Utility Company Sentenced In Wyoming For Killing Protected Birds At Wind Projects

By Newsroom America Staff at 19 Dec 15:18

PacifiCorp Energy, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, based in Portland, Oregon, has pleaded guilty in Wyoming to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in connection with the deaths of protected birds, including golden eagles, at two of the company’s wind projects in Wyoming.

T-Mobile to Pay At Least $90 Million To Settle FTC Mobile Cramming Case

19 Dec 16:22 | Business

T-Mobile has agreed to fully refund its customers for unwanted third-party charges it placed on their phone bills, a practice known as mobile cramming, paying at least $90 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit filed earlier this year.read more »


Updated: U.S. Government Blames North Korea For Sony Cyber Attack

19 Dec 13:21 | U.S. News

The FBI said it now had enough information to conclude that the North Korean government was responsible for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, but President Barack Obama said it made a mistake in canceling the release of the movie "The Interview" due to threats.read more »


NOAA Establishes 'Tipping Points' For Sea Level Rise Related Flooding

19 Dec 12:39 | U.S. News

By 2050, a majority of U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due to dramatically accelerating impacts from sea level rise, according to a new NOAA study.read more »


Former Police Officer Indicted For Multiple Incidents of Assault

19 Dec 11:31 | U.S. News

The Justice Department says a federal grand jury in Shreveport, Louisiana, has returned an indictment against former Homer Police Department Officer Willie Fred Knowles, 64, charging him with violating people's civil rights.read more »


Report On Human Rights In North Korea Referred To Security Council

19 Dec 10:14 | World

Condemning "ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" in North Korea, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution to send a report probing such violations to the Security Council.read more »


Medicines Used In Ebola Fight Lost In Fire

19 Dec 09:14 | World

A fire has engulfed a warehouse in Guinea that contained medicines and laboratory materials used for the fight against Ebola, causing no casualties but "a regrettable loss" in supplies, which the UN mission there vowed to quickly replace. read more »


Expert Group On Arbitrary Detention Welcomes The Release Of Detainees In Cuba, US

19 Dec 08:12 | U.S. News

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has welcomed the recent release of a number of detainees in Cuba and the United States, some of whose cases have been followed by the expert group.read more »


'Multiple' ISIL Leaders Killed In Air Strikes

19 Dec 01:23 | U.S. News

The Pentagon has confirmed that since mid-November, targeted coalition airstrikes have killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »


Internet Addiction Affects 6 Percent Of People Worldwide: Study

18 Dec 16:26 | SciTech

A new study has found the prevalence of Internet addiction ranged from a low of 2.6% in Northern and Western Europe to a high of 10.9% in the Middle East. read more »


Mastermind Of $56 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme And Doctor Plead Guilty

18 Dec 15:39 | U.S. News

The organizer of a $56 million Medicare fraud conspiracy and an accomplice physician have pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisiana to health care fraud charges.read more »


U.S. Citizen Charged In Connection with Uganda Cyber Counterfeiting Scheme

18 Dec 14:33 | U.S. News

A criminal complaint filed in Pittsburgh charges a U.S. citizen with leading an international counterfeit currency operation headquartered in the Republic of Uganda. read more »


Mortgage Rates Hit 19-Month Low

18 Dec 13:15 | Business

Mortgage rates moved lower for a sixth consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to 3.94 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »


Asteroid That Wiped Out Dinosaurs May Have Nearly Made Mammals Extinct Too

18 Dec 12:09 | SciTech

The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.read more »


CEO Of U.S. Broker-Dealer Pleads Guilty To Massive International Bribery Scheme

18 Dec 10:35 | Business

The former chief executive officer and former managing director of a U.S. broker-dealer has pleaded guilty to bribery charges arising from their scheme to pay bribes to an official in Venezuela’s state economic development bank.read more »


Fourteen Indicted In Connection With Nationwide Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

