Two Charged In $5.8 Million Reloadable Debit Card Extortion Scam

By Newsroom America Staff at 11:39 am Eastern

Two Philadelphia men have been arrested were arrested for allegedly conspiring to extort victims to load prepaid debit cards with funds that were stolen as part of the scheme.

FTC Charges Gerber With Falsely Claiming Its Formula Protects Infants from Developing Allergies

10:32 am Eastern | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission has charged Gerber Products Co., also doing business as Nestle Nutrition, with deceptively advertising that feeding its Good Start Gentle formula to infants with a family history of allergies prevents or reduces the risk that they will develop allergies.read more »

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Ebola Response In West Africa Bolstered By Increase In World Bank Funding

9:26 am Eastern | World

The World Bank has announced it is boosting its efforts in assisting health workers fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in the three most-affected countries in West Africa as part of the wider United Nations Ebola crisis response.read more »

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Relief Efforts In Syria Hampered By Lack Of Access

8:45 am Eastern | World

Escalating fighting, insecurity and a lack of access to deliver critical assistance continue to hamper United Nations efforts to respond to the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria.read more »

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Sadness Lasts Longer Than Other Emotions

30 Oct 16:35 | SciTech

Why is it that you can feel sad up to 240 times longer than you do feeling ashamed, surprised, irritated or even bored? It’s because sadness often goes hand in hand with events of greater impact such as death or accidents. read more »

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Climate Change Beliefs More Influenced By Long-Term Temperature Fluctuations: Study

30 Oct 15:30 | SciTech

The task of educating the public about climate change might be made easier or more difficult depending on their perception of short-term versus long-term temperature changes.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Continue Rebound

30 Oct 14:24 | Business

Mortgage rates moved higher for a second consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.10 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Global Mobile Phone Shipments Reach 460 Million Units In Q3 2014

30 Oct 12:33 | Business

Global mobile phone shipments grew 8 percent annually to reach 460 million units in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics.read more »

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Texas Oil Company To Pay $1.6 Million To Settle Alleged Oil Spill Violations

30 Oct 10:12 | U.S. News

Superior Crude Gathering Inc. (Superior Crude) has agreed to pay a civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2010 crude oil spill from tanks at Superior's oil storage facility in Ingleside, Texas. read more »

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Former Ohio State Trooper Pleads Guilty To Coercing Female Motorists Into Sexual Activity

30 Oct 09:30 | U.S. News

A former Trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol has pleaded guilty in Columbus, Ohio, to four counts of violating the civil rights of female motorists and one count of engaging in cyber stalking.read more »

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Antares Rocket Failure Investigation Could Take Weeks

30 Oct 08:53 | SciTech

The Wallops Incident Response Team has completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science's Antares rocket, but it could be weeks before the cause and effect of the disaster is known.read more »

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Ukraine Rebel's Election Plans Condemned

30 Oct 06:25 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored plans by armed rebel groups in eastern Ukraine to hold their own “elections” on 2 November, calling the potential polls a "breach of the constitution and national law."read more »

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Signs Of Ebola Decline In Liberia Offer 'Glimmer Of Hope'

30 Oct 01:19 | World

The spread of Ebola in Liberia may be slowing, as demonstrated in the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates, as well as a plateau in lab-reported new cases in the West African country hardest hit by the virus.read more »

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Online Dating Service Agrees To Stop Deceptive Use Of Fake Profiles

29 Oct 14:43 | U.S. News

In its first law enforcement action against an online dating service, the Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement that prohibits JDI Dating Ltd from using fake, computer-generated profiles to trick users into upgrading to paid memberships.read more »

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Credit Repair Man For Celebrities Indicted for Allegedly Defrauding Them

29 Oct 14:36 | U.S. News

The alleged mastermind behind a credit repair scam whose victims included celebrities has been arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Hillman on an indictment unsealed in federal court.read more »

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Dictator Manuel Noriega's Absurd Lawsuit Against Call Of Duty Creator Dismissed

29 Oct 12:17 | Entertainment

A judge has ruled in favor of Activision Blizzard with respect to its motion to strike former dictator and convicted murderer Manuel Noriega's frivolous lawsuit against the creators of the popular Call of Duty franchise. read more »

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Politics Can Interact With Evolution To Shape Human Destiny

29 Oct 11:30 | SciTech

Politics can have unintentional evolutionary consequences that may cause hastily issued policies to cascade into global, multigenerational problems, according to political scientists.read more »

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The Only Way To Stop Ebola 'Is At Its Source'

29 Oct 10:08 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged countries that have imposed travel bans or closed their borders in response to the Ebola outbreak of the need to convey a sense of urgency without inciting panic, saying “the only way to stop Ebola is to stop it at its source.”read more »

