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dramatic drone footage shows impact of san jose flooding


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);the flooding in san jose is the worst the city has seen in decades — and dramatic drone footage helps captures its impact.the footage shows how flooding has affected the william street park area of san jose. in the city, floodwaters submerged some residents’ cars and homes, and forced evacuations. and officials have warned residents of dangerously polluted floodwaters.floodwaters along coyote creek have continued to recede, but about 3,800 san jose residents were still affected by mandatory evacuations early thursday, according to officials.at the height of flood concerns there were an estimated 14,000 residents under mandatory evacuation orders. wednesday night many of those residents were allowed to return to their homes, and thursday mornin






union pacific halts train service through areas affected by oroville dam evacuat


union pacific has stopped train service through cities affected by the oroville dam emergency. the railroad said it is unable to run trains and provide service between roseville, chico and oroville due to the risk of flooding. trains approaching roseville are being rerouted. “we are watching the situation closely to determine if trains will need to be rerouted around the closures,” the railroad said. customers in the affected area could experience shipment delays for 48 hours or more. the oroville dam emergency could also affect train traffic between oregon, washington state and southern california, the railroad said. trains were out of service between oroville and winnemucca, nev., after sections of the tracks were washed out due to recent rains and flooding. “at union pacific, safe






humans spark 84 percent of american wildfires, study finds


people have started 84 percent of u.s. wildfires and 97 percent of wildfires in coastal california and the central valley, according to a new study led by scientists at the university of colorado boulder.human-started fires nationwide accounted for 44 percent of the total area of 89,339,131 acres burned over the last two decades. these fires have vastly expanded the area burnt and the extent of the fire season, the researchers say. intentionally set managed burns and agricultural fires were excluded from the study.in california’s mediterranean climate region, 89 percent of the total 5,921,861 acres burned was caused by human-started wildfires. the region extends along the california coast from the mexican border north to san francisco, and inland to the central valley.“human-started wildfi






humans spark 84 percent of american wildfires, study finds


people have started 84 percent of u.s. wildfires and 97 percent of wildfires in coastal california and the central valley, according to a new study led by scientists at the university of colorado boulder.human-started fires nationwide accounted for 44 percent of the total area of 89,339,131 acres burned over the last two decades. these fires have vastly expanded the area burnt and the extent of the fire season, the researchers say. intentionally set managed burns and agricultural fires were excluded from the study.in california’s mediterranean climate region, 89 percent of the total 5,921,861 acres burned was caused by human-started wildfires. the region extends along the california coast from the mexican border north to san francisco, and inland to the central valley.“human-started wildfi






tornadoes forecast in midwest, wildfires in texas, oklahoma


little rock, ark. — forecasters say a large part of the central united states faces an increased risk for significant tornadoes, including some overnight, in a late-winter storm system.the storm prediction center in norman, oklahoma, says severe storms could impact 44 million people tuesday in an area stretching from arkansas to ohio. the greatest risk for strong twisters was in an area from poplar bluff, missouri, to louisville, kentucky, though the area from arkansas to ohio would also be affected.forecaster ariel cohen, who raised tuesday's threat level to a "moderate risk" of severe weather, says sunshine was warming the region and roiling the atmosphere.also, strong winds would worsen "extremely critical" wildfire conditions in the texas panhandle, western oklahoma and southeastern ne






zero dollars for bay area program


american avocets are some of the many shorebirds found in the palo alto baylands — one of the many local land swaths that will be affected by trump’s proposed cuts to the epa budget. patrick tehan/bay area news grouppresident donald trump plans to slash the environmental protection agency workforce by almost 3,000 employees and its budget by $2 billion in 2018, according to a preliminary plan obtained by the national association of clean air agencies yesterday. the outline, revealed wednesday, may spell bad news for the bay area, calling for the total elimination of the epa’s san francisco bay program. the program’s current budget of $4.8 million would drop to zero.this funding goes to restoring wetland habitat, enforcing epa regulations on water pollution and sewage treatment plans, and i






at&t staying mum on outage that disrupted 911 service


the federal communications commission is investigating what caused a 911 outage that affected at&t wireless customers in multiple states on wednesday. the dallas-based company has revealed little about the outage, which has since been fixed.here’s what we know:what happened?based on reports from law enforcement and government agencies, at&t customers were unable to call 911 from their cellphones for a brief period wednesday night. in many cases, police and sheriff’s departments provided an alternate phone number for residents to use in case of an emergency.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the company declined to answer questions thursday about the outage and instead issued a brief statement saying service had been restored to the affected customers.in arkansas, one






