Most American Presidents Destined To Fade From Nation's Memory, Study Suggests

By Newsroom America Staff at 8:10 am Eastern

American presidents spend their time in office trying to carve out a prominent place in the nation's collective memory, but most are destined to be forgotten within 50-to-100 years of their serving as president, suggests a study on presidential name recall.

Man Pleads Guilty To Selling StealthGenie Spyware App

27 Nov 11:00 | SciTech

A Danish citizen has pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia and was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000 for advertising and selling StealthGenie, a spyware application (app) that could remotely monitor calls, texts, videos and other communications on mobile phones without detection. read more »


Human Rights Experts Urge President Obama To Release Report On CIA Torture Allegations

27 Nov 09:55 | U.S. News

The United States must rise to meet the high human rights standards it has set for itself and others around the world, a group of human rights experts urged as they called on President Obama to support "the fullest possible release" of a report detailing Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation more »


'Profound Concern' Over Deteriorating Situation In Libya

27 Nov 07:50 | World

The UN Security Council has expressed its “profound concern” over the deteriorating situation in Libya and its impact on regional peace and stability, warning of the possibility of more »


Invisible Shield Found Thousands Of Miles Above Earth

26 Nov 14:47 | SciTech

A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible shield some 7,200 miles above Earth that blocks so-called "killer electrons," which whip around the planet at near-light speed and have been known to threaten astronauts, fry satellites and degrade space systems during intense solar more »


U.S. Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate Overall Hits All-Time Low

26 Nov 13:24 | U.S. News

The cigarette smoking rate among adults in the U.S. dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2013, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and more »


New 'CoCo' Bonds May Worsen Financial Crisis Situations

26 Nov 10:59 | Business

Banks are increasingly issuing 'CoCo' bonds to boost the levels of equity they hold, but a study shows that if such bonds are badly constructed, they worsen a crisis instead of stabilizing the banking more »


Neo-Nazi Sentenced for Sending Gruesome Threats to Florida Officials And Their Families

26 Nov 10:40 | U.S. News

William A. White, 38, of Roanoke, VA has been sentenced to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for sending interstate threats with the intent to extort and using personal information without lawful authority in furtherance of a crime of violence. read more »


Former Sandia Corporation Scientist Sentenced for Taking Government Property to China

26 Nov 09:30 | U.S. News

Jianyu Huang, a scientist formerly employed by Sandia Corporation at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for unlawfully transporting stolen government property to more »


Target For Ebola Response May Not Be Met In Some Areas Of West Africa

26 Nov 08:27 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Ebola response targets for December 1 in West Africa may be reached in many places, but they may not be met in some areas, and confirmed two new cases in Mali amid ramped up efforts to reduce the likelihood that additional cases will be imported from neighbouring more »


Storms Likely To Disrupt Thanksgiving Travel

26 Nov 06:19 | U.S. News

The National Weather Service said an active weather pattern is shaping up across the eastern U.S. with the conditions expected to impact Thanksgiving travel conditions today. read more »


Minnesota Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli Contamination

25 Nov 22:47 | U.S. News

Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli more »


USDA Issues Food Safety Tips For Cooking Thanksgiving Turkeys

26 Nov 15:53 | U.S. News

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued food safety recommendations on how to properly prepare a turkey to make sure yours is both delicious and safe to serve on more »


Homeless, Mentally Ill Women Face Vicious Cycle In India

25 Nov 15:39 | World

An award-winning study by a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher has documented how homeless, mentally ill women in India face a vicious more »


Sony To Provide Consumer Refunds Over Misleading PlayStation Vita Ads

25 Nov 13:22 | Entertainment

Sony has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with false advertising claims about the "game changing" technological features of its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console during its U.S. launch campaign in late 2011 and early more »


SEC Charges HSBC's Swiss Private Banking Unit With Providing Unregistered Services

25 Nov 13:11 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged HSBC’s Swiss-based private banking arm with violating federal securities laws by failing to register with the SEC before providing cross-border brokerage and investment advisory services to U.S. more »


