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Adrienne LaFrance

Public Safety

Hawaii’s Renewed Jitters About Nukes

The state is asking the Department of Defense to help it prepare for a nuclear attack, amid escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea.


Why Winter Won't Kill Zika

Colder weather kills mosquitoes, but it doesn't mean the virus is no longer a threat.


Anybody Can Test a Driverless Car in Pennsylvania

As long as there’s a licensed human sitting in the driver’s seat, you don’t need a special permit for your vehicle to drive itself.


The Slow, Agonizing Death of the MetroCard in New York City

The long-heralded swipe-free subway payment system may not arrive until 2022.


Man-Made Earthquakes Are Changing the Seismic Landscape

Scientists say fracking is part of why Oklahoma now rivals California in quake activity.