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Malaysia Airlines Looking to Rebound from Disastrous Year

March 4, 2015 3:57 pm | by Kelvin Chan and Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

 After a year of calamity, Malaysia Airlines is shrinking to survive.  The disappearance of Flight 370 one year ago, combined with the downing of Flight 17 over a rebel held area of eastern Ukraine four months later, brought the already financially struggling flag carrier to its knees.

Could 'Marshall Plan' for Ebola be a Possibility?

March 4, 2015 3:38 pm | by Lorne Cook, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liberia's president called for an Ebola "Marshall Plan" to help rebuild economies in West...

Phone Hacking Rampant at British Tabloids

March 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone hacking was "rife" for years at tabloids owned by Britain's Trinity Mirror PLC, a lawyer...

Workers Evaluating Motor Oil Leak in Washington

March 4, 2015 3:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil-spill responders are evaluating the impact to wildlife from a used motor oil leak into a...

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"Super Bug" Worth Watching for Business Continuity Professionals

March 3, 2015 11:43 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The death of two patients at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles has renewed focus on the “super bug” known as CRE, or Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CRE are difficult to treat because of their resistance to antibiotics.  

Government Mulling New Oil Train Car Regulations

March 2, 2015 4:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Fiery wrecks of trains hauling crude oil have intensified pressure on the Obama administration to approve tougher standards for railroads and tank cars despite industry complaints that it could cost billions and slow freight deliveries.

Commuter May Have Exposed 1,500 to Measles

March 2, 2015 4:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the commuter who may have exposed at least 1,500 Bay Area Rapid Transit riders to measles also ate at a popular Northern California restaurant.  BART warned commuters for a second time this month about possible exposure. 

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Death Toll from Afghan Avalanche Continues to Rise

March 2, 2015 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 An Afghan provincial official says that the death toll from a massive avalanche in a mountainous valley near the capital Kabul rose to 198 as bulldozers and other machinery began clearing roads and rescue teams were able to reach remote villages that have been cut off for almost a week.

Have Airline Disasters Hurt Malaysia's Tourism Industry?

March 2, 2015 3:46 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the past decade, Malaysia has run an elaborate campaign to market itself abroad as an ideal Asian destination, touting a multiethnic culture, lush rainforests and pristine beaches. Despite the effort to internationalize, its tourism industry still relies heavily on tightly-packed neighboring Singapore and in a renewed push the government had designated 2014 as "Visit Malaysia Year."

Even Southern California Can't Escape Snow

March 2, 2015 3:40 pm | News | Comments

The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" has been turned white by a dumping of hail from a fast-moving storm.  The National Weather Service says at least an inch of icy pellets coated the sand at Huntington Beach after the system roared ashore Monday morning.

United Nations Urges Persistence in Ebola Fight

March 2, 2015 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.  U.N. experts said the spread of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has dropped to almost 10 percent of what it was in September.

In Business Continuity Planning, Little Things are Key

February 26, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

With so many threats out there, it can be easy to focus on the big, catastrophic event that everyone hears about on the news.  The small stuff gets pushed aside and in some cases, completely forgotten about.  Taking care of these issues is critical for BC pros.

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Avalanches in Northeastern Afghanistan Kill at Least 165

February 26, 2015 9:27 am | by Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The heavy snowstorms, which began early Tuesday, hampered rescue efforts.

'Safer' Train Car Design Could Save Lives

February 26, 2015 9:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. secretary of transportation stood at the site of a horrendous commuter train crash near downtown Los Angeles and called for the adoption of a new train car design that testing showed could blunt the tremendous force of a head-on collision.

U.S. Government Contracts with Quebec Biotech Company to Make Anti-Ebola Drug

February 26, 2015 8:57 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A Quebec City biotech company has been awarded a contract to make a ZMapp-like product to fight Ebola.  The U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority issued a contract to make monoclonal Ebola antibodies to Medicago.

