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Dozens Quarantined for Ebola Monitoring Threaten to Break Out

October 24, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported.  Forty-three people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in Jenewonda, a town in an impoverished corner of Grand Cape Mount County near the Sierra Leone border, the Liberia Broadcasting System said.

Hong Kong Police Officers Caught on Camera Kicking Handcuffed Protester

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

Hong Kong's police force said Wednesday it will investigate after officers were caught on camera...

Fracking Could be to Blame for Small, Unnoticeable Earthquakes

October 15, 2014 3:50 pm | News | Comments

 A new study...

New Jersey Transit Suing Insurers for Sandy Funds

October 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey Transit is suing its insurers for more help paying to repair damage caused by...

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Small Wildfires Destroy Homes, Shut Down Highway

October 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A series of small wildfires that broke out along Interstate 80 burned one home, threatened dozens more and brought the partial shutdown of the key highway between Northern California and Nevada.  The wildfires some 40 miles northeast of Sacramento grew to a combined 380 acres

New York City Officials, Advocates Strike Deal to Help Disabled Residents in Disasters

October 3, 2014 4:52 pm | News | Comments

Advocates and city officials said they've struck a deal to protect nearly 900,000 residents with disabilities during disasters.  The deal resulted from a federal class action lawsuit brought in 2011, a year before Superstorm Sandy left many disabled residents stranded in high-rise buildings and other areas, unsure where to turn for help.

Drilling Company to Disclose Fracking Chemicals

October 3, 2014 4:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The drilling services company Baker Hughes implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations.  Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique also known as fracking.

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Car Bomb Kills 15 in Baghdad

October 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A car bomb near pet and vegetable markets in Baghdad killed 15 people and wounded another 40, Iraqi security and medical officials said.  Several cars were damaged in the attack. Hours earlier, a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint on a highway just south of Baghdad, killing four civilians and three policemen.

2014 Monsoon Season Brought Severe Weather to Southwest

October 2, 2014 4:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's Southwest monsoon season will be remembered for unusually intense storms that brought months' worth of rain in just one day.  Some areas in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico received more rain in a day than in a typical season, the National Weather Service said. The rains caused flooding, sending water into homes and closing roads throughout the region.

Train Crash Kills 12, Injures Dozens of Others

October 2, 2014 3:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express passenger train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens, officials said. The bodies of 12 passengers were pulled out of the Barauni's mangled coaches, he said, adding that 44 people from that train were hospitalized with injuries.

Heavy Rains Bring Hail and Flooding to Arizona, Nevada

September 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Intense storms swept through the Southwest on Saturday, snapping trees and shrouding metropolitan Phoenix in cascading showers while also bringing flooding to parts of Nevada.  The Salt River Project utility said that about 31,000 customers were without power.

Electricity Meters Could Be Fire Hazards

September 26, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada utility officials said they will turn over all data demanded by state regulators investigating whether smart electricity meters pose a fire danger.  The state fire marshal and local fire chiefs sought the preliminary inquiry after investigators linked the meters to at least nine fires.

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Oil Producers, North Dakota Government at Odds Over Potential Regulations

September 26, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil producers in North Dakota are objecting to any new state regulations that would require them to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.  North Dakota's Industrial Commission is considering new rules that would require companies to remove certain liquids and gasses from crude oil train shipments, a process some say would make such transport safer.

American Society of Civil Engineers Calls for New Flood Mitigation Strategies

September 22, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Society of Civil Engineers  is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.  The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods.

Mexican Government Begins Airlifting Tourists After Hurricane Odile

September 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.  Military and commercial planes carried travelers out through the Los Cabos international airport, which remains closed to commercial flights

Lava Could Shut Down Major Hawaii Highway

September 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lava concerns on Hawaii's Big Island are shifting from it reaching a sparsely populated subdivision to it crossing over a heavily used highway.  Hawaii County workers on Thursday began preparing defunct roads to be used as alternate routes if lava from Kilauea volcano reaches Highway 130, which could happen within weeks. The highway is a lifeline that connects the mostly rural, isolated Puna district with the rest of the island.

RX Response Aims to Form Government Partnerships

September 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Emily Lord | Blogs | Comments

RX Response Director of Operations Emily Lord discusses the organization's roots in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its continuing goal of creating public/private partnerships between government agencies and pharmaceuitical companies.

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Chile to Invoke Anti-Terror Laws After Bombing Injures 14

September 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A blast ripped through a fast-food restaurant next to a busy subway station in Chile's capital on Monday, injuring at least 14 people in the most damaging of nearly 30 bombings or attempted bombings in Santiago this year.  While no group claimed responsibility for the blast, many past bombings have been claimed by anarchist groups and Chile's government said it would invoke the country's tough anti-terror laws.

Property Owners Effected by Sandy Now Facing Funding, Property Rights Questions

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Business and private beach owners who's  properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are now facing the issue of either repairing sand dunes themselves or opening up beaches to the public to receive federal funding and assistance. 

Tornadoes, Hail Storms Hammers Midwest

September 2, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Several Midwestern states report tornadoes, strong winds and pingpong ball-sized hail as severe weather causes evacuations, highway closures and power outages.  As the line of storms moved east, the National Weather Service noted hail nearly 2 inches in diameter near St. Louis and rain falling at a rate of nearly an inch per hour.

Ebola Outbreak Disrupting Flow of Goods, Driving Prices Up

August 19, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area.Amid roadblocks manned by troops and pervasive fear among the population of the dreaded disease, the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola is increasingly impacting the food supply in three countries.

Tanker Truck Explodes, Causing Delays and Damaging Overpass

August 19, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A tanker truck explosion and fire in Middle Tennessee killed one person early Friday and police said would cause significant delays for motorists on Interstate 65.  The fuel tanker hit an overpass around 3:40 a.m.   It was carrying unleaded gasoline.

Rain, Aftershock, Lack of Communication Hindering Quake Rescue Efforts

August 5, 2014 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

Environmental Regulations Could Cause Critical Power Plant to Shut Down Temporarily

July 28, 2014 5:09 pm | News | Comments

New York's latest proposal to save Hudson River fish from being sucked into the Indian Point nuclear plant calls for shutting down one of the region's largest power producers for up to three months a year.  Experts predict there will still be enough power to meet demands.

Typhoon Kills 18, Causes Estimated $4.3 Billion in Damage to China

July 21, 2014 4:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 18 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes.  The storm ravaged 468,500 hectares (1.2 million acres) of crops in Hainan and Guangdong provinces and Guangxi, causing $4.3 billion in damage

Iraq Violence Could Affect Oil Supply

June 16, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The upheaval in Iraq could throw the world's remarkably stable oil market out of balance, threatening a delicate equilibrium that has kept prices steady for four years. Iraqi oil production is at risk because of the outbreak of violence involving militant groups who seized two cities this week and have pledged to march on Baghdad.

Phone Carriers Aim to Improve Emergency Dispatch

May 19, 2014 8:27 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The four major U.S. wireless phone companies are providing emergency texting 911 service as of this month to any local government that wants it and has the capability to use it, a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of the voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s.

Secretary Johnson Presents Rick Rescorla Awards

April 8, 2014 11:28 am | by DHS | News | Comments

On April 3, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson presented the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience to the New York Mets, Walgreens and Monsignor John Brown, recognizing their contributions to their communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

Cooperation After Marathon Bombings Is Praised

March 25, 2014 9:11 am | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

In the moments after two bombs exploded near the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, no one dared call it a terrorist attack. But after it became clear that these were not manhole cover explosions, "the word hung heavy in the air."     

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