Countries Unable To Reach Agreement On Nuclear Non-Proliferation

By Newsroom America Staff at 24 May 15:57

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment at the inability of member states to reach consensus on a “substantive outcome” on a non-proliferation treaty key for global nuclear disarmament.

Thousands Flee Syria's Besieged Historic City Of Palmyra

24 May 15:41 | World

Refugee agencies are preparing aid for some 11,000 people fleeing the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and surrounding villages, which have been overrun by militant forces this week.read more »

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Operator Of MyRedbook.com Sentenced To Prison For Facilitating Prostitution

24 May 15:26 | U.S. News

A California man has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for his operation of the myRedBook.com website to facilitate prostitution, representing the first federal conviction of a website operator for facilitation of prostitution.read more »

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Sudden Onset Of Ice Loss In Antarctica Detected

22 May 17:42 | SciTech

A group of scientists has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Nudge Higher

22 May 15:36 | Business

Mortgage rates moved up slightly, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.03 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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People With Depression May Be More Likely To Develop Parkinson's Disease

22 May 16:33 | SciTech

People with depression may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a large study by researchers at Umea University in Sweden. read more »

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Flames Fan Lasting Nuclear Fallout From Chernobyl

22 May 15:19 | World

In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires.read more »

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U.S. Army Sergeant Sent To Prison For Taking Bribes While Deployed In Afghanistan

22 May 13:15 | U.S. News

A sergeant with the U.S. Army has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for accepting bribes from Afghan truck drivers at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Gardez in Afghanistan. read more »

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Christian County Sheriff Pleads Guilty To Stealing Public Money And Money Laundering

22 May 11:20 | U.S. News

The elected sheriff of Christian County, Mo., has pleaded guilty to embezzling county funds and to his role in laundering the proceeds of a political supporter's investment fraud scheme.read more »

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FTC Action Halts Global Sweepstakes Scam

22 May 10:16 | U.S. News

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has temporarily halted a sweepstakes operation based in Fort Lauderdale that took more than $28 million from consumers throughout the United States and other countries.read more »

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Call To Act Now In Earthquake Stricken Nepal Before Monsoon Rains Arrive

22 May 09:04 | World

As Nepalese communities devastated by two major earthquakes struggle to restore and rebuild, humanitarian workers are in a fierce race against time to reach survivors in the remote mountains before the monsoon rains hit and further complicate logistics.read more »

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Scientists Discover World's Oldest Stone Tools

21 May 18:07 | SciTech

Scientists working in the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya have found stone tools dating back 3.3 million years, long before the advent of modern humans, and by far the oldest such artifacts yet discovered. read more »

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False Tweet From Hacked AP Account Led To Real Panic

21 May 17:29 | Business

A false tweet from a hacked account owned by the Associated Press (AP) in 2013 sent financial markets into a tailspin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 143.5 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index lost more than $136 billion of its value in the seconds that immediately followed the post.read more »

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New Evidence Links Arctic Warming With Severe Weather

21 May 15:41 | SciTech

New evidence has linked Arctic warming with severe weather in countries including the United Kingdom and United States.read more »

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Barclays To Pay $400 Million To Settle Charges Of Attempted Exchange Rate Manipulation

21 May 14:50 | Business

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has ordered Barclays Bank PLC (Barclays) to pay $400 million for attempted manipulation, false reporting, and aiding and abetting other banks’ attempts to manipulate global foreign exchange rates.read more »

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EPA Directs DuPont to Remove Mercury from Pompton Lake In New Jersey

21 May 13:35 | U.S. News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its final plan to remove mercury contamination from areas of Pompton Lake in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, including the areas where the Acid Brook flows into the lake, called the Acid Brook Delta. read more »

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"Substantial Increase" In Ebola Cases In Guinea And Sierra Leone

21 May 11:43 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported "a substantial increase" in new Ebola cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone and deployed a response team to the border with Guinea-Bissau.read more »

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ConAgra Agrees To Guilty Plea Over 2006/7 Salmonella Peanut Butter Poisoning

21 May 10:21 | U.S. News

ConAgra Grocery Products has agreed to plead guilty and pay $11 million in connection with the shipment of contaminated peanut butter linked to a 2006 through 2007 nationwide outbreak of salmonellosis, or salmonella poisoning.read more »

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Islamist Extremists Fighting At Ancient Cultural Center In Syria

21 May 09:10 | World

The head of UNESCO has called on all warring factions in Syria to immediately end hostilities within the archaeological site of Palmyra following reports that extremist groups had breached the ancient city’s perimeter.read more »

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WHO Urged To Do More To Protect People From Toxic Substances

