FBI Not Releasing Motive Following NSA Shooting But 'Not Terrorism'

By Newsroom America Staff at 4:18 pm Eastern

The FBI said it was not releasing any information regarding motive as it continues to investigate a fatal shooting incident at the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade but does not believe it was terrorism related.

Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Senate Probe Of FTC's Google Antitrust Investigation

3:31 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Consumer Watchdog said it welcomed plans by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to examine the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation of Google that was closed in 2013 without a lawsuit.read more »


Researchers Find 'Exploding Head Syndrome' More Common In Young People Than Thought

2:27 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Washington State University researchers have found that an unexpectedly high percentage of young people experience "exploding head syndrome," a psychological phenomenon in which they are awakened by abrupt loud noises, even the sensation of an explosion in their head. read more »


Illegal Cocoa Farms Threaten Ivory Coast Primates

1:33 pm Eastern | World

Researchers surveying for endangered primates in national parks and forest reserves of Ivory Coast found, to their surprise, that most of these protected areas had been turned into illegal cocoa farms.read more »


Study Highlights Flaws In Research On Effect Of Full Moons

12:25 pm Eastern | SciTech

The moon is blamed when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards, but dozens of studies show that the belief is unfounded, said Jean-Luc Margot, a UCLA professor of planetary astronomy.read more »


Half Of Older Workers Who Were Unemployed In Past Five Years Still Jobless Today: AARP Survey

10:36 am Eastern | Business

Despite recent improvements in job creation statistics and the nation's unemployment rate, half of the people ages 45 to 70 who experienced unemployment during the past five years are not currently working, according to a survey conducted by AARP. read more »


Four Veterinarians Charged With Conspiracy To Unlawfully Administer Drugs to Race Horses

9:28 am Eastern | U.S. News

Criminal charges have been filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg against four veterinarians involved in treating thoroughbred race horses at Penn National Race Track, in Grantville, Pennsylvania.read more »


One Dead After Shooting Incident At National Security Agency

30 Mar 17:03 | U.S. News

One person is dead and another seriously injured after a car reportedly tried to ram through the main gate of the NSA at Fort Meade.read more »


Calls For 'Hydro-Diplomacy' As World Faces Growing Water Shortages

8:44 am Eastern | World

The international community is being warned to gear up for a new era of "hydro-diplomacy" as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development.read more »


Cyber Attacks On Banks Increasing In Frequency And Severity: FFIEC

30 Mar 16:37 | Business

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council(FFIEC) said cyber attacks on banking institutions have increased in frequency and severity over the past two years. read more »


Former Federal Agents Charged With Bitcoin Money Laundering

30 Mar 16:31 | U.S. News

Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of the Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal transactions over the Internet.read more »


Boko Haram 'Weakened' But Still Committing 'Horrendous' Acts, Says Envoy

30 Mar 16:24 | World

Boko Haram in Nigeria continues to commit horrendous acts against civilians, including against women and children, despite being weakened, according to a special envoy in the region.read more »


EPA Takes Action Against Unregistered Pesticide

30 Mar 16:17 | U.S. News

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an order to Nano Defense Solutions, Inc. in Saint Augustine, Fla. to stop the sale of "BioStorm" and "NanoStrike." read more »


Saudi King Vows Yemen Campaign Will Continue Until Goals Achieved

30 Mar 13:45 | World

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz has vowed that the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen will continue until the country is stable and safe, blaming foreign intervention for the unrest. read more »


Ebola More Deadly For Young Children

30 Mar 12:40 | World

Ebola progresses more quickly and is more likely to be fatal for children under five, according to new research.read more »


Strong Female Superheroes Gaining Ground On The Guys: Researcher

30 Mar 10:31 | Entertainment

Female characters portrayed in two popular TV shows not only are competing for powerful ratings among the networks, but also are exemplifying how women are gaining equality in superhero fiction, according to a researcher. read more »


