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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.

Japanese Court Rejects Bid to Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

April 16, 2015 11:23 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A court issued an injunction ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline,...

Unseasonable Rain Causes Heartache for Many Indian Farmers

April 16, 2015 11:20 am | by Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press | News | Comments

April is usually a time of celebration for millions of farmers across northern India. The winter...

NIST Framework Can Help Business Continuity Professionals Prepare for Cyber Attacks

April 14, 2015 11:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Serious, targeted cyber attacks are a relatively new threat that have become more and more...

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Can Metrics Measure Recoverability?

April 14, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As metrics continue to gain popularity amongst business continuity professionals, individual practitioners are beginning to develop their own methods for measuring program effectiveness, recovery and resilience.  David Lindstedt, Director of Program Management at the Ohio State University, said he thinks the industry should move its focus away from counting the amount of programs and towards predicting recoverability.

Power Outages Create Serious Continuity Problems

April 14, 2015 11:12 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

With new cyber threats and complex supply chain resilience on the minds of business continuity professionals more than ever, it can be hard to focus on the disruptions that they have been dealing with for years.  Some of the simplest issues can cause the biggest problems and few things cause headaches for BC pros like power outages.

Residents Allowed to Return to Tornado-Hit Illinois Town

April 14, 2015 10:57 am | by Kerry Lester, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Residents of a small northern Illinois farming community that took a direct hit from a half-mile-wide tornado were allowed back into the area to assess damage and salvage what they could.  In all, some 70 buildings were destroyed or damaged in Fairdale, authorities said. Another 50 buildings were hit in nearby Rochelle.

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Millions Facing Higher Premium Rates for Flood Insurance

April 14, 2015 10:52 am | by Frank Eltman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $24 billion sea of red ink has millions of Americans in vulnerable flood zones, including homeowners still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, facing steep increases in flood insurance premiums.  New legislation that went into effect this month — the second time in two years Congress has tweaked the troubled National Flood Insurance Program — allows rate increases of up to 18 percent.

Siberian Fires Sweep Through Villages, Kill 15

April 14, 2015 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Out-of-control agricultural fires have killed at least 15 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Siberia, authorities said.  The fires were started in Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, by farmers burning the grass in their fields, but spread quickly because of strong winds.

Trial Begins over Turkey's Mine Disaster that Killed 301

April 14, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Forty-five managers and employees of a mine in the western Turkish town of Soma, went on trial accused of causing the deaths of 301 miners who perished in a fire last year in Turkey's worst mining disaster.  Inspection reports said the coal had been smoldering for days before the May 13 disaster, releasing toxic gases.

Power station blast in Maryland causes outages across DC

April 9, 2015 11:38 am | by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | News | Comments

Widespread power outages affected the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites across Washington and its suburbs Tuesday afternoon — all because of an explosion at a Maryland power station, officials said.  Many of the outages were brief, but some were longer and forced evacuations.

Five years after BP spill, industry touts ability to respond

April 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press | News | Comments

 An oil consortium says an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico today can be cleaned up far faster than five years ago when BP's Macondo well blew out off the coast of Louisiana, spawning America's worst offshore oil spill.  It took BP and the industry's best containment technology 87 days to contain the deep-water blowout.

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Californians celebrate rain, snow from rare spring storm

April 9, 2015 11:25 am | by Robert Jablon and Kristin Bender, Associated Press | News | Comments

The storm that had doused Northern California arrived in Southern California on Tuesday night, bringing mostly light but necessary rainfall across much of the region.  Thousands were without power for several hours because of the storm.  

Looking Back: Five Worst Airline Disasters of 2014

April 7, 2015 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The downing of Germanwings flight A320 has once again brought aviation disasters into the limelight.  While still very rare, plane crashes are attention grabbing because of their scope and scale.  Last year saw several incidents that dominated news coverage.  Here are five of the worst airline crashes of 2014.

