What Can Help Dropouts?

By Newsroom America Staff at 5:17 pm Eastern

Certain life experiences can worsen the negative effects of dropping out of school, but interventions and treatments can improve the odds for dropouts, a new study finds.

Man-Eating Monster Crocodile May Be Florida's Newest Invasive Species

4:10 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Spotting native alligators and crocodiles in Florida is common, but anyone who sees a large reptile may want to take a second look-- man-eaters that can grow to 18 feet long and weigh as much as a small car have been found in the Sunshine State.read more »

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Fukushima Nuclear Accident A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

3:05 pm Eastern | SciTech

The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident should serve as a wake-up call to nuclear plant operators and regulators in the U.S. on the critical importance of measuring, maintaining, and restoring cooling in spent fuel pools during severe accidents and terrorist attacks, says a new report.read more »

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Former Corporate Lawyer Sent To Prison For Running Ponzi Scheme

2:07 pm Eastern | Business

Former corporate lawyer Charles A. Bennett has been sentenced to five years in prison for securities and wire fraud charges stemming from his scheme to defraud over 30 investors of more than $5 million through a Ponzi scheme. read more »

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Researchers Find Earth May Be Home To 1 Trillion Species

12:10 pm Eastern | SciTech

Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified, according to the results of a new study.read more »

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Man Who Set Fire To Somali Restaurant Pleads Guilty To Hate Crime

23 May 10:24 | U.S. News

Matthew Gust, 25, has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for setting fire to a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, North Dakota.read more »

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Many Still Without Roof Over Heads Following Ecuador Quake

23 May 09:18 | World

One month after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of over 650 people in north-western Ecuador, humanitarian needs remain acute as 73,000 people have been displaced.read more »

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With Hottest April On Record, Streak Of Above-Average Global Temperatures Continues

23 May 08:15 | World

Global temperature records were broken yet again in April for the 12th consecutive month, the longest such streak since global record-taking began in 1880, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported.read more »

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FDA Modernizes Nutrition Facts Label For Packaged Foods

22 May 18:51 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken a major step in making sure consumers have updated nutritional information for most packaged foods sold in the United States, that will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families. read more »

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Ancient Tsunami Evidence On Mars Reveals Life Potential

20 May 17:07 | SciTech

The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars' northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites - hitting the planet millions of years apart - triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis.read more »

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Visual Impairment, Blindness Cases In US Expected To Double By 2050

20 May 16:07 | U.S. News

With the youngest of the baby boomers hitting 65 by 2029, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, according to projections based on the most recent census data and from studies funded by the National Eye Institute.read more »

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Social Media Poses Threat To People With Intellectual Disabilities

20 May 15:11 | SciTech

People with intellectual disabilities are more susceptible to exploitation and abuse, and the rise of the Internet only increases their vulnerability.read more »

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Rate Of Environmental Damage Increasing Across Planet Earth

20 May 14:09 | World

The environmental change sweeping the world is occurring at a faster pace than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the damage being done to the planet, says the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment.read more »

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Former Lee Police Chief Sentenced To Prison For Extortion

20 May 12:02 | U.S. News

The former chief of the Lee Police Department has been sentenced in Springfield for extorting a $4,000 payment from a couple facing prostitution charges.read more »

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Global Life Expectancy Up Five Years Since 2000

20 May 10:04 | World

Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major health inequalities persist within and among countries, a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found.read more »

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Four Schools Or Hospitals In Crisis Zones Attacked Or Occupied Every Day

20 May 08:11 | World

An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day, according to analysis released by UNICEF ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Moving Higher

20 May 09:06 | Business

Mortgage rates reversed course and began moving higher, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate registering at 3.76 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Risks To Public Health At Rio 2016 Olympics

19 May 17:10 | World

Visitors to the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Summer Games in Rio de Jan, Brazil later this year will be most at risk of gastrointestinal illness and vector-borne infections. read more »

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Relationship Satisfaction Depends On The Mating Pool, Study Finds

19 May 16:03 | SciTech

Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution's stronghold on modern relationship psychology, according to a study at The University of Texas at Austin.read more »