how cloudflare acted to contain dangerous data leak flaw


1 of 12why the 'cloudbleed' data leak flaw posed a major threat to websites cloudflare has patched critical security flaws that could have allowed leaks of data from thousands of websites over a six-month period. cloudflare and security researchers are still watching to see if any leaked data has been exploited. 2 of 12what is cloudflare, anyway? cloudlflare is a prominent internet infrastructure company that provides a host of services to websites, including load-balance optimization and security. it also provides website performance data. cloudflare works behind the scenes in a lot of prominent websites. 3 of 12this affects thousands of sites cloudflare said in a feb. 23 statement that user information to thousands of websites, including passwords, leaked over a six-month period. its edg






foreign spouse income limit for immigration at court


image copyrightthinkstockthe supreme court is to rule on whether an income barrier stopping thousands of british citizens from bringing a foreign spouse to the uk is lawful.as of 2012, britons must earn more than £18,600 before a husband or wife from outside the european economic area (eea) can settle in the uk.critics claim 15,000 children have been separated from parents because of it.if the government loses, thousands of couples who currently live outside the uk could move to britain.families speak of visa rules painspouse immigration rules 'unjustified'are you affected by the income barrier? get in touch by emailing [email protected] a series of test cases, affected couples argued that the rules breached their right to family life. two of the claimants, abdul majid and shabana j






how cloudflare acted to contain dangerous data leak flaw


posted 2017-03-02 1 of why the 'cloudbleed' data leak flaw posed a major threat to websites cloudflare has patched critical security flaws that could have allowed leaks of data from thousands of websites over a six-month period. cloudflare and security researchers are still watching to see if any leaked data has been exploited.what is cloudflare, anyway?cloudlflare is a prominent internet infrastructure company that provides a host of services to websites, including load-balance optimization and security. it also provides website performance data. cloudflare works behind the scenes in a lot of prominent websites.this affects thousands of sitescloudflare said in a feb. 23 statement that user information to thousands of websites, including passwords, leaked over a six-month period. its edge






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malaysia: kim jong nam died within 20 minutes of poisoning


kuala lumpur, malaysia — malaysia's health minister says the dose of poison given to north korean ruler kim jong un's half brother was so high that it killed him "within 15-20 minutes."kim jong nam died feb. 13 at kuala lumpur's airport. friday's revelation by malaysian police that the banned chemical weapon vx nerve agent was used to kill kim raised the stakes significantly in the case.health minister subramaniam sathasivam said sunday that the dose of vx given to kim was so high that it "would have affected his heart, it would have affected his lungs, it would have affected everything."subramaniam said it required only 10 milligram of vx for it to be lethal "so i presume that the amount of dose that went in is more than that."






u.s. rep. zoe lofgren, d-san jose, tours flood affected areas in san jose


photos: u.s. rep. zoe lofgren, d-san jose, toured flood affected areas, including the anderson dam, rock springs playground, and s. 17th st., with santa clara valley water district officials, in san jose, calif. on monday, march 6, 2017.






u.s. homeland security staff were unable to access dhs computer network because


some employees with the u.s. department of homeland security who work in the washington, d.c. area and in philadelphia, pa were unable to access the dhs computer network on tuesday, reports reuters, citing “three sources familiar with the matter.”report this ad no word on exactly how widespread the problem was, or how it impacted dhs. the agency has been a focus of donald trump's recent speeches, and its domain includes immigration, border security, and “cyber defense.” the cause? expired security certificates. "we are working to track all device certificate issuance and expirations to ensure future lapses of service do not occur," a dhs official said.snip from reuters: in a statement, a dhs official confirmed a network outage that temporarily affected four u.s. citizenship and immigration






malaysia raises alert as bird flu virus hits more birds


kuala lumpur, malaysia — malaysian authorities raised an alert for a northeastern state after the virulent h5n1 bird flu virus was found to have spread to poultry in more villages.some 24,000 birds have been culled in kelantan state since the h5n1 strain was reported march 6 after several backyard poultry died.che abdullah mat nawi, who heads kelantan's agricultural committee, said thursday that free-range chickens reared by residents in 20 villages have been affected. he said the state is getting more manpower and resources to survey a wider area to contain the spread of the virus."the situation is getting more serious but it is not yet an emergency situation as there is no transmission of the virus from bird to human. we have raised the alert so that we can pool resources from different






