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HAWAII / Scientists in tsunami flap

Scientists acknowledged that they overstated Saturday's tsunami warning for Hawaii but defended their actions, saying they took the proper steps and learned the lessons of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, in which thousands died after people didn't get enough warning. "It's a key point to remember that we cannot end the warnings. Failure to warn is not an option for us," said Dai Lin Wang, an oceanographer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii. Hundreds of thousands of people fled shorelines for higher ground Saturday in a panic that circled the Pacific Rim after scientists warned 53 nations and territories that a tsunami had been generated by the massive Chilean quake. In Hawaii, the warning was lifted a few hours later, after waves half the predicted size tickled its shores.

NATIONWIDE / Phones a popular news tool

Just over a quarter of American adults now read news on their cell phones, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The survey results being released by the group on Monday offer another sign of how people are changing the way they get information. The new study found that 26 percent of American adults get news on their phones. Pew doesn't have comparable data for previous years. But evidence of the shift in habits can be seen in this finding: Younger cell phone owners are more likely to look for news on their phones. About 43 percent of those under 50 said they are mobile news consumers, compared with 15 percent of older respondents. Just shy of 60 percent of all respondents get news from both online and offline sources, while 46 percent said they use four to six different types of media on a typical day. The results were based on telephone interviews with 2,259 people over 18, between Dec. 28 and Jan. 19. For the entire group, the margin of error was 2.3 percentage points. For Internet users only, the margin of error was 2.7 percentage points.

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