Greece Risks Prolonged Social Crisis Amid 'Anaemic' Job Creation

25 Nov 10:47 | World

Faced with an “anaemic” pace of job creation and nearly 1.3 million unemployed citizens, Greece risks a prolonged social crisis unless urgent measures are taken, warns a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).read more »


Hostage-Taking Providing World's Terrorists With Reliable Source Of Income

25 Nov 09:16 | World

The practice of kidnapping for ransom and hostage-taking continues to provide the world’s terrorists with a reliable source of income to fund their operations, according to the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).read more »


WHO Warns Of Rapid Spread Of Plague In Madagascar

25 Nov 08:18 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a "rapid" spread of the plague in the capital of Madagascar, where health authorities have reported 119 cases of the bacterial disease, including at least 40 deaths in the island more »


Investigation Into Michael Brown Shooting 'Remains Ongoing'

25 Nov 07:53 | U.S. News

Attorney General Eric Holder said the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri remains on going despite the Grand Jury Proceeding more »


Violence On Streets Of Ferguson Following Michael Brown Decision

25 Nov 00:40 | U.S. News

Police and protesters have clashed on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri following a Grand Jury's decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson over the fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael more »


Global Warming Cynics Unmoved By Extreme Weather

24 Nov 14:59 | SciTech

What will it take to convince skeptics of global warming that the phenomenon is real? Surely, many scientists believe, enough droughts, floods and heat waves will begin to change minds. But a new study throws cold water on that more »


Trafficking In Children On The Rise, Says New Report

24 Nov 13:39 | World

One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into “modern slavery,” according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released today by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in more »


New Bird Flu Strain In Europe Threatens Poultry Sector

24 Nov 16:35 | World

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that a new bird flu strain detected in Europe poses a significant threat to the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries situated along the Black Sea and East Atlantic migratory routes of wild more »


Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Resigns

24 Nov 13:26 | U.S. News

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has resigned saying President Obama agreed with him that now was the right time for new leadership at the more »


Coming To Grips With Poor Relationship With Boss May Improve Things

24 Nov 11:28 | Business

Don’t get along with your boss? Your job performance may actually improve if the two of you can come to grips with the poor relationship, according to a new more »


Obesity Related Absenteeism Among US Workers Costs More Than $8 Billion Annually

24 Nov 10:41 | Business

A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health shows that obesity costs the U.S. $8.65 billion per year as a result of absenteeism in the workplace --more than 9% of all absenteeism costs. read more »


People Know High-Power Voices When They Hear Them: Study

24 Nov 08:54 | SciTech

Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice, and other people are able to pick up on these vocal cues to know who is really in charge, according to new more »


Monmouth County Man Pleads Guilty To Operating $20 Million Ponzi Scheme

24 Nov 07:48 | U.S. News

A Colts Neck, New Jersey, man who defrauded dozens of investors has admitted operating a $20 million Ponzi scheme out of his Fair Haven, New Jersey office and Miami more »


One Direction Takes Top Honors At American Music Awards

24 Nov 01:42 | Entertainment

The boy band One Direction took home top honors at the 2014 American Music Awards, winning all three awards it was nominated more »


New Crew Arrives At International Space Station to Continue Scientific Research

23 Nov 22:59 | World

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz TMA-15M vehicle docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m. EST, above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the coast of more »


Only Half Of Patients Take Their Medications As Prescribed

23 Nov 13:40 | SciTech

Only about half of all patients prescribed medication take it according to directions, and researchers say doctors don't know how to get patients to take their medications, despite many studies looking at the more »


President Pays Tribute To Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

23 Nov 13:26 | US Politics and Govt

President Obama and the First Lady have paid tribute to former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry who has died in a Washington hospital aged more »


Twenty Eight People Murdered In Terrorist Attack In Kenya

23 Nov 07:18 | World

Twenty eight people have been brutally murdered on a bus in Mandera, Kenya in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African more »


University Of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities Following Rape Allegations

22 Nov 15:52 | U.S. News

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan has announced all fraternities are suspended until January 9 following brutal gang rape allegations reported by Rolling Stone. read more »


Rejecting Unsuitable Romantic Partners Hypothetically Easy, But In Reality Hard

22 Nov 19:27 | SciTech

Rejecting unsuitable romantic partners is easy in hypothetical situations but not so when considering a face-to-face proposition, according to new research from the University of Toronto and Yale University. read more »