18 Dec 09:48 | U.S. News

A 131-count criminal indictment has been unsealed in Boston in connection with the 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, with two pharmacists charged with 25 acts of second-degree murder. read more »


World Bank Safeguards 'Go Out Of Their Way' To Avoid References To Human Rights

18 Dec 08:38 | World

Human rights advocates have urged the World Bank to recognize the central importance of human rights to its draft environmental and social policies, also known as safeguard policies, which apply to its investment project financing.read more »


Defendant In FTC Landline Phone Cramming Case Settles Charges

17 Dec 14:12 | U.S. News

One of the defendants behind a massive landline cramming operation that placed more than $70 million in unauthorized charges on consumers’ phone bills has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges against him.read more »


American Nurse Tests Negative For Ebola So Far

17 Dec 15:10 | U.S. News

An American nurse admitted to the NIH Clinical Center's special clinical studies unit a week ago for observation for Ebola has not yet tested positive for the virus disease. read more »


United States And Cuba To Re-Establish Diplomatic Ties

17 Dec 13:00 | U.S. News

President Obama has announced a new policy to cut loose what he said was "the anchor of failed policies of the past" and to chart a new course in U.S. relations with Cuba that will engage and empower the Cuban people. read more »


Is A Nintendo A Safe Christmas Present?

17 Dec 12:41 | Entertainment

Following reports of Nintendo related injuries and other problems, ranging from mild to life threatening, a team of Dutch researchers decided to gather all reported cases of Nintendo related problems to see whether a Nintendo is safe to give as a Christmas presentread more »


Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry On Mars

17 Dec 12:29 | SciTech

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill.read more »


More Than Half Of All Children In The US Will Likely Live With An Unmarried Mother

17 Dec 11:26 | U.S. News

More than half of all American children will likely live with an unmarried mother at some point before they reach age 18, according to a report issued by Princeton University and Harvard University.read more »


Global Intellectual Property Filings See Boost In 2013

17 Dec 10:20 | Business

Despite an uneven global economic recovery, international patent requests continued to surge in 2013, extending the run of strong annual increases in intellectual property (IP) filings to a fourth consecutive year. read more »


Former Mayor of Martin Sentenced To 90 Months For Civil Rights Offenses, Fraud, Vote Buying

17 Dec 09:15 | U.S. News

The former Mayor of Martin, Ky., has been sentenced to 90 months in federal prison for various crimes including civil rights offenses and identity theft.read more »


Minnesota Woman Sentenced In Forced Labor Case

17 Dec 08:09 | U.S. News

Minnesota woman Tieu Tran, 59, has been sentenced to serve one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of forced labor trafficking. read more »


Taliban Attack On Pakistan School An Act Of ‘Horror And Rank Cowardice'

16 Dec 16:26 | World

The Taliban has stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan, reportedly going from classroom to classroom killing about 130 people, with most of them children.read more »


People Trust Typical-Looking Faces Most: Study

16 Dec 14:39 | SciTech

Being "average" is often considered a bad thing, but new research suggests that averageness wins when people assess the trustworthiness of a face. read more »


11 Trillion Gallons Needed To Replenish California Drought Losses: NASA

16 Dec 12:52 | SciTech

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.read more »


Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' Running For President

16 Dec 13:06 | US Politics and Govt

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said he has "decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States." read more »


Research Finds Copyright Confusion Has 'Chilling Effects' In Online Creative Publishing

16 Dec 10:01 | SciTech

In the age of web publishing, it has become increasingly confusing for content creators to figure out how to protect their original works or to use other content legally, such as for remixes or parodies, on major websites for user-generated content, including YouTube and DeviantArt, according to new research.read more »


Future Of Israeli-Palestinian Peace 'More Uncertain Than Ever'

16 Dec 09:20 | World

The quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians has reached a "dramatic" crossroads, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, told the Security Council in his briefing on the situation, warning that the region’s future remains “more uncertain than ever.”read more »


