U.K. government’s sweeping new counterterrorism bill unveiled today

Posted By on November 26, 2014

11/25/14
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The U.K. home secretary will have new powers to order universities to ban extremist speakers from their campuses – this is one of the features in the new counter-terrorism to be published today (Wednesday).

The home secretary, Theresa May, said the bill will also impose a statutory requirement on schools, colleges, prisons, and local councils to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

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Impasse in Congress over terrorism insurance (TRIA) renewal

Posted By on November 26, 2014

11/25/14
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The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) is expected to expire by 31 December unless Congress renews the legislation or places a temporary extension. The legislation, initially established in November 2002 as a federal backstop to protect insurers in the event an act of terrorism results in losses above $100 million, has been extended and reauthorized.

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California’s early-warning ShakeAlert system to be rolled out next year

Posted By on November 26, 2014

11/25/14
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Officials in California expect the state’s ShakeAlert system to be available to some schools, fire stations, and more private companies early next year. Until now, only earthquake researchers, some government agencies, and a few private firms have received alerts from the statewide earthquake early warning system.

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Resilience of California’s transportation infrastructure questioned

Posted By on November 26, 2014

11/25/14
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Californians often wonder how the state’s towering interchanges and freeway network would perform during a major earthquake. A significant number of bridges and elevated roadways lie above or close to active fault lines. “You see it looming, and as you get closer, it just gets taller and taller,” said Noel Vasquez of Whittier, as he eyes the Harbor Freeway before connecting with the 105 freeway. “You drive by and you think, ‘Man, I’d hate for that thing to break.’”

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Here’s how to fix America’s crumbling bridges

Posted By on November 26, 2014

11/25/14
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There are about 600,000 bridges in the United States, and about one in four is classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. This doesn’t mean they’re in danger of imminent collapse; they may be simply too narrow or built for lighter traffic than today’s standards. Bridges that can’t support heavy trucks have weight restrictions posted. There are plenty of repairs that need to be done.

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