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Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.  The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview."

Army Virologist Found Traces of Ebola in West Africa Long Before Outbreak

December 19, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces...

Former Chemical Company Employees Indicted in Spill

December 18, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four former chemical company executives and two lower-...

Prosecutors Charge 14 People Involved in 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 18, 2014 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012...

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Some Sandy Victims Saddled with Huge Loan Payments

December 16, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the thousands of Sandy victims who jumped at Small Business Administration's offer in the storm's immediate aftermath say they didn't fully understand the potential repercussions of their loans. Now they regret taking them, saying they say ruined their chances for recovery grants and left them with monthly loan payments their neighbors don't have.

California Begins Cleaning Up Storm Damage

December 16, 2014 8:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Californians cleaned up from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.  Perhaps the biggest job was in Camarillo, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, where a Friday mudslide besieged houses, making 13 uninhabitable. The debris flowed down a hillside burned by wildfire last year.

Death Toll at 56 After More Bodies Recovered in Indonesia Mudslides

December 15, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from a mudslide that flattened much of a village in central Indonesia rose to 51 on Monday before rain forced rescuers to halt their search for dozens of missing people, officials said.  Police rescue coordinator Lt. Col. Wika Hardiyanto said 11 bodies were recovered Monday, raising the confirmed toll to 51.

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For Data Breach Victims, Recovery a Difficult Road

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

 The Target hack during last year's Black Friday shopping weekend was just one in a wave of data breaches that have exposed more than 100 million customer records at U.S. retailers, banks and Internet companies.  While cases are difficult to trace, analysts at Javelin Strategy & Research estimate that one in three Americans affected by a data breach ultimately became the victim of fraud last year — up from one in nine in 2010.

Collapse Kills 13 in Ecuador

December 15, 2014 3:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

Nurse Exposed to Ebola Being Monitored For Virus

December 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C.  The NIH says in a statement that the nurse was expected to be admitted to the Bethesda, Maryland, facility on Thursday. 

Sierra Leone's President Urges Traditional Leaders to Stop Unsafe Burials

December 11, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's president implored the country's traditional leaders  to stop cultural practices that have been blamed for spreading Ebola, like burials that involve touching corpses.  Officials have said up to 70 percent of new infections in Sierra Leone are linked to unsafe burials. The bodies of people who have died from Ebola are highly contagious and must be handled carefully.

Railroad Agrees to Pay $625,000 Settlement

December 11, 2014 3:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A railroad has agreed to pay $625,000 to settle allegations that it failed to adequately clean up a 2008 oil spill that damaged the shoreline and aquatic life in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin.  The Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific, would make the payment without admitting wrongdoing to resolve a civil complaint filed  by the state of Iowa and the U.S. government.

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'Bad Data' A Serious Problem in the Midst of the Ebola Outbreak

December 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.  Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies.

Typhoon Weakens Into Tropical Storm After Killing at Least 21

December 8, 2014 3:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm Monday after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters, while sparing most of a central Philippine region still reeling from last year's monster Typhoon Haiyan.

New Mexico Levies More Than $54 Million in Penalties Against Department of Energy

December 8, 2014 2:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state's largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. Together, the orders outline more than 30 state-permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Plant Explosion Victims Taking Legal Action

December 8, 2014 2:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several workers are collectively suing Consumers Co-operative Refineries Ltd., as well as associated companies that were involved in the plant's refurbishment. The group is frustrated with the drawn-out legal process.  Since 2011, there have been four fires at the Regina refinery, including an explosion last Christmas Eve.

Ebola, Quarantines Causing Difficulty for Volunteer Healthcare Workers

December 5, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical missionary organizations have said they are concerned that the mandatory quarantines several states have put in place for medical workers returning from three West African countries will stop some medical workers from volunteering.  

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Philippines Braces for Typhoon Hagupit

December 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers in the central Philippines fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught from Typhoon Haiyan.  Government forecasters said Typhoon Hagupit was packing sustained winds of 127 miles per hour and gusts of up to 149 mph over the Pacific.

Boxer Upset with Federal Regulators over Nuclear Plant Safety Standards

December 5, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Federal regulators have been too slow and lax when it comes to ensuring the safety of California's last operating nuclear plant, according to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who clashed repeatedly with members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

Decades After Disaster, City in India Mourns Disaster

December 3, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three decades after lethal gas swept through Bhopal, the central Indian city remains haunted by memories of the world's worst industrial disaster.  Hundreds of survivors of the gas leak that claimed thousands of lives took to the streets Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster, chanting slogans and carrying placards demanding harsher punishments for those responsible and more compensation for the victims.

Sierra Leone to Get More Ebola Treatment Beds, Still Understaffed

December 2, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone will soon see a dramatic increase in desperately needed Ebola treatment beds, but it's still not clear who will staff them, according to the top United Nations official in the fight against the disease.  Ebola has sickened more than 16,000 people of whom nearly 7,000 have died, according to figures released by the World Health Organization.

Lack of Indictment in Ferguson Leads to More Protests

December 2, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Residents Concerned that Mining Operation is Causing Hazardous Coal Dust

December 2, 2014 8:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some residents who live near the largest surface coal mine east of the Mississippi River are concerned that dust from the operation could be hazardous and are urging state and federal officials to take action.  At least a dozen people have complained to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management since 2012 that dust from Peabody Energy's Bear Run Mine  has covered their property.

Oil Refinery Neighbors Say They Are 'Stuck'

December 2, 2014 7:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some residents of a southwest Detroit neighborhood that's near an expanded Marathon oil refinery say they're stuck after not being included in a home buyout program.  Marathon Petroleum Corp. completed a $2.2 billion expansion of its facility two years ago. Marathon officials earlier created a home buyout program in Oakwood Heights that allowed some residents to sell their homes. The owners of 266 of 294 properties participated.

Speaker's Soapbox: William Marotz of Schneider National, Inc.

November 25, 2014 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

William Marotz,  Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Coordinator for logistics company Schneider National, Inc., will give a presentation called "Orange Trucks and Wild Tornadoes - A Case Study."  His presentation will be a case study of an April, 2012 tornado that struck Schneider's operating center in Dallas, Texas focusing on the company's actions before and after the disaster.

Video: The Three Basic Types of Behavioral Reactions to Disasters

November 25, 2014 10:45 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Steve Crimando, Principal in Behavioral Science Applications, discusses three types of basic reactions to disasters, the challenges those reactions present and why it is critical for business continuity professionals to prepare for them in the workplace.

Rioters Damage Businesses In Ferguson, St. Louis

November 25, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | 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.

Officials Already Preparing for Next Outbreak

November 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.   Less than 20 percent of countries have reported meeting World Health Organization requirements showing they are adequately prepared to respond to emerging infectious threats.

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

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