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Photonics Advances Have Major Implications For Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence

19 May 15:07 | SciTech

Looking up at the night sky -- expansive and seemingly endless, stars and constellations blinking and glimmering like jewels just out of reach -- it's impossible not to wonder: Are we alone?read more »

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Evidence Of Repeated Rapid Retreat Of The East Antarctic Ice Sheet

19 May 14:07 | World

Research has revealed that vast regions of the Totten Glacier in East Antarctica are fundamentally unstable and have contributed significantly to rising sea levels several times in the past.read more »

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U.S. Organic Sales Post New Record Of $43 Billion In 2015

19 May 12:12 | U.S. News

The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year's record level.read more »

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Warning Of Dire Shelter Conditions For Refugees

19 May 10:24 | World

A half-billion-dollar shortfall in funds for sheltering refugees is severely undermining efforts to tackle the biggest global displacement crisis since World War II.read more »

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Americans Consider Texting And Tailgating The Two Worst Driving Behaviors: Survey

19 May 09:10 | U.S. News

The Expedia 2016 Road Rage Report names "The Texter" as the most aggravating driver on the road in the United States for the third year in a row. read more »

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WHO Sees Low To Moderate Risk Of Zika Virus Spread In Europe

19 May 08:06 | World

The overall risk of a Zika virus outbreak across Europe is low to moderate during late spring and summer, according to a new risk assessment published by the World Health Organization (WHO), with a varying risk across the region that is higher in countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present.read more »

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Humans Have Been Causing Earthquakes In Texas Since The 1920s: Researchers

18 May 17:11 | U.S. News

Earthquakes triggered by human activity have been happening in Texas since at least 1925, and they have been widespread throughout the state ever since, according to a new historical review of the evidence.read more »

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Middle-School Kids See Several Alcohol Ads A Day

18 May 16:03 | Entertainment

Children as young as middle-schoolers are exposed to multiple alcohol advertisements every day--both indoors and out--a new study finds.read more »

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Twitter Location Data Can Reveal Users' Home, Work Addresses

18 May 15:16 | SciTech

Researchers at MIT and Oxford University have shown that the location stamps on just a handful of Twitter posts -- as few as eight over the course of a single day -- can be enough to disclose the addresses of the poster's home and workplace to a relatively low-tech snooper.read more »

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Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance

18 May 14:02 | SciTech

The ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa could have the necessary balance of chemical energy for life, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity, finds a new study.read more »

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Homebuyer Demand Rises in April

18 May 12:09 | Business

With the 2016 home-buying season just starting, April sales saw a 7.5% increase over March and a 3.2% rise over April last year, which nearly matches the average year-over-year sales increase of 4.3% so far in 2016. read more »

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Nearly 1,000 Afghans Fleeing Their Homes Daily

18 May 10:13 | World

Humanitarian officials report that since the beginning of the year, about 1,000 Afghans have fled their homes every day due to fighting, and aid workers are struggling to meet the needs of those on the run.read more »

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EU Has Largely 'Abandoned' Greece To Deal With Migrant Crisis On Its Own

18 May 09:04 | World

The suffering of migrants in Greece is the result of a complete absence of long-term vision and the clear lack of political will of the European Union (EU), a human rights expert said, warning that Greece has been abandoned by the EU to deal with a crisis.read more »

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Nevada Police Officer Indicted For Using Excessive Force

18 May 08:09 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury in Las Vegas has returned a five-count indictment charging Clark County School District Police Officer James Lescinsky, 45, with unlawfully assaulting two people at the Jeffrey Behavior School last year, and then attempting to cover it up.read more »

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Paris Climate Agreement Cannot Be Met Without Emissions Reduction Target For Agriculture

17 May 17:41 | SciTech

Scientists have calculated, for the first time, the extent to which agricultural emissions must be reduced to meet the new climate agreement's plan to limit warming to 2°C in 2100.read more »

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Young Social Media Regulars Less Committed To One Religion

17 May 15:15 | SciTech

Youths who use social media are more likely to develop a "pick-and-choose" approach to customize their faith -- regardless of what their religious tradition teaches -- than those who do not use social media, according to a Baylor University study.read more »

