Advance Team For Ebola Response Arrives In West Africa

By Newsroom America Staff at 4:53 pm Eastern

An advance team of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response has arrived in Accra, Ghana to set up the operation’s headquarters, laying the groundwork for the action necessary to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has sickened more than 5,800 people and killed some 2,800.

130,000 Syrian Refugees Cross Into Turkey

4:40 pm Eastern | World

The UN refugee agency is boosting efforts to help the Turkish Government assist some 130,000 Syrians fleeing ISIL who have crossed into Turkey since Friday.read more »

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Scientists Seen As 'Competent But Not Trusted' By Americans

4:45 pm Eastern | SciTech

If scientists want the public to trust their research suggestions, they may want to appear a bit "warmer," according to a new review published by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.read more »

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Call of Duty Publisher Moves To Dismiss Former Dictator Manuel Noriega's 'Absurd' Lawsuit

3:44 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Activision Blizzard, the creators of the popular Call of Duty franchise, has filed a motion to dismiss the 'frivolous' lawsuit by former dictator and convicted murderer Manuel Noriega. read more »

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Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest On Record

3:20 pm Eastern | SciTech

Arctic sea ice coverage continued its below-average trend this year as the ice declined to its annual minimum on Sept. 17, according to the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.read more »

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CO2 Emissions Set To Reach New 40 billion Ton Record High In 2014

10:49 am Eastern | World

The remaining CO2 emission 'quota' to keep global warming under 2°C may be used up in one generation as carbon dioxide emissions are set to reach a record high of 40 billion tonnes in 2014.read more »

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"No 'Plan B' For Climate Action As There Is No 'Planet B'"

9:33 am Eastern | World

What is thought to be the largest ever march in the United States demanding measures to halt the advance of global climate change, has been told that there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B.”read more »

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World Leaders To Discuss Myriad Of "Devastating Crises"

8:20 am Eastern | World

Just days ahead of opening the high-level segment of the 69th General Assembly session, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on world leaders to unite in the face of the myriad devastating crises to uphold human dignity, the rule of law and the principles of the UN Charter.read more »

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New Spacecraft MAVEN Enters Mars' Orbit

7:13 am Eastern | SciTech

Members of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) team celebrated at the Lockheed Martin operations center in Littleton, Colorado, Sunday night, after getting confirmation that the spacecraft entered Mars' orbit.read more »

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Research Predicts Possible 6,800 New Ebola Cases This Month

21 Sep 15:14 | SciTech

New research predicts new Ebola cases could reach 6,800 in West Africa by the end of the month if new control measures are not enacted.read more »

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Thousands Flee Militant Offensive In Northern Syrian Town

21 Sep 15:08 | World

Alarmed by reports that thousands of civilians in northern Syria have been forced from their homes by the latest Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) offensive in the area, the United Nations has demanded an immediate end to the violence.read more »

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Leonardo DiCaprio Appointed As New UN Messenger Of Peace Ahead Of Climate March

21 Sep 15:03 | World

As the eyes of the world turn to New York City, where thousands of people are expected to gather today for a massive march in advance of a United Nations climate summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed new UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, who he has hailed as the world body's “new voice for climate advocacy.”read more »

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UN Launches Ebola Response Mission

20 Sep 18:45 | World

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and has instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday.read more »

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World Population To Hit 11 Billion By 2100

19 Sep 12:25 | World

Using modern statistical tools, a new study finds that world population is likely to keep growing throughout the 21st century and is likely to reach 11 billion by 2100.read more »

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Gun Deaths Twice As High Among African-Americans As White Citizens In US

19 Sep 11:16 | U.S. News

Gun deaths are twice as high among African-Americans as they are among white citizens in the US, finds a study of national data, but the national figures mask wide variation in firearms deaths by ethnicity and state.read more »

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Life-Saving Food Aid In Jeopardy For Millions Of Syrians

19 Sep 10:11 | World

The World Food Programme (WFP)has warned that it is running out of funds to provide food for almost 6 million Syrians receiving its life-saving assistance.read more »

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Marcellus Drilling Boom May Have Led To Too Many Hotel Rooms

19 Sep 08:54 | U.S. News

Drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region led to a rapid increase in both the number of hotels and hotel industry jobs, but Penn State researchers report that the faltering occupancy rate may signal that there are now too many hotel rooms.read more »

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Ebola Outbreak Declared 'Threat To Peace And Security'

