Researchers Develop New Wearable Device That Turns Thumbnail Into Wireless Track pad

By Newsroom America Staff at 6:23 pm Eastern

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are developing a new wearable device that turns the user's thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad.

'Dire' Human Rights Situation In Ukraine Likely To Deteriorate Further

6:00 pm Eastern | World

There is increasing concern that the dire situation in parts of the east of Ukraine is likely to deteriorate further due to breaches of the ceasefire and violations of the Minsk Agreement.read more »

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Brutal Suicide Attack In Afghanistan Condemned

5:42 pm Eastern | World

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, has strongly condemned the "brutal" suicide attack that reportedly killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 others in the Afghan city of Jalalabad.read more »

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Young Women Objectify Themselves More Browsing Facebook Than Other Media Types

17 Apr 17:12 | SciTech

Regardless of how much time young women devote to viewing television, music videos and using the internet, they will compare their appearances more frequently to photos in magazines and on Facebook, according to new research.read more »

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Majority Of Workers Don't Believe Robots Threaten Jobs Despite Research Indicating Otherwise

17 Apr 15:35 | Business

An international poll conducted by Monster reveals that 63% of workers believe their jobs will never be replaced by computers and robots despite another study showing almost half of today's jobs in the US could be automated in the next two decades. read more »

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9/11 Leaves Legacy Of Chronic Ill Health Among Emergency Medical Services Workers

17 Apr 14:37 | U.S. News

The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001 have left a legacy of chronic ill health among emergency medical services workers who came to the rescue of the victims, reveals new research.read more »

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Expanding Rubber Plantations 'Catastrophic' For Endangered Species In Southeast Asia

17 Apr 13:42 | World

Demand for natural rubber fuelled by the tyre industry is threatening protected parts of Southeast Asia, according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).read more »

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Mortgage Rates Fall To Nearly 2-Year Low

17 Apr 12:38 | Business

Mortgage rates pulled back this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dipping to 3.79 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Jury Indicts Father For Lying To FBI About Helping Fugitive Son Escape To Mexico

17 Apr 12:26 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury in El Paso has returned an indictment charging 53-year-old Victor Manuel Solis with making a false statement to El Paso FBI agents about the search for his fugitive son, former Los Angeles Police officer Henry Solis. read more »

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E-Cigarette Use Triples Among Middle And High School Students In Just One Year

17 Apr 10:20 | U.S. News

Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.read more »

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Former Investment Adviser At Global Bank Charged With Multi-Millon-Dollar Fraud Scheme

17 Apr 09:13 | U.S. News

Michael Oppenheim has been charged with wire, securities, and investment adviser fraud, as well as embezzlement, for allegedly using his position as an investment adviser at a global financial institution based in New York City to defraud multiple Bank clients out of approximately $20 million over a four-year period.read more »

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'Dramatic' Progress In Fighting Ebola Must Be Followed By Long-Term Recovery Efforts

17 Apr 08:07 | World

Intense efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in the three most-affected West African countries will continue, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO)said, adding that the international community is also looking for ways to build on dramatic recent progress by aiding with efforts aimed at recovery from the outbreak.read more »

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Information Technology Manager Indicted For Damaging Servers And Illegally Intercepting E-Mail Accounts

16 Apr 17:06 | U.S. News

A former information technology manager for a Northbrook-based company has been indicted for allegedly damaging servers maintained by the company, intercepting company e-mails without authorization, and disclosing the contents of intercepted e-mails without authorization. read more »

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Washington State Auditor Troy X. Kelley Indicted

16 Apr 16:43 | U.S. News

A Grand Jury in Seattle has returned a ten count indictment against Troy Kelley, 50, of Tacoma for his scheme to keep stolen money and hide it from both the IRS and those due a refund related to their purchase of a home or refinance of a home mortgage.read more »

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New Portable Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

16 Apr 14:11 | SciTech

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat.read more »

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New Evidence Adds Capitanian Extinction To List Of Major Extinction Crises

16 Apr 13:16 | SciTech

Since the Cambrian Explosion, ecosystems have suffered repeated mass extinctions, with the "Big 5" crises being the most prominent, but scientists say they have evidence of the 6th global extinction event.read more »

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Human Rights Experts Welcome Blackwater Sentencing And Urge Greater Accountability For Private Security