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Trump Poses New Mission For Mexico's Diplomats

17 May 14:06 | U.S. News

After months of near silence regarding Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's "increasingly hostile" comments about Mexico, the country, through its foreign ministry, is now trying to protect its image and respond more vigorously to anti-Mexican rhetoric, according to Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. read more »

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Survey Shows Negative Impact Of Student Loan Debt On Americans' Major Life Choices

17 May 12:01 | U.S. News

A new survey shows that student loan debt is affecting people's lives in unexpected ways – and the entire economy as a result. read more »

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One Hundred Babies Born Every Day In Areas Worst Hit By Ecuador Quake

17 May 10:18 | World

UNICEF said on average, up to 100 babies are born every day in Esmeraldas and Manabí, the provinces worst hit by the Ecuador earthquake.read more »

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Nearly One In Five Suicide Bombers Used By Boko Haram Is Now A Child

17 May 09:18 | World

The number of children used by Boko Haram as suicide bombers is up tenfold over the past year, according to the United Nations, which warned the group’s gunmen continue to carry out attacks on civilian and military targets despite the ramped up military operations in the Lake Chad Basin region.read more »

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Corning International Kabushiki Kaisha To Pay $66 Million For Fixing Prices

17 May 08:13 | U.S. News

Corning International Kabushiki Kaisha (Corning International K.K.) has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $66.5 million criminal fine for conspiring to fix prices of automotive parts.read more »

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Hackers Using Psychological Strategies To Get Computer Users Login Details

16 May 17:16 | SciTech

Computer hackers are increasingly relying on psychological strategies to manipulate computer users into voluntarily divulging their login details. read more »

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Marijuana Use In Pregnancy A Major Risk For Preterm Birth

16 May 16:08 | World

International research led by the University of Adelaide has for the first time shown a direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth.read more »

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Scientists Use Advanced Astronomical Software To Date 2,500 Year-Old Lyric Poem

16 May 15:07 | SciTech

Physicists and astronomers from the University of Texas at Arlington have used advanced astronomical software to accurately date lyric poet Sappho's "Midnight Poem," which describes the night sky over Greece more than 2,500 years ago.read more »

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Review Finds Fathers' Age, Lifestyle Associated With Birth Defects

16 May 14:10 | U.S. News

A growing body of research is revealing associations between birth defects and a father's age, alcohol use and environmental factors, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. read more »

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TSA Union Calls For 6,000 New Officers To Alleviate Airport Security Lines

16 May 12:04 | U.S. News

The union representing Transportation Security Officers at U.S. airports is calling on Congress to pass emergency legislation funding the hiring of 6,000 additional full-time screeners to alleviate long airport security lines.read more »

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Former Executive Indicted For Role In Automotive Parts Conspiracy

16 May 10:26 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury in Michigan has returned an indictment against Nobuhiko Niwa, a former automotive parts executive, for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to fix prices, rig bids and allocate the market for ceramic substrates sold in the United States and elsewhere.read more »

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Over 1,000 Refugees And Migrants Rescued Off Italian Coast

16 May 09:13 | World

Some 1,000 people of various nationalities, including refugee families and unaccompanied children, were rescued yesterday from the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend.read more »

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Corporate Hijacker Sentenced In $1.4 Million ID Theft Scheme

16 May 08:03 | Business

Myrick Clift Beasley, 56, of Las Vegas, has been sentenced to 60 months in prison for mail fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain goods and services on credit using the stolen identities of legitimate, inactive businesses.read more »

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New Evidence That Humans Settled In Southeastern US Far Earlier Than Previously Believed

15 May 17:00 | U.S. News

The discovery of stone tools found in a Florida river show that humans settled the southeastern United States far earlier than previously believed--perhaps by as much as 1,500 years, according to a team of scientists.read more »

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Ingestible Robot Operates In Simulated Stomach

15 May 12:51 | SciTech

In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.read more »

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Can A Smartphone Application Help Treat Anxiety And Depression?

15 May 08:30 | SciTech

Researchers from the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester have examined the initial trial of a smartphone application designed to help people manage their problems.read more »

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