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Mudslide threat prompts mandatory-evacuation order for 30,000 in Southern California

Mudslide threat prompts mandatory-evacuation order for 30,000 in Southern CaliforniaThe threat of deadly mudslides from an impending Pacific storm prompted authorities on Thursday to order mandatory evacuations for some 30,000 people living adjacent to fire-scarred foothills and mountain slopes along California’s Santa Barbara coast. The evacuation was put into effect in the same general area where torrential rains on Jan. 9 unleashed cascades of mud, boulders and other debris that killed 21 people, injured dozens of others and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes. The bulk of the devastation occurred in the affluent hillside community of Montecito, 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Los Angeles, in a region where vast swaths of the coastal landscape were stripped of vegetation by huge wildfires in December.



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Ex-NFL Player In Custody After Instagram Post Prompts High School Closure

Ex-NFL Player In Custody After Instagram Post Prompts High School ClosureAn Instagram post by former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin prompted a private Los Angeles area high school to shut down Friday as authorities worked to understand the somewhat cryptic message.



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Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN Agency

Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN AgencyThe United Nations agency that helps the world’s needy children issued a terse statement on Tuesday about the escalating death toll in Syria as pro-government forces hammer rebel-held areas.



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NYC rape case prompts calls to close police sex loophole

NYC rape case prompts calls to close police sex loopholeALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The 18-year-old woman was driving with two friends near Coney Island in September when the two plainclothes detectives pulled her over and found marijuana. The officers released the two male passengers, handcuffed the woman and told her she was under arrest, prosecutors say.



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Powerful undersea earthquake prompts Alaska residents to scramble for higher ground

Powerful undersea earthquake prompts Alaska residents to scramble for higher groundA magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck about 170 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska early Tuesday morning, sending residents of the picturesque island fleeing to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves. The quake also prompted tsunami alerts along the West Coast of the U.S. and Hawaii, but those were canceled after data showed damaging waves were not expected.  Since the first quake hit there have been several aftershocks, some of which have been strong earthquakes themselves, with a magnitude of up to 5.3 on the Richter Scale. Reports indicated water fluctuating by up to 1 foot in a channel that feeds into Kodiak Harbor, but no large, damaging waves.  SEE ALSO: 2017 was one of Earth's top 3 hottest years on record, which should come as no surprise Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes, when sudden shifts in the seafloor displace enough water to set in motion waves at the surface that can travel across an ocean in a matter of hours.  The magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred along a "strike-slip" fault, where two plates grind past one another. These earthquakes don't typically give rise to large tsunamis, since they tend to involve horizontal, rather than vertical, motion.   This morning's 7.9 earthquake occurred along a strike-slip fault. The horizontal movement of the two plates in a strike-slip fault, typically limits the threat of tsunami's pic.twitter.com/o7kgwNHqxS — Greg Diamond (@gdimeweather) January 23, 2018 Alaska has a long history of powerful earthquakes and tsunamis.  People who live along the coast are well aware of the need to get to higher ground during a tsunami threat.  Tsunami sirens in Kodiak t.co/d4qZJPDbNW — Dave Snider (@DaveSnider) January 23, 2018 So far we are ok and sheltering together, listening to radio – sirens still going and warning in effect. Stay safe out there peeps, and get to higher ground. #earthquake #alaska #kodiak pic.twitter.com/E6gCWegvWq — Lisa Hupp (@LisaHupp) January 23, 2018 Experts are warning of the continued threat of aftershocks, some of which could be as strong as magnitude 6.0. Alaska's Kodiak Police Department told residents in a video posted 20 minutes ago to evacuate their homes and move to ground at least 100 ft or higher amid tsunami alert. pic.twitter.com/biU8XaEnr3 — NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) January 23, 2018 This quake was on the stronger side, but was not the strongest earthquake on record to strike the state.  In 1964, Alaska was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 9.2 intensity. This remains the most powerful earthquake in North American history, and it caused widespread damage in south-central Alaska, along with about 140 deaths.  WATCH: From music festivals to natural disasters—this weather shelter's got you covered



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Ivanka Trump surprise visit to Connecticut school prompts some parents to pull children from class

Ivanka Trump surprise visit to Connecticut school prompts some parents to pull children from class​Ivanka Trump’s surprise unannounced visit to a school in Connecticut has prompted some parents to pull their children from class. The US president’s daughter addressed secondary school students at the Norwalk Early College Academy about the importance of education in the sciences, technology, mathematics, and engineering. Ms Trump, who serves as an unpaid advisor to her father, said: “To see the passion and enthusiasm for bringing real-life skills into a classroom environment, but then coupling it with real-life experience through internship, creates this really beautiful virtuous angle”.



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Third Sea Lion Attack in a Week Prompts Swimming Ban at San Francisco Park

Third Sea Lion Attack in a Week Prompts Swimming Ban at San Francisco Park"I haven’t had a single sea lion or wildlife attack like this."



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Garrison Keillor firing prompts backlash from his fans

Garrison Keillor firing prompts backlash from his fansMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Outraged Garrison Keillor fans deluged Minnesota Public Radio Thursday with complaints about the firing of the humorist over alleged workplace misconduct.



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Meth Found In Child's Halloween Candy Prompts Warning From Wisconsin Police

Meth Found In Child's Halloween Candy Prompts Warning From Wisconsin PoliceWisconsin authorities urged parents to inspect their children’s Halloween candy after a small bag of methamphetamine was distributed to a child near Green Bay.



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Typhoon kills at least two in Japan, prompts call for thousands to evacuate

Typhoon kills at least two in Japan, prompts call for thousands to evacuateBy Elaine Lies and Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) – A typhoon roared towards Japan’s main island on election day on Sunday, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights. One man was killed under scaffolding that collapsed in high winds and a fisherman was killed as he tended to his boat, Kyodo news agency said. Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, was south of Japan and moving northeast at 50 kph on Sunday night, speeding up slightly, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.



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