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December 19, 2014 GAO report finds US unprepared for catastrophic disaster

Source: Fox News

The federal government is not fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or other sort of large-scale catastrophe and is years away from ensuring the safety of Americans if an event should happen, a Government...

December 19, 2014 Putin says Russia is 'not in a crisis' but here's why you should be worried

Source: First Biz

Earlier this week, Russia made its last-ditch effort to save its economy and its currency from collapsing. The country's central bank hiked the interest rates from 10.5 percent to 17 percent, the biggest hike since Russia's ruble...

December 18, 2014 Washington governor unveils carbon cap-and-trade plan

Source: Reuters

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday laid out a plan for a carbon cap-and-trade program aimed at fighting global warming and raising $1 billion a year for state schools and public transportation initiatives, but he will...

December 18, 2014 U.S. power plant emissions fall as regulation looms

International Business Times - Second-quarter carbon dioxide emissions were down 10 percent in the îRegional Greenhouse Gas Initiativeî service area, where they can be monitored, mostly due to cool weather in the...

December 18, 2014 China is Planning to Purge Foreign Technology and Replace With Homegrown Suppliers

Source: Bloomberg

China is aiming to purge most foreign technology from banks, the military, state-owned enterprises and key government agencies by 2020, stepping up efforts to shift to Chinese suppliers, according to people familiar with the...

December 18, 2014 Putin Strikes Uncompromising Stance Over Crisis Gripping Russia

Source: Bloomberg

President Vladimir Putin struck an uncompromising stance over the crisis gripping Russia, accusing the U.S. and European Union of trying to undermine his country and blaming external factors for the sharp plunge in the ruble.

December 18, 2014 A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities

Source: SF Chronicle

SEOUL, South Korea — Most North Koreans have never even seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber...

December 18, 2014 Chemical Company Owners Could Get Prison Time For Poisoning Town's Water

Source: Gawker

The owners and operators of a chemical company that dumped 10,000 gallons of toxic chemicals into a West Virginia river last year are one step closer to facing a judge and jury of their very unhappy peers.

December 18, 2014 Fed confident on U.S. growth, opens door wider to rate hike

Source: Reuters

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the U.S....

December 17, 2014 How Sustainability Can Guide German Foreign Policy

Source: World Post

BERLIN -- Sustainable thinking and action continues to gain increased importance in business and technology. Above all, it has become a political guiding principle. As such, it merits examination

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