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Rioters Damage Businesses In Ferguson, St. Louis

November 25, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Cars Could Become Targets for Hackers

November 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are betting heavily that consumers will want...

Floods Leave More Than 30 Dead in Morocco

November 25, 2014 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south...

Police Detain Six People as Protests Intensify in Hong Kong

November 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions spiked at democracy protests that have gripped...

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Top Five: 2014 Extreme Weather Events

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Few things can shut down business operations like an extreme weather event.  They are unpredictable, dangerous and very, very difficult to plan for.  Here are a few of the more unique and dangerous extreme weather events the world has seen in 2014. 

State of Aging Structures a Concern in New Orleans' French Quarter

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The collapse of a 210-year-old building in the heart of the French Quarter is raising warning flags about decay and a lack of rigorous inspections in one of America's oldest and most fragile neighborhoods.  No one was injured when the three-story, brick-and-cypress building collapsed in late October, but the episode has thrown into focus an array of problems throughout the nearly 300-year-old Quarter.

Chickens, Ducks Killed Over Bird Flu Concerns

November 17, 2014 3:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chickens were being killed in the Netherlands, and Britain was preparing to kill ducks, after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe — but officials insisted Monday that the risk to public health was very low.  British officials said they were investigating a case of the H5 bird flu virus in northern England, but noted it's not the more dangerous H5N1 strain.

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Cause of Chemical Leak that Killed Four Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont officials said it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth.  A company spokesman said DuPont is investigating the cause of the leak of methyl mercaptan at a plant in La Porte. The chemical is used to create crop-protection products such as insecticides and fungicides.

Schools Closed, Crops at Risk After Snow Storm

November 14, 2014 8:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend.

School Tests Active Shooter Alarm System

November 13, 2014 4:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A simulated school shooting  showed what "active shooter" technology could do to help police catch a gunman if the horrible threat ever strikes as it has at other schools across the country.  Smoke alarm-sized sensors installed in classrooms, hallways and other points throughout the building were activated by the sounds of gunfire, and police officers were immediately able to track his movements and quickly subdue him.

Nurses Strike Over Patient Care Standards, Ebola

November 13, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 As many as 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday and picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California to express their concerns about patient-care standards and Ebola.  The nurses, who are in the midst of contract negotiations, held red and yellow "strike for health and safety" picket signs. The two-day strike was expected to affect at least 21 Kaiser hospitals and 35 clinics and lasted until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Students Still Missing, Protests Impacting Tourism

November 13, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As Mexico prepares to commemorate its 1910 revolution, hotels in Acapulco have seen a wave of cancellations after demonstrators temporarily shut down the airport, blocked highways and attacked government and political offices in the southern state of Guerrero.

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Large Banks to Pay Nearly $3.4 Billion in Fines

November 13, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC Bank and UBS agreed to settlements totaling almost $3.4 billion with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The British regulator said Barclays remains under investigation.

Lawyers for Gas, Oil Companies Ask Judge to Throw Out Louisiana Flood Board Lawsuit

November 13, 2014 2:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies asked a federal judge to toss out a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against them over damage drilling and dredging has done to Louisiana's fragile coast.  U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown heard more than two hours of arguments on multiple issues related to the case.

Law Enforcement, Activists Preparing for Grand Jury Decision

November 13, 2014 1:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that law enforcement officials have been working around the clock to make sure residents and businesses are kept safe once prosecutors announce whether a suburban St. Louis police officer will face charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.  A grand jury is expected to decide later this month whether to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 death of Brown, who was unarmed.

Cyber Security a Serious Focus for Tibet Activists

November 13, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments.  The Internet safety slogan, one of several messages championed by digital security group Tibet Action Institute, is an example of how human rights defenders are seeking creative ways to protect activists from electronic espionage.

Water Issues Slowing Fukushima Cleanup

November 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods due to another ongoing issue. 

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Top Five: Reasons to Prepare for Winter Weather Right Now

November 11, 2014 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As temperatures begin to drop, winter weather will soon be upon us.  Snow, ice, hail and “wintery mix” can bring a host of problems for business continuity professionals and their teams.  Here are five reasons you should begin making preparations for winter weather right now.

Effort to Protect Sensitive Data Struggling to Keep Pace with Cyberattacks

November 11, 2014 7:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security identification numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

'Dark Web' an Increasing Concern for Government, Business

November 10, 2014 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Welcome to the "dark Web," an increasingly popular corner of the Internet where thousands of computer users from around the globe interact anonymously — and, in many cases, illegally.  The reach and anonymity of these 21st century Internet operations is difficult to penetrate.

First Winter Storms Causing Trouble in Midwest

November 10, 2014 3:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The first real punch of winter ranged across the Upper Midwest on Monday, bringing heavy snow in some areas and plunging temperatures across the region.  The frigid air was pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend, and threatened to bury several states in snow and send temperatures as much as 40 degrees below average.

Belgian Workers Protest Free-Market Reforms

November 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state.    

British Journalists Admits to Hacking Voicemails

November 7, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former journalist with British tabloid the Sunday Mirror has pleaded guilty to hacking into voicemails in pursuit of an exclusive story.  Graham Johnson admitted guilt Thursday and will be sentenced Nov. 27.  The 46-year-old had turned himself in to police after learning of the arrest of colleagues on similar charges.

Cluster of Storms Causes Eight Deaths in Haiti

November 6, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twelve people have died in Haiti as a result of heavy rains unleashed by a cluster of storms in the northern Caribbean, authorities said.  Cap-Haitien Mayor Yvon Alteon said four more bodies had been found, in addition to the eight deaths reported earlier. He said that some 5,000 people were in shelters and that flooding at the airport forced the cancellation of several flights

Breach Compromises Employee Records, Costs USIS Hundreds of Millions in Lost Contracts

November 4, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government's leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries said.  

Thousands in Sierra Leone Break Quarantines to Find Food

November 4, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.  Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes.

Safety a Key for the Future of Space Flight

November 4, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past decade, the space industry has tried to go from risky and government-run to routine private enterprise — so routine that if you have lots of money you can buy a ticket on a private spaceship and become a space tourist... But it all depends on flying becoming safe and routine. 

Slowing Chinese Economy Could Become a Worldwide Problem

November 4, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's roaring economy for years has pulled much of the rest of the world with it, soaking up oil, iron ore and other commodities from developing countries and autos and luxury goods from Europe.  But its role as a global engine is fading as its economy slows — and many other nations, in the view of economists, will feel the pain.

Power Returns Throughout Bangladesh

November 4, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Power was back on across Bangladesh after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said.  The country's energy grid was fully restored, and any further problems that may arise would be for "local reasons," Junior Power Minister Nasrul Hamid told reporters.

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