WHO Urges Europeans to Step Up Measles Vaccinations

February 26, 2015 8:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.  WHO's regional office said cases in Europe and Central Asia fell by half from 2013 to 2014 but its goal of eliminating measles there this year is threatened.

Employee Safety, Data Breaches Were Key Topics at MADRA Meeting

February 24, 2015 12:04 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association (MADRA) hosted an open forum discussion, which focused on several key aspects of business continuity, on Thursday, Feb. 19.  The event focused on several critical business continuity topics.

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Retired Doctor Discusses Experience With Measles

February 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a practicing pediatrician in Victoria, he saw the toll that measles took on children who came down with the viral infection.

Chicago Area Police Department Pays Hacker $500 Ransom

February 23, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A suburban Chicago police department paid a hacker a $500 ransom to restore access to data on a police computer that the hacker had disabled through the use of an increasingly popular type of virus.  Midlothian Police Chief Harold Kaufman confirmed the department had been hacked, but declined further comment.

Connecticut Taxpayers May Have to Wait on Refunds While State Weeds Out Fraudulent Returns

February 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Some Connecticut taxpayers might receive income tax refunds a few weeks later than expected as state revenue officials verify that fraudulent returns are not being submitted.  Federal and state tax officials blame breaches, identity theft, phishing and other forms of cybercrime for attempts to fraudulently claim refunds.

Investigation Into Derailment Begins as Cleanup Continues

February 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Pat Ramsey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A full-scale federal investigation of an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia has begun as work continues to remove the overturned tank cars from the site, federal officials said.  A fire sparked by the Feb. 16 derailment in Mount Carbon prevented investigators from gaining full access to the crash scene until this weekend.

Reactor to be Inspected After Construction Damage

February 23, 2015 3:12 pm | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A special inspection is underway after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina, federal regulators said.  The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its representatives are launching a special inspection this week at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia.

Residents Throughout U.S. Coping with Winter Weather

February 18, 2015 2:53 pm | by Jonathan Drew and Meredith Somers, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the South, the storm that dumped a foot of snow in some places was only the beginning. Low temperatures gripped the region Wednesday, freezing and refreezing the snow and ice and making the roads as hazardous as they were during the height of the storm. In many areas, the cold was expected to stay for days. The refreeze has already played out over and over in New England, where mountains of snow are piled high.

Drinkman Pleads Not Guilty in Computer Hacking Scheme

February 18, 2015 2:35 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A Russian citizen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an 11-count indictment charging him and four others with running what authorities have called the largest criminal computer hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.  Vladimir Drinkman pleaded not guilty to computer hacking conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, several counts of unauthorized computer access and three counts of wire fraud.

'Higher Safety Standards' for Tank Cars May Not be Enough

February 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

Missouri Governor Wanted Police, Not National Guard, on Ferguson's Front Lines

February 18, 2015 2:06 pm | by David Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

 St. Louis area authorities planning for a grand jury announcement had proposed stationing Missouri National Guard troops and armored Humvees in a Ferguson neighborhood where Michael Brown had been shot by a policeman, according to records detailing the state's preparations.

New Restrictions Considered as Drought Continues in California

February 18, 2015 1:54 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials are considering new water restrictions as California's drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels.  The State Water Resources Control Board floated the ideas at an informational hearing Tuesday as it considers extending and expanding mandatory water-use rules.

Snow Causing Massachusetts Roofs to Collapse

February 18, 2015 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Roofs across eastern Massachusetts are collapsing or buckling under the weight of several feet of snow, but no major injuries have been reported.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says it has received 74 reports of roof collapses since Feb. 9.

Mid-Atlantic, South Hit by Ice Storm

February 17, 2015 11:42 am | by Jonathan Drew and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

A snow and ice storm blasted parts of the Mid-Atlantic and the South on Tuesday, creating treacherous road conditions and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.  Officials urged people to stay off the roads in several states, but wrecks were reported along slick streets.

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