The New Madrid zone, located in southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, western Kentucky and southern Illinois, is the most active seismic area in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. In 1811 and 1812, hundreds of earthquakes occurred there, with three large events reaching estimated magnitudes of 7.9, 7.6 and 8.0.
The Supreme Court has partially addressed this same issue in an earlier case, United States v. Jones (. pdf) , but the ACLU contends that judgment did not definitively settle the question of Fourth Amendment rights regarding warrantless GPS tracking. The high court failed to clarify whether GPS surveillance constituted an "unreasonable" search, it says.
Routine use of siren soundings for weather alerts led most residents of Joplin, Mo. to become desensitized to them, to fatal effect when the tornado of May 22 devastated their town. A National
The White House estimates that covering uninsured losses caused by Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding in New England will cost $1.5 billion in the coming fiscal year. Irene has caused President
A certain amount of red tape is inevitable when it comes to citizens claiming disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate told a July 14 House