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Tsunami warning cancelled after 7.9 Alaska earthquake

Tsunami warning cancelled after Alaska earthquake

A powerful earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island briefly prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada's British Columbia.

The National Tsunami Center cancelled the warning just after 12GMT on Tuesday, but an advisory remained in effect for parts of Canada's west coast.

Tsunami watches for the US west coast were also cancelled.

The quake was recorded about 250km southeast of Kodiak Island early on Tuesday morning.

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Kentucky school shooting: 2 dead after gunfire erupts at Marshall County High School

kentucky school shooting leaves two dead, many woundedTwo teenagers were killed and more than a dozen other people were wounded Tuesday when gunfire erupted at a Kentucky high school, prompting panicked students to run for their lives.

A 15-year-old male student at Marshall County High School in Benton was taken into custody and faces possible charges of murder and attempted murder, authorities said. The deceased were also 15 — one of them of a girl, the other a boy.

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Facebook: we were too slow to recognise our 'corrosive' effect on democracy

Facebook slow to see effect on femocracy

Facebook has admitted to being “too slow to recognise” Russian election interference, but says that social networks simply reflect human intent, “good and bad”.

In a blogpost, Facebook product manager Samidh Chakrabarti says that “at its best, [social media] allows us to express ourselves and take action. At its worst, it allows people to spread misinformation and corrode democracy.
“I wish I could guarantee that the positives are destined to outweigh the negatives, but I can’t,” Chakrabarti adds.
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Top USA Gymnastics board members step down amid sexual abuse scandal

USA Gymnastic Board members step downThree  top leaders on USA Gymnastics’ board of directors have stepped down as the sentencing hearing for former team doctor Larry Nassar continues in Michigan.

Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley all resigned Sunday, according to a release from USA Gymnastics. The organization has faced widespread criticism from current and former gymnasts over how it handled the accusations of abuse against Nassar.

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The Latest: 'Long slog ahead': NYC ready for women's march

Women's marches around the world

Organizers of a New York City rally and march for women's rights say tens of thousands of people will take to the streets on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Saturday's New York march will be one of an estimated 250 women's marches planned for Saturday and Sunday around the world.

The scheduled speakers include Ashley Bennett, a Democrat who was elected Atlantic County, New Jersey, freeholder last November. Bennett defeated Republican incumbent John Carman, who had mocked the 2017 women's march in Washington, D.C. with a Facebook post asking whether the women would be home in time to cook dinner.

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Court rejects request for stay on ruling that threw out NC district map

3 judge panel rejects request to stay ban on NC redistrictingA three-judge district court on Tuesday rejected North Carolina lawmakers’ request for a stay on a ruling that found the state’s congressional map was unconstitutional.

Judges James Wynn, William Osteen and W. Earl Britt of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled that the lawmakers had failed to meet the “heavy burden” required to stay the order.

They found that the lawmakers' "motion does not dispute this court’s unanimous conclusions" that the map had resulted in partisan gerrymandering and must be redrawn.

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Kentucky Just Made It Harder For Poor People To Get Health Care

Mat BevinThe Trump administration on Friday told Kentucky it can go ahead with its controversial Medicaid overhaul ― an initiative that would reduce benefits, require some beneficiaries to work, and generally make it more difficult for people to stay on the program.

Administration officials and their Kentucky counterparts have portrayed the plan as a way to improve the health of low-income residents and encourage self-sufficiency among poor but able-bodied adults. “The result will be a transformational improvement in the overall health of our people and will provide a model for other states to follow,” Matt Bevin, the state’s Republican governor, said at a press conference Friday.

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