Monthly Archives: August 2008

OCTA gets federal grant to put cameras on buses.

 By next year, about 40 percent of Orange County, California, buses will be equipped with cameras to monitor passengers and record onboard incidents. A pilot program to allow transit police to monitor the cameras in real time from patrol vehicles … Continue reading

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FAA says communication breakdown delayed flights.

Mass flight delays caused by an electronic communication failure at a Federal Aviation Administration facility drew new criticism. The Northeast was hardest hit by the delays prompted Tuesday by a glitch at a Hampton, Georgia, facility that processes flight plans … Continue reading

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Data breach incidents at an all-time high in the U.S.

From January until August this year, 449 American businesses, government agencies and schools reported consumer data loss, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. In contrast, 446 data breaches were recorded by the center for 2007 covering 127 million consumer … Continue reading

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(Colorado) Chemical explosion forces temporary evacuation.

August 26, KMGH 7 Denver – A small explosion at a chemical plant just outside Commerce City, Colorado, forced a temporary evacuation Tuesday afternoon, but there were no injuries. The area around the site of the plant was originally evacuated … Continue reading

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U.S. Gulf oil cos watch, prepare for storm Gustav.

U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas producers were closely watching Tropical Storm Gustav on Wednesday morning while making plans to evacuate workers from offshore platforms. U.S. crude oil CLV8 was up more than $3, trading above $119 per … Continue reading

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Americans Urged to Prepare For Emergencies During National Preparedness Month

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign ( is sponsoring the fifth annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September with support from more than 2,700 NPM coalition members, the largest amount to date. NPM coalition members, consisting of national, … Continue reading

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Russia / Georgia (Country threat levels – 3 / 4):

On 26 August 2008 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recognized both Abkhazia and South Ossetia and ordered the foreign ministry to sign partnership agreements with the two Georgian separatist regions. Various Western governments and international organizations have strongly criticized the move, … Continue reading

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Trim Reaper: Streamlined Killer Drone Begins Combat Operations in Iraq

  BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq —  It looks more Star Wars than Iraq War, an unmanned aerial killer ready to fly its first combat mission in Iraq. But the MQ-9 Reaper is more than just a stunning sight — it may … Continue reading

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Kyrgystan: Boeing 737 Passenger Jet Down

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan —  Emergency workers combed through the wreckage of a passenger jet Monday after it crashed outside Kyrgyzstan’s main airport, killing 65 people in an accident officials said was likely caused by technical problems. The Boeing 737 was headed to … Continue reading

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Georgia (Country threat level – 4):

On 23 August 2008 the U.S. Department of State issued the following Travel Warning: “This Travel Warning updates information on the current security situation in Georgia to include the return of U.S. Embassy eligible family members to Tbilisi, the resumption … Continue reading

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