bolivia declares emergency over locust plague


image copyrightapimage caption locusts are normally solitary, but can swarm under certain conditions the bolivian government has declared a state of emergency in a vast agricultural area affected by a plague of locusts. president evo morales has announced a contingency plan, which includes $700,000 in extra funds for fumigation.the swarm first appeared over a week ago near the low-lying eastern city of santa cruz, where most of bolivia's food and meat is produced. it has spread quickly, destroying pasture and fields of corn and sorghum.the authorities estimate more than 1,000 hectares of agricultural land have been devastated by the locusts.the government says fumigation must begin straight away."we will create a 500-metre-wide ring around the area affected and fumigate inside, working alo






dow constantine: fundraising party


thanks to seattle times reporter mike lindblom for exposing the blatant political shenanigans of king county executive dow constantine in being party to fundraising for his re-election by the ceo of sound transit, peter rogoff.most people, i am confident, would find this to be unethical fundraising since rogoff, indirectly, can be affected by the transit board in both his employment and pay. since constantine apparently is the moving force on the transit board, he has no business approving such unethical fundraising.one wonders whether “other transportation leaders” who will attend the event at rogoff’s home also could be affected by actions of the transit board.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the advice to constantine from this taxpayer is to keep an arm’s length






abta website hit by cyber attack


image copyrightapthe travel trade organisation, abta, says a cyber attack on its website may have affected about 43,000 people.about 1,000 files accessed may include personal identity information of individuals who have made a complaint about an abta-registered travel agent.it says it has contacted those affected by the hack which happened on 27 february and has a dedicated helpline for people with concerns.it has also alerted the information commissioner and the police.abta chief executive mark tanzer said he would "personally like to apologise for the anxiety and concern" caused to abta customers and members. "it is extremely disappointing that our web server, managed for abta through a third party web developer and hosting company, was compromised and we are taking every step we can to






mandatory evacuations expand overnight, about 14,000 affected


san jose — city officials early wednesday morning expanded the area for mandatory evacuations to the full 100-year flood zone along coyote creek, which includes about 14,000 residents.the map of mandatory evacuations for homes along the 100-year flood zone along coyote creek. the evacuation includes homes within 250 feet of coyote creek, from the southwest side of highway 101 to north of interstate 280. evacuation is mandatory for residents in this area.authorities also closed highway 101 in both directions between the interstate 280/680 interchange and interstate 880 as the morning commute began. it is not clear when the roadway will reopen.although the rain has stopped, releases from anderson reservoir remain elevated as runoff from the upper coyote creek watershed moves down the system,






mandatory evacuations expand overnight, about 14,000 affected


san jose — city officials early wednesday morning expanded the area for mandatory evacuations to the full 100-year flood zone along coyote creek, which includes about 14,000 residents.the map of mandatory evacuations for homes along the 100-year flood zone along coyote creek. the evacuation includes homes along coyote creek plus an additional 250 feet, from the southwest side of 101 to north of 280. evacuation is mandatory for residents in this area.although the rain has stopped, releases from anderson reservoir remain elevated as runoff from the upper coyote creek watershed moves down the system, according to the national weather service. the runoff peak has been reached at edenvale and water levels have begun to recede there, but they remain above flood level.water levels near edenvale a






zika virus: babies face problems other than microcephaly


1 february 2017 last updated at 07:07 gmt some brazilian mothers infected with the zika virus during their pregnancy, who were relieved when their babies did not have abnormally small heads, are finding that their children still face developmental problems related to the virus. illa costa reports from recife, the worst affected area.






911 direct dial by at&t wireless customers resumes in denver – the denver post


customers of at&t wireless could not make 911 emergency calls wednesday evening in denver, lakewood and other colorado cities as a sporadic outage affected the company’s subscribers across the nation.denver police put out an “emergency alert” on twitter about 7 p.m., notifying the public about the 911 outage and advising people to send 911 texts or call an alternate number. several minutes after denver’s notification, lakewood police also used twitter to notify people of the same issue there. service in douglas county and eagle county also was down.the situation was corrected at about 8:15 p.m., police and at&t said.customers in aurora were not affected.elsewhere, at&t mobile users in western massachusetts were unable to dial direct, according to the chicopee police department.the associat






firefighters contain wildfire that burned about 683 acres near sterling – the de


firefighters quickly contained a 683-acre wildfire southeast of sterling that prompted hundreds of voluntary evacuation notices and closed colorado 61 thursday afternoon.no structures were lost in the fire, which started at about 11:30 a.m. the fire was deemed 100 percent contained by 2:30 p.m.logan county spokeswoman marilee johnson said the blaze began about a mile southeast of the sterling correctional facility. a colorado department of corrections spokesman said the prison was not affected.crews were working thursday afternoon to knock down fire walls and hot spots in the burn area. at one point, the fire was said to be between 1,000 and 2,000 acres.images from the area at about 12:30 p.m. showed a growing plume of smoke.a red flag warning is in effect for the sterling area until 6 p.m