Warning Of 'Life-Threatening' Conditions For Ukraine's Civilians

16 Dec 08:31 | World

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine heads into its tenth month, continued fighting and bitter cold temperatures are placing more than five million people at risk, the top United Nations human rights official warned.read more »


'Critical Gaps' Remain In Early Warning 10 Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami

16 Dec 07:31 | World

A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck, the Asia-Pacific region remains highly disaster prone and critical gaps remain in early warning, especially in reaching the most vulnerable people and remote communities, said officials.read more »


Falling Energy Prices Could Challenge Profitability Of U.S. Petrochemicals

15 Dec 15:10 | U.S. News

The petrochemical industry got a taste of what could be a potential shift in petrochemical profitability during the last quarter as crude prices – and, in turn, naphtha prices – tumbled, according to the just-released quarterly: Platts Global Polyolefins Outlook.read more »


Updated: Sydney Hostage Siege Ends With Three Confirmed Dead

15 Dec 12:36 | World

New South Wales Police say the siege of a Sydney cafe is over, with three people dead including the hostage taker and four others injured.read more »


Climate Policy Pledges Important Step Forward 'But Fall Short'

15 Dec 15:39 | SciTech

Pledges to reduce emissions in China, Europe and the US provide an important step forward for climate change action, but a more comprehensive effort is needed to stabilize the climate below critical thresholds, say researchers.read more »


Harvard-Trained Mutual Fund Manager Charged With Securities Fraud

15 Dec 12:53 | Business

A Boston-area mutual fund manager has been arrested on securities fraud charges in connection with an alleged scheme to use the fund’s money to issue fictitious loans.read more »


Researchers Listen In On 'Conversations’ Between Calves And Their Mothers

15 Dec 13:22 | SciTech

A team from The University of Nottingham and Queen Mary University of London spent ten months studying the ways cows communicate with their young, carefully examining acoustic indicators of identity and age.read more »


Teen Use Of e-Cigarettes Growing in U.S.

15 Dec 09:33 | SciTech

E-cigarette use among teenagers is growing in the U.S., and Hawaii teens take up e-cigarette use at higher rates than their mainland counterparts, a new study by University of Hawaii Cancer Center researchers has found.read more »


FTC Continues Crackdown On Fad Weight-Loss Products

15 Dec 08:37 | U.S. News

Marketers who pitched homeopathic HCG drops as a quick and easy way to lose substantial weight have agreed to pay $1 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their weight-loss claims were deceptive and not supported by scientific evidence. read more »


SEC Charges Manhattan-Based Attorney With Conducting Ponzi Scheme

15 Dec 07:54 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Manhattan-based attorney with conducting a Ponzi scheme that defrauded some of his legal clients as well as close family members and friends.read more »


Scientists Reveal New Family Tree For Birds Back To Dinosaur Parents

14 Dec 14:00 | SciTech

Scientists have published the results of a first-ever look at the genome of dozens of common birds, telling the story of how modern birds evolved after the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs and almost everything else on Earth 66 million years ago.read more »


Envoy Calls For "Big Surge" In Efforts To Reduce Ebola Transmission Rates In Sierra Leone

14 Dec 13:38 | World

Amid a spike in Ebola transmission rates in Sierra Leone, the United Nations envoy coordinating the massive global crisis response has travelled to the West African nation to help implement a surge in efforts to contain the outbreak.read more »


Delegates Pave Way To 'Universal, Meaningful' Climate Agreement At Lima Conference

14 Dec 13:32 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome of a United Nations-backed climate conference in Lima, Peru, praising delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015.read more »


Two Mississippi Women Plead Guilty To Racially-Motivated Assaults On African-Americans

13 Dec 14:57 | U.S. News

Shelbie Brooke Richards, 21, and Sarah Adelia Graves, 21, from Brandon, Mississippi, have pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges in connection with a series of racially-motivated assaults on African-Americans, which culminated in the death of James Craig Anderson, an African-American man, in the summer of 2011.read more »


