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Coast Guard Sees Challenges in Arctic, Cyberspace

Aug. 5, 2015 - As ice melts at record levels in the Arctic Circle, military and safety challenges will mount, said the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft. But drug trafficking from the tropics and cyberspace digital attacks are also major security concerns, he said.

Lloyd's: Cyber-Attack on US Northeast Power Could Cost $1Trillion

July 9 - A cyber-attack on 50 power generation plants in the Northeast United States would not only harm millions of people but could cost the economy between $243 billion and $1 trillion in damages from the resulting power outages, said insurance firm Lloyd's and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Risk Studies.

A report entitled "Business Blackout" issued by the two organizations detailed a scenario in which cyber-attackers hacked, infiltrated and disabled only 7 percent of the 676 power generators feeding the grid of the 15 states of the northeast United States, a scenario the report called "improbable, but technologically possible."

Lawsuits Quickly Follow EPA's New Water Regulation

States are forming coalitions to challenge the EPA's new "Waters of the United States" Rule, filing four lawsuits to overturn the regulation.

The Waters Rule would specifically give EPA jurisdiction over smaller streams that the EPA says are connected to larger water supplies. The states say the Federal government is intruding on state powers.

The story include maps showing the states challenging the rule and the number of people get drinking water from smaller streams.