UN Hopeful Of Ebola Outbreak's End By Mid-2015

22 Nov 09:31 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said by continuing to scale up the global fight against Ebola, there is hope the outbreak could be contained by mid-2015, but he emphasized that results to date are still more »


House G.O.P Sues Obama Administration Over Health Care Law

21 Nov 15:04 | US Politics and Govt

House Republicans have filed a long-threatened lawsuit against the Obama administration over what House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called unilateral actions on the health care law that he says are abuses of the president’s executive more »


Big Game Hunting Outfitter Jailed For Role in Illegal Mountain Lion and Bobcat Hunts

21 Nov 14:48 | U.S. News

Christopher Loncarich, 55, of Mack, Colorado,has been sentenced in Denver to serve 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to his sale of outfitting services for illegal mountain lion and bobcat hunts in Colorado and more »


Pacific Islands Warned Of Extreme Weather Risks During Upcoming Wet Season

21 Nov 14:54 | World

Extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for island states' industry and infrastructure, warns a new advisory note from the United Nations, encouraging the establishment of a regional mechanism for better more »


Mortgage Rates Drift Lower For 2nd Consecutive Week

21 Nov 14:44 | Business

Mortgage rates were down slightly over the past week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate drifting lower to 4.10 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »


Cost Of Meeting Basic Needs Rising Faster Than Wages In Washington State

21 Nov 11:39 | U.S. News

A Washington family of four must spend 46 percent more on average to make ends meet today than 13 years ago, according to a new report from the University of more »


Nuclear Watchdog Remains "Seriously Concerned" About North Korea's Nuclear Programme

21 Nov 10:34 | World

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, said he remains "seriously concerned" about North Korea's nuclear programme and is unsure if Iran's is peaceful. read more »


Eleven California Real Estate Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging and Fraud

21 Nov 09:15 | Business

A federal grand jury in San Francisco has returned three multi-count indictments against eleven real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern more »


Israeli And Palestinian Leaders Urged To Stand Up To Extremists

21 Nov 08:34 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian President he was shocked by the recent deadly attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem and "at this delicate and dangerous juncture" both leaders must do everything necessary to end the surging more »


Nearly 1,000 Dead Since Shaky Ukraine Ceasefire Took Effect

21 Nov 07:02 | World

Almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a tenuous ceasefire was established there in early September amid efforts to end the violence between armed rebel groups and the more »


President Obama Clears Way For 5 Million Illegal Immigrants To "Come Out Of The Shadows"

21 Nov 00:25 | U.S. News

President Obama has used his executive authority to allow up to 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally to remain in the country if they have been resident for more than five years. read more »


Researchers Say You Are Your Own Worst Enemy When It Comes To Online Security

20 Nov 15:05 | SciTech

Say you ignored one of those “this website is not trusted” warnings and it led to your computer being hacked. How would you react? Would you: A. Quickly shut down your computer? B. Yank out the cables? C. Scream in cyber terror?read more »


FBI Warns Of Cyber Scammers Targeting Holiday Shoppers

20 Nov 16:18 | U.S. News

In advance of the holiday season, the FBI is reminding shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. read more »


SEC Suspends Trading In Companies Touting Ebola Prevention Or Treatment

20 Nov 13:26 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended trading in four companies that claim to be developing products or services in response to the Ebola outbreak, citing a lack of publicly available information about the companies’ more »


Three Charged In Eagle Ford Shale Oil Theft Case

20 Nov 13:11 | U.S. News

Federal authorities have arrested 37-year-old Victor Manuel Guerra, Jr., in Laredo, Texas, in connection with an alleged theft of Eagle Ford Shale oil. read more »


Researchers Develop Game To Detect Classroom Bullies

20 Nov 12:15 | SciTech

Researchers say a game they have developed can effectively identify classroom bullies, even revealing peer aggression that goes undetected by traditional research methods. read more »


Justice Department Takes Action to Shut Down "Psychic" Mail Fraud Schemes

20 Nov 10:34 | U.S. News

The Justice Department has filed civil complaints against individuals and entities alleged to be running two related multimillion-dollar mail fraud schemes which send solicitation letters purportedly written by world-renowned psychics. read more »


