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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.

US Security Expert Says he Hacked Plane Controls Mid-Flight

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A security researcher told federal agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid...

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...

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...

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Nine Oil Well Deaths Lead to Warning About Inhaling Chemicals

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

 Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.  All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.

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.

Plan OK'd to Drill into BP's Ill-Fated Macondo Reservoir

May 14, 2015 10:28 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana.  A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC, plans to drill into the Macondo reservoir.

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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.  

State Department Concerned China Behind Cyber Attack on U.S. Sites

May 12, 2015 10:29 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke's comments follow complaints from anti-online censorship group Greatfire.org that Chinese authorities carried out denial-of-service attacks in late March that intermittently shut down San Francisco-based Github, a U.S.-based computer-code sharing site that hosts some of Greatfire's data. Greatfire.org said it was a direct target of similar attacks earlier that month.

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.

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.

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.

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Los Angeles Sues Wells Fargo, Alleging Fraud by Employees

May 6, 2015 1:43 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles.

Could Growing Cyber Focus be a Boon for Business Continuity?

May 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

A new program, co-funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Security Agency (NSA), is looking to create an interest in cyber security for the next generation. Called GenCyber, the program establishes camps and courses for teenagers that provide instruction about various tech and cyber security topics.  The program is relatively new and sparsely funded at this point, but increasing demand may change that very soon. 

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.

Baltimore Calm Wednesday, Protests Begin in Other Cities

April 30, 2015 12:18 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Baltimore saw another night of relative calm on Wednesday, with peaceful protesters demonstrating before dispersing during the imposed 10 p.m. curfew.  However, protests took place in other cities across the country.  The protests revolve around the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

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Drought: California Governor Seeks Fine for Water Wasters

April 29, 2015 4:14 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California businesses and residents that waste the most water as the state copes with a drought should face $10,000 fines, Gov. Jerry Brown said, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets.

China Suspends Climbing on North Side of Everest

April 29, 2015 4:09 pm | by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of climbers and Sherpas who were attempting to climb Mount Everest from the north side when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the region are packing their gear and heading out after expedition leaders said Chinese authorities closed all climbing in Tibet for the spring.

UN Says it will Try to Identify All Ebola Cases by June

April 29, 2015 4:05 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

 The World Health Organization says it aims to identify and isolate all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal virus before the rainy season.  The U.N. health agency said it hopes to limit transmission of the virus to the coastal areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone before the rainy season begins, normally in April or May.

Top Five Plenary Speaker Quotes from CIMC2015

April 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference featured sessions by business continuity professionals from every area of the industry, from emergency management to IT/disaster recovery. Here are the top five quotes from our three plenary speakers.

Quake Demonstrates Need for Emergency Management Professionals

April 28, 2015 11:05 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Nepal on Saturday, April 25, leveling buildings and killing more than 4,400 people in the small, impoverished Asian nation.  Such a tragic disaster reaffirms the need for emergency management professionals and reinforces the importance of being prepared for a disaster of any scale. 

UN Chief Names New Head of Ebola Mission as Outbreak Calms

April 27, 2015 11:22 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The U.N. chief appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola crisis amid hopes that the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon come to an end.  Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands will work closely with David Nabarro, the U.N.'s special Ebola envoy, in addressing an epidemic that has claimed more than 10,000 lives in the three hardest-hit countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Chandler Says Leadership is Critical in Avoiding Ethical Disasters

April 22, 2015 8:30 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Dr. Robert Chandler, Director of the Nicholson School of Communications at the University of Central Florida, discussed the impact of ethical disasters and the role of upper management in preventing them at the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference on Tuesday, April 21.

Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

April 22, 2015 5:53 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.  In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists monitored the shaking. It's an area that had no recorded quakes for 150 years.

One Dead in Taiwan from Fire Sparked by Quake off South Japan

April 21, 2015 12:24 pm | by Associate Press | News | Comments

 A strong undersea earthquake struck between Taiwan and southern Japan, sparking a house fire that killed a person outside of Taiwan's capital and causing Japanese authorities to evacuate some schoolchildren as a tsunami precaution.  

California Measles Outbreak Over

April 21, 2015 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California health authorities declared an end to a large measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and triggered a broader debate about vaccinations.  Disease detectives for months raced to contain the highly contagious disease, which surfaced at Disney theme parks in December and spread to a half-dozen U.S. states, Mexico and Canada.

Tornado Kills Two, Leaves 1,000 Homeless in Southern Brazil

April 21, 2015 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say two people have been killed and 1,000 have been left homeless by a tornado that struck a southern Brazilian city. The state of Santa Catarina's civil defense department said that the vast storm that blew through the city of Xanxere Monday night damaged about 500 homes. Lampposts were knocked down, and the strong winds flipped vehicles over and blew off the roofs of homes.

Anthem Subsidiaries Face Missouri Lawsuit Over Data Breach

April 16, 2015 11:32 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit first filed in February in St. Louis County on behalf of a Richmond, Missouri, woman was amended  to add three plaintiffs who allege personal data stolen during the breach in December or January is responsible for fraudulent tax returns filed in their name, costing them a combined $6,753 in refunds.

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