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Rioters Damage Businesses In Ferguson, St. Louis

November 25, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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New Ebola Cases in Mali Raising Concern

November 25, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Authorities are closely watching a new front in the outbreak, a cluster of cases in Mali linked to the death of a 70-year-old Muslim imam who was brought to Mali's capital, Bamako, from neighboring Guinea — and health officials didn't immediately recognize that he had Ebola.

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Workers Killed in Chemical Leak Trapped for Hours Before Authorities Were Called

November 25, 2014 9:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent chemical leak were trapped inside the Texas pesticide plant for an hour before anyone called 911, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.  The DuPont plant in La Porte typically housed as much as 250 tons of highly flammable methyl mercaptan.

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Warm Weather After Snow Storm Has Buffalo Worried About Flooding

November 25, 2014 8:42 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Families in Buffalo rushed to pack up their valuables and schools closed in advance — not of snow but possible flooding.  Temperatures hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing area residents to prepare for evacuations caused by runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks.

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Floods Leave More Than 30 Dead in Morocco

November 25, 2014 8:15 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed more than 30 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday.  Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it into a raging torrent.

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Worker Killed During Routine Maintenance Operation

November 25, 2014 8:09 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said.  Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m. 

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Can a Hospital be 'Ebola Proof?'

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital?  Over the past few months, U.S. medical centers have spent millions of dollars putting together a plan to treat patients with the scary, but extremely rare disease.  To a large extent, it has been an exercise in improvisation.

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Home Depot Reports Profit Increase, But Can't Account for All Possible Losses from Breach

November 21, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Home Depot's third-quarter profit rose 14 percent, suggesting that a huge data breach announced exactly two months ago has not shaken the faith of its customers.  The nation's biggest home improvement retailer stuck to its outlook for all of 2014, but said that it could not account for all possible losses from a data breach it revealed in September that affected 56 million debit and credit cards.

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Police Detain Six People as Protests Intensify in Hong Kong

November 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Tensions spiked at democracy protests that have gripped Hong Kong for nearly two months as a small group of activists clashed with police while trying to break into the city's legislature.  Police detained six people in the overnight clashes and warned of more arrests. The scuffles came hours after authorities enforced a court order to clear some barricades from a small section of a nearby site occupied by pro-democracy activists.

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Homes, Businesses Evacuated After Chemical Mixture Bursts Into Flames

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.  A vacuum truck exploded into flames at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., spreading about 1,200 gallons of a waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.

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BP Trying to Oust Juneau With Lawsuit

November 19, 2014 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau's administration of claims. It sought his removal by a federal judge in motions claiming that he had a conflict of interest.

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New Agency Established in Wake of Ferry Sinking Incident

November 19, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

South Korea formally launched a new safety agency in the wake of April's ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students, and exposed shortcomings in disaster response.  The new ministry has about 10,045 employees, becoming the fifth largest government department, according to the home affairs ministry.

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Three Killed in Albania Floods

November 19, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said.  The government said the army was on standby to help emergency service workers with evacuation efforts, as more heavy rain was expected.

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Portable Showers Set Up for Those Affected by Drought

November 19, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.  Until now, many have been forced to bathe from buckets and drink bottled water.

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Polish Electoral Commission Targeted by Hackers

November 19, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 Computer hackers have attacked the website of Poland's electoral commission, which is still unable to publish full returns from local elections because of an unrelated computer glitch, officials said Wednesday.  The State Electoral Commission said while the website hacking incident didn't add further difficulties to the vote counting process, it ordered its officials to change their passwords.

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Surgeon Being Treated for Ebola in Omaha Succumbs to the Virus

November 17, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.  Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said.

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