California "Rain Debt" Equal To Average Full Year Of Precipitation

By Newsroom America Staff at 5:17 pm Eastern

A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 -- the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year.

Positive Ratings For Congress Rise … Out Of Single Digits

4:23 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Harris Polls said the 11% of Americans rating Congress positively on the overall job it's doing (up from 9% last month) may seem like little cause for celebration. read more »


Mortgage Rates Slide For 2nd Consecutive Week

3:08 pm Eastern | Business

Mortgage rates dipped again this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 4.09 percent, according to's weekly national more »


New Research Gives Insights Into What Makes Online Auctions Exciting And Rewarding

1:24 pm Eastern | SciTech

Whether online auctions are selling rare Pokemon cards or fine art, the science behind inciting the highest bids gets a boost from a new more »


More U.S. Secondary Schools Serve Healthier Lunches

12:08 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Secondary students found healthier foods on more lunch menus in 2013 than in 2011, resulting in fewer nutrition disparities for small schools or those with racially diverse student more »


U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' By 'Illegitimate' Israeli Settlements

10:39 am Eastern | U.S. News

The State Department said it was 'deeply concerned' about the Israeli government’s announcement of the advancement of nearly 300 new housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as hundreds of new housing units in East Jerusalem. read more »


Russia Blocks Creation Of Tribunal On Crash Of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

9:20 am Eastern | World

The United Nations Security Council was unable to adopt a new resolution following Russia's negative vote on a measure that would have established an international tribunal to prosecute persons responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. read more »


Orangutans Face Extinction On Borneo Where Deforestation Is 'Simply Unsustainable'

8:24 am Eastern | World

The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia's largest island, making it "clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different climate and, eventually, without orangutans, one of our closest relatives," a report has more »


World Population To Reach 8.5 Billion By 2030

29 Jul 17:59 | World

The world's population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new report. read more »


People Walk Slower, Swerve When Texting While Distracted

29 Jul 16:38 | SciTech

Texting while walking and being cognitively distracted may significantly affect the way a person walks, resulting in a more cautious gait, according to a study. read more »


Can The Emerging Middle Class Make Coca-Cola Lose Its Fizz?

29 Jul 15:24 | Business

Researchers say in many emerging markets they are observing the rapid growth of a fringe of small producers, sometimes referred to as "B-brands," whose competitive strategy focuses on low prices rather than on extensive advertising and branding more »


Owner Of Illegal Online Gambling Website Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison

29 Jul 12:14 | U.S. News

A website owner involved in an illegal sports betting conspiracy with the Genovese Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra has been sentenced to 18 months in more »


Some 4,000 People Killed Since March In Yemen, With Half Civilians

29 Jul 10:26 | World

The conflict in Yemen has brought “appalling damage” on an already suffering people, the top UN humanitarian official said urging the international community to redouble its efforts to secure a pause in the more »


Violent Attacks Reported Against Civilians Fleeing ISIL-Controlled Areas Of Iraq

29 Jul 09:21 | World

An increasing number of people in Iraq, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) by risking their lives on a treacherous mountain journey to more »


Georgia Man Gets 15 Years For Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIL

29 Jul 08:15 | U.S. News

Leon Nathan Davis, 37, of Augusta, Georgia, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). read more »


Home Prices Continue To Rise Across The Country: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

28 Jul 15:16 | U.S. News

Latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices show that home prices continued their rise across the country over the past 12 more »


Why Alfred Hitchcock Grabs Your Attention

28 Jul 14:30 | Entertainment

The movies of Alfred Hitchcock have made palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have now learned how the Master of Suspense affects audiences' brains. read more »


Researchers Predict Material With Record-Setting Melting Point

28 Jul 13:25 | SciTech

Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known more »


Greenhouse Gas Source Underestimated From US Corn Belt, Study Shows

28 Jul 16:21 | SciTech

Estimates of how much nitrous oxide, a significant greenhouse gas and stratospheric ozone-depleting substance, is being emitted in the central United States have been too low by as much as 40 percent, a new study more »


Many New Mothers Report No Doctor Advice On Infant Sleep Position

28 Jul 12:17 | U.S. News

Many new mothers do not receive advice from physicians on aspects of infant care such as sleep position, breastfeeding, immunization and pacifier use, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of more »


Scammers Banned From Selling Healthcare Products

28 Jul 11:06 | U.S. News

A group of scammers who falsely promised consumers new Medicare cards in order to obtain their bank account numbers and debit their accounts will be banned from selling healthcare-related more »


Official In Yemen Warns Of Conflict's 'Catastrophic' Consequences

28 Jul 09:12 | World

Witnessing first-hand the "shocking" devastation in Yemen’s main port city of Aden, the top United Nations relief official in the country declared that the humanitarian consequences of the conflict are "catastrophic," making an urgent plea for safe, unhindered access for aid workers and a major scale-up of more »