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Former Bank Director Who Faked His Own Death Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

29 Oct 09:10 | U.S. News

Aubrey Lee Price, 48, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for perpetrating a Ponzi scheme that resulted in millions of dollars of losses to dozens of Price’s investors and led to the collapse of a federally insured bank.read more »

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UN Urged To Refer North Korea Human Rights Report To International Criminal Court

29 Oct 08:21 | World

A human rights expert has called on the UN General Assembly to refer a UN-mandated report documenting wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity in North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC).read more »

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NASA Disappointed At Antares Rocket "Mishap"

29 Oct 01:45 | SciTech

NASA has described the explosion of Orbital Sciences Corp's Antares $200 million rocket shortly after launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as a "mishap". read more »

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FTC Says AT&T Has Misled Millions of Consumers With 'Unlimited' Data Promises

28 Oct 14:06 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent.read more »

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Financial Experts Do Not Make Higher Returns On Own Investments

28 Oct 15:20 | Business

Financial experts do not make higher returns on their own investments than untrained investors, according to research by a Michigan State University business scholar.read more »

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World Losing 2,000 Hectares Of Farm Soil Per Day To Salt Damage

28 Oct 12:20 | SciTech

Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to a new study.read more »

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Radiation Exposure Linked To Aggressive Thyroid Cancers: Chernobyl Study

28 Oct 11:24 | SciTech

For the first time, researchers have found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, according to a careful study of nearly 12,000 people in Belarus who were exposed when they were children or adolescents to fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.read more »

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Massachusetts Man Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Computer Hacking

28 Oct 10:17 | U.S. News

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to four years in prison for hacking into computer networks around the country to obtain highly sensitive law enforcement data and to alter academic records, as well as for possessing stolen credit and debit card numbers. read more »

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Concern About Human Rights In Iran Following Surge Of Executions

28 Oct 09:31 | World

The human rights situation in Iran remains of deep concern, an independent expert said, flagging issues related to the right to life, the judicial system, religious persecution, and discrimination against women.read more »

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Blackwater Convictions Spotlight Need For Treaty On Private Security Says Expert

28 Oct 08:24 | World

The United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries has appealed for stronger global regulations of private security, saying last week’s conviction of Blackwater contractors shows the need for all private security personnel to be held accountable for international human rights and humanitarian law violations.read more »

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Survey Finds Only 6 Percent Of U.S. Hospitals Well-Prepared To Receive Ebola Patients

27 Oct 16:24 | U.S. News

Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals are well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus, according to a survey of infection prevention experts at U.S. hospitals conducted October 10-15 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).read more »

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Number Of Bicyclists Killed On U.S. Roadways Trending Upward

27 Oct 14:31 | U.S. News

The number of bicyclists killed on U.S. roadways is trending upward, particularly for certain subsets of the population, according to a report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). read more »

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Ebola Mission Wraps Up Visit And Presents 'Robust' Recovery Plan

27 Oct 14:11 | World

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has wrapped up his visits to the three West African countries battling the Ebola outbreak as part of the Organization’s ongoing efforts to drum up international support in tackling the deadly crisis.read more »

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OIAC Condemns Acid Attacks On Women In Iran

27 Oct 11:42 | World

The Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC) has condemned the recent wave of acid attacks directed towards women in Iran which it said was the latest example of the ongoing war against women in the country.read more »

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Adolf Hitler's Personal Copy Of Mein Kampf Offered For Sale

27 Oct 11:07 | U.S. News

Adolf Hitler's personal copy of Mein Kampf is being auctioned by noted antiquities dealer Craig Gottlieb. read more »

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China Oil Demand Surged 7.4% In September From A Year Ago

27 Oct 10:10 | World

China's apparent oil demand in September climbed to the second-highest level since 2005, with a growth rate that was the sharpest in 15 months, according to a just-released Platts analysis of Chinese government data. read more »

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FTC Approves Final Orders Banning Marketer Behind ‘Fat Burner’ Diet Pills

27 Oct 09:18 | U.S. News

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved two final orders settling charges that the former CEO and co-founder of an Atlanta-based marketing operation and his company deceived consumers with promises that their Healthe Trim supplements would burn fat, increase metabolism, and suppress appetite.read more »

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Twenty Four European Banks Fail Stress Test

27 Oct 08:16 | Business

The European Banking Authority said twenty-four European banks have failed its 2014 stress tests of their finances. read more »

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Second Marysville-Pilchuck High School Shooting Victim Dies

27 Oct 01:56 | U.S. News

Providence Regional Medical Center said Gia Soriano, 14, who was seriously wounded in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting in Washington State, has died.read more »