19 Sep 07:22 | World

The Security Council, in its first emergency meeting on a public health crisis, has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security. read more »

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Kansas City Man Charged With Throwing Molotov Cocktails At Congressional Office

18 Sep 15:38 | U.S. News

A Kansas City, Mo., man has been charged in federal court today with throwing Molotov cocktails at the local congressional office of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Edge Up To 3-Month High

18 Sep 15:41 | Business

Mortgage rates were up slightly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate moving to 4.33 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq Target ISIL Assets, Ammunition

18 Sep 15:31 | U.S. News

U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Syria and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct airstrikes yesterday and today, according to U.S. Central Command.read more »

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Wealthy Citizens Have More Clout in State Government, Baylor Study Finds

18 Sep 13:28 | US Politics and Govt

State legislators are more attentive to wealthy citizens’ political opinions compared to poor citizens' opinions when making policy decisions, but stricter regulations on professional lobbyists can help curb this trend and promote more equal political representation, according to a Baylor University study.read more »

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Study Reveals The Missing Link For Effective Leadership

18 Sep 12:48 | Business

New research from Columbia Business School shows that powerful leaders fail to listen properly and take others' accounts into perspective, jeopardizing the impact they could have.read more »

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Habitual Facebook Users More Likely To Be Caught In Phishing Scams

18 Sep 11:33 | SciTech

Users with large social networks, frequent Facebook use, and inability to regulate media use are more susceptible to accepting strangers as friends and giving them information to become victims of online scams.read more »

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Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Convicted Of Interfering With Civil Rights Investigation

18 Sep 10:26 | U.S. News

A deputy in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has been found guilty of obstruction of justice for interfering with a grand jury investigation into misconduct at the Men’s Central Jail.read more »

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US Support In Ebola Welcomed Ahead Of Security Council Emergency Session

18 Sep 07:21 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, together with the head of the World Health Organization, will today outline the international action plan to contain Ebola when the Security Council convenes an emergency meeting on the outbreak.read more »

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About 22 Million People Displaced By Natural Disasters In 2013

18 Sep 09:06 | World

A new report reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events – almost three times more than by conflict in the same year.read more »

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FTC Halts Payday Loan Scheme That Bilked Tens of Millions From Consumers

17 Sep 15:23 | U.S. News

A U.S. district court in Missouri has temporarily halted an online payday lending scheme that allegedly bilked consumers out of tens of millions of dollars by trapping them into loans they never authorized and then using the supposed “loans” as a pretext to take money from their bank accounts.read more »

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Entrepreneurs Aren’t Overconfident Gamblers, Study Finds

17 Sep 15:42 | Business

Leaving one’s job to become an entrepreneur is inarguably risky. But it may not be the fear of risk that makes entrepreneurs more determined to succeed. A new study finds entrepreneurs are also concerned about what they might lose in the transition from steady employment to startup.read more »

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Destiny Game Grosses More Than $325 Million Worldwide in First Five Days

17 Sep 15:29 | Entertainment

Activision Publishing said its highly anticipated new franchise Destiny sold-through more than $325 million worldwide in its first five days, according to Chart-Track, first parties, retail customer sell-through information and Activision Blizzard internal estimates.read more »

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Researchers Ask If Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors Really Work?

17 Sep 10:46 | SciTech

Researchers have found many wearable electronic activity monitors were in line with recommendations from the health community, but several are missing aspects that are important for reaching goals.read more »

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World Hunger Falls, But Number Of Undernourished Remains 'Unacceptably High'

17 Sep 09:13 | World

More than 800 million people – or one in every nine on the planet – suffer from hunger, but a new report said the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is still within reach.read more »

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Nearly $1 Billion Needed To Combat Ebola Outbreak

17 Sep 07:06 | World

The United Nations said it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring: “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.”read more »

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Ebola An Epidemic 'The Likes That We Have Not Seen Before' - Obama

17 Sep 02:59 | World

The United States is ramping up its response to the West African Ebola epidemic in what President Obama has described as an epidemic "of the likes that we have not seen before."read more »

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Tornadoes Occurring Earlier In "Tornado Alley"

16 Sep 15:09 | SciTech

Peak tornado activity in the central and southern Great Plains of the United States is occurring up to two weeks earlier than it did half a century ago, according to a new study whose findings could help states in “Tornado Alley” better prepare for these violent storms.read more »

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One Million Children Die On First Day Of Life From Mostly Preventable Causes

16 Sep 15:36 | World

While child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, one million babies each year do not see their second day of life, many succumbing to complications during labour and delivery that could be easily prevented with simple, cost effective interventions, according to a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).read more »

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Does Media Coverage Of Manmade Disasters Contribute To Consumer Complacency?