'Paralyzing' Funding Gap Forces Shutdown Of 80 Per Cent Of Frontline Health Services In Iraq

28 Jul 08:15 | World

The humanitarian official in Iraq said it was "devastating" the "inexplicable" closures of life-saving services in Iraq, with the latest shut-downs directly impacting more than one million people, including some 500,000 more »


Consumers Don't View GMO Labels As Negative 'Warnings Finds Study

27 Jul 18:24 | SciTech

A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredientsread more »


Iconic Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking To Answer Questions About AI On reddit

27 Jul 15:19 | SciTech

Advances in artificial intelligence are poised to solve some of humankind's most difficult problems, but iconic theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking cautions that the technology could spell the end of the human race if left more »


U.S. DOT Announces Record Penalty Against Fiat Chrysler

27 Jul 15:08 | U.S. News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has acknowledged violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act’s requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects and agreed to a record $105 million civil more »


Sleep Makes Our Memories More Accessible, Study Shows

27 Jul 11:14 | SciTech

Sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access, according to new research from the University of Exeter and the Basque Centre for Cognition, Brain and Language. read more »


U.S. Service Member Charged With Illegal Retention Of Photos Taken Inside Nuclear Sub

27 Jul 09:21 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury in Bridgeport has returned an indictment charging Kristian Saucier, 28, of Arlington, Vermont, with unlawfully retaining photos taken inside restricted areas of a nuclear attack submarine, and obstructing the more »


World 'Should Be Outraged' More Not Being Done To End Violence Against Children In War

27 Jul 08:14 | World

Millions of children around the world are caught up in adults’ wars, said the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), marking the 10th anniversary of a UN Security Council resolution that established a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child more »


In Quake-Stricken Nepal 'Emergency Is Not Over Yet

26 Jul 15:27 | World

Three months after the first of the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal, hundreds of thousands of survivors continue to require and rely on urgent humanitarian more »


'Senseless Cycle Of Violence' In South Sudan Must End

26 Jul 15:18 | World

Amid massive displacement and “horrendous atrocities,” civilians continue to bear the brunt of South Sudan's brutal conflict, the top UN relief official said, as he urged all parties, including the leaders of the warring factions, to “listen to their people,” lay down their arms and halt the rapidly spiralling humanitarian crisis. read more »


Mammoths Killed By Abrupt Climate Change

24 Jul 17:14 | World

New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in Earth's more »


Poynter To Become 'Home' Of International Fact-Checking

24 Jul 16:24 | Entertainment

The Poynter Institute says it will become the international home of fact-checking organizations with the awarding of up to $225,000 in grant support from Omidyar Network and $75,000 in funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).read more »


NASA Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto

24 Jul 15:23 | SciTech

Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of more »


Study Finds Abrupt Climate Change May Have Rocked The Cradle Of Civilization

24 Jul 13:22 | World

New research reveals that some of the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent may have been affected by abrupt climate change. read more »


Pesticides Found In Most Pollen Collected From Foraging Bees In Massachusetts

24 Jul 12:08 | U.S. News

More than 70% of pollen and honey samples collected from foraging bees in Massachusetts contain at least one neonicotinoid, a class of pesticide that has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in which adult bees abandon their hives during winterread more »


Bread Prices Up Nearly 90 Per Cent In Syria

24 Jul 10:30 | World

Syria's food production in 2015 remains at 40 per cent below its pre-crisis levels, impacting the price of bread, which has spiralled by 87 per cent, and shrinking poultry production by half, according to a report that warns that “the risk of irreversible damage to the children is real, with tragic future consequences.”read more »


Mercenaries Increasingly Being Used In Conflicts

24 Jul 09:23 | World

An expert group on the use of mercenaries has convened a discussion at UN Headquarters in New York to address the issue of the increasing activity of foreign fighters – particularly towards understanding their motivations – and its impact on human more »


Massachusetts Man Charged In Connection With Terrorism Plot

24 Jul 08:19 | U.S. News

An Adams, Massachusetts, man has been charged in an indictment in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of ISIL. read more »

Tags: Second Quarter Sales Up 20% To $23.18 Billion

23 Jul 17:45 | Business has announced its financial results for its second quarter ended June 30 with net sales increasing 20% to $23 billion compared with $19 billion in second quarter more »


Cell Phone Notifications May Be Driving You To Distraction

23 Jul 16:40 | SciTech

Whether you are alerted to an incoming phone call or text by a trendy ringtone, an alarm bell or a quiet vibration, just receiving a notification on your cell phone can cause enough of a distraction to impair your ability to focus on a given task, according to a new Florida State University more »


Mortgage Rates Pull Back To 8-Week Low

23 Jul 15:27 | Business

Mortgage rates retreated this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 4.12 percent, according to's weekly national more »


