Kristian Foden-Vencil

Kristian Foden-Vencil is a veteran journalist/producer working for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He started as a cub reporter for newspapers in London, England in 1988. Then in 1991 he moved to Oregon and started freelancing. His work has appeared in publications as varied as The Oregonian, the BBC, the Salem Statesman Journal, Willamette Week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NPR and the Voice of America. Kristian has won awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. He was embedded with the Oregon National Guard in Iraq in 2004 and now specializes in business, law, health and politics. 

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People standing above the epicenter of a large earthquake will feel the ground shaking before people on the periphery of the quake. The same can be said of their smartphones.

Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey are trying to figure out whether smartphones might be used to give earthquake warnings.

Ben Brooks, with the USGS, says if a computer was checking for simultaneous movement of a large number of smartphones, it could give people on the periphery of a quake a 10-or-20-second warning.
He says that's enough time to stop a surgeon from starting an operation.

Courtesy of Clackamas County Sherriff's Department

The Clackamas County Sheriff's department has identified victims of Tuesday's shooting at Clackamas Town Center mall. 

The victims who died were 54-year old Cindy Yuille, a registered nurse, and 43-year-old Steven Forsyth from West Linn, who owned a business in the mall. There's no information about how or when their deaths occurred. Police also didn't have specifics about whether the shooter killed himself before or after police saw him. 

It turns out Americans facing death want something they also want in life: choice.