21 May 08:27 | World

An independent expert has urged the World Health Organization to "play a much larger, more active role" in protecting people from the negative impacts of toxic pollution. read more »

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DEA Carries Out Largest Ever Prescription Drug Operation

20 May 18:40 | U.S. News

DEA and federal prosecutors say they have undertaken unprecedented enforcement action across the states of Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi in an effort to reverse the horrible effects produced by the trafficking and abuse of pharmaceuticals. read more »

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Researchers Link Dolphin Deaths To Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

20 May 15:38 | U.S. News

Dolphins found stranded on Gulf of Mexico beaches following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were much more likely to have severe lung and adrenal gland damage “consistent with petroleum product exposure” than dolphins stranded elsewhere and prior to the spill, researchers report.read more »

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Study Finds High Prevalence Of Metabolic Syndrome In US

20 May 15:37 | U.S. News

Nearly 35 percent of all U.S. adults and 50 percent of those 60 years of age or older were estimated to have the metabolic syndrome in 2011-2012, according to a new study.read more »

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Key Cause Of Cystic Fibrosis Identified

20 May 14:52 | SciTech

Researchers from the University of Missouri have identified a key cause of cystic fibrosis which they say may lay the foundation for the development of new medications and improved therapies.read more »

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People Who Smoke Less Likely To Vote, Study Finds

20 May 13:36 | US Politics and Govt

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study shows a new dimension to the marginalization of smokers: people who smoke are less likely to vote than their non-smoking peers.read more »

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Most Workers Now Employed In Part-Time Or Temporary Jobs

20 May 12:18 | World

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned of widespread insecurity in the global employment market, saying that some 75 per cent of all workers are employed on temporary or short-term contracts in informal jobs.read more »

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Call To Protect Iraq's Internally Displaced As Crisis Deepens

20 May 10:14 | World

A human rights expert has urged the Government of Iraq to step-up its efforts and give a higher priority to nearly three million internally displaced persons (IDPs).read more »

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Four Cancer Charities Charged With Bilking Over $187 Million From Consumers

20 May 09:38 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state have charged four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. read more »

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Chinese Professors Among Six Defendants Charged With Economic Espionage

20 May 08:49 | U.S. News

Tianjin University Professor Hao Zhang has been arrested upon entry into the United States from China and charged with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets. read more »

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Takata To Recall 34 Million Vehicles Over Faulty Airbags

19 May 19:29 | U.S. News

The Japanese airbag supplier Takata will recall 34 million vehicles in the United States with potentially defective airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).read more »

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Smartphone Use While Driving Grows Beyond Texting to Social Media, Web Surfing And Selfies

19 May 17:39 | SciTech

When you see the driver next to you looking at their phone, it's no longer safe to assume they're texting. New research from AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.read more »

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Climate Change Altering Frequency, Intensity Of Hurricanes: Study

19 May 14:33 | SciTech

Climate change may be the driving force behind fewer, yet more powerful hurricanes and tropical storms, says a Florida State geography professor.read more »

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FTC Requests Bankruptcy Court Protect RadioShack Consumers' Personal Information

19 May 13:18 | Business

In a letter to the court-appointed consumer privacy ombudsman in the bankruptcy case of the electronics retailer RadioShack, Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich recommended conditions the court could place on the sale of consumers’ personal information to protect their privacy.read more »

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California Suicide Prevention Program Demonstrates Promise, Studies Find

19 May 12:14 | U.S. News

A mass media campaign intended to help prevent suicides in California is reaching a majority of the state's adults and appears to be increasing their confidence about how to intervene with those at risk of suicide, according to new research.read more »

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WHO Promises Reforms In Wake Of Ebola Crisis

19 May 10:37 | World

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has promised a new $100 million emergency fund and a global health crisis workforce as part of a reform package prompted by the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.read more »

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Former Bank Of America Executive Sent To Prison For Fraud

19 May 09:39 | Business

A former Bank of America executive has been sent to prison for his participation in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud related to bidding for contracts for the investment of municipal bond proceeds and other municipal finance contracts. read more »

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Airport Baggage Handlers Charged In Wide-Ranging Conspiracy

19 May 08:34 | U.S. News

Fourteen persons have been charged in connection with an alleged wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to violate airport security requirements and transport drugs throughout the country.read more »

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Exposure Of US Population To Extreme Heat Could Quadruple By Mid-Century

18 May 15:46 | U.S. News

U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase four- to six-fold by mid-century, due to both a warming climate and a population that's growing especially fast in the hottest regions of the country, according to new research.read more »

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Nearly 25,000 Flee Ramadi Amid ISIL Attacks And Heavy Fighting