E-cigarettes May Be As Addictive As Traditional Ones

23 Jul 14:06 | U.S. News

Electronic cigarettes or "e-cigs" have been touted as a tool smokers can use to wean themselves off of traditional cigarettes, which many believe are more harmful than their "e" counterparts. But are they?read more »


Time Spent On Social Networking Sites Linked To Mental Health Problems In Teens

23 Jul 12:31 | SciTech

A new study indicates that adolescents who use social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for more than 2 hours each day are more likely to report poor mental health, high psychological distress, suicidal thoughts, and an unmet need for mental health support. read more »


Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Sell Counterfeit Erectile-Dysfunction Drugs

23 Jul 11:21 | U.S. News

Anthony Pollino, 37, of Modesto, has pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit erectile-dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis. read more »


Envoy Deeply Concerned Over 'Unprecedented' Assault On Zabadani

23 Jul 09:16 | World

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has expressed deep concern at the plight of civilians in Zabadani, in the wake of credible reports that a large number of barrel bombs were dropped on the north-western more »


WHO Reports No New Ebola Cases In Liberia

23 Jul 08:12 | World

No new cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia nor in recent hotspots in West Africa with half the 26 cases in this week’s update from the World Health Organization (WHO) coming from the capitals of Guinea and Sierra Leone, bringing the number of people who have died of the disease to 11, more »


Leader Of Coupon Counterfeiting Ring On Silk Road Websites Pleads Guilty

22 Jul 17:35 | U.S. News

A leader of a coupon counterfeiting ring has pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to sell counterfeit coupons using the "Silk Road" online more »


Computer Security Tools For Journalists Lacking In A Post-Snowden World

22 Jul 15:47 | Entertainment

The Edward Snowden disclosures raised new questions about how effectively news organizations can protect anonymous sources and sensitive information in an era of constant data collection and tracking, say more »


Violence In Nigeria Drives Refugees Deeper Into Neighbouring Cameroon

22 Jul 12:35 | World

Weeks after elections in Nigeria, violence and attacks continue to drive population movements within and outside the country, the UNHCR warned, reporting a “steady flow” of Nigerian refugees now seeking safety some 100 kilometres inside the Cameroon more »


Montana Man Sentenced To Prison In Telephone Billing Scheme

22 Jul 10:44 | U.S. News

A federal judge has sentenced Steven Vincent Sann, 61, of Stevensville, Montana, to two years in prison for orchestrating a nationwide scheme involving extra charges listed on land-line telephone bills. read more »


Justice Department Not Challenging AT&T's $48 Billion Acquisition Of DirecTV

22 Jul 09:34 | U.S. News

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has announced it will close its investigation into AT&T’s proposed $48 billion acquisition of more »


SeaWorld's Killer Whales Live As Long As Their Wild Counterparts

22 Jul 08:17 | SciTech

A new peer-reviewed study has found no difference in life expectancy between killer whales born at SeaWorld and a well-studied population of wild killer whales. read more »


Fatherhood Makes Men Fat Say Researchers

21 Jul 17:19 | SciTech

Men gain weight after they become fathers for the first time whether or not they live with their children, reports a large, new Northwestern Medicine study that tracked the weight of more than 10,000 men from adolescence to young more »


Location-Based Ads Perceived As Creepy

21 Jul 16:27 | Entertainment

Location-based advertisements may pinpoint customers geographically, but often miss the target because customers may find the ads creepy and intrusive, according to an international team of more »


First Half Of 2015 'Hottest Six Months On Record'

21 Jul 15:45 | World

From January to June 2015, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the hottest for such period on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, citing new highs across the planet in June, with heatwaves across South Asia, Europe and pockets of the United more »


FTC Takes Action Against LifeLock For Alleged Violations Of 2010 Order

21 Jul 15:28 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission says LifeLock violated a 2010 settlement with the agency and 35 state attorneys general by continuing to make deceptive claims about its identity theft protection services, and by failing to take steps required to protect its users’ more »


Teens' Overall Substance Use Declining But Marijuana Use Rising

21 Jul 13:34 | U.S. News

Marijuana use in teenagers is on the rise, while cigarette and alcohol use are stable or declining, according to health statistics researchers. In particular, black teens are using more marijuana than in recent more »


Drugs In Wastewater Contaminate Drinking Water

21 Jul 12:19 | World

Both prescription and illegal drugs that are abused have been found in Canadian surface waters. read more »


Lake Charles Woman Pleads Guilty To Deepwater Horizon Claims Fraud

21 Jul 10:14 | U.S. News

A Lake Charles woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for a scheme to use a seafood restaurant’s employee records to file false Deepwater Horizon settlement more »


War Crimes Trial For Former Chadian Leader 'A Milestone For Justice In Africa'

21 Jul 08:48 | World

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, welcomed the opening of the trial of Hissène Habré, the former President of Chad who is accused of crimes against more »

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