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California Earthquake Warning App Sends First Public Alert

LOS ANGELES — California’s new earthquake early warning cellphone app issued its first public alert when a modest tremor occurred this week in a rural area of the state, a newspaper reported. MyShake app project manager Jennifer Strauss said more …

Remnants Of Olga Push into Mississippi, Leaving Damage

JACKSON, Miss. — What’s left of Tropical Storm Olga was causing soggy conditions in Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday and dozens of flights were canceled or delayed at New Orleans’ main airport after two power outages. There were no reports …

Many in Joplin, Missouri Ignored Initial Tornado Warnings

Many Joplin residents either ignored or were slow to react to the first warning sirens about a massive and deadly tornado this spring, partially because of years of false alarms, the government said Tuesday. In assessing the communications and warning …

Warnings Dropped, South Carolina Returns to Normal After Irene

Hurricane Irene spun away from South Carolina on Saturday, leaving behind only minor damage and residents breathing a sigh of relief. The storm came closest to South Carolina early Saturday, a few hours before it made landfall at Cape Lookout, …

Only 144 Texting While Driving Citations Issued in Kentucky

Kentucky police agencies say the commonwealth’s texting-while-driving statute is well intended, but difficult to enforce. The law took effect a year ago, but officers issued only verbal warnings for the first six months. Citations and fines have been handed out …

Wisconsin Companies Prepare for Disaster Warnings

When the object is to beat a disaster to its target, sometimes bells and whistles are necessary. Also, pop-ups, blinking lights, vibrations, sirens, buzzing, digital displays, pages, Facebook and Twitter tickles, beeping, calm voices, even reversing the escalator from up …

Few Warnings Given in Iowa’s New Texting Ban

Law enforcement officials in Iowa say a new law that makes it illegal to text and drive has been difficult to enforce. The Legislature enacted a law last year that bans texting while driving and forbids the state’s youngest motorists …

Wacky Warning Contest Names 5 Frivolous Finalists

Ballpoint pen-chewers, take note: The cap in your mouth can obstruct breathing if swallowed. Common sense? Apparently for speakers of French, Spanish and German. The warning appears only in the English section of the multilingual instructions from the pen manufacturer, …