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Paris attack has parallels to Boston Marathon bombings
Emergency Management
There are chilling similarities between the deadly Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and the Boston Marathon bombings, with lessons to be drawn for law enforcement, terrorism experts say. Both attacks have been blamed on homegrown terrorist brothers — in each case with a brother who had drawn law enforcement attention for Islamic radical ties before. In both cases, both police and citizens were targeted with equal cold-blooded vigor.
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Ebola response provides key lessons for risk communications
Emergency Management
It would be interesting to see what would happen if there was another Ebola scare in the U.S. The answer might depend on when it happened and perhaps where the person became infected. But chances are the health infrastructure would handle it, and perhaps respond to another infectious disease outbreak much better, having had the experience that the recent Ebola episodes provided.
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Flu outbreak spreading rapidly in US
CBS News
Flu season is picking up steam just in time to ruin a lot of people's holidays. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread flu activity in 29 states, primarily in the South and Midwest. That's twice as many states as the previous week. Most of the patients who have been hospitalized with severe cases of the flu are either very young or the very old. In recent days flu outbreaks have forced schools in Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina to close.
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Report: Counties lag behind national recovery
Governing
From national economic indicators, one might conclude the economy has recovered quite well. Total U.S. employment has surpassed pre-recession levels, and the economy grew at a rapid pace in the latter part of last year. Local-level economic data, though, tells a much different story.
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States seek to ban powdered alcohol before it even hits stores
Governing
States across the country, both liberal and conservative, are finding common ground in stopping a powdered alcohol product before it gets started. Even before legislative sessions start, lawmakers are listing a ban of an as-yet-unapproved product called Palcohol among their top priorities. Legislators in Colorado, Nebraska and Utah want to join lawmakers in Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Vermont in prohibiting stores from selling powdered alcohol.
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Obama proposes 30-day national data breach notification standard
Bloomberg via Property Casualty 360
President Barack Obama is making a renewed push for stalled legislation that would give companies legal protections for sharing information about hacking threats with each other and the government. Although the legislation has languished on Capitol Hill for four years, the White House is seizing on recent high-profile hacking attacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other companies to build momentum for a final agreement.
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NTSB says trucking safety should be a higher priority
Bloomberg via Claims Journal
Highway regulators have failed to act on more than 100 recommendations to improve truck safety at a time when fatalities have risen for four straight years, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Priorities must change in 2015, with more anti-collision technology, better limits on driver hours and tighter regulation of trucking companies with high accident rates, the NTSB said at a news conference.
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Dallas, Irving to team on task force to find cause of earthquakes
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas and Irving plan to have an earthquake task force in place by the end of the week, Dallas Emergency Management Director Rocky Vaz said. In the first week of 2015, 13 earthquakes were recorded near where State Highway 114 branches off from State Highway 183 in Irving. Several were widely felt across Dallas.
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Maryland clocks thousands of E-ZPass drivers speeding
Claims Journal
The Maryland Transportation Authority has clocked thousands of E-ZPass users speeding through state toll facilities, but the agency isn't issuing speeding tickets. The Baltimore Sun reports the agency began recording the speed of E-ZPass drivers in 2002. Last year, there were 23,454 speeding violations clocked. But, there are no signs at toll booths showing speeds are being monitored.
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