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Liberia Quarantines an Area Where New Ebola Case Appeared

July 1, 2015 10:27 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liberian authorities quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.

Appeals Court: Former BP Engineer Should Get New Trial

July 1, 2015 9:32 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming...

USDA: Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed by Rain

July 1, 2015 9:10 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Heavy Rains in Central China Kill 15, Leave 19 Missing

July 1, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15...

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Family of Businessman Killed in Train Crash Sues Amtrak

June 30, 2015 11:49 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a businessman killed when a speeding passenger train derailed near Philadelphia accused Amtrak of negligence and outrageous conduct in a wrongful-death lawsuit.  The May 12 crash killed eight people, including businessman Robert Gildersleeve Jr. of Elkridge, Maryland, and injured more than 200.

Washington Wildfire Destroys Structures, Forces Evacuations

June 30, 2015 11:47 am | by Bob Seavey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wildfire fueled by high temps and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, forcing more than a thousand people to flee their homes and destroying a dozen structures, authorities said.  At least a thousand people have left their homes in Wenatchee, about 120 miles east of Seattle.

Unrelenting Rain Leads to More Flooding in Midwest

June 30, 2015 11:42 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, strengthening worries that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon.  It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, "possibly a lot," National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said.

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Egypt Sees Sandstorm and Earthquake on the Same Day

June 30, 2015 11:33 am | by Merrit Kennedy | News | Comments

 Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.  At its peak, the sandstorm covered the capital in a thick orange cloud, dramatically reducing visibility.

The Worst Floods of 2015 (So Far)

June 25, 2015 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Difficult to prepare for and impossible to stop, floods are among the most dangerous disasters that business continuity professionals can face.  A bad flood can shut a business down for days and keep employees out of the office for much, much longer.  Here are the five worst floods of 2015 so far.

Storm Cleanup Begins in PA, NJ; Nearly 400K Without Psower

June 25, 2015 11:04 am | by Shawn Marsh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Powerful storms that thundered through eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut downed trees and power lines, leaving nearly 400,000 customers without electricity and disrupting mass transit service in all three states.  The strong storm system was the same that had spawned tornadoes in the Midwest, including at least nine in northern Illinois.

South Korea Cuts Growth Forecast as MERS Saps Spending

June 25, 2015 10:51 am | by Youkyoung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's finance ministry said Thursday that economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism.  The ministry cut its forecast for South Korea's growth to 3.1 percent from 3.8 percent. Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 3.3 percent last year.

Flash Floods Kill Seven, Leave Four Missing in Northern Vietnam

June 25, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A disaster official says flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province.  Vietnam is prone to floods and storms, which kill hundreds of people each year.

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Infrastructure, Education Key to Fighting Outbreaks

June 23, 2015 11:51 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Whether serious or not, infectious disease outbreaks always seem to grab headlines.  Even if the threat is minimal, it always seems as though diseases like Ebola instantly become the focus of the media once an outbreak begins.  The recent cases of MERS in South Korea show how critical healthcare and infrastructure are in preventing pandemic situations.

With Low Numbers of New Cases, Ebola Vaccine Trials Fight Odds of Success

June 23, 2015 11:34 am | by Helen Branswell, Associated Press | News | Comments

 New Ebola infections in Guinea and Sierra Leone are down to a trickle. That means while there may still be time to prove if experimental Ebola vaccines protect against the dreaded disease, the chances of success are becoming slimmer.  The teams trying to do that critical research know the odds are stacked against most of the trials that are underway.

Quake-Hit Nepal Reopens Damaged Heritage Sites for Tourists

June 15, 2015 3:51 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nepal on reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists.  The April 25 and May 12 quakes killed more than 8,700 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings in Nepal, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists.

California Orders Large Water Cuts for Farmers

June 15, 2015 3:41 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions.

Search on for People, Zoo Animals Missing in Georgia Flood

June 15, 2015 3:32 pm | by Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili | News | Comments

Rescue workers in the Georgian capital are still searching for more than 20 people and an undetermined number of potentially dangerous animals missing after severe flooding ravaged the area around the zoo and left at least 12 people dead.

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Continuing to Operate After a Breach

June 11, 2015 10:45 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Pete O'Dell, Founder of Swan Island Networks, discusses how companies can continue to operate after a data breach and why it is critical for continuity and eventual recovery from cyber attacks.  This is the second in a two part series of videos.

Oil Spill Shows Value of Continuity Planning

June 11, 2015 10:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to about 1,200 pages of records, provided by Texas-Based Plains All-American Pipeline, the recent pipeline breach in California was unlikely to happen and any issues could be detected by its systems, which may not have worked properly in the hours leading to the spill.  All of this shows how important business continuity, resilience and effective planning are.

NTSB Says Amtrak Engineer Didn't Use Cellphone Before Crash

June 10, 2015 4:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn't using his cellphone just before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, safety investigators said, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident that killed eight and injured about 200.

Oil Train Disaster Settlement Fund Reaches $345 Million

June 10, 2015 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment.  World Fuel Services Corp., which was accused in a lawsuit of downplaying the volatility of the crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, agreed to contribute $110 million to the settlement fund.

Request by Exxon to Haul Oil After Pipeline Break Denied

June 10, 2015 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Officials denied a request by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state's largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

Are Robots the Future of Emergency Response?

June 9, 2015 11:38 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the technology to build them continues to become more advanced, robots are quickly becoming more and more common in everyday life.  But how do these robots impact the business continuity community?  What about emergency management?  Last weekend’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge could hold some clues.

South Korean Team Wins $2M in Disaster-Response Robot Test

June 9, 2015 11:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After three years of research, development and an obstacle course of competition, a South Korean team won the three-year and $3.5-million U.S. contest to create a robot capable of responding to disaster conditions that are unsafe for humans.

Death Toll Rises to 16 from Earthquake on Malaysia Mountain

June 9, 2015 11:05 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia's highest peak rose to 16  as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing.  A magnitude-5.9 earthquake sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes on 4,095-meter (13,435-foot) Mount Kinabalu in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island.

Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill 'Extremely Unlikely'

June 9, 2015 10:57 am | by Michael Blood and Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show.

Staying Vigilant Critical for Infectious Disease Control

June 4, 2015 11:19 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, better known as MERS, has found itself back in the news as the first two deaths from the virus have been reported in South Korea.  These MERS cases in South Korea demonstrate why it is important to continue to stay vigilant when it comes to dangerous infectious diseases.

South Korea Reports its First Two Deaths from MERS Virus

June 3, 2015 2:55 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country's first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries.

Prosecution: Ex-BP Exec Lied; Defense: No Motive to Lie

June 3, 2015 2:29 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former BP executive manipulated early estimates of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico after a 2010 rig explosion to conform to a low government estimate, then lied about it to federal agents, a prosecutor told jurors.  

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