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5:35pm

Thu October 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:57 pm

The Fairfax County 911 Center in Virginia takes calls during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was relatively easy to locate callers when most people used landlines. But most 911 calls now come from cellphones, which can pinpoint a callers' location only within 100 to 300 meters.
Greg E. Mathieson Sr. Mai/Landov

Today's mobile phones can do almost everything a computer can. But we still need them for their most basic purpose: making phone calls — especially in emergencies.

Yet existing technology can't always pinpoint a caller's location, particularly when a 911 caller is indoors.

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new regulations for wireless carriers to help address the problem, but so far, wireless providers are resisting the changes.

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5:35pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Around the Nation

Park Service Construction Damaged Native American Burial Sites

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:43 pm

Jim Nepstad, superintendent of Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa, stands at the top of a bluff looking over the Mississippi River.
Clay Masters NPR

Imagine being able to drive an all-terrain vehicle right up next to a sacred earthen Native American burial mound.

At Effigy Mounds National Monument, you can. Three million dollars' worth of illegal construction projects went on for a decade at one of the nation's most sacred Native American burial grounds in northeast Iowa. And it happened under the watch of the National Park Service.

The park didn't do the proper archaeological studies before installing an intricate boardwalk system that now encircles ancient burial mounds that are shaped like bears and birds.

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4:29pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Law

ACLU Challenges Miami Law On Behalf Of Homeless Sex Offenders

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:15 pm

This encampment under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami, shown in 2008, was cleared out by authorities in 2009. It was home to sex offenders who were unable to find places where they were permitted to live under Miami-Dade County's strict residency law. Although this makeshift community was broken up, homeless sex offenders continue to camp out in other areas of the county.
David Adame AP

Miami-Dade County's sex offender residency restrictions — some of the tightest in the country — drew national attention a few years ago when an encampment of sex offenders sprang up on a causeway in Biscayne Bay. After a public outcry, local and state authorities evicted several dozen people, mostly men, from that makeshift settlement.

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4:28pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Politics

Democrats Remain Optimistic About Senate, Gubernatorial Races

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:35 pm

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3:39pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Global Health

Why Do Ebola Mortality Rates Vary So Widely?

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:35 pm

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