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Source: CBS News

911 calls in Parkland shooting shed new light on emergency communications

Wednesday 11:47 GMT

More than 15 students and teachers grabbed their cellphones and called 911 for help on February 14 during a mass shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Even though the high school is in the city of Parkland, the cellphone calls rang at a 911 call center in Coral Springs, a city south of the school. That's because the calls were routed to a cell tower just a short distance from the school on the south side of the Sawgrass Expressway.

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Source: BBC

Nigerian police say “fake news” on Facebook is killing people

Wednesday 14:30 GMT

Major Adam Umar, a senior information officer in the Nigerian army, said his team has set up a helpline for local people to report “fake news” and that the army is now using radio broadcasts to debunk false stories. “It’s turning one tribe against another, turning one religion against another,” he said, days after returning from a peacekeeping mission.

“They are just dipping their toes in the water,” said Gbenga Sesan, a Nigerian digital rights activist who has met Facebook representatives to discuss the company's expansion in Nigeria. “At the end of the day, these are business people and they want to make more money,” he said.

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Source: Global News

What can be done to avoid disastrous wildfires in California?

Thursday 05:09 GMT

The devastation caused by California’s wildfires has prompted questions about what, if anything, can be done to mitigate the damage and loss of life caused by wildfires.

Deadliest wildfires in California’s history continue to burn, killing at least 48. Travis Longcore, a wildfire expert at the University of Southern California, says there are steps California can take to prepare itself for more wildfires, but some of them won’t be easy.

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Source: CBS News

SpaceX launches Qatari communications satellite

Friday 16:21 GMT

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket thundered to life and streaked away from the Florida coast Thursday, boosting a Qatari communications satellite toward orbit.

Two firings were planned to put the Es'hail 2 communications satellite into the required elliptical "transfer" orbit 32 minutes after liftoff. The relay station, built by Mitsubishi Electric and operated by Qatar-based Es'hailSat, is bound for a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator where satellites take 24 hours to complete one orbit and appear to hang stationary in the sky.

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Source: Reuters

Wildfire that destroyed California town leaves 63 dead and 630 missing

Saturday 09:54 GMT

(Reuters) - Rescue workers searched on Friday for 630 people reported missing in a northern California town reduced to ashes by the deadliest wildfire in state history.

Nearly 300 people reported missing have been found alive and the list of missing bit.ly/2BaiYxy would fluctuate, he said. Sheriff Kory Honea on Thursday said the remains of seven victims have been located since Wednesday's tally of 56.

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Source: Common Domain

There’s now a scooter lobby: A startup hopes to influence infrastructure bills

Saturday 14:31 GMT

While scooter startups are mostly regulated by cities, they have started to zip around Washington, D.C., in hopes of influencing any upcoming federal action on the country’s infrastructure.

The startup wants to be a “stronger voice” on infrastructure topics and help push for bike lanes and other improvements to streets, she said. Bike lanes that scooters can use are increasingly part of local projects, as planners become less focused on cars CARZ, -1.25%  .


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