Law of Alaska
The U.S. state of Alaska eliminates the posting of bail in criminal cases, replacing it with a points-based system, rating the defendant on their previous criminal history, their danger to the public, and their probability of showing up to court hearings.
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A 7.9 magnitude earthquake occurs in the Gulf of Alaska. A tsunami warning is issued for coastal Alaska and British Columbia, and the entire U.S. West Coast is placed under a tsunami watch. Areas of Alaska remain under a tsunami advisory. It is tied as the sixth-largest earthquake ever recorded in the United States, but there are no reports of significant damage or fatalities. 2018-01-23 (Context: Alaska)
A large fire continues to burn at the Peter Pan Seafoods fish processing plant in Port Moller, Alaska, on the Alaska Peninsula. Much of the facility has been destroyed, and the plant is out of commission. Power is out in the village. 2017-08-17 (Context: Alaska)
North Korea test-launches what is presumed to be its first intercontinental ballistic missile 933 kilometers into the Sea of Japan within Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone. An American expert theorizes the ICBM, which reached an altitude of 2,802 km, could potentially reach the U.S. state of Alaska. 2017-07-4 (Context: Alaska)
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, west of the Alaskan Aleutian Island of Attu, in the North Pacific Ocean. No immediate reports of casualties or damage; a tsunami warning was cancelled. 2017-07-18 (Context: Alaska)
Two people are attacked and killed by black bears, in separate incidents in Alaska, following a rise in bear attacks in that state. 2017-06-19 (Context: Alaska)