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Underestimating the looming cyber-threat would prove perilous
Emergency Management Share
Widespread blackouts sweep across the country, traffic signals go haywire, global financial markets freeze, the Pentagon's data network collapses. These calamities and much worse are exactly what could happen in the event of a large-scale "attack" on computer networks in the United States, or so the experts say. More
New Zealand police: Up to 120 bodies in quake-hit building
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek Share
Police say up to 120 bodies may still be inside one of the buildings hardest hit by New Zealand's devastating earthquake. That number is not included in the official death toll of 76, which is based on the bodies recovered and brought to a temporary morgue in the stricken city of Christchurch. More
Providence, R.I., wants to opt out of 'Secure Communities' database
The Providence Journal Share
The city administration has asked that it be allowed not to participate in Secure Communities, a controversial federal program in which criminal suspects arrested by the police are checked to see if they are subject to deportation or other enforcement action by immigration officials. More
Treasurer: Oklahoma pensions at 'crisis level'
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Share
Oklahoma's public pension systems are at "crisis level" because of a collective $16.5 billion unfunded liability that threatens to place new financial burdens on the state's ability to finance road and bridge construction and other capital projects, state Treasurer Ken Miller told members of the Oklahoma State Pension Commission recently. More
Plan to replace TSA screeners on hold
Indianapolis Star Share
A City-County Council committee recently put on hold a proposal urging Indianapolis International Airport officials to request that the Transportation Security Administration replace its security screeners with a private contractor. More
Montreal St. Patrick's parade boosts security
CBC News Share
Organizers of Montreal's popular St. Patrick's Day Parade have hired private security firms to patrol the parade route after a spectator died last year. About 100 security guards will be walking alongside the more than two dozen floats as they wind their way through downtown Montreal on March 20. Hundreds of volunteers will also be on hand to watch out for trouble. More
Police to get special powers for commonwealth government meeting
The Sydney Morning Herald Share
The West Australian government has introduced legislation into parliament giving police officers special powers to crack down on protesters during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Western Australia Police Minister Rob Johnson said CHOGM, to be held in Perth from Oct. 28-30, will be the biggest international event for the city in decades. More