18 May 22:50 | World

With stocks running low and funds running out, aid agencies are rushing humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the city of Ramadi in central Iraq for the second time this month, according to the UN office tasked with coordinating relief operations.read more »

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Civilians In Yarmouk Facing Vulnerability Of 'Highest Severity'

18 May 15:39 | World

As refugee agencies assisting Palestinian refugees in the Middle East continued humanitarian operations in around the Yarmouk Camp, deep concerns remained about violence that continues to profoundly threaten the lives and safety of Palestine refugees.read more »

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Study: 44 Percent Of Parents Struggle To Limit Cell Phone Use At Playgrounds

18 May 15:30 | U.S. News

A new University of Washington study finds that cell phone use at playgrounds is a significant source of parental guilt, as well as a powerful distraction when children try to get caregivers' attention or ask to them to watch a monkey bar trick for the hundredth time.read more »

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Evidence Lacking That Electronic Cigarettes Effective For Qutting Smoking Long-Term

17 May 16:20 | SciTech

There is little reliable evidence that electronic cigarettes are effective for long-term smoking cessation, according to a new analysis of the currently available research.read more »

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Over 70 Die In Philippines Shoe Factory File

17 May 11:32 | World

The International Labour Organization (ILO) said accidents such as this week's deadly shoe factory fire in the Philippine capital are "often preventable" and offered its assistance to improve safety and health conditions in the workplace.read more »

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UN 'Deplores' Israel's Advancement Of Settlements In Occupied Palestinian Territories

17 May 08:25 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly deplored the advancement of settlement activities on three occasions over the past three consecutive weeks by the Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem.read more »

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Rabbi Sentenced To Prison For Secretly Recording Women

16 May 19:55 | U.S. News

A rabbi who had worked for a Jewish congregation in Washington, D.C., Bernard “Barry” Freundel, 63, has been sentenced to six and a half years prison for secretly taking video recordings of women preparing for a Jewish ritual bath.read more »

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U.S. Special Forces Kill Senior Islamic State Leader In Syria

16 May 16:40 | U.S. News

U.S. Special Forces have killed an ISIL senior leader known as Abu Sayyaf while conducting an operation in al-Amr in eastern Syria, according to the defense officials. read more »

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High-Ranking al Qaeda Terrorist Sentenced For Conspiring To Kill Americans

15 May 15:29 | U.S. News

Khalid al Fawwaz, 52, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, was sentenced today to life in prison for multiple terrorism offenses relating to his participation in al Qaeda’s conspiracy to kill Americans.read more »

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Extreme Use Of 'Assault On Officer' Charge Revealed In DC Metro Police

15 May 16:48 | U.S. News

American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW) has released a new in-depth investigative report that reveals the Metropolitan Police Department uses the assault charge more than other cities of comparable size. read more »

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Researchers Refine Technique For Finding Signs Of Life On Mars

15 May 15:39 | SciTech

For centuries, people have imagined the possibility of life on Mars. But long-held dreams that Martians could be invaders of Earth have been dispelled by missions to our neighboring planet that have, so far, uncovered no life at all.read more »

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Kids Four Times More Likely To Take Home Grown Vegetables To School

15 May 14:34 | SciTech

If kids grow vegetables, they're more likely to eat them. A new Cornell study shows that when garden grown vegetables were slipped into school salads, kids were over four times as likely to take a salad.read more »

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Hazing Remains A Concern In College Marching Bands, New Study Shows

15 May 13:30 | U.S. News

Nearly a third of college marching band members surveyed in a national study observed hazing in their programs but few of the students reported the activities, often because of fears of retribution or loss of social standing.read more »

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SEC Charges Father And Son In $1.1 Million Insider Trading Scheme

15 May 12:23 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a father and son in New York with conducting a serial insider trading scheme involving tips of key nonpublic information in coded e-mail messages disguised as discussions about golf.read more »

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Officials Warn Against 'Waning' Global Attention To Plight Of Civilians In Iraq

15 May 10:31 | World

The complexities and complications surrounding the plight of civilians in Iraq remain “enormous” amid slow political progress and ongoing violence throughout the country, a senior United Nations official has warned. read more »

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Rebel Group Responsible For 'Grave Violations' In DR Congo Massacres

15 May 09:34 | World

A human rights report says a Uganda-based rebel group has committed grave violations of international humanitarian law in crisis-riven north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).read more »

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U.S. Border Patrol Supervisor Admits Placing Hidden Camera In Women's Restroom

15 May 08:38 | U.S. News

U.S. Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Armando Gonzalez has pleaded guilty to seven counts of video voyeurism after admitting he placed a hidden camera in the women’s restroom at the Chula Vista Border Patrol station to capture images of female private parts.read more »

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