Food Prices Are Staying Lower For Longer Periods

By Newsroom America Staff at 10:19 am Eastern

Food prices are staying lower for longer periods, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported, saying lower food prices "seem to be a boon to food security and are indeed just that for households who spend a large share of their income on food purchases."

No New Cases Of Ebola Reported For First Time Since March 2014

9:06 am Eastern | World

There were no new cases of Ebola reported in West Africa in the week ending last Sunday, making it the first week since March 2014 with zero cases recorded in the three countries most affected by the outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).read more »


Former Chief Executive Of Chicago Public Schools Indicted For Accepting Bribes

8:01 am Eastern | U.S. News

A federal indictment has charged Barbara Byrd-Bennett with using her position atop the Chicago Public Schools to award lucrative no-bid contracts to her former employer in exchange for bribes and more »


When Facebook Use Becomes A Problem, Could Social Anxiety Be To Blame?

8 Oct 17:28 | SciTech

A new study shows that the combination of social anxiety and the need for social assurance by feeling part of a group increases the risk for excessive and uncontrolled use of Facebook, which can negatively affect school performance, work, and one's health and well-being. read more »


Heavy Internet Use May Put Teens At Risk For High Blood Pressure

8 Oct 15:23 | SciTech

Teens who spend hours on the Internet may be at risk for high blood pressure, say researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in more »


Perfectly Accurate Clocks Turn Out To Be Impossible

8 Oct 13:19 | SciTech

Can the passage of time be measured precisely, always and everywhere? The answer will upset many watchmakers. read more »


U.S. Decision On Early Release Of 6,000 Prisoners Welcomed

8 Oct 12:31 | U.S. News

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision by the United States Government to release 6,000 inmates from federal penitentiaries in an effort to ease overcrowding in more »


Men Admit Roles In $5.8 Million Reloadable Debit Card Extortion Scam

8 Oct 10:14 | U.S. News

Two Philadelphia men have admitted their roles in a conspiracy to extort victims to load prepaid debit cards with funds that were stolen as part of the more »


Rice Genetics Placed In Global Data Pool To Help Develop Sustainable Crops

8 Oct 09:12 | World

The genome sequences of thousands of rice varieties have been placed with a treaty on plant genetics by the world’s leading rice research institute to help boost plans to set up a global data exchange for crop genetic resources, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).read more »


Former UN General Assembly President Charged In $1.3 Million Bribery Scheme

8 Oct 08:38 | U.S. News

A Former President of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, and five others have been charged in connection with a multi-year scheme to pay more than $1.3 million in bribes to Ashe in exchange for official actions in support of Chinese business interests. read more »


Where In The Universe To Look For Life?

7 Oct 17:17 | SciTech

Astronomers with the University of Washington's Virtual Planetary Laboratory have created a way to compare and rank exoplanets to help prioritize which of the thousands discovered warrant close inspection in the search for life beyond more »


Arctic Butterflies Shrink With Rising Temperatures

7 Oct 16:19 | SciTech

New research shows that butterflies in Greenland have become smaller in response to increasing temperatures due to climate change. read more »


Study Shows How Dominant Parents Affect Kids' Self-Worth

7 Oct 15:05 | SciTech

Children's self-esteem is linked to the behaviour of who is considered the most powerful parent within the household, new University of Sussex research more »


Three Ocean Shipping Executives Indicted For Fixing Prices And Rigging Bids

7 Oct 11:33 | U.S. News

Three former ocean freight executives have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy. read more »


No Humanitarian Agencies Left In Besieged Afghan City Of Kunduz After Hospital Bombing

7 Oct 10:28 | World

There are currently no humanitarian agencies left in Kunduz, the north-eastern Afghan city where an air strike hit the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital, causing the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other more »


Foreign Terrorist Fighters Pose 'Significant And Evolving' Global Threat

7 Oct 09:15 | World

A new report throws into stark relief the growing threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, especially in an era where extremist groups freely use social media and the Internet to disseminate their ideologies and even raise more »


