Arsenic Stubbornly Taints Many US Wells: Reports

By Newsroom America Staff at 31 Jan 16:29

Naturally occurring arsenic in private wells threatens people in many U.S. states and parts of Canada, according to a package of a dozen scientific papers to be published next week.

Funeral Home Settles Charges It Violated The Funeral Rule

31 Jan 16:21 | U.S. News

An Ohio funeral home operator has agreed to pay a civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges for violating the agency’s Funeral Rule, which requires funeral providers to provide information consumers need to compare prices and buy only the funeral services and goods they want.read more »

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Infants Create New Knowledge While Sleeping

31 Jan 16:25 | SciTech

There is no rest for a baby's brain - not even in sleep. While infants sleep they are reprocessing what they have learned, scientists have found. read more »

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Scientists Use Knowledge From The Food Industry To Understand Mass Extinction

30 Jan 15:30 | SciTech

The close of the Permian Period around 250 million years ago saw Earth's biggest extinction ever. At this time large volcanic eruptions were occurring in what is now Siberia, and scientists say they have figured out what caused the extinction. read more »

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Hedge Fund Adviser Sentenced To 13 Years Prison For Running Massive Ponzi Scheme

30 Jan 14:55 | Business

Francisco Illarramendi, 45, formerly of New Canaan, has been sentenced to 156 months of imprisonment for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors and creditors of hedge funds he managed out of hundreds of millions of dollars.read more »

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Man Sentenced For Stealing Deceased Persons' Identities To Gain Millions In Tax Refunds

30 Jan 14:47 | U.S. News

A Georgia man has been sentenced to over eight years prison for a wire fraud scheme in which he used the identity information of deceased persons to obtain more than $2.3 million in tax refunds from several states.read more »

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Mortgage Rates In Holding Pattern

30 Jan 14:42 | Business

Mortgage rates were mixed this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate reversing last week's move and settling at 3.80 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Heat Waves Becoming More Prominent In Urban Areas

30 Jan 11:35 | World

The frequency of heat waves has increased dramatically over the past 40 years, and the trend appears to be growing faster in urban areas than in less-populated areas around the world, a new study suggests.read more »

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Treating Diabetes With A Pill May Be One Step Closer

30 Jan 10:30 | SciTech

Science may be one step closer to treating diabetes with a human probiotic pill, according to new Cornell University research.read more »

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Up To 10 Million Gallons Of Gulf Oil Spill Still On Ocean Floor

30 Jan 09:26 | U.S. News

After 200 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the government and BP cleanup crews mysteriously had trouble locating all of it until now.read more »

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Doctor Admits Taking Bribes in Test-Referral Scheme With New Jersey Clinical Lab

30 Jan 08:14 | U.S. News

A Monmouth County doctor with practices in Colts Neck, New Jersey, and Staten Island, New York, has admitted accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS).read more »

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Study Says Blame Men For Political Gridlock

29 Jan 16:34 | US Politics and Govt

During the political gridlock that led to the 2013 federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the handful of female U.S. senators -- only 20 percent of the overall legislative body.read more »

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FAO Urges Greater Protections For 'Inland Fisheries'

29 Jan 14:50 | World

The world's network of lakes, rivers and streams that provide fish and fresh drinking water to millions of people must be better managed in order to safeguard their ongoing contribution to healthy diets and the global economy, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urged.read more »

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Stock-Based Lender Charged With Selling Billions Of Penny Stock Shares As Unregistered Broker

29 Jan 14:21 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Chicago-area company and its former chief operating officer with selling more than nine billion shares of penny stocks without registering with the SEC as a broker-dealer.read more »

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Parties Agree 'In Principle' To Move Mediated Political Talks To Libya

29 Jan 14:41 | World

Participants in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue in discussions in Geneva this week have agreed "on the principle" of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security conditions are available.read more »

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FTC Shuts Down Diploma Mill Operators

29 Jan 14:14 | U.S. News

The principal owners of two Florida-based online diploma mills are permanently banned from marketing and selling academic degrees under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission.read more »

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Long Series Of Droughts Doomed Mexican City 1,000 Years Ago

29 Jan 10:08 | World

Archaeologists continue to debate the reasons for the collapse of many Central American cities and states, from Teotihuacan in Mexico to the Yucatan Maya, and climate change is considered one of the major causes.read more »

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Lack Of Funding Hampering Humanitarian Aid To War-Affected Syrians

29 Jan 09:34 | World

More funding is urgently required for humanitarian organizations to help people in desperate need in Syria, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council during a briefing on the situation in the country. read more »

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Researchers Turn Smartphone Into Personal Mental Health Monitoring Device.