16 Apr 12:31 | World

The outsourcing of national security to private firms creates risks for human rights and accountability, the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries said as it welcomed the sentencing of four former Blackwater Worldwide personnel for the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians. read more »

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1.2 million Ukrainians Uprooted By Conflict

16 Apr 10:45 | World

The United Nations humanitarian office has reported that 1.2 million people in Ukraine have now been internally displaced because of conflict in the country.read more »

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Milford Realtor Pleads Guilty To Running $15 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

16 Apr 09:32 | Business

Brenda Ashcraft, 45, of Milford, Ohio has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of at least $15 million between 2009 and 2013 in a fraudulent investment scheme to purchase and sell real estate through real estate investment trusts known as REITs.read more »

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Saudi Arabia Says Military Operations In Yemen Successful

16 Apr 08:36 | World

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said military operations in Yemen have been successful in thwarting the Houthi militia's goal of taking over Yemen.read more »

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Teachers More Likely To Label Black Students As Troublemakers: Study

15 Apr 17:20 | U.S. News

Teachers are likely to interpret students' misbehavior differently depending on the student's race, according to new research findings published in Psychological Science.read more »

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Millions Of Yemenis Face Food Insecurity Amid Escalating Conflict

15 Apr 16:45 | World

Nearly 11 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure and millions more are at risk of being unable to meet their basic food needs, the Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) said, calling for $8 million in funding to support farmers amidst the escalating conflict.read more »

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Increase Seen In Data Breaches Of Health Information

15 Apr 15:39 | U.S. News

Between 2010 and 2013, data breaches of protected health information reported by HIPAA-covered entities increased and involved approximately 29 million records, with most data breaches resulting from overt criminal activity, according to a study.read more »

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Search For Advanced Civilizations Beyond Earth Finds Nothing Obvious In 100,000 Galaxies

15 Apr 14:33 | World

After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them.read more »

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Interactivity Tools Can Boost Persuasiveness Of Websites

15 Apr 13:26 | SciTech

Messages conveyed on websites may be more persuasive if theses websites are interactive, according to researchers.read more »

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Childhood Self-Control Linked To Enhanced Job Prospects Throughout Life

15 Apr 12:17 | SciTech

Parents who work to instil self-control in their children will see them reap the benefits not only in the short-term but throughout their working life, according to new research.read more »

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Former Leader Of Hindu Temple Of Georgia Sentenced To Prison

15 Apr 11:07 | U.S. News

Annamalai Annamalai, a/k/a Dr. Commander Selvam, a/k/a Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar, the former leader of the now defunct Hindu Temple of Georgia, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison following his conviction on 34 felony counts, including bank fraud, tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and obstruction charges.read more »

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DoD Seeks To Identify Unaccounted-For USS Oklahoma Crew Members

15 Apr 09:31 | U.S. News

The remains of up to 388 unaccounted-for sailors and Marines associated with the USS Oklahoma will be exhumed later this year for analysis that could lead to identifying most of them, Defense Department officials announced.read more »

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Actor Daniel Craig As Global Mine Action Advocate

15 Apr 08:53 | World

Actor Daniel Craig has been appointed as the first UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.read more »

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Investors Signal Concerns About Valuation Bubble In Both Bonds And Equities: Survey

14 Apr 17:28 | Business

Investors see growing overvaluations in both bonds and equities and have signaled concern about a valuation bubble forming, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for April. read more »

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FAO Warns Of 2050 Deadline For Dwindling Water Supplies

14 Apr 16:23 | World

The world’s water supplies are expected to remain sufficient for a global population of nine billion in 2050, but continuing overconsumption and the impact of climate change will diminish their availability in many of the planet's neediest regions, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.read more »

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Ebola Analysis Finds Virus Hasn't Become Deadlier, Yet

14 Apr 14:58 | SciTech

Research from The University of Manchester using cutting edge computer analysis reveals that despite mutating, Ebola hasn't evolved to become deadlier since the first outbreak 40 years ago.read more »

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Nearly 800,000 Children Forced To Flee Violence In Nigeria And Region

14 Apr 13:50 | World

A new report released by UNICEF reveals that least 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups.read more »

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Conference Stresses Grave Need To Combat Wildlife Crime