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Deadly Terrorist Attacks In Sinai Condemned

26 Oct 07:19 | World

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned two terrorist attacks that targeted military checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula.read more »

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USAF Langley Hospital Deploys 'Ebola-Zapping' Robot

26 Oct 08:19 | SciTech

The 633rd Medical Group at USAF Hospital Langley has deployed a germ-zapping robot, nicknamed Saul, which harnesses the power of technology to kill off viruses - including the Ebola Virus Disease. read more »

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Past Climate Change Was Caused By The Ocean And Not Just the Atmosphere, Study Finds

25 Oct 13:05 | SciTech

A new study by a group of Rutgers researchers has found that circulation of the ocean plays an equally important role in regulating the earth’s climate than the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere.read more »

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Ukraine Risks Becoming 'protracted' Conflict

25 Oct 10:38 | World

The simmering conflict in Ukraine continues to take lives and exacerbate already precarious humanitarian conditions in the country’s Eastern regions, two senior United Nations officials told the Security Council, as they warned that the situation risks turning into a “protracted low-intensity conflict.”read more »

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Credit Card Hacker Sentenced To Eleven Years In Prison

25 Oct 08:32 | U.S. News

Sergei Nicolaevich Tšurikov has been sentenced to eleven years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and computer intrusion for his involvement in an elaborate scheme which stole over $9.4 million from a credit card processor.read more »

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Ebola Industry Leaders Meet To Discuss Vaccine Trials

25 Oct 11:44 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has convened a meeting with top Government officials from Ebola-affected countries, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies to discuss and agree how best to best fast-track testing and the deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to halt the spread of the deadly virus.read more »

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Police Confirm Human Remains Are Those Of Missing Student Hannah Graham

25 Oct 01:26 | U.S. News

The Albemarle County Police Department has confirmed human remains discovered on Saturday October 18th are those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.read more »

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Two Dead And Four Injured Following School Shooting In Washington State

24 Oct 16:43 | U.S. News

Two people are dead and four injured following a shooting in the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state, police said.read more »

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Dallas Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Declared Virus Free

24 Oct 15:33 | U.S. News

The National Institutes of Health said Nina Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with catching Ebola in the U.S. after caring for an infected patient in Dallas, has been declared “virus free.”read more »

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Startups Should Seek Quality Not Quantity In Partnerships, Study finds

24 Oct 16:29 | Business

Startups with a small number of carefully chosen alliances will reap the most benefits, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.read more »

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Georgia Residents Charged For Their Roles In Subjecting Hispanics To Traffic Stop Extortion

24 Oct 15:56 | U.S. News

Miguel Angel Reyes and Gloria Gallego have been charged with conspiring with former Lowndes County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Stacks to use Stacks’ law enforcement authority to violate Hispanic motorists' civil rights, as well as with actually carrying out the scheme. read more »

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Primary Focus Of Ebola Response "Must Be To Halt Spread In West Africa"

24 Oct 10:37 | World

World Health Organization (WHO) experts said the primary emphasis to combat the unfolding Ebola epidemic must continue to be on stopping the transmission of the virus within Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit countries.read more »

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Raj Rajaratnam Settles Insider Trading Case With SEC

24 Oct 09:56 | Business

The Securities and Exchange says former hedge fund manager Rajarengan “Rengan” Rajaratnam has agreed to pay more than $840,000 and accept securities industry bars in order to settle the agency’s insider trading case against him.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Move Up Slightly

24 Oct 08:48 | Business

Mortgage rates rebounded slightly after last week's sharp drop, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.05 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Right To Online Privacy At Risk As Governments Engage In Mass Surveillance: Expert

24 Oct 07:40 | World

States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent counter-terrorism expert said as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy.read more »

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New York City Reports Positive Test For Ebola

23 Oct 23:26 | U.S. News

A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for Ebola according to the New York City Health Department laboratory.read more »

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Owners Of Safari Company Indicted For Illegal Rhino Hunts

23 Oct 15:34 | U.S. News

The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris have been charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns.read more »

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Bullying In Schools Is Still Prevalent, National Report Says

23 Oct 17:11 | SciTech

Despite a dramatic increase in public awareness and anti-bullying legislation nationwide, the prevalence of bullying is still one of the most pressing issues facing our nation’s youth, according to a new reportread more »

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Some Online Shoppers Pay More Than Others

23 Oct 16:02 | Business

Personalized Internet content such as Google search results can be a disadvantage to online shoppers when e-commerce websites manipulate search results or customize prices without the user's knowledge, and which in some cases leads to some online shoppers paying more than others for the same thing.read more »