Man Sentenced To Prison For Trafficking Counterfeit Military Goods

7 Oct 08:29 | U.S. News

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for importing thousands of counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs) from China and Hong Kong and reselling them to U.S. customers, including contractors supplying them to the U.S. Navy for use in nuclear more »


Compulsive Texting Associated With Poorer School Performance Among Adolescent Girls

6 Oct 16:47 | SciTech

Teenage girls who compulsively text are more likely than their male counterparts to do worse academically, according to research. read more »


New Study Identifies Factors That Affect Email Response Time

6 Oct 15:21 | SciTech

What are the chances that a person will respond to your email in the next hour? And why is the reply so terse? A new study by USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers finds that email responses depend on a variety of factors including age, platform, volume and more »


Animals Return To Site World's Worst Nuclear Disaster

6 Oct 13:34 | SciTech

Researchers have found that the Chernobyl site looks less like a disaster zone and more like a nature preserve, now teeming with elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and more »


Immigrants Play Increasing Role In US Science And Engineering Workforce

6 Oct 12:26 | U.S. News

From 2003 to 2013, the number of scientists and engineers residing in the U.S. rose from 21.6 million to 29 million. An important factor in that increase: over the same time period, the number of immigrant scientists and engineers went from 3.4 million to 5.2 more »


UNESCO Chief Deplores Destruction Of Arch Of Triumph In Palmyra

6 Oct 10:22 | World

Extremists will "never be able to erase history," the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said, condemning the destruction of the Arch of Triumph in more »


Panel Warns Against 'Designer Babies' And Eugenics In 'Editing' Of Human DNA

6 Oct 09:18 | World

Warning that rapid advances in genetics make “designer babies” an increasing possibility, a bioethics panel called for a moratorium on “editing” the human genome, pending wider public debate lest changes in DNA be transmitted to future generations or foster more »


Extreme Poverty To Fall Below 10 Per Cent Says World Bank

6 Oct 08:11 | World

The World Bank says extreme poverty is likely to fall to below 10 per cent this year, "giving fresh evidence that a quarter-century-long sustained reduction in poverty is moving the world closer to the historic goal of ending poverty by 2030".read more »


U.S. And Five Gulf States Reach Historic Settlement With BP Over Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

5 Oct 16:23 | U.S. News

The United States and the five Gulf states have announced a settlement to resolve civil claims against BP arising from the April 20, 2010 Macondo well blowout and the massive oil spill that followed in the Gulf of more »


Debt Relief Scammer Settles FTC Charges By Agreeing To $7.9 Million Judgment

5 Oct 15:26 | U.S. News

The head of a sham debt relief operation has agreed to a judgment of more than $7.9 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he deceived consumers and charged them thousands of dollars while providing nothing in more »


Trans-Pacific Partnership Provides 'More Level Playing Field' For American Farmers

5 Oct 14:22 | U.S. News

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations provides a more level playing field in trade for American more »


Late Bedtimes Could Lead To Weight Gain

5 Oct 13:35 | SciTech

Teenagers and adults who go to bed late on weeknights are more likely to gain weight than their peers who hit the hay earlier, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, that has found a correlation between sleep and body mass more »


Online E-cigarette Vendors Using 'Aggressive Online Marketing Tactics'

5 Oct 12:08 | U.S. News

A new study points to online e-cigarette vendors using aggressive online marketing tactics that make purchasing e-cigarettes easy for all more »


Trade In Invasive Plants Is Blossoming

5 Oct 10:13 | SciTech

The global trade in garden or ornamental plants is increasingly shifting to the internet and being conducted on auction platforms and as a result one click is all it takes to spread potentially invasive plants from continent to continent - and unintentionally encouraging biological more »


California Trucking Executive Arrested On Extortion Charges

5 Oct 09:26 | U.S. News

The president of a southern California trucking company plotted with a Serbian man to extort $40,000 from a Chicago-area software company by hacking into the company’s computer system and threatening to disclose the more »


Boko Haram Violence An 'Affront To Humanity'

5 Oct 08:40 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bomb attacks in the past week in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, as well as the multiple suicide bombings in the city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, all by suspected Boko Haram more »


