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Published 11 July 2019

·  L.A. Needs a Better Earthquake Early Warning Alert

·  Russian Disinformation Campaign Helped Push Conspiracy about Murdered DNC Staffer

·  Britain to Spend £18 Million on “Fake News Fund” to Counter Russian Meddling in Europe

·  There’s Something About Putin

·  Risky States to Live that Are Prone to Natural Disasters

·  Border Patrol Condemns Secret Facebook Group, but Reveals Few Specifics

·  Homeland Security Uses Foreign Databases to Accuse Immigrants of Gang Involvement

L.A. Needs a Better Earthquake Early Warning Alert (Alissa Walker, Curbed LA)
Without major changes, most Angelenos will be caught off guard when the next quake hits

Russian Disinformation Campaign Helped Push Conspiracy about Murdered DNC Staffer (CBS News)
CBS News has confirmed a Russian disinformation campaign helped push a bogus theory that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign paid to murder a Democratic National Committee staffer. Police believe the 27-year-old victim Seth Rich was killed after an attempted robbery, three years ago in Washington. Details of Russia’s involvement are outlined in a new report by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News, who spent a year investigating.

Britain to Spend £18 Million on “Fake News Fund” to Counter Russian Meddling in Europe (Mark Wright, Telegraph)
Britain will spend £18 million on a ‘fake news fund’ to counter Russian meddling in Eastern Europe, ministers have announced. Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, said the money would be spent bolstering independent journalists and broadcasters to prevent disinformation campaigns “undermining and destabilizing” former Soviet countries.
The money is part of a wider £100 million pound Conflict, Stability and Security Fund aimed at combating fake news campaigns in Europe and central Asia over the next five years.

There’s Something About Putin (Carlaanne Robbins, American Interest)
Why is the Russian leader so good at playing a weak hand against the United States and Europe? How much is him? How much is us?

Risky States to Live that Are Prone to Natural Disasters (Kat Eschner, CNBC)
From the heat wave currently sweeping the Midwest to the oncoming ravages of hurricane season in the south, extreme and volatile weather impacts every state in the nation. But some states are more at risk than others as global warming changes the entire landscape of the country.

Border Patrol Condemns Secret Facebook Group, but Reveals Few Specifics (by A. C. Thompson, ProPublica)
The agency won’t say how many employees have been disciplined or warned in the ongoing scandal over offensive social media posts.

Homeland Security Uses Foreign Databases to Accuse Immigrants of Gang Involvement (Melissa del Bosque, Pacific Standard)
The information is being provided through a new “fusion” intelligence-gathering center in El Salvador that is funded by the Department of State.