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Obama Announces Security Measures for Government Issued Cards

October 21, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.   

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Mudslides, Flooding in Mexico Leave Six People Dead

October 21, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Heavy rains brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Trudy have caused mudslides and flooding in southern Mexico that left at least six people dead.  states of emergency have been declared in 36 municipalities, and that 4,075 people were evacuated to shelters.

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Member of Cyber Crime Ring Will Serve Prison Time

October 21, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A Massachusetts man who was part of an international cybercrime ring that the government says hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison.

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Officials Say 407 People Rescued in Nepal after Blizzards

October 21, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press | Comments

At least 39 people, including trekkers from Canada, India, Israel, Slovakia, Poland and Japan, died in the blizzards and avalanches that swept the Himalayas last week, battering the popular Annapurna trekking circuit. Nepalese officials said they rescued 407 people, 226 of them foreigners.

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Fireworks Factory Blaze Kills 13 in India

October 21, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A blaze engulfed a fireworks factory in southern India on Monday, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others, police said.  The fire department was still trying to control the fire by early evening and the bodies could not immediately be retrieved.

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Doctors in Guinea Come Out Of Retirement to Fight Ebola

October 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Guinea's president issued a call for retired doctors to return to work to help the impoverished country's overstretched health system fight the deadly Ebola outbreak.  President Alpha Conde's appeal has already prompted some doctors to volunteer, however many health workers in the country have fled in fear of the disease, complaining of the lack of equipment to fight it.

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Widespread Data Breaches Could Cost South Korea Billions

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars.

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Hong Kong Police Officers Caught on Camera Kicking Handcuffed Protester

October 17, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Hong Kong's police force said Wednesday it will investigate after officers were caught on camera kicking a handcuffed protester amid the most violent clashes since street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago.

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Despite Negative Effects, Businesses can Capitalize on Winter Weather

October 17, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

After last year's rough winter and with forecasts of another snowy season, small business owners want to ensure they can operate through whatever's ahead and, in some cases, capitalize from it.  Companies who have contingency plans for winter weather can use ice and snow to their advantage.

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Category 4 Storm Gonzalo Approaching Bermuda

October 15, 2014 4:45 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo barreled toward Bermuda as a powerful Category four storm Wednesday, threatening the tiny archipelago as residents were still repairing homes and clearing trees and power lines knocked down days earlier by a tropical storm. 

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Pilot Killed After Air Tanker Crashes Into Canyon Wall While Battling Blaze

October 15, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A California firefighting aircraft that crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park last week, killing the pilot, might have struck a tree as it approached a wildfire, tearing off a wing, federal investigators said.  The twin-engine S-2T air tanker was destroyed when it hit the ground.

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Protesters in Ferguson Commit Various Acts of Civil Disobedience in Surrounding Area

October 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Pounding rain and tornado watches didn't deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown's body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police.  Organizers of the four-day Ferguson October protests committed acts of civil disobedience across the St. Louis region.

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Fracking Could be to Blame for Small, Unnoticeable Earthquakes

October 15, 2014 3:50 pm | Comments

 A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.  The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

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Gulf Coast States May Begin Applying for Grant Money Soon

October 15, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill.

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Kmart Targeted by Hackers

October 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month may have compromised some customers' credit and debit cards.  The data theft at Kmart is the latest in a string of hacks at big retailers including Target, Supervalu and Home Depot.

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Nurse at Texas Hospital Contracts Ebola

October 14, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. after one of them was infected with the virus despite wearing protective gear.  Tests confirmed the first known case of Ebola transmitted in the nation.

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