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US says inaction on online piracy risks public safety
The U.S. trade office recently called for a crackdown on website name registrars who fail to take action against sellers of illegal goods such as counterfeit medicines and warned that turning a blind eye puts public safety at risk.
Risk of big California quake in next 30 years rises
The risk of a major earthquake hitting California in the next 30 years has risen dramatically, scientists said Tuesday, using improved forecasting techniques.
Earthquakes are notoriously hard to predict and while seismic activity in California has stayed mild in the last century, experts expect a big one to strike some time in the future — they just don't know when.
Commercial truckers object to proposed increase in mandatory insurance minimum
Property Casualty 360
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a U.S. Department of Transportation division that regulates interstate trucking, is considering making commercial trucking companies raise the minimum amount of insurance coverage they must have as interstate carriers.
Palcohol powdered alcohol wins federal approval
A controversial powdered alcohol product called Palcohol, intended to be mixed into drinks, has gained approval from a federal agency.
Palcohol first made news last spring when it briefly received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, before the bureau backtracked and said the label approvals had been given in error.
What America will look like decades from now
America might not resemble the country's current demographics very much several decades from now.
The majority of Americans will be of a racial or ethnic minority. Retirees and children will make up a larger share of the total population. The foreign born, too, will likely see their numbers multiply significantly.
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What's wrong with the FAA's new drone rules?
Harvard Business Review
In 2012, Congress gave the FAA until 2015 to develop rules for military, commercial, and privately owned drones to operate in U.S. airspace. In fact, the FAA had originally promised the rules by 2011, but it proceeded to miss every deadline it set for itself, as well as those established by Congress.
Well, 2015 has now arrived, and last month, investors, entrepreneurs, and other drone supporters gave two cheers when the agency at last released a draft of its proposed regulations.
Risk-needs assessments provide security
Judges and parole boards make decisions about bail, probation and parole every day. Due to overloaded dockets, weighty decisions often must be made quickly, sometimes with insufficient information. This has forced some decision makers to rely on "a feeling" or their gut instincts to determine how to sentence or release offenders and under what restrictions.
6 ways to improve cooperation among public safety disciplines
In my most recent leadership experience — with a campus police agency in an economically challenged, sparsely populated area isolated by a ring of mountains — failure to cooperate with other public safety entities was not an option.
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