Ebola And Conflict Threatens Food Security In 38 Countries

13 Dec 15:14 | World

Thirty eight countries are at risk of food insecurity, including 29 in Africa, with food insecurity worsening in several countries due to civil conflicts, adverse weather and the Ebola outbreak, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.read more »


Israel Must Curb 'Continuous Stream' Of Protest Fatalities In Occupied Palestinian Territory

13 Dec 15:03 | World

Reports of excessive use of force by Israeli security forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have risen sharply, resulting in calls for Israel to take steps to halt this "continuous stream of fatal incidents." read more »


Many U.S. Workers Sacrificing Sleep For Work Hours, Long Commutes

12 Dec 15:38 | Business

A new study shows that paid work time is the primary waking activity exchanged for sleep and suggests that chronic sleep loss potentially could be prevented by strategies that make work start times more flexible.read more »


Judge Found Guilty by Federal Jury

12 Dec 16:40 | U.S. News

Former Murray County Chief Magistrate Judge Bryant L. Cochran has been found guilty by a federal jury for arranging the false arrest of a woman who alleged that she had been sexually propositioned by Cochran, for tampering with a witness, and for sexually assaulting a county employee.read more »


Comet Landing Named Physics World Breakthrough Of The Year

12 Dec 14:33 | SciTech

The first ever landing of a man-made probe onto a comet has been named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2014.read more »


Training Elderly In Social Media Improves Well-Being And Combats Isolation

12 Dec 14:24 | SciTech

Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK.read more »


Cocaine Consumption Quadruples Risk Of Sudden Death In People Between 19 And 49: Study

12 Dec 14:20 | SciTech

Joint research for the first time links the increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine. In people in the 19-49 age bracket this risk is quadrupled. read more »


Mortgage Rates Down For 5th Consecutive Week

12 Dec 14:09 | Breaking News

Mortgage rates moved lower for a fifth consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.03 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »


Steven Mandell Sentenced To Life In Prison for Barbaric Plot To Kidnap, Extort And Kill

12 Dec 08:38 | U.S. News

A northwest suburban man has been sentenced to life in prison for plotting in 2012 to kidnap, torture, extort and murder an innocent victim and then take control of the victim’s real estate holdings. read more »


Operator Of MyRedBook.com Website Pleads Guilty To Facilitating Prostitution

12 Dec 09:17 | U.S. News

A California man has pleaded guilty in connection with his operation of the myRedBook.com website to facilitate prostitution. This represents the first federal conviction of a website operator for facilitation of prostitution.read more »


IAEA Appeals For Funds To Extend Iran Nuclear Monitoring Mission

12 Dec 07:21 | World

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made an appeal for 4.6 million euros so that it can continue to undertake its monitoring and verification activities in Iran until June 2015 under the Joint Plan of Action with Iran. read more »


House Passes $1 Trillion Funding Bill, Jumping Hurdle To Keep Government Open

11 Dec 22:40 | US Politics and Govt

The 113th Congress has narrowly voted to advance a a $1.1 trillion spending bill which will keep the U.S. government operating despite bickering and objections. read more »


United States 'Must Now Recover Moral High Ground' After CIA Torture Revelations

11 Dec 16:21 | U.S. News

The United States' use of torture when interrogating prisoners captured in its “War on Terror” has damaged the country's moral high ground and created a set-back in the global fight against the condemnable practice, according to a human rights expert.read more »


'Birdman' Leads Nominations For 72nd Golden Globes

11 Dec 14:14 | Entertainment

The nominations have been announced for the 72nd Golden Globes film and television awards, which take place on 11 January 2015, with 'Birdman' leading the pack with seven nominations. read more »


Patient With Exposure To Ebola To Be Admitted At NIH Clinical Center

11 Dec 13:46 | U.S. News

The National Institutes of Health expects to admit a patient with exposure to the Ebola virus to the NIH Clinical Center’s special clinical studies unit for observation and to enroll in a clinical protocol. read more »


