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New York Breaches Have Exposed 23 Million Private Records in Past Eight Years

July 15, 2014 | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | Comments

Nearly 23 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed in data security breaches reported by more than 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments over the past eight years.  Deliberate hacking was responsible for 40 percent of the 5,000 incidents.

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Fire Still Growing, Dozens Evacuated

July 14, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Firefighters have built a partial line around a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon that has destroyed structures and led to dozens of evacuations.  The last measurement estimated the blaze at about 4 1/2 square miles according to officials

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Saltwater Spill Could Lead to Regulations

July 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.  The leak involved an estimated 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallons, of saltwater and condensate, byproducts of oil and gas production.

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One Injured, Roads Closed After Chemical Plant Accident

July 8, 2014 11:10 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | Comments

An accident at a chemical plant in Dalton injured a worker Monday and briefly caused authorities to close roads and warn residents in nearby apartments to stay inside.  The accident marked a third serious safety incident for MFG Chemical Inc.

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Company Gets $11,000 Fine after oil Spill

July 8, 2014 11:01 am | Comments

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight. On Jan. 9, roughly 10,000 gallons of MCHM leaked from one of the tanks and through the riverside diked wall and left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.

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Fewer MERS Cases as Scientists Try to Stop the Spread

July 7, 2014 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Infection rates for the Middle East respiratory syndrome are slowing and scientists are working to stop the dangerous coronavirus from spreading further internationally.  Scientists say most of the 824 confirmed cases of MERS since 2013, including at least 286 deaths, could have been prevented.  

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Germany, U.S. Concerned About Chinese Spying

July 7, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized industrial spying Monday while on a visit to China, which Germany and other governments have cited as a global center for economic espionage.  The United States and other governments complain China's military, a leader in cyber warfare, steals foreign trade secrets to help the country's vast state-owned industrial sector.

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Typhoon Neoguri Makes Landfall in Okinawa

July 7, 2014 4:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Forecasts show the storm tracking toward Kyushu island and then across Japan's main island of Honshu. It is forecast to lose some power over land, but winds and heavy rains could cause landslides and other damage, Ebihara warned.     

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Coal Industry Lawsuits Could Have National Impact

July 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.  In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, the group WildEarth Guardians asserts coal companies benefited from lax oversight by federal regulators.

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Facing Pressure, Foster Farms Recalls Chicken

July 7, 2014 3:47 pm | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture said it has found evidence directly linking Foster Farms boneless-skinless chicken breast to a case of Salmonella Heidelberg, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the disease that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months and led to pressure from food safety advocates for federal action against the company.

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Hackers Target Major League Baseball Squad

July 7, 2014 3:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Houston Astros said Monday that they have been the victims of hackers who accessed their servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet.  The team is working with the FBI and Major League Baseball security to try who was responsible for the breach.

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Ebola Outbreak Continues in Africa

June 30, 2014 2:00 pm | Comments

 The World Health Organization said that the latest figures show 567 cases with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last week the organization reported more than 330 deaths.  Most of the deaths, 267 of them, are in Guinea, but with Sierra Leone reporting 39 new cases and eight deaths between June 15 and 17, growth there appears to be faster.

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Study Shows Impact of Credit Card Fraud

June 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A global fraud study of more than 6,100 consumers across 20 countries revealed that one in four consumers is a victim of card fraud in the last five years.  Nearly 25 percent of consumers changed financial institutions due to dissatisfaction after experiencing fraud.

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Expiring Contracts Could Cause Shipping Problems

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A contract that covers nearly 20,000 West Coast dockworkers is set to expire, and businesses are worried about disruptions just as the crush of cargo for the back-to-school and holiday seasons begins.  With contentious issues including benefits and job security on the table, smooth sailing is no guarantee.

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New Danger Caused by Spike in Crude Oil Shipments

June 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | Comments

The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.     

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U.S. Wants to Resume Discussions on Hacking With China

June 30, 2014 10:38 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | Comments

The United States will urge China to resume discussions on cyber security that were abruptly suspended after the Americans charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets.  After the indictments against the five officers were unsealed in May, Beijing pulled the plug on the group that had been set up a year ago in what Washington.

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