14 Apr 13:14 | World

With wildlife and forest crimes on the rise, yielding enormous profits for criminal networks, officials at a major anti-crime meeting under way in Doha, Qatar, stressed the gravity of the scourge, saying that it fuels violence, corrupts supply chains and undermines the rule of law.read more »

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Two Disease Testing Laboratories To Pay Nearly $50 Million To Settle Kickback Claims

14 Apr 10:39 | U.S. News

Health Diagnostics Laboratory, Inc. (HDL), of Richmond, Virginia, has agreed to pay $47 million, and laboratory Singulex, Inc. of Alameda, California, has agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act.read more »

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Former Texas State Judge Pleads Guilty In Federal Judicial Corruption Case

14 Apr 09:26 | U.S. News

Angus Kelly McGinty, 51, a former Texas state district court judge in Bexar County, Texas, has pleaded guilty to soliciting and accepting bribes intended to influence his judicial decisions. read more »

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Four Former Blackwater Employees Sentenced to Decades in Prison For Fatal Iraq Shootings

14 Apr 02:57 | U.S. News

One former security guard for Blackwater USA has been sentenced to life in prison, and three others were each sentenced to prison terms of 30 years for their roles in the 2007 shooting at Nisur Square in Baghdad, that resulted in the killing of 14 unarmed civilians and the wounding of numerous others.read more »

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Prosecutors Investigating Fatal Police Shooting Of Laquan McDonald

14 Apr 08:49 | U.S. News

Federal officials have confirmed they are conducting a criminal investigation into the death of Laquan McDonald, 17, who died last year after being shot 16 times by Chicago Police. read more »

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Inspection Team Sent To Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant Following Unplanned Shutdown

13 Apr 18:32 | U.S. News

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant about 50 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. to review issues during the unplanned shutdown of both reactors on April 7. read more »

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Study Finds Testicular Cancer Link For Muscle-Building Supplements

13 Apr 17:53 | SciTech

Men who reported taking muscle-building supplements, such as pills and powders with creatine or androstenedione, reported a significantly higher likelihood of having developed testicular cancer than men who did not use such supplements, according to a new study in the British Journal of Cancer.read more »

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Ebola Outbreak Still A Global Emergency Despite Significant Drop In Cases: WHO

13 Apr 16:50 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa still poses a threat to international peace and security, despite a major fall-off in in case incidence and geographic distribution in the most-affected countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.read more »

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Mariah Carey Signs Contract With Sony Music Entertainment

13 Apr 17:07 | Entertainment

Multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey has been signed to an exclusive contract with Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.read more »

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UNESCO Condemns Destruction At Iraq's Nimrud Site

13 Apr 16:44 | World

The United Nations agency mandated with protecting heritage sites worldwide has denounced further destruction at the archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, calling the deliberate damage of culture a "war crime" and pledging to do everything possible to fight it.read more »

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Debt Brokers Settle FTC Charges They Exposed Consumers' Information Online

13 Apr 16:36 | Business

Two debt brokers have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they exposed highly sensitive information about tens of thousands of consumers while trying to sell portfolios of consumer debt on a public website. read more »

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Making Your Home A Home For The Birds

13 Apr 11:04 | U.S. News

The landscaping plants chosen by residents for their yards plays a much greater role in the diversity of native birds in suburban neighborhoods than do the surrounding parks, forest preserves, or streetside trees, say biologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago.read more »

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Second Kansas Man Charged in Connection With Car Bomb Plot

13 Apr 09:52 | U.S. News

A second Topeka, Kansas, man has been charged in connection with an alleged plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at the Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, Kansas.read more »

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Afghan Civilian Casualties From Ground Combat Rise In 2015

13 Apr 08:42 | World

In the first three months of 2015, civilian casualties from ground engagements rose by eight per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures released by the United Nations with warning that the toll is likely to rise in the coming summer months.read more »

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Israel's Use Of Administrative Detention Against Palestinians Draws Concern

12 Apr 16:58 | World

The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has expressed concern by the continued and increasing use of administrative detention by Israeli authorities against Palestinians, who are being held without charge or trial, often on the basis of secret evidence, for periods of up to six months.read more »

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Dispersant Used To Clean Deepwater Horizon Spill More Toxic To Corals Than The Oil

11 Apr 16:18 | U.S. News

The dispersant used to remediate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is more toxic to cold-water corals than the spilled oil, according to a study conducted at Temple University.read more »

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Smartphones Could Function As Earthquake Early Warning Systems