29 Jan 11:01 | SciTech

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed an innovative approach to turn any computer or smartphone with a camera into a personal mental health monitoring device.read more »

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Bitcoin Scams Steal At Least $11 Million In Virtual Deposits From Unsuspecting Customers

28 Jan 21:47 | Business

Fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in Bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, according to new cyber security research from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.read more »

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist Sentenced To Prison For Atomic Energy Act Violations

29 Jan 07:55 | U.S. News

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, a scientist formerly employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), has been sentenced to prison for Atomic Energy Act violations.read more »

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One In Five Children Receive Food Stamps, Census Bureau Reports

28 Jan 14:29 | U.S. News

The number of children receiving food stamps remains higher than it was before the start of the Great Recession in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual Families and Living Arrangements table package.read more »

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Mobile Provider TracFone To Pay $40 Million To Settle FTC Charges It Deceived Consumers

28 Jan 14:16 | U.S. News

TracFone, the largest prepaid mobile provider in the U.S., has agreed to pay $40 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it deceived millions of consumers with hollow promises of “unlimited” data service.read more »

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New Search Engine Lets Users Look For Relevant Results Faster

28 Jan 13:30 | SciTech

Researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT have developed a new search engine that outperforms current ones, and helps people to do searches more efficiently.read more »

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Crude Oil Conspiracy Theories Could Be Right Say Researchers

28 Jan 12:22 | SciTech

Researchers have for the first time provided strong evidence for what conspiracy theorists have long thought - oil is often the reason for interfering in another country's war.read more »

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FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Companies To Address Privacy And Security Risks

28 Jan 11:13 | SciTech

In a detailed report on the Internet of Things, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission recommend a series of concrete steps that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers’ privacy and security, as Americans start to reap the benefits from a growing world of Internet-connected devices.read more »

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Conspirators In Gulf Oil Spill Fund Fraud Sentenced

28 Jan 10:09 | U.S. News

A federal judge has sentenced three south Alabama family members to prison for running a scheme to steal more than $3 million from the claims fund established by British Petroleum for victims of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.read more »

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As Shelling Batters Ukraine's Cities, Country's Children Increasingly In Danger

28 Jan 09:03 | World

The continued shelling of Ukraine's urban centres serves as a shocking reminder of the price being paid by the country's children and families, a UNICEF official said as she warned that the intensifying violence in the Eastern European country was increasingly putting children's lives in danger.read more »

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World Must 'Wake Up' To Enormity Of Central African Republic Crisis

28 Jan 08:19 | World

The top United Nations humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) is calling for increased protection of displaced communities in the northern town of Batangafo, where a steady stream of terrified people are seeking safety.read more »

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Home Price Gains Continue To Slow: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

27 Jan 16:54 | Business

S&P Dow Jones Indices has released the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, with data for November 2014 showing a continued slowdown in home prices nationwide, but with price increases in nine cities.read more »

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FTC Requires Albertsons And Safeway To Sell 168 Stores As Condition Of Merger

27 Jan 15:36 | U.S. News

Supermarket operators Albertsons and Safeway Inc. have agreed to sell 168 supermarkets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their proposed $9.2 billion merger would likely be anticompetitive in 130 local markets in Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.read more »

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'We Are Being Tested Again,' Ban Warns As 70 Years Since Auschwitz Liberation Marked

27 Jan 15:47 | World

Seventy years ago today, allied forces liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging renewed vigilance to eradicate the deep roots of hatred as anti-Semitic attacks continue.read more »

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Lack Of Funds Forces Halt To Gaza Programme For Repairs To Destroyed Homes