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Far Greater Effort Needed To Eradicate Extreme Poverty In World's Poorest Nations

23 Oct 15:50 | World

The world’s 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, but a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to a new report.read more »

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Increases Ebola Commitment To $100M

23 Oct 15:26 | U.S. News

Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has increased his commitment to Tackle Ebola to at least $100 million and called on the global community to join the cause. read more »

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Hollywood Man Sent To Prison For Stealing More Than 5,000 Identities

23 Oct 09:21 | U.S. News

Richard Anthony Siler, 50, of Hollywood, has been sentenced to twelve years in prison for stealing more than 5,000 identities.read more »

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Growing Use Of Drones In Law Enforcement May Violate Human Rights, Says Expert

23 Oct 08:32 | World

The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, an independent human rights expert has warned.read more »

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Four Former Blackwater Employees Found Guilty Over Fatal 2007 Shootings At Nisur Square

23 Oct 07:14 | U.S. News

Four former security guards for Blackwater USA have been found guilty of charges stemming from the Sept. 16, 2007, shooting at Nisur Square in Baghdad, Iraq, that resulted in the killing of 14 unarmed civilians and the wounding of numerous others.read more »

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Google's New Email Application 'Inbox' Acts Like A Personal Assistant

23 Oct 04:05 | SciTech

Google has released a new email application called 'Inbox' which appears to take email to the next level in that it is starting to behave like a proactive personal assistant. read more »

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Ottawa Police Say No Further Threat Following Shooting And Safety Perimeter Lifted

23 Oct 01:49 | World

The ongoing police investigation into the shootings in downtown Ottawa has determined that there no longer exists a threat to public safety and the safety perimeter has now been lifted. read more »

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Two Dead Following Shootings In Ottawa

22 Oct 15:07 | World

A Canadian soldier and suspected shooter have died following incidents at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. read more »

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Visitors To U.S. From Ebola Countries To Be Actively Monitored

22 Oct 14:52 | U.S. News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that public health authorities will begin active Ebola monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea. read more »

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Global Surge Of Great Earthquakes From 2004-2014

22 Oct 13:14 | SciTech

The past ten years have been a remarkable time for great earthquakes with 18 quakes of Mw8.0 or greater since December 2004, which is a rate of more than twice that seen from 1900 to mid-2004. read more »

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What Do Americans Fear Most?

22 Oct 12:13 | U.S. News

Chapman University has initiated the first comprehensive nationwide study on what strikes fear in Americans, and according to its poll the number one fear in America today is walking alone at night.read more »

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Study Finds Alpine Goats Appear To Be Shrinking, Blames Climate Change

22 Oct 11:34 | SciTech

Alpine goats appear to be shrinking in size as they react to changes in climate, according to new research from Durham University.read more »

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Study Finds Playing Violent Games In 3-D Leads To Higher Anger Levels

22 Oct 10:27 | Entertainment

Researchers at Ohio State University have found that people who played violent video games in 3-D showed more evidence of anger afterward than did people who played using traditional 2-D systems.read more »

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Level of Oversight To Be Increased At Connecticut Nuclear Power Station

22 Oct 09:02 | U.S. News

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will increase its level of oversight at the Millstone Unit 3 nuclear power generation site in Connecticut following the finalization of a low to moderate safety significance inspection finding.read more »

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WHO Prepares For Arrival Of Trial Ebola Vaccines

22 Oct 07:52 | World

The World Health Organization has announced the expected delivery of Ebola candidate vaccines as the agency continues to ramp up efforts to quell the spread of the deadly virus.read more »

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Convoy Crosses Battle Lines To Reach Children Fleeing Besieged Kobane

21 Oct 17:12 | World

Trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, in what was described as a “small but significant breakthrough” in the agency’s efforts to help children displaced by the fighting in Kobane.read more »

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Innovative Response by Firestone Health Officials May Have Limited Ebola Spread In Liberia

21 Oct 16:19 | World

Innovative measures have limited the spread of Ebola in a part of Liberia where Firestone Liberia Inc. had established an effective health care infrastructure, according to the CDC.read more »

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FTC Staff Warns Plastic Waste Bag Marketers That "Oxodegradable" Claims May Be Deceptive

21 Oct 15:26 | U.S. News

Staff of the Federal Trade Commission has sent letters warning 15 marketers of “oxodegradable” plastic waste bags that their oxodegradable, oxo biodegradable, or biodegradable claims may be deceptive.read more »

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Google Launches New Email Application Call 'Inbox'

23 Oct 03:58 | SciTech

Google has released a new email application called 'Inbox' which it said was years in the making by the same people who built Gmail, but it’s not Gmail.read more »

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