why sipping a margarita could be bad for your skin


you probably know to steer clear of poison ivy. but did you know that sipping a margarita or eating an orange in the sunshine can cause a similar skin rash?that’s just one hazard the american academy of dermatology (aad) wants you to guard against as winter turns to spring and you spend more time outside.in addition, common flowers and plants, such as chrysanthemums, peruvian lilies, tulips and daffodil bulbs, contain chemicals that can trigger allergic skin reactions, according to an aad news release.“your skin can be affected by a wide variety of things you might find in your backyard, or even inside your home. while there are simple precautions that you can take, you have to be aware of what you might run into so you can protect yourself,” said dr. amy chen. she is an assistant professo






daimler to recall one million mercedes-benz cars due to fire


why it matters to you recalls related to fire risk are something we're all too familiar with as of late. the latest company to experience such an issue is mercedes.following reports of more than 50 fires related to its luxury vehicles, daimler ag has announced the recall of one million mercedes-benz cars. many of the vehicles affected by the recall are newer models, and are apparently at risk of catching fire.while no injuries or deaths have been reported in relation to the fires, the german automaker is getting ahead of the problem and will be replacing necessary parts for cars in the u.s. come july, when the hardware becomes available. the problem appears to be related to a faulty fuse. daimler noted that the necessary fix has already been implemented in new vehicles currently in product






google outage causes devices to reset to factory defaults en masse


why it matters to you if you have a google account, you might have experienced some weird login issues last night, but it doesn't look like the outage compromised your security.late last night, google experienced a bizarre outage which caused a number of devices to misbehave. the devices in question, the onhub router, google wifi, and chromecast, all logged themselves out of their user accounts, and in some cases went so far as to reset themselves to factory settings.it’s unknown precisely how many devices were affected, but it appears to be the result of an internal issue at google, not some kind of malicious attack. according to tech hive, if you were logged out of your device last night, your data is secure, but you might have to set up the device all over again.the google wifi mesh net






abta website hit by cyber attack


image copyrightapthe travel trade organisation, abta, says a cyber attack on its website may have affected about 43,000 people.about 1,000 files accessed may include personal identity information of individuals who have made a complaint about an abta-registered travel agent.it says it is contacting those affected by the hack which happened on 27 february and has a dedicated helpline for people with concerns.it has also alerted the information commissioner and the police.abta chief executive mark tanzer said he would "personally like to apologise for the anxiety and concern" caused to abta customers and members. "it is extremely disappointing that our web server, managed for abta through a third party web developer and hosting company, was compromised and we are taking every step we can to






viber allows free calls between u.s. and immigration ban countries


why it matters to you free two-way calling between the united states and the seven middle eastern's countries affected by the immigration is a small consolation for the families affected.if you have a friend or family member in one of the seven countries affected by the recently implemented immigration ban, viber has a slight silver lining to offer you. hiroshi mikitani, ceo of viber’s parent company, rakuten, has announced that the messaging service will allow for free calls between the united states and somalia, sudan, syria, iran, iraq, libya, and yemen. and it’s a two-way street. not only will americans not have to pay to dial out, but those in affected countries will not have to pay to communicate with folks in the u.s.“viber has always been committed to enabling people to connect fr






equake - earthquake alerts


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the latest: fire destroys building under construction


raleigh, n.c. — the latest on apartment building fire in raleigh, north carolina (all times local):7:40 a.m.a fire that destroyed an apartment building under construction in downtown raleigh, north carolina, also damaged about 10 other nearby buildings, five of them severely.area news outlets reported one firefighter was hurt by shattered glass, but no other injuries have been reported in the blaze that started about 10 p.m. thursday. the fire was under control about three hours later, but firefighters continued to work friday morning on hot spots.several hundred people in the downtown area lost power during the blaze, which toppled a construction crane at the building.about 130 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. a number of streets in the area were still closed friday morning.






