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Scientists Warn Oregon is Lagging in Disaster Preparedness

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon state lawmakers abandoned a multimillion-dollar project to develop early warning systems for earthquakes and wildfires, and scientists warn that the funding shake-up could endanger public safety and put Oregon further behind other West Coast states in …

Most Perpetrators in 2018 Mass Attacks Made Threats: U.S. Secret Service

Most of those responsible for mass attacks in public areas in the United States in 2018 made prior threats or sent messages that sparked concern, the Secret Service said on Tuesday, in a study highlighting advance clues to such violence. …

New Hampshire Considers Lowering Drinking Age to 20

As much as New Hampshire wants to attract more young people, lowering the drinking age is no way to do it, a public safety official said Tuesday. Christopher Casko, an attorney for the Department of Safety, testified against a bill …

Smart Dashboards in Cars Raise Safety Issues

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea? Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. …

Tech-Friendly Cities Struggling With New Web-Based Business Rules

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from …

Mississippi Police Department Changes Chase Policy

Columbus Police Chief Tony Carleton has rewritten the Mississippi department’s pursuit policy to allow shift supervisors to decide if officers are to chase a suspect if he flees. Previously, officers were instructed not to chase a suspect if he fled. …

Spray-Painted Fire Hydrants Threaten Public Safety

Spray-painted fire hydrants in San Francisco are creating a public safety threat and costing the city tens of thousands of dollars, a newspaper reported. Thirty-five to 40 hydrants have been spray-painted in recent months, Bill Gunn, with the San Francisco …

Washington Homeowner Fights to Keep Treehouse

Zeb Postelwait always wanted to build a treehouse for his sons. He got the chance last summer after moving into a Wenatchee, Wash., home with a big tree in the front yard. Two months later he received his first notice …

Michigan Senate Votes to Let Cities Tax for Police, Fire

Hundreds of Michigan cities facing shrinking property tax bases could ask voters to pay special assessments for police and fire protection under legislation that won approval Wednesday in the state Senate. The state already lets townships, smaller cities and just …

Five Spectators Injured at California Power Plant Implosion

Five spectators were injured Saturday after shrapnel was sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in California’s Central Valley, authorities said. More than 1,000 people had gathered at 6 a.m. in a nearby parking lot to …