16 Sep 15:27 | U.S. News

News coverage of environmental disasters serves to calm our immediate anxieties instead of catalyzing changes in the way fossil fuels are used, according to a new study. read more »

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Ebola Outbreak 'Out Of All Proportion' And Severity Cannot Be Predicated

16 Sep 15:20 | World

A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick.read more »

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SEC Sanctions 19 Firms And Individual Trader For Short Selling Violations

16 Sep 14:59 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the latest sanctions in a continuing enforcement initiative uncovering certain hedge fund advisers and private equity firms that have illegally participated in an offering of a stock after short selling it during a restricted period.read more »

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America's Unelected Officials 'Don't Have Enough In Common' With The People They Govern

16 Sep 09:50 | US Politics and Govt

A Johns Hopkins study finds a significant gap in demographics, experience and partisanship between Washington insiders and the Americans they govern.read more »

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Security Council To Hold Emergency Meeting On Ebola Crisis

16 Sep 08:29 | World

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola outbreak that has gripped West Africa.read more »

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Report Calls For Fundamental Change On Gaza And Renewed Urgency In West Bank

16 Sep 07:20 | World

In the aftermath of the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip, a fundamental change is needed in the dynamics in the enclave, the United Nations has reported, calling also for renewed urgency in addressing the situation in the West Bank.read more »

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Microsoft To Acquire Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

15 Sep 15:36 | Entertainment

Microsoft Corp said it had reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise.read more »

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Early Earth Less Hellish Than Previously Thought

15 Sep 15:46 | SciTech

Conditions on Earth for the first 500 million years after it formed may have been surprisingly similar to the present day, complete with oceans, continents and active crustal plates.read more »

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Nuclear Programmes Of DPR Korea, Iran Remain 'Serious Concern'

15 Sep 15:16 | World

The nuclear programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran remain matters of serious concern, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said, as he called on both countries to cooperate fully to clear up outstanding issues.read more »

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Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Warns Of Mounting Crisis In Mediterranean

15 Sep 15:20 | World

Urging European countries to take action to alleviate the harsh and often deadly conditions migrants face on the high seas, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie have warned about the mounting crisis in the Mediterranean.read more »

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Worker Guilty Of Calling In Bomb Threat To Avoid Working

15 Sep 15:10 | U.S. News

Steve M. Gutierrez III, 40, has pleaded guilty to threatening to damage or destroy a structure by means of explosives in order to avoid working.read more »

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Security Council Deplores 'Heinous' Murder Of British Aid Worker

15 Sep 15:41 | World

Members of the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” murder of David Haines, a British humanitarian aid worker, by the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »

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Bully Victims More Likely To Suffer Night Terrors And Nightmares

14 Sep 15:34 | SciTech

Children who are bullied at ages 8-10 are more likely to suffer from sleep walking, night terrors or nightmares by the time they are 12 years old.read more »

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Experts Call For Massive Global Response To Tackle Ebola

14 Sep 15:09 | World

The current Ebola outbreak now requires a "rapid response at a massive global scale", according to experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.read more »

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FTC Settlement Bans Marketer Behind 'Fat Burner' Diet Pills

14 Sep 15:03 | U.S. News

The former CEO and co-founder of an Atlanta-based marketing operation has agreed to settle FTC charges that he deceived consumers with promises that they would “Get High School Skinny” by taking Healthe Trim supplements that supposedly burned fat, increased metabolism, and suppressed appetite.read more »

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Hewlett-Packard Russia Pleads Guilty To Bribery Of Russian Government Officials

13 Sep 16:03 | U.S. News

HP Russia, an international subsidiary of the California technology company Hewlett-Packard Company, has pleaded guilty to felony violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and sentenced for bribing Russian government officials.read more »

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Study Examines Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Favorites

13 Sep 16:14 | SciTech

Brigham Young University professor Alex Jensen has discovered that in families, the perception that parents have a favorite is linked with the less-favored children being twice as likely to use alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.read more »

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Greater Global Support Urged To Fight Ebola Epidemic

13 Sep 16:07 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed signs of solidarity in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and called on all countries and organizations to move swiftly to support the Governments of the countries affected.read more »

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