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Intel Briefing – April 2014

Power mostly restored after downtown blasts.
Crews worked February 28 to restore power to several downtown Columbus businesses and State agencies that were closed or delayed due to a power outage caused by a fire and two explosions at an underground American Electric Power vault. Officials speculate damage from a close-by water main break in January may have contributed to the incident.

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Shell pays state $4 million to settle gas station clean up overcharges.
Shell Oil will pay Massachusetts $4 million to resolve allegations that the company improperly took money from the State’s Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund, a fund designated to help clean up environmentally contaminated gas stations, while also receiving insurance payments to cover the cost of cleaning contamination at its gas stations, authorities announced February 27.

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Two executives indicted in alleged $190 million equipment financing fraud scheme that caused $100 million loss to lenders.
The owner of Palatine, Illinois-based Equipment Acquisition Resources Inc., and the owner of former Machine Tools Direct Inc., based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, were indicted February 28 for allegedly running a scheme to fraudulently obtain $190 million in financing, causing $100 million in losses for lenders.

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New Android devices sold with pre- installed malware.
The founder of Marble Security reported finding data-stealing malware disguised as Netflix apps pre-installed on several customers’ new Android devices. Several Samsung, Asus, LG, and Motorola phones and tablets were found with the pre-installed malware.

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L.A. County reservoirs get 6-billion- gallon infusion from storms.
Rainstorms in Los Angeles County over the February 28 weekend added about 6 billion gallons of water to the county’s dams and reservoirs, with about 11 inches of rainfall in the water-starved region. Officials say the county is still far short of its usual water levels for the rainy season.

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