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The 10 US metro areas at the highest risk of storm surge
Property Casualty 360
More than 6.6 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm surge floods, according to a new CoreLogic report. And should disaster strike, the price to reconstruct those homes will cost nearly $1.5 trillion.
What to make of the EPA's fracking report?
By Lucy Wallwork
The U.S. fracking lobby had all of its birthdays at once earlier this month when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft of a 1000-page report that throws into doubt the contribution of fracking practices to groundwater contamination in states like North Dakota and Pennsylvania. The headline of the report, several years in the making, is that fracking has "not led to widespread, systematic impacts to drinking water resources." This is the latest contribution in a series of highly politicized and heavily contested reports on the impact of the chemicals injected into fracking wells on public health.
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The causes, costs and consequences of bad government data
Data is the lifeblood of state government. It's the crucial commodity that's necessary to manage projects, avoid fraud, assess program performance, keep the books in balance and deliver services efficiently. But even as the trend toward greater reliance on data has accelerated over the past decades, the information itself has fallen dangerously short of the mark. Sometimes it doesn't exist at all. But worse than that, all too often it's just wrong.
Could training stem police shootings? Las Vegas is a test
The Associated Press via ABC News
By 2 a.m., nearly five hours had ticked by since Stanley Gibson's last call.
"Come get me," the 43-year-old Gulf War veteran told his wife, Rondha, his voice edged by the panic of post-traumatic stress disorder. "I want to come home."
Study finds that mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes
The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found.
The 10 most expensive data breaches
2014 might be remembered as the year of compromise. According to data publishing platform Silk, nearly 290.5 million records were compromised in the top 11 breaches of all time. With a record 783 breaches last year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center and Identity Theft 911, breach totals are 27.5 percent higher than in 2013.
House passes chemical safety reform bill
The House recently passed legislation to overhaul toxic chemical safety laws for the first time in decades.
Passed on a 398-1 vote, the bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency to review chemicals in products and issue risk management regulations in an expedited manner.
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Watchdog's warning: Safety inspectors can't spot the next major vehicle problem
Los Angeles Times
The overworked inspectors responsible for identifying safety shortcomings in cars failed to note problems with ignition switches in GM cars and lack the resources and protocols to pinpoint future safety problems, according to a new report and congressional testimony by the Department of Transportation's top watchdog.
Husband of NY prison worker tied to escape 'can't stand by her'
The husband of a prison worker charged with helping two convicted killers escape from an upstate New York prison "can't stand by her" and was "blown away" when she revealed a plot to murder him, his lawyer said.
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