founder Gets Prison Time for Hack

October 31, 2014 9:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 A Danish court has sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities, including social security numbers, driver's license numbers and police records of sought-after people in Europe.

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Oil Company Agrees to Pay $1.6 Million Civil Penalty

October 30, 2014 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

ederal regulators say Superior Crude Gathering Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.6 million civil penalty over a 2010 oil storage tanks spill in South Texas.  The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice say the consent decree was filed Wednesday.

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Ebola Infections Declining, Virus Still a Serious Threat

October 29, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over.  The disease is still raging in parts of Sierra Leone and there is still a risk that the decline in Liberia won't be sustained

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Psychological Effects of Sandy Still Linger

October 29, 2014 11:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

New York health officials estimate about 700,000 residents are still experiencing mental health problems from the storm, which hit on Oct 29, 2012. New Jersey officials did not have a similar estimate but in the 15 months after Sandy, the state supported a disaster mental health program that served 500,000 people.

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'Social Resilience' Has Major Impact on Community Preparedness

October 28, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests "social resilience" has a big impact on how prepared communities feel for different kinds of disasters and is seen as more valuable in a crisis than even government.

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Phone Companies Face $10 Million Fine After Carelessness Leads to Data Breach

October 28, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Two phone companies — TerraCom Inc. and YourTel America Inc. — unwittingly posted the Social Security numbers, driver's licenses and other sensitive data of up to 300,000 clients to the Internet, an investigation found, and federal regulators said they plan to fine the companies.

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Ebola in Asia Could be Disastrous

October 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.  How quickly any case is detected — and the measures taken once it is — will determine whether the virus takes hold in a region where billions live in poverty and public health systems are often very weak.

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Two Years Later, Is Northeast Prepared for Another Storm Like Sandy?

October 28, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn't happen again.  Two years later, would it?  There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, but many planned projects are still years off.

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Five Injured after Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 4:53 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city.  Mayor Mike Bradley said the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. plant.

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Man Who Enabled Hackers to Steal $9.4 Million Sentenced to 11 Years

October 27, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An Estonian national who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million from ATMs around the world was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to repay most of the money, prosecutors said.

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Japanese Insurance Company Could Use Drones to Asses Damage

October 27, 2014 4:39 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. plans to introduce drones to assess damage to homes caused by natural disasters, in the first such move by a Japanese nonlife insurer, sources close to the matter said.  The use of small helicopter drones is aimed at shortening the time necessary to assess damage resulting from typhoons, heavy snowfall and other disasters.

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Residents May Have to be Evacuated Due to Lava Flow

October 27, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Officials say molten lava from a Hawaii volcano has been flowing steadily in an area where residents have been warned they might have to evacuate their homes.  Dozens of residents in the flow path have been told to complete all necessary preparations by Tuesday for a possible evacuation. The timeline could change, based on the flow rate.

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Dozens Quarantined for Ebola Monitoring Threaten to Break Out

October 24, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported.  Forty-three people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in Jenewonda, a town in an impoverished corner of Grand Cape Mount County near the Sierra Leone border, the Liberia Broadcasting System said.

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