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NBC Leaders Face Allegations in New Book Detailing Accusations Against Matt Lauer

In his newly-released book, Catch and Kill, former NBC reporter Ronan Farrow recounts previously-unreleased details surrounding rape accusations against Matt Lauer, the former host of NBC’s “Today” show. Farrow provides a revealing, comprehensive account of accusations made by Brooke Nevils, a former NBC employee who maintained that Lauer sexually assaulted her in 2014. Lauer has…

56 Pediatric Patients’ Stem Cells Destroyed in Hospital Freezer Failure

When a storage freezer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) malfunctioned last month, 56 pediatric patients, many undergoing cancer treatment, lost their stem cells. The cells were collected before patients began cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, and stored for potential future use. Following the incident, CHLA sent notification letters to the affected families, unfortunately…

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 5 Pivotal Steps to Preparedness

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to disseminate cybersecurity facts, best practices, and promote free resources to make organizations and individuals safer and more secure. Recent cybersecurity threat data is staggering. Symantec’s…

Capsized Vessel Imperils Crew, Damages Millions in Cargo

At 2 a.m. on September 8, the U.S. Coast Guard stationed near St. Simons, Georgia, was alerted that the Golden Ray, a South Korean cargo vessel carrying over 4,000 new automobiles, had begun dangerously inclining to one side, shortly after departing the Port of Brunswick. By late morning response teams had rescued 20 of the…

Physician Pleads Guilty in $1.2 Billion Medicare Billing Fraud Scheme

Dr. Joseph DeCorso entered a guilty plea in New Jersey federal court on September 12, on charges he allegedly conspired to commit $13 million in Medicare fraud by prescribing medically unnecessary orthotic braces while working for two telemedicine firms between July 2017 and March 2019. He also agreed to pay $7 million in restitution to…

Wildfires Intensify, Experts Offer Key Tips to Preserve Homes

Late on September 2 a 117-acre mountainside wildfire, dubbed Snoqualmie Fire, ignited less than a mile from a residential neighborhood in Layton, Utah, prompting mandatory evacuations of 125 homes. The fire, which reportedly came within 100 to 200 yards of homes, began just one day after officials announced 100 percent containment of the Gun Range…

Coordinated Attack Holds 22 Municipalities Hostage, Marks Escalating Ransomware Threat

On August 16, a coordinated ransomware attack was launched on 22 city, county and police department offices in Texas, seizing and disabling systems and encrypting data. The collective ransom demanded by what state authorities have described as a “single threat actor” is $2.5 million. While larger municipalities, like Lubbock County, were able to quickly identify…

Unlicensed Greenhouses and Mold Prompt Extensive Recalls and Returns, Showing Cannabis Industry Risk

On August 19, CannTrust Holdings Inc. announced that the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) was returning its entire $2.2 million inventory of CannTrust products. The return is in response to the suspension of CannTrust’s sales and shipments last month, after a Health Canada inspection revealed the company had grown plants in several unlicensed greenhouses. Prior to…

StockX, Poshmark, Capital One Breaches Highlight Data Security Risks

On August 1, TechCrunch reported that online retailer StockX did not reveal that it had suffered a data breach in May that exposed 6.8 million user records. Within days of discovering the breach, StockX emailed users and instructed them to change their passwords following what the company referred to as system updates on its platform,…

Fire Destroys Jim Beam Warehouse, Bourbon Plume Pollutes Rivers

On July 2, lightning struck and ignited a fire at two Jim Beam distillery warehouses in Versailles, Kentucky. The fire, fueled by the 45,000 barrels—over 2 million gallons—of bourbon, burned for several days and reduced one warehouse and its contents to rubble. Bourbon from barrels destroyed in the fire flowed from the site into nearby…

Construction Accidents Show Complex Project Exposures

July 25 proved to be a harrowing day for pedestrians in Boston, Massachusetts. That morning a metal railing fell from the roof of a building in Boston’s North End, striking and seriously injuring a woman walking nearby. Hours later, a crane on a construction site at the TD Garden arena dropped several steel beams weighing…

Extreme Heat, Power Outages Disrupt Business and Events

Temperatures near and in the triple digits have scorched the U.S. Midwest, Northeast and parts of Canada this month, accompanied by blackouts, extreme weather and other heat-related headaches. On July 19, violent thunderstorms in Michigan cut power to a half million people in the Greater Detroit area. Earlier that day an unexplained explosion and fire…

Earthquakes Prompt Homeowners, Businesses to Examine Exposures

On July 3, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the shore of British Columbia, part of a series that has Canadians concerned about “the big one.” On July 5, approximately 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles in Ridgecrest, California residents experienced a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, only 34 hours after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the same location. Fortunately,…

License Plate Photos Compromised in Customs Contractor Cyberattack

The United States has 328 ports of entry. Each day more than 1 million individuals enter or leave the country; their movements and identities are recorded for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to use under a strict data policy that stresses use limitation and information security. Despite the CBP’s stringent precautions, the agency announced…

Perdue Foods’ Third Recall Raises Concerns for Companies and Consumers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Perdue Foods’ third major product recall of 2019 in a news release on May 31. The company recalled approximately 31,703 pounds of frozen and refrigerated chicken products for potentially containing foreign materials. In early January Perdue Foods also recalled approximately 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken breast nuggets due to…