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Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Tests Early Warning System For Earthquakes

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 12:55 pm

Anthony Guarino Jr., a seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology, demonstrates an early earthquake warning system in Pasadena, Calif.
Reed Saxon AP

A few seconds doesn't seem like much, but scientists say an early detection system that gives the public five, 10, up to 40 seconds of warning before an earthquake could save lives.

The AP reports today that the United States is working on a system that does just that:

After years of lagging behind Japan, Mexico and other quake-prone countries, the U.S. government has been quietly testing an earthquake early warning system in California since February. ...

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Tue September 20, 2011

Afghanistan's Former President Rabbani Assassinated

Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the Afghan Peace Council and former president of Afghanistan, was killed in a bombing in the nation's capital.


Tue September 20, 2011
World Cafe

Amanda Shires On World Cafe

West Texas songwriter and storyteller Amanda Shires' new album is titled Carrying Lightning.
Courtesy of the artist

West Texas fiddler and singer Amanda Shires is a storyteller.

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Tue September 20, 2011

Perry To Israel: 'Help Is On The Way'

The prospect of a United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood did not escape the notice of the Republican contenders for president as Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday hurled himself into the debate over Middle East policy with a public address on the subject in New York City.

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Tue September 20, 2011

Ga. Death Row Inmate Denied Clemency, Despite Support

On Tuesday, Georgia's pardons board rejected a last-ditch plea for the clemency of Troy Davis, who is to be executed Wednesday for killing a police officer. Davis claims innocence. No physical evidence links him to the murder. His supporters, including legal professionals, say the case is rife with doubt.