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Union Sues Feds Over Hack, Says Agency had Ample Warning

July 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyber thefts in U.S. history.

Liberia Quarantines an Area Where New Ebola Case Appeared

July 1, 2015 10:27 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liberian authorities quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found...

Appeals Court: Former BP Engineer Should Get New Trial

July 1, 2015 9:32 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming...

Teens storm Georgia Wal-Mart in wild rampage of destruction

July 1, 2015 9:06 am | News | Comments

Authorities in central Georgia say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Wal-Mart...

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Heavy Rains in Central China Kill 15, Leave 19 Missing

July 1, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said.  Millions of people have been affected by the heavy rains since Friday and tens of thousands were relocated.  

Family of Businessman Killed in Train Crash Sues Amtrak

June 30, 2015 11:49 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a businessman killed when a speeding passenger train derailed near Philadelphia accused Amtrak of negligence and outrageous conduct in a wrongful-death lawsuit.  The May 12 crash killed eight people, including businessman Robert Gildersleeve Jr. of Elkridge, Maryland, and injured more than 200.

Washington Wildfire Destroys Structures, Forces Evacuations

June 30, 2015 11:47 am | by Bob Seavey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wildfire fueled by high temps and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, forcing more than a thousand people to flee their homes and destroying a dozen structures, authorities said.  At least a thousand people have left their homes in Wenatchee, about 120 miles east of Seattle.

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Two Dead After Man Sets Self on Fire on Japanese Bullet Train

June 30, 2015 11:45 am | by Ken Aragaki and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said.  At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.

Unrelenting Rain Leads to More Flooding in Midwest

June 30, 2015 11:42 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, strengthening worries that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon.  It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, "possibly a lot," National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said.

Lufthansa to Offer Germanwings Crash Compensation this Week

June 30, 2015 11:31 am | News | Comments

 Lufthansa is preparing to make a compensation offer this week to relatives of those who died in the March 24 Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.French prosecutors believe the plane, operated by the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings, was intentionally crashed into a mountain 24 by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, killing all 150 people on board.

The Worst Floods of 2015 (So Far)

June 25, 2015 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Difficult to prepare for and impossible to stop, floods are among the most dangerous disasters that business continuity professionals can face.  A bad flood can shut a business down for days and keep employees out of the office for much, much longer.  Here are the five worst floods of 2015 so far.

Storm Cleanup Begins in PA, NJ; Nearly 400K Without Psower

June 25, 2015 11:04 am | by Shawn Marsh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Powerful storms that thundered through eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut downed trees and power lines, leaving nearly 400,000 customers without electricity and disrupting mass transit service in all three states.  The strong storm system was the same that had spawned tornadoes in the Midwest, including at least nine in northern Illinois.

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Agency Chief: Contractor's Credential Used to Breach System

June 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Deb Riechmann and Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the government agency that suffered two massive cyber attacks said a hacker gained access to its records with a credential used by a federal contractor. Despite calls for her ouster, the director of the Office of Personnel Management said if anyone is responsible for the breaches, it's the hackers.

Heat Wave Subsides in Pakistan as Death Toll Reaches 860

June 25, 2015 10:53 am | by Adil Jawad, Associated Press | News | Comments

The devastating heat wave that struck southern Pakistan last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll was still climbing, to a total of 860 confirmed deaths, a senior health official said.  On Thursday, the temperature dropped to 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in Karachi from a high of 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday.

Flash Floods Kill Seven, Leave Four Missing in Northern Vietnam

June 25, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A disaster official says flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province.  Vietnam is prone to floods and storms, which kill hundreds of people each year.

Infrastructure, Education Key to Fighting Outbreaks

June 23, 2015 11:51 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Whether serious or not, infectious disease outbreaks always seem to grab headlines.  Even if the threat is minimal, it always seems as though diseases like Ebola instantly become the focus of the media once an outbreak begins.  The recent cases of MERS in South Korea show how critical healthcare and infrastructure are in preventing pandemic situations.

With Low Numbers of New Cases, Ebola Vaccine Trials Fight Odds of Success

June 23, 2015 11:34 am | by Helen Branswell, Associated Press | News | Comments

 New Ebola infections in Guinea and Sierra Leone are down to a trickle. That means while there may still be time to prove if experimental Ebola vaccines protect against the dreaded disease, the chances of success are becoming slimmer.  The teams trying to do that critical research know the odds are stacked against most of the trials that are underway.

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North Korea Claims it has Cure for MERS, Ebola and AIDS

June 23, 2015 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea says it has succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed.  The authoritarian, impoverished nation better known for pursuing a nuclear program despite global criticism announced it has a drug can prevent and cure MERS, Ebola, SARS and AIDS.

Egg Shortage Cutting into Restaurant Profits, Menu Items

June 23, 2015 11:26 am | by Margery Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more — if it's even on the menu.  Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs and egg products in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms this spring.

Preparing for Pandemics, Epidemics and Outbreaks

June 17, 2015 4:07 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier, President of SB Crisis Consulting, discusses the ongoing potential for pandemics, epidemics and outbreaks.  She talks about why planning for these things is important and relevant to business continuity professionals everywhere.

Thousands of Indonesians Refuse to Leave Volcano Danger Zone

June 17, 2015 3:37 pm | by Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Thousands of villagers are refusing to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia's most volatile volcanoes despite warnings that it is poised for a powerful eruption.  Mount Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has been at the highest alert level for nearly two weeks.

N. Korea Says it has Been Hit by Worst Drought in 100 years

June 17, 2015 3:16 pm | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture during its main planting season.  The official Korean Central News Agency said the drought has caused about 30 percent of its rice paddies to dry up. Young rice plants normally need to be partially submerged in water during the early summer.

Disaster Planning a Continuing Focus for BC Pros

June 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Recent disasters, like the earthquakes in Nepal and floods in Texas and Oklahoma, have once again put the focus on businesses staying operational during and recovering from drastic events.  Preparing for these events can be crucial, as disasters can cost businesses financially as well as other ways.  Some businesses never recover from large storms or natural disasters.

Quake-Hit Nepal Reopens Damaged Heritage Sites for Tourists

June 15, 2015 3:51 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nepal on reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists.  The April 25 and May 12 quakes killed more than 8,700 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings in Nepal, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists.

California Orders Large Water Cuts for Farmers

June 15, 2015 3:41 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions.

Search on for People, Zoo Animals Missing in Georgia Flood

June 15, 2015 3:32 pm | by Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili | News | Comments

Rescue workers in the Georgian capital are still searching for more than 20 people and an undetermined number of potentially dangerous animals missing after severe flooding ravaged the area around the zoo and left at least 12 people dead.

NTSB Says Amtrak Engineer Didn't Use Cellphone Before Crash

June 10, 2015 4:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn't using his cellphone just before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, safety investigators said, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident that killed eight and injured about 200.

South Korea Says its Deadly MERS Outbreak May Have Peaked

June 10, 2015 3:55 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government's belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed nine people and infected more than 100 in the country.

Oil Train Disaster Settlement Fund Reaches $345 Million

June 10, 2015 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment.  World Fuel Services Corp., which was accused in a lawsuit of downplaying the volatility of the crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, agreed to contribute $110 million to the settlement fund.

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