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Worries mount over law enforcement using technology to disrupt protests amid Ferguson unrest

While the use of military-style tactics and equipment to quash protests in Ferguson, Mo., last week drew widespread concern about police infringing on First Amendment rights, some civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned about software that law enforcement could potentially exploit to thwart protests as well.

Smoke harms areas far from wildfires

An Oct. 24 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says that in 2011 about two-thirds of Americans lived in counties that experienced significant smoke conditions related to wildfires. In Texas, which had several highly destructive wildfires in 2011, more than 25 million people lived in counties with significant smoke conditions, the most of any state. Two of the five states with the most residents affected by smoke from wildfires didn't have any wildfires occur within their borders.

Citizen leader details bottom-up recovery in Joplin

The recovery from the tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., in 2011 thrived under the guidance of a citizen advisory group, that group's leader said Aug. 22 at an event in Washington, D.C.

FEMA reminds Missouri and Tennessee of New Madrid Seismic Zone

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.

Warrantless GPS tracking back on trial in federal court

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 siren use desensitized residents of Joplin, Mo. to tornado warnings

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

White House: FEMA needs $1.5 billion for Irene loses

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

Some red tape inevitable in dealing with FEMA, says Fugate

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