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Severe Storms a Reminder of the Danger of Catastrophic Weather

May 26, 2015 10:56 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Severe storms and flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma have left eight dead and others missing.  Tornadoes that struck just across the border in Mexico have added to the chaos as the impact of record rainfall is still being felt.  These latest storms are a reminder of just how damaging weather events can be and how difficult to plan for they are.

12 Missing After Flooding in Texas Sweeps Away Vacation Home

May 26, 2015 10:33 am | by Seth Robbins and Paul Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recovery teams were resuming the search  for 12 members of two families who are missing after a...

Adult Dating Site Investigating Breach of User Data

May 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a popular adult dating website said it's investigating a data security breach...

Once Vilified, BP Now Getting Credit for Gulf Tourism Boom

May 26, 2015 10:24 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall...

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Data on Thousands of Patients Stolen at New Jersey Hospitals

May 26, 2015 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of patients at three northern New Jersey hospitals have been alerted that their personal information was stolen in a data breach.  Officials said an employee with Medical Management LLC gave away names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of patients.

Finding Cause of California Oil Spill Could Take Months

May 26, 2015 10:00 am | by Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster.  Crews have yet to excavate the broken piece of pipeline, which under the law must be done in the presence of federal regulators and a third party.

US State Dept. Employee Faces Cyber-Stalking, Hacking Charges

May 26, 2015 9:57 am | by Jeff Martin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said.  A federal complaint unsealed this week in Atlanta states that Michael C. Ford accessed computer accounts of young women to obtain sexually explicit images of them.

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Unions Urge Amtrak to Put Second Crew Member in Locomotives

May 21, 2015 9:40 am | by Michael Sisak, Associated Press | News | Comments

The union for Amtrak's locomotive engineers urged the railroad  to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.  Amtrak hasn't had a second crew member in the locomotive of its Northeast Corridor trains since Congress ended the requirement in the early 1980s.

Survivors Stunned by Loss in Colombian Town Hit by Flood

May 21, 2015 9:19 am | by Luis Benavides, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the small mountain town of Salgar, Colombia began digging out, tales of human tragedy multiplied. Survivors recalled being stirred from their beds by a loud rumble and neighbors' shouts, barely having enough time to gather their loved ones.

California Farmers Propose Voluntary Cuts

May 21, 2015 9:17 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.

Amtrak Liable for no More Than $200 Million in Crash

May 19, 2015 10:30 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

 For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia.

Flood, Mudslide Sweep Away Homes in Colombia, Killing 49

May 19, 2015 9:16 am | by Luis Benavides, Associated Press | News | Comments

An avalanche of mud and debris roared down an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 49 people in a flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains.  Authorities called on volunteers to send water, food supplies and blankets to cope with what they described as a humanitarian emergency.

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Merkel: Global Catastrophe Plan Needed After Ebola Crisis

May 19, 2015 9:13 am | by Kitsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking forward, the chancellor said Germany would give 200 million euros ($228 million) to help developing countries build up better-functioning health care systems — which she said was essential to deal with future epidemic outbreaks. She said 70 million euros of this would go specifically to the Ebola-ridden countries in western Africa.

Tragic Derailment Presents Business Continuity Challenges

May 14, 2015 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Details are still being revealed after an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night, leaving seven dead and more than 200 injured.  For business continuity professionals, train derailments present a unique set of problems, particularly when they involve passenger trains.  One incident can result in a host of different potential disruptions.

Thousands Spend Night Outdoors as Death Toll Rises in Nepal

May 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of fear-stricken people spent the night outdoors after a new earthquake killed dozens of people and spread more misery in Nepal, which is still reeling from a devastating quake that killed more than 8,000 nearly three weeks ago.

Fire Guts Slipper Factory in Philippines, Dozens Feared Dead

May 14, 2015 10:26 am | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire gutted a rubber slipper factory in a suburb of the Philippine capital Wednesday, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by the smoky inferno, officials said.  At least three bodies have been recovered and fire officials found no survivors after the fire was put under control.

