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Tsunami alerts called, then canceled, for California coast after Alaska quake – The Mercury News

Santa Clara and Alameda counties, which each have some land on San Francisco Bay, did not send out alerts through their notification systems, AC Alert and Alert SCC.

Tsunamis are rare but can be deadly. A 9.2-magnitude Alaskan earthquake in 1964 triggered a tsunami that killed 17 people along the West Coast. Eleven of those deaths occurred in Crescent City.

“We were ready to hit the button, but we are very aware of what happened in Hawaii with the false alarms and false alerts, as well as people who have special needs,” he said. “We don’t want to frighten them if there’s no need to.”

In 2011, the 9.0-magnitude Fukushima undersea earthquake off the coast of Japan created tsunami waves that killed 15,894 people. And a 2004 earthquake in the Indian Ocean, at 9.1 magnitude, triggered waves that killed 230,000 people in Indonesia and other countries.

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern said county emergency officials were carefully monitoring the National Tsunami Warning Center and levels of buoys on the ocean. He said that had the threat level risen to a warning, he would have activated the county’s warning system. But citing the false alarm of a missile attack in Hawaii earlier this month by emergency officials there, he said it’s important to be careful.

There are three levels of tsunami alerts.

Seven years ago, a tidal surge after the Fukushima earthquake in Japan plowed into the harbor, wrecking boats, flipping over docks and causing $25 million in damage. The quake also killed a man in Crescent City, near the Oregon border.

A warning means that a tsunami is imminent or expected with widespread, dangerous coastal flooding. People are advised to evacuate to higher ground or a tall building immediately.

‘Disrespectful, unacceptable’: Oxford student who ‘dressed up’ as Stephen Hawking disciplined – Study International News

More awareness about disability issues is needed, according to Reilly, who added that students should think deeper about how disability is portrayed respectfully.

“The majority of the very few disabled roles in film, stage and television go to non-disabled actors with no criticism outside of the disabled community,” Reilly said.

“Mobility aids are an important tool in many disabled people’s daily lives, and so it is disrespectful for them to be parodied in this way.”

Reilly said:

Australian uni sets up career hub for autistic, PTSD students

“We are angry and disappointed that this has happened and have referred the person to the dean,” Purcell said.

An Oxford Student Union spokesman said: “Oxford SU has passed policy on Bop and Entz themes which believes that bops should be inclusive.

“This behaviour breaches our clearly expressed expectations for bop costumes,” LMH’s Junior Common Room president Lana Purcell said.

“Ableism comes in many forms far more subtle than this incident at the bop.”

Texas officials, others hope to cash in on internet sales – Athens Daily Review

John Austin covers the Texas Statehouse for CNHI LLC’s newspapers and websites. Reach him at jaustin@cnhi.com.

But a decades-old legal decision prevents the state from tapping a pool of online sales taxes.

But that same Fiscal Notes article estimated 2009 uncollected taxes on out-of-state sales at nearly $1.8 billion for Texas.

In 2014, sales tax provided more than half of all Texas state tax revenues, according to Fiscal Notes, issued by Texas’ public accounts comptroller.

“States effectively have two ways to make up for that revenue loss. One is to cut spending on public goods and services,” the professors’ brief said. “The other is to raise taxes on income, property and sales made by retailers who maintain a physical presence within the state. Yet higher taxes on a narrower base generally reduce economic growth more than lower taxes on a broader base. For this reason, excluding online and other remote transactions from the sales tax base likely decreases the overall efficiency of state tax systems.”

But contend those who support a change, computers have made sales tax calculations simpler than they were in 1992.

And in its appeal to the court, South Dakota wrote that “states’ inability to effectively collect sales tax from internet sellers imposes crushing harm on state treasuries and brick-and-mortar retailers alike.”

“This would force sellers to contemplate the notion of complying with the different rules, rates and definitions of more than 12,000 taxing jurisdictions nationwide.”

Jeff Sessions’ Secret Assault on the Rule of Law – Vanity Fair

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Mystic Lake Casino sued over its canceled temporary Super Bowl nightclub – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

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OU’s Trae Young, vowing changes, takes no 3-pointers in first half –

He entered the game averaging 10.9 3-point attempts per game, but he vowed to make changes after scoring 48 points on 39 shots and committing seven turnovers in Saturday’s 83-81 overtime road loss to rival Oklahoma State. Young’s nine field goal attempts Tuesday were a season-low.

NORMAN, Okla. — Following through on his promise to make “adjustments” to his game, Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, who leads the nation in scoring and assists, finished the first half Tuesday against Kansas with four shots and zero 3-point attempts.

And Young said he wanted to remind people he’s still the nation’s leader in assists, a player capable of impacting the game with his passing ability.

“I might not take a 3-pointer in the first half,” he told .com on Sunday, 24 hours after Oklahoma’s overtime loss at Oklahoma State. “It’s gonna look different. Watch.”

He fulfilled his vow in the first half of Tuesday’s game against Kansas by not taking any 3-pointers, working the ball inside, drawing defenders on penetration and finding his teammates for open 3-pointers. Jayhawks guard Devonte’ Graham harassed him on the perimeter too; that didn’t help him find many open looks.

Young’s passing dictated the flow of the Sooners’ offense in the first half, in which he recorded six assists and three turnovers.

It was Young’s lowest field goal tally in the first half this season, according to Stats & Information research.

Rangers fear Ryan Jack could be out for rest of the season as he gets set for knee operation – Scottish Daily Record

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A man bit a smartphone battery as a test, and it exploded – The Verge

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