More Than 16 million Children Live In States Where They Can Buy e-Cigarettes Legally

11 Dec 13:13 | U.S. News

Forty states have enacted laws prohibiting the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes, to minors, but 10 states and the District of Columbia still permit such sales, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.read more »


Thousands Of Consumers Facing The Possibility Of Foreclosure Victimized

11 Dec 13:24 | Business

A federal court has entered orders against 22 defendants who offered financially strapped consumers fake home-loan modification services that the FTC claims violated the FTC Act and the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule. read more »


'Only By Acting Together' Will World Transform Climate Challenge Into Opportunity

11 Dec 11:35 | World

Only by acting together will world leaders transform the climate challenge into an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how we grow our economies and create a safer, healthier, more liveable world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.read more »


Central African Republic Rebel Leader Mahamat Abdul Kadre Captured

11 Dec 10:27 | World

The Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has announced the arrest of Chadian rebel leader and former CAR official, Mahamat Abdul Kadre.read more »


Vehicle Dealer And Accountant Sentenced To Prison In $75 Million Financing Fraud Scheme

11 Dec 09:53 | U.S. News

A former Chicago area motorcycle and recreational vehicle dealer and his accountant have been sentenced to 13 and two and a half years, respectively, in federal prison for a $75.9 million fraudulent financing scheme that resulted in 18 lenders losing more than $58.8 million.read more »


Tens Of Millions Of Elderly Abused Each Month: WHO

11 Dec 08:37 | World

Millions of elderly people report significant abuse each month, which is "an important public health problem" expected to increase in many countries as the number of people aged 60 and older is forecasted to reach about 1.2 billion by the year 2025, the World Health Organization said.read more »


Former Bridezilla Arrested For Felony Insurance Fraud

11 Dec 07:43 | Entertainment

Anita Maxwell, who featured in season four of the reality series “Bridezillas”, has surrendered herself in Los Angeles County on 14 felony counts associated with insurance fraud. read more »


EPA Bans Harmful Chemicals That Can Cause Reproductive And Developmental Harm

10 Dec 15:37 | U.S. News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to protect the public from seven ethylene glycol ethers or glymes chemicals that can cause health effects including birth defects and blood toxicity.read more »


SEC Penalizes Morgan Stanley For Violating Market Access Rule

10 Dec 13:07 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has penalized Morgan Stanley for violating the market access rule when it failed to uphold credit limits for a customer firm with a rogue trader who engaged in fraudulent trading of Apple stock.read more »


FAA Allows Four More Companies To Fly Commercial Drones

10 Dec 13:16 | U.S. News

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology.read more »


Intense Ebola Response Needed For Western Sierra Leone And Guinea-Mali Border

10 Dec 11:44 | World

The United Nations, working with its national and international partners to halt the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, is currently focusing attention on bringing down the high levels of transmission in western Sierra Leone and ensuring that cases do not cross the border from Guinea into neighbouring Mali.read more »


Ancient Engravings Rewrite Human History Say Researchers

10 Dec 10:34 | World

An international team of scientists has discovered the earliest known engravings from human ancestors on a 400,000 year-old fossilised shell from Java.read more »


Annoying Website Ads Can Be Bad For Business?

10 Dec 09:26 | Business

Most consumers have experienced online ads so garish, loud, or aggravating that they can't possibly be ignored. But a new study suggests that this way of forcing customer's attention may actually be bad for business.read more »


Central African Republic In 'Critical Phase of Transition'

10 Dec 08:21 | World

Despite a volatile security situation and ongoing fighting throughout the country, the Central African Republic (CAR) is now entering “a critical phase” in its transition to stability and democracy.read more »


UN Expert Calls For Prosecution Of CIA, US Officials For Crimes Committed During Interrogations

10 Dec 07:54 | U.S. News

A United Nations expert on counter terrorism and human rights says a Senate report has confirmed what the international community has long believed – that there was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush Administration which allowed gross violations of international human rights law. read more »

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