UN Strongly Condemns 'Tragic, Inexcusable' Kunduz Hospital Airstrike

4 Oct 17:18 | World

Senior United Nations officials have condemned what they called a “tragic” and “inexcusable” air strike on the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, a city in northern Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other more »


Over 500 Children Dead, 1.7 Million At Risk Of Malnutrition Owing To Yemen Violence

4 Oct 12:14 | World

UNICEF has underscored the devastating toll six months of violence has taken on the children of Yemen, where at least 500 have lost their lives and more than 1.7 million are at risk of more »


Former Nashville Airport Official Pleads Guilty To Fraud And Bribery

4 Oct 09:00 | U.S. News

John T. Howard, Jr., 45, of Nashville, Tenn., has pleaded guilty to three felony charges resulting from his role in a fraudulent invoice scheme and his solicitation and receipt of a more »


Airstrike On Medical Charity In Afghanistan A "Tragic Incident": Carter

3 Oct 17:24 | World

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said an airstrike in Kunduz that killed nine people from a medical charity was a "tragic incident."read more »


Refugee Sea Arrivals In Greece Approach 400,000

2 Oct 17:47 | World

The United Nations refugee agency said that, despite adverse weather conditions, refugee and migrant arrivals in Greece this year are expected to hit the 400,000 mark more »


Former Peanut Company Officials Sentenced To Prison For Roles In Salmonella Outbreak

2 Oct 12:26 | U.S. News

Two former officials of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) have been sentenced to prison in Albany, Georgia, for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud their customers by shipping salmonella-positive peanut more »


FTC Sues Marketers Who Used Threats And Lawsuits To Stop Negative Weight Loss Product Reviews

2 Oct 10:25 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against the Florida-based marketers of a line of weight-loss supplements who allegedly made baseless claims for their products, and then threatened to enforce "gag clause" provisions against consumers to stop them from posting negative reviews and testimonials online. read more »


Every 9 Minutes, Someone In The World Dies Of Rabies

2 Oct 13:31 | World

More than 59,000 people die of rabies each year because they cannot get the care they need. That’s about 1 person dying of rabies every 9 more »


People Over 60 Will Double By 2050 But Little Evidence They Will Be Healthier

2 Oct 09:15 | World

The number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050 and require radical societal change because "unfortunately, 70 does not yet appear to be the new 60" contrary to widespread assumptions, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).read more »


Fallout From Boko Haram Violence 'Fastest Growing Crisis In Africa'

2 Oct 08:11 | World

The humanitarian fallout from the violence inflicted by Boko Haram is the fastest growing crisis in Africa, a senior relief official warned, appealing for concerted action on the humanitarian, security and development fronts to tackle the more »


At Least 13 Dead In Oregon College Shooting

1 Oct 16:41 | U.S. News

At least 13 people were dead and more than 20 others were injured after a gunman opened fire Thursday morning on the campus of Umpqua Community College in southwest more »


Studies Investigate Conspiracist Thinking

1 Oct 15:41 | SciTech

In pop culture, conspiracy believers -- like FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X Files or professor Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code -- tend to reject the notion of coincidence or chance; even the most random-seeming events are thought to result from some sort of intention or design. read more »


Hurricane Joaquin: 14 Million Could Lose Power

1 Oct 14:31 | U.S. News

Power outage forecasts by researchers at the University of Michigan and Texas A&M University show that depending on where hurricane Joaquin makes landfall in the U.S., the lights could go out for as many as 14 million more »


FTC Returns Money to Consumers Who Bought Allegedly Bogus Weight-Loss Products

1 Oct 14:44 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 23,406 checks totaling more than $3.7 million to consumers who lost money after buying LeanSpa, a supplement whose marketers allegedly made deceptive weight-loss more »


Mortgage Rates Show Little Change

1 Oct 14:19 | Business

Mortgage rates showed minor movement this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage moving just slightly higher to 4.01 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »


Turkish Prime Minister Urges Action To End Syrian crisis

1 Oct 10:41 | World

Recalling the heart-rending story of the little boy whose lifeless body washed up on a beach in Turkey last month, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu urged the United Nations to take swift action to address the deepening crisis in Syria and to protect the millions of people “fleeing war and tyranny.”read more »


Penn National Racing Official Charged With Fraud In Race Rigging Scheme

1 Oct 09:25 | U.S. News

A racing official at Penn National Race Track in Grantville has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud for accepting money and other gratuities in exchange for providing inside information to trainers on which races to enter their horses in order to have a better chance at more »


Texas Militia Man Found Guilty On Firearms Charges

1 Oct 08:07 | U.S. News

A member of a citizen group known as "Rusty’s Rangers" or "Rusty’s Regulators" who mounted armed patrols in the Rio Grande area allegedly in search of aliens has been found guilty of four counts of felon in possession of a more »


Mobile Apps And Online Reviews Influence Consumer Behavior

30 Sep 15:34 | Business

Mobile apps are changing the way brands connect with consumers and have the potential to boost a company's bottom line. According to a new Iowa State University study, there is a direct link between app use and purchase activity - the more engaging the app, the more customers will more »


Injuries Cost The US $671 Billion In 2013

30 Sep 14:34 | U.S. News

The total cost of injuries and violence in the United States was $671 billion in 2013, according to two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). read more »


Asteroids Found To Be The Moon's Main 'Water Supply'

30 Sep 14:29 | SciTech

Water reserves found on the moon are the result of asteroids acting as "delivery vehicles" and not of falling comets as was previously thought. read more »


Russian Developer Of The Notorious Citadel Malware Sentenced To Prison

30 Sep 10:41 | U.S. News

Dimitry Belorossov, a/k/a Rainerfox, has been sentenced to four years, six months in prison following his guilty plea for conspiring to commit computer fraud. read more »


Ukrainian President Says Country Suffering 'Brutal Violation' Of UN Charter

30 Sep 09:29 | World

Ukraine is suffering from a brutal violation of the fundamental norms and principles of the United Nations Charter, President Petro Poroshenko told world leaders at the annual General Assembly more »


European Union Urges Global Assistance For Syrian Refugees

30 Sep 08:09 | World

With Europe confronting its worst refugee crisis since World War II, the continent’s leaders made a call at the United Nations General Assembly for global action to end the conflict in war-torn Syria and elsewhere that has sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to their more »


Bacteria In Ancient Flea May Be Ancestor Of The Black Death

29 Sep 17:46 | SciTech

About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer - an ancient strain of the bubonic more »


Increased Internet Access Led To A Rise In Racial Hate Crimes In The Early 2000s

29 Sep 18:10 | U.S. News

New research finds that broadband availability increased the incidence of racial hate crimes committed by lone-wolf perpetrators in the United States during the period 2001-2008. read more »


FBI Warns Of College Students Being Targeted In Phone Scam

29 Sep 14:38 | U.S. News

The FBI is warning consumers to be on alert for a phone scam that primarily targets college students while displaying the FBI’s telephone number on the recipient’s caller more »


Study Shows Insect Diversity Decreases In Gardens With Non-Native Plants

29 Sep 15:32 | SciTech

Not only do native plants do a better job of hosting and supporting local insect communities than their non-native counterparts, but a University of Delaware study shows that non-native plants are compounding the problem of declining species diversity by supporting fewer herbivores across more »


EPA Announces Availability Of $7 Million To Replace Or Retrofit Old School Buses

29 Sep 14:38 | U.S. News

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of approximately $7 million in funding for rebates to public and private school bus fleet owners for the replacement and retrofit of older school more »


SEC Charges Hitachi With FCPA Violations

29 Sep 13:29 | World

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Tokyo-based conglomerate Hitachi with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when it inaccurately recorded improper payments to South Africa's ruling political party in connection with contracts to build two multi-billion dollar power more »


Study Adds To Evidence That Viruses Are Alive

29 Sep 12:24 | SciTech

A new analysis supports the hypothesis that viruses are living entities that share a long evolutionary history with cells. read more »

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