Amtrak Train Derails, Killing seven People; Investigation Begins

May 13, 2015 8:45 am | by Jeff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Daylight on Wednesday revealed the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, several critically, as survivors recalled a terrifying wreck that plunged them into darkness and chaos.

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Liberia is Ebola Free, but Virus Still Looms in Guinea, Sierra Leone

May 12, 2015 12:06 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

After more than 4,700 deaths, the Ebola outbreak has come to an end in Liberia.  According to reports, there have been no cases of the virus that has ravaged West Africa since last year for 42 days, twice the incubation period for the disease.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the last confirmed case in Liberia was buried on March 28.  This means the outbreak is over in one of the nations hardest hit by it.

The Nepal Quakes, The Recovery Process and the Human Side of Resilience

May 12, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Less than one month after a massive earthquake killed more than 8.150 and flattened buildings in Nepal, the small South Asian nation has been struck again.  Another earthquake, this time a magnitude 7.3 quake, hit north of the country’s capital of Kathmandu.  Early reports put the death toll at 37 with at least 1,117 injured.  

Another Major Earthquake Shakes Nepal, Killing at Least 37

May 12, 2015 10:23 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 37 people while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.  

Typhoon Leaves Two Dead in Philippines; 3,500 Evacuated

May 12, 2015 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful typhoon that slammed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines left at least two people dead and prompted nearly 3,500 residents to flee to shelters following warnings to evacuate coastal and mountainous villages.  Typhoon Noul has weakened since making landfall in Cagayan province's coastal town of Santa Ana.

Texas Attack Highlights Potential for Terrorist Action

May 7, 2015 11:35 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for an attack in Garland, Texas in which two gunmen opened fire on an event where attendees were asked to draw the prophet Muhammad.  Attacks like this should be a point of focus for business continuity professionals.

Engineers Inspect Quake-Damaged Homes in Nepal's Capital

May 6, 2015 2:25 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal's capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe.  About 13,000 families have requested inspections of their homes since the massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake near Kathmandu on April 25, Nepal Engineers Association General Secretary Kishore Kumar Jha said. More than 7,600 people died in the quake.

Report: Germanwings Crash Co-Pilot Tried Slow Descent before Bringing Plane Down

May 6, 2015 2:15 pm | by Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are still puzzling over why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had suffered from suicidal tendencies and depression in the past, sent the Barcelona-to-Duesseldorf flight straight into the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board.

California Regulators Approve Unprecedented Water Cutbacks

May 6, 2015 2:10 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

 California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.  Although the rules are called mandatory, it's still unclear what punishment the state water board and local agencies will impose for those that don't meet the targets.

Jennie-O Lays Off 233 Workers Due to Bird Flu

May 6, 2015 1:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jennie-O Turkey Store said it will lay off 233 employees at its processing plant in the southern Minnesota city of Faribault because of bird flu outbreaks that have cut its turkey supply.  In a statement, the country's second-largest turkey processor said the Faribault plant will switch to a single shift for the foreseeable future.

Nepal: 'We Will Need Huge Foreign Support for Reconstruction"

May 5, 2015 11:09 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Nepal's government will need immense international support as the Himalayan nation begins turning its attention toward reconstruction in the coming weeks, in the wake of the devastating April earthquake, a top official said.  Nepal is one of the world's poorest nations, and its economy, largely based on tourism, has been crippled by the earthquake.

What You Should Know: Updates from Baltimore

May 5, 2015 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Life is starting to return to normal in Baltimore after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifted a city-wide curfew that was in effect for five nights. The curfew followed the riots and looting after the funeral last week of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died after he was injured while in police custody.

'We Need Help': Aid Scarce in Quake-Hit Nepal Villages

May 5, 2015 10:59 am | by Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

One week after the strongest tremor to hit impoverished Nepal in eight decades, aid has been slow in reaching those who need it most. In many places it has not come at all.  U.N. humanitarian officials said  they were increasingly worried about the spread of disease. They said more helicopters were needed to reach isolated mountain villages like Pauwathok, which were hard to access even before the quake.

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