italy: two die as motorway bridge collapses near ancona


media captionthe aftermath of the bridge collapse in anconaa motorway bridge has collapsed near the north-east italian city of ancona, killing two, italian officials say.the victims were in a car below the bridge when it fell down onto the a14 road, which runs between loreto and ancona south.the collapse involved a temporary structure which was supporting the bridge, autostrade, the italian highways agency said.two romanian workers were also injured, italian media reported.image copyrightpolizia de statoimage caption the married couple were killed as they drove under the bridge, reports say the two people who died were a husband and wife, originally from the province of ascoli piceno, whose white nissan qashqai was crushed as the bridge came down, ansa news agency reported.the bridge had b






airports, lawyers brace for new trump travel ban


at seattle-tacoma international airport, officials have drawn up plans for crowd control after thousands crammed the baggage claim area to protest the original ban.seattle (ap) — airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for president donald trump’s new travel ban — mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way.the new order was expected as soon as wednesday. a draft suggested it would still target people from predominantly muslim countries but would exempt travelers who already have visas to come to the u.s.since last month’s ban, which courts have put on hold, a section of the international arrivals area at dulles international airport outside the nation’






chile floods leave more than a million without water | news


santiago's water company is working to restore water supply for more than 1.4 million people in the chilean capital following deadly flooding.more than half of the communities in the greater santiago area and as many as five million people nationwide were affected by the weekend flooding as rocks and other debris choked the intakes for urban water systems.three people died in the ... ial rains and landslides that hit central chile over the weekend, emergency officials said. nineteen people remain missing.approximately 400 people in the andes mountain region remain cut off from the outside world.the aguas andinas water company said on monday that service had been restored to about 50 percent of the homes and businesses that initially suffered cuts.the storms started on saturday, sending mud






chile floods leave more than a million without water | news


santiago's water company is working to restore water supply for more than 1.4 million people in the chilean capital following deadly flooding.more than half of the communities in the greater santiago area and as many as 5 million people nationwide were affected by the weekend flooding as rocks and other debris choked the intakes for urban water systems.three people died in the ... ial rains and landslides that hit central chile over the weekend, emergency officials said. nineteen people remain missing.approximately 400 people in the andes mountain region remain cut off from the outside world.the aguas andinas water company said on monday that service had been restored to about 50 percent of the homes and businesses that initially suffered cuts.the storms started on saturday, sending mudsli






weather service issues flash-flood warning after dam fails


elko, nev. — an earthen dam failed in a rural area of northeastern nevada and caused flash flooding that threatened homes, sent waters over low-lying roads and farms and forced the rerouting of trains, officials said.the national weather service said wednesday night that the flash floods posed possibly life-threatening situations for rural residents, but there have been no reports of any injuries.the weather service told the elko daily free press that there were reports of at least 2 to 3 feet of water idly moving downstream, and the depth of water could increase.the rural area affected is situated is near the utah border and about 30 miles northeast of wells , a key nevada city along interstate 80.the weather service said that a full breach and failure of the 21 mile dam was sending water






barrington high school senior dies in car crash in barrington hills


officials from the barrington area described a busy 2016 filled with new business openings, increased sale tax revenues and new housing projects during a recent barrington area chamber of commerce event.the activity throughout the barrington area could set the stage for more growth in 2017, officials... (todd shields)






homeland security employees locked out of computer networks: sources


u.s. department of homeland security employees in the washington area were unable to access some agency computer networks on tuesday, according to two sources familiar with the matter.it was not immediately clear how widespread the issue was or how significantly it affected daily functions at dhs, a large government agency whose responsibilities include immigration services, border security and cyber defense.employees began experiencing problems logging into networks at 5 a.m. et on tuesday due to the expiration of the personal identify verification cards used by federal workers and contractors to access certain information systems, one source said. at least four dhs buildings were affected, the source said, including locations used by u.s. citizenship and immigration services.dhs did not






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chicago anti-cruelty society halts dog adoptions due to canine flu


the anti-cruelty society of chicago has suspended dog adoptions because of an outbreak of canine influenza.the group suspended dog adoptions monday for the next three to four weeks after discovering several dogs at the shelter, 157 w. grand ave., had the disease, according to statements on the group's website.on monday, "we discovered several cases of the virus in separate locations throughout the shelter. because canine influenza has not been widely reported in the chicago area in the past, many dogs have no immunity and will become ill if exposed," so the group decided to halt adoptions, according to a statement.the strain of canine influenza found in dogs at the shelter is one that was first discovered in the chicago area in 2015. the anti-cruelty society put adoptions on hold in spring






ruling next week after hearings for 10 suspended gophers players


a ruling is expected next week on the educational futures of 10 suspended gophers football players.after two long days of closed-door hearings at the university of minnesota, there were no hints about what their fates might be.in more than 20 hours stretched over thursday and friday afternoons and nights, a three-person student ual ault subcommittee heard from lawyers for the players, the players themselves, the alleged victim and school administrators.the players, who want to remain enrolled in the u, have appealed the penalties recommended against them by the u’s office of equal opportunity and affirmative action. expulsion from pus has been recommended for five player — ray buford, carlton djam, kiante hardin, dior johnson and tamarion johnson. one-year suspensions were recommendedy for