27 Jan 15:40 | World

The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East announced that a major funding shortfall has forced the suspension of its cash assistance programme that would have helped families in Gaza repair their homes.read more »

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Patents Provide Insight On Wall Street 'Technology Arms Race'

27 Jan 12:21 | Business

A new study by New Zealand's University of Otago has used US patent data to shed light on the technological roots behind Wall Street's ongoing 'technology arms race'.read more »

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Climate Models Disagree On Why Temperature 'Wiggles' Occur

27 Jan 10:14 | SciTech

A new Duke University-led study finds that most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth's atmosphere warms. read more »

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'Vicious Circles Linking Violence And Hunger' Must End

27 Jan 09:16 | World

Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said during a special meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission.read more »

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Former CIA Officer Convicted For Unauthorized Disclosure Of National Defense Information

27 Jan 08:38 | U.S. News

A former CIA officer was convicted by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday of illegally disclosing national defense information and obstructing justice.read more »

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FBI Busts Alleged Russian Spy Ring

27 Jan 07:49 | U.S. News

The FBI has laid charges against EvGeny Buryaov, a/k/a “Zhenya,” Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy in connection with Buryaov’s service as a covert intelligence agent on behalf of the Russian Federation in New York City.read more »

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Millions At Risk Of Malnutrition With Pollinator Declines

26 Jan 15:06 | SciTech

A new study shows that more than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals -- such as bees -- continue to decline.read more »

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Reduction In Violent Crimes And Property Crimes: FBI

26 Jan 16:51 | U.S. News

Statistics released in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal overall declines in both the number of violent crimes and the number of property crimes reported for the first six months of 2014 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2013.read more »

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One In Six Americans Spent More Than Expected During Holidays

26 Jan 15:12 | U.S. News

One-in-six Americans spent more than expected this holiday season, according to a new Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE) report, which is consistent with readings in previous years. read more »

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Girls Lead Boys In Academic Achievement Globally

26 Jan 15:03 | SciTech

Researchers have determined that girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70 percent of the countries they studied--regardless of the level of gender, political, economic or social equality.read more »

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Major Nor'easter Expected To Bring Heavy Snow, Blizzard Conditions To Northeast

26 Jan 14:35 | U.S. News

The National Weather Service said a storm system off the East Coast will continue to strengthen as it develops into a major nor'easter on Monday and it is expected to bring snowfall of 1-3 feet or more to many parts of the Northeast through Tuesday evening.read more »

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Bayonne Police Officer Charged With Use of Excessive Force During Arrest

26 Jan 14:43 | U.S. News

A Hudson County, New Jersey, man was arrested today and charged with violating a defendant’s civil rights by using excessive force during an arrest that took place in Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as falsifying records in an attempt to conceal the alleged crime.read more »

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Man Who Preyed On Vulnerable With Sweepstakes Scam Sentenced To Prison

26 Jan 10:00 | U.S. News

A South King County man who preyed on people across the country with a phony sweepstakes scam, was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of supervised release and $238,346 in restitution.read more »

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WHO Urges Better Global Preparedness Against Future Ebola Outbreaks

26 Jan 08:34 | World

The Ebola outbreak is "clearly" in retreat throughout the affected countries of West Africa but the continuing emergency response shows the need for urgent changes so that “never again should the world be caught by surprise,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a special meeting on Ebola. read more »

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Security Council Strongly Condemns Killing Of Japanese Civilian By ISIL militants

26 Jan 07:50 | World

The United Nations Security Council has deplored the "apparent murder" of Japanese citizen, Haruna Yukawa, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – the latest atrocity to be committed by the militant group against a captured civilian.read more »

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2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Birdman, Orange is the New Black Among Big Winners

26 Jan 00:38 | Entertainment

Actors have honored their own at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine in Los Angeles with Birdman, Eddie Redmayne, Downton Abbey and Orange is the New Black among the big winners.read more »

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Study Projects Unprecedented Loss Of Corals In Great Barrier Reef Due To Warming

25 Jan 15:11 | World

The coverage of living corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10 percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef.read more »