Crash Pilot's Profile Prompts Questions, Deep Unease

April 7, 2015 10:51 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

The profile that has emerged of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has become more troubling by the day.  In the hours after Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps two weeks ago, Lubitz was regarded as one of 150 victims in an unexplained disaster. Two days later he was the prime suspect of an unfathomable act.

36 Dead, Dozens Hurt as Storms Lash Bangladesh

April 7, 2015 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Separate tropical storms that have swept through parts of Bangladesh have left at least 36 people dead and scores injured.  Media reports said that the casualties have been recorded since Saturday and that most deaths took place in the northern district of Bogra.

Jerry Brown Defends Drought Order that Doesn't Limit Farmers

April 7, 2015 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As California endures a fourth year of drought, Brown's order this week requires towns and cities statewide to draw down water use by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels. While past reductions were voluntary, Brown said he is using his emergency powers to make the cuts mandatory.

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Pemex Begins to Restore Production at Fire-Damaged Platform

April 7, 2015 10:21 am | by Katherine Corcoran, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Hurricane Sandy Funds Went Toward Shoddy Work

April 1, 2015 2:06 pm | by Mike Balsamo, Associated Press | News | Comments

A program that was supposed to rebuild homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy paid $6.8 million to contractors for work that was "flawed or incomplete," the city's comptroller said in an audit.  The audit examined whether the city properly ensured benefits to storm victims from June 2013 through August 2014.

Chief Executives Visit Site of Germanwings Crash

April 1, 2015 1:54 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associate Press | News | Comments

 Lufthansa's chief executive said it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the Alps last week — but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.

BP Case Will be Heard by Jury

April 1, 2015 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge says Alabama's Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury.  BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying that neither the Oil Pollution Act nor admiralty law provides the right to a trial by jury.

Fatal Floods, Landslides Strike India, Kashmir

April 1, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers recovered 16 bodies Tuesday from two houses hit by rain-triggered landslides in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, following its second major floods in six months. Elsewhere in India, fierce rain and lightning toppled houses and trees in Bihar state, killing 20 others.

Tapped Gas Line May Have Caused NYC Explosion

March 30, 2015 2:13 pm | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press | News | Comments

After two bodies were pulled from the rubble of a Manhattan apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to what caused the massive explosion and fire and the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.

West Virginia Rolls Back Chemical Spill Safeguards

March 30, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Less than a year after signing legislation with new safeguards in response to a 2014 chemical spill that prompted a tap-water ban for 300,000 people, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill to trim away some of those protections against leaky aboveground tanks.

Sierra Leone Asks Residents to Stay Home for Three Days

March 30, 2015 1:51 pm | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.  Thousands of teams were out reminding people how Ebola is spread and how to prevent it. Teams were also going to search for Ebola cases, particularly in regions around the capital and in the north, where flare-ups persist.

Glitch Shows There's Still a Long Way to go in Fukushima

March 30, 2015 1:10 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.  But what went wrong, even in a simple demonstration for reporters Friday for the $5 million project, was a sobering reminder of the enormous challenges that lie ahead for the decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-ichi.

Flooding in Chile Kills Nine

March 30, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Communities in Chile's northern desert region are digging houses out of the mud and working to reopen roads after floods pummeled several cities and left nine people dead.  he heavy rains  swelled rivers and led to flash-flooding in cities including Copiapo, Chanaral, Tierra Amarilla and Taltal, all north of Santiago.

Continuity and Concrete Sea Walls in Japan

March 26, 2015 11:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In 2011, an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that struck northern Japan, leaving thousands dead and causing billions of dollars in damage.  It also resulted in nuclear meltdowns, including the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant.  Now, the government is considering something drastic: building a 250 mile chain of cement sea walls more than five stories tall.

Ebola Victim May Have Caught Virus from Survivor

March 25, 2015 2:38 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease, a health official said, offering a possible explanation for how she became the country's first confirmed case in weeks.  The patient is now being treated at the Monrovia Medical Unit, a U.S.-built field hospital.

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