11 Apr 12:42 | U.S. News

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes according to newly reported research. read more »

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Kindergartners Who Shared iPads In Class Scored Higher On Achievement Tests

11 Apr 10:31 | SciTech

A study by a researcher at Northwestern University found that kindergartners in classes with shared iPads significantly outscored their peers on achievement tests who were in classes that had no iPads or classes with iPads for each student.read more »

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'Warm Blob' In Pacific Ocean Linked To Weird Weather Across The US

10 Apr 17:12 | SciTech

Scientists say the one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seals are washing up on California beaches.read more »

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Man Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Threatening To Kill Two Federal Judges

10 Apr 14:06 | U.S. News

A Las Vegas man who told federal homeland security officials in 2014, that he had placed explosives under the desks of two federal district court judges in Las Vegas and planned to blow them up, has been sentenced to 75 months in federal prison.read more »

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More Than Half Of Americans Not Investing In The Stock Market

10 Apr 13:32 | Business

Despite the potential of receiving strong returns on their savings, the majority of Americans are avoiding making investments in the stock market, according to a new study by Bankrate.com.read more »

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Spending Cuts In India Will Hurt Already Inadequate Health Services: Experts

10 Apr 12:54 | World

Deep cuts in health spending by the Indian government will lead to continued inadequate health services and delays in achieving universal access to healthcare, experts say.read more »

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American Healthcare Worker Admitted With Ebola Virus Discharged From Hospital

10 Apr 09:41 | U.S. News

The American healthcare worker admitted to the NIH Clinical Center on March 13 with Ebola virus disease was discharged yesterday in good condition after having been successfully treated at the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit. read more »

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Two Mississippi Women Sentenced For Roles In Racial Attack Conspiracy

10 Apr 08:32 | U.S. News

Shelbie Brooke Richards, 21, of Pearl, Mississippi, and Sarah Adelia Graves, 22, of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, have been sentenced for their roles in a federal hate crime conspiracy involving racially motivated assaults, culminating in the death of James Craig Anderson, an African-American man, in the summer of 2011.read more »

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Nearly 1 In 10 Adults Have Impulsive Anger Issues And Access To Guns

9 Apr 17:41 | U.S. News

An estimated 9 percent of adults in the U.S. have a history of impulsive, angry behavior and have access to guns, according to a study published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law. read more »

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Fracking Fluid Chemicals Uncovered, Helping Test For Contamination

9 Apr 16:35 | U.S. News

Two new studies have uncovered the organic chemicals used in fracking fluid, providing a basis for water contamination testing and future regulation. read more »

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Stronger Warning For Indoor Tanning Risks Urged

9 Apr 14:48 | U.S. News

Researchers say the U.S. Surgeon General should declare that indoor ultraviolet radiation tanning causes skin cancer. read more »

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Researchers Develop Ebola Vaccine Effective In A Single Dose

9 Apr 14:23 | World

Researchers have developed a quick-acting vaccine that is both safe and effective with a single dose against the Ebola strain that killed thousands of people in West Africa last year.read more »

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Don't Blame Kids If They Do Not Enjoy School, Study Suggests

9 Apr 13:19 | SciTech

When children are unmotivated at school, new research suggests their genes may be part of the equation.read more »

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Overconfidence In New Technologies Can Influence Decision-Making

9 Apr 11:49 | Business

University of Missouri researchers have shown that people tend to overestimate the likelihood of new technologies' success and this overconfidence can influence important decisions, such as investment choices.read more »

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Pay Raises For More Than 16,000 Walmart Associates In Louisiana Go Into Effect This Week

9 Apr 10:30 | Business

Walmart said it was giving pay raises to over 16,000 associates in Louisiana starting this week as part of it's additional $1 billion investment in its workers this year.read more »

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Expert Warns Of 'Worst Case Scenario' Displacement In Yemen

9 Apr 08:18 | World

An expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons has urged the international community "to prepare for massive displacement and humanitarian crisis as conflict torn Yemen further descends into chaos and civilians flee the fighting."read more »

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Marijuana Tourism Continues To Drive Travel Interest In Denver

9 Apr 09:34 | U.S. News

The travel impact of marijuana legalization has been a much debated topic, but for the second year in a row, Denver is expected to see heightened travel interest on and around April 20th according to Hotels.com.read more »

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