World of Warcraft Surpasses 10 Million Subscribers

20 Nov 11:33 | Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that as of the first 24 hours of the expansion Warlords of Draenor's availability, more than 3.3 million copies had sold and the game's global subscriber base had passed 10 million, with growth across all major more »


Ebola Cases No Longer Rising In Guinea And Liberia: WHO

20 Nov 09:27 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of Ebola cases is “no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but is still increasing in Sierra Leone”, and that preparedness teams have been sent this week to Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia and more »


Security Council Condemns 'Despicable Terrorist Attack' In Jerusalem Synagogue

20 Nov 08:21 | World

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the “despicable terrorist attack” in a synagogue in Jerusalem, resulting in the murder of four innocent civilians worshipping there and a police officer, as well as the injury of many more »


Business Culture In Banking Industry Favors Dishonest Behavior: Study

19 Nov 15:29 | Business

In the past years, there have often been cases of fraud in the banking industry, which have led to a considerable loss of image for banks. Are bank employees by nature less honest people? Or does the business culture in the banking sector favor dishonest behavior? read more »


Researcher Offers An Alternative To 'Turing Test'

19 Nov 16:39 | SciTech

A Georgia Tech professor is offering an alternative to the celebrated "Turing Test" to determine whether a machine or computer program exhibits human-level more »


FTC Temporarily Shuts Down Massive Tech Support Scams

19 Nov 13:16 | SciTech

A federal court has temporarily shut down two massive telemarketing operations that conned tens of thousands of consumers out of more than $120 million by deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services. read more »


Chicago Police Officer Indicted For Alleged Civil Rights Violation

19 Nov 13:05 | U.S. News

A Chicago Police officer has been indicted on federal civil rights and obstruction charges alleging that he used excessive force by punching and kicking a victim and then lied in a police report to cover up the incident in 2012, federal law enforcement officials announced. read more »


Small Volcanic Eruptions Could Be Slowing Global Warming

19 Nov 11:19 | SciTech

Small volcanic eruptions might eject more of an atmosphere-cooling gas into Earth’s upper atmosphere than previously thought, potentially contributing to the recent slowdown in global warming, according to a new study. read more »


Amid 'Monstrous' Violence, ISIL Aims To Tear Iraq Apart And Build 'State Of Terror'

19 Nov 10:10 | World

The atrocious crimes perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) risk plunging Iraq into catastrophe as the country reels from bitter sectarian tensions and a growing humanitarian crisis affecting over 5 million people, top United Nations officials more »


Warning Of Humanitarian 'Catastrophe' As Hundreds Of Thousands Flee Violence In DR Congo

19 Nov 09:22 | World

Deeply concerned about the “catastrophic" humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Katanga province, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) urged authorities to boost their respective capacities to stem the more »


Efforts Underway To Step Up Ebola Response In Mali

19 Nov 08:27 | World

The World Health Organization is intensifying its efforts to keep the Ebola outbreak from spreading in Mali by working to identify all chains of transmission and stepping up social mobilization campaigns to include a range of actors, from religious leaders to truck and bus more »


Artificial Intelligence Researchers Teach Computer To Create Magic Tricks

18 Nov 16:02 | SciTech

Researchers working on artificial intelligence at Queen Mary University of London have taught a computer to create magic more »


Worldwide Ship Traffic Increases 300 Percent Since 1992

18 Nov 12:52 | World

Maritime traffic on the world's oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, likely causing more water, air and noise pollution on the open seas, according to a new study quantifying global ship more »


Facebook Games May Actually Do Some Good For Peoples Lives

18 Nov 13:46 | SciTech

New research shows that beyond being a fun distraction, social network games (SNGs) can offer family members a meaningful way to interact and meet social obligations. read more »


Amid Looming Economic Crises Immigrants In Europe Struggle To Find Decent Work

18 Nov 13:33 | World

Against a backdrop of aging populations and persistently low economic growth, few European governments are doing enough to help recent immigrants move from low-skilled precarious jobs and into decent work, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Migration Policy more »

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