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Rocket Attack Kills Dozens Of Civilians In Ukraine

25 Jan 14:54 | World

A rocket attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol has reportedly killed dozens of civilians and left another one hundred injured.read more »

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United States And India Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement

25 Jan 14:37 | US Politics and Govt

President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi have announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States.read more »

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Boston's Leaky Pipes Release High Levels Of Heat-Trapping Methane

24 Jan 15:44 | U.S. News

A Harvard-led team estimates that each year about 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas, worth some $90 million, escapes the Boston region's delivery system with adverse economic, public health, and environmental consequences. read more »

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Year End Home Sales Bounce Back

24 Jan 15:54 | Business

Defying the normal trend, home sales in December rose above the number of November sales by a significant 14.4%. Sales were also 3.9% above those of last December, according to the December RE/MAX National Housing Report. read more »

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Lucky Charms: When Are Superstitions Used Most?

24 Jan 15:39 | SciTech

Researchers at Boston University have determined that people are more likely to turn to superstitions to achieve a performance goal versus a learning goal.read more »

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Alleged Terrorist Charged With Murder Of Five American Soldiers Extradited To United States

24 Jan 15:28 | U.S. News

Faruq Khalil Muhammed ‘Isa, aka “Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa,” “Sayfildin Tahir Sharif,” and “Tahir Sharif Sayfildin,” will have his initial appearance at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn today on charges of conspiring to kill Americans abroad; and providing material support to a terrorist conspiracy to kill Americans abroad. read more »

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Arctic Ice Cap Slides Into The Ocean

23 Jan 15:04 | SciTech

Satellite images have revealed that a remote Arctic ice cap has thinned by more than 50 metres since 2012 - about one sixth of its original thickness - and that it is now flowing 25 times faster.read more »

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Death Toll In Ukraine Conflict Exceeds 5,000, May Be 'Considerably Higher'

23 Jan 14:07 | World

More than 5,000 people have now been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine in mid-April last year, the United Nations human rights office said as it expressed fear that the real figure may be 'considerably higher.'read more »

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IRS Phone Scams Continue To Be Serious Threat

23 Jan 11:01 | Business

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service said.read more »

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Ukraine Ceasefire 'Exists In Name Only'

23 Jan 10:55 | World

After weeks of relative calm, the United Nations political chief said the 'worst hostilities' are occurring in eastern Ukraine since the Minsk Protocol was agreed on 5 September, with the urgently needed sustainable ceasefire presently existing in name only.read more »

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ISIL Unlawful 'Shari'a Courts' Meeting Out 'Monstrous' Punishments

23 Jan 09:40 | World

Human Rights advocates have confirmed that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has established unlawful, so-called ‘shari’a courts’ in the territory under its control that have been carrying out cruel and inhuman punishments against men, women and children.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Slightly Higher

23 Jan 08:36 | Business

Mortgage rates marked a slight increase this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 3.81 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Doomsday Clock Moves With "Probability Of Global Catastrophe Very High": Atomic Scientists

23 Jan 01:22 | World

Atomic scientists have warned "the probability of global catastrophe is very high" unless quick action is taken against unchecked climate change and global nuclear weapons modernization.read more »

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Researchers Find "Twitterverse" Is A 'Pot-Friendly' Place

23 Jan 07:02 | SciTech

Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the "Twitterverse" is a pot-friendly place. read more »

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UN Launches $1 Billion Appeal For Global Ebola Response

22 Jan 10:38 | World

The United Nations has appealed for $1 billion needed for the first six months of 2015 to sustain the momentum to stamp out Ebola in West Africa, where 'the epidemic has started to turn' in all three of the worst-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.read more »

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Former County Sheriff Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison On Civil Rights Charges

22 Jan 08:31 | U.S. News

Thomas R. Rodella, 53, the former Rio Arriba County Sheriff, has been sentenced to prison for his conviction on criminal civil rights and firearms charges. read more »

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Two Men Who Operated More Than $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme Plead Guilty

22 Jan 07:14 | Business

The president of a Calabasas firm that was used to run a Ponzi scheme that caused investors to loss more than $100 million pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.read more »

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