Metals Used In High-Tech Products Face Future Supply Risks

30 Mar 09:25 | SciTech

A team of Yale researchers have provided key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs -- and which ones simply cannot be replaced as components of vital technologies.read more »


Smaller Plates Don't Always Equate To Smaller Portions

30 Mar 08:20 | U.S. News

It may have become conventional wisdom that you can trick yourself into eating less if you use a smaller plate. But a UConn Health study finds that trick doesn't work for everyone, particularly overweight teens.read more »


Lord's Resistance Army Kidnapping Of Refugees Condemned

29 Mar 16:40 | World

The United Nations refugee agency has strongly condemned the recent kidnapping of Congolese refugees by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, calling for an immediate release of those still in captivity.read more »


New Study Shows Skipping Lunch Common In Children

29 Mar 17:03 | SciTech

Skipping lunch is a common practice among children and adolescents, with 13% of younger children and 17% of 9-13 year olds skipping lunch on a given day, according to new analysis of data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey read more »


Court Charges Former Khmer Rouge Leader With Crimes Against Humanity

29 Mar 14:44 | World

The court set up to bring to trial those most responsible for crimes committed during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime has announced charges against former member Ao An of "crimes against humanity of murder, extermination, persecution on political and religious grounds, imprisonment, and other inhumane acts" committed at three sites.read more »


Being Too Focussed On A Task Can Be A Bad Thing Say Researchers

28 Mar 17:08 | SciTech

During tasks that require our attention, we might become so engrossed in what we are doing that we fail to notice there is a better way to get the job done, say researchers.read more »


Man Indicted After Tying Rope Around Neck of James Meredith Statue On University Of Mississippi Campus

28 Mar 17:02 | U.S. News

A man has been charged with federal civil rights crimes for engaging in threatening conduct directed at African American students and employees at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. read more »


U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack In Somalia

28 Mar 16:55 | World

The United States has strongly condemned al-Shabaab’s terrorist attack on the Maka al-Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu yesterday.read more »


Cell Phone 'Bill Shock' Warnings Can Leave Consumers Worse Off Says New Study

27 Mar 17:09 | SciTech

Policies that push cellphone carriers to alert customers when they're about to exceed their plan limit are supposed to make things better for consumers, but just the opposite may be happening, finds a new study.read more »


Low Housing Supply Squeezes Affordability

27 Mar 16:27 | Business

The least affordable housing markets are those where new housing permits have not kept up with population growth, according to a Zillow analysis of U.S. rental and mortgage affordability.read more »


Climate Change Does Not Cause Extreme Winters: Scientists

27 Mar 15:24 | SciTech

Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology have shown that global warming actually tends to reduce temperature variability.read more »


Syria Crisis 'Worsening' Amid Humanitarian Funding Shortfall

27 Mar 15:20 | World

The situation on the ground in Syria has "dramatically" worsened as the country enters its fifth year of war amid escalating fighting and targeted attacks against civilians, the top humanitarian official warned as she urged the international community to bring the violence to an end.read more »


Air Line Pilots Say Germanwings Crash Investigation Should Proceed Without Distraction

27 Mar 14:51 | World

The Air Line Pilots Association said the tragedy of Germanwings Flight 9525 has been compounded by sensationalized media coverage and rampant speculation regarding the cause of the fatal crash.read more »


Deadly Japan Quake And Tsunami Spurred Global Warming, Ozone Loss

27 Mar 11:49 | World

Buildings destroyed by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake released thousands of tons of climate-warming and ozone-depleting chemicals into the atmosphere, according to a new study.read more »


Wars In Syria And Iraq Drive Highest Asylum Numbers In 22 years

27 Mar 09:43 | World

The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions elsewhere, has pushed the number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries to the highest level since 1992 at the beginning of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.read more »


Former D.C. Government Official Guilty Of Fraud Involving Grant That Funded A 2009 Inaugural Ball

27 Mar 08:38 | U.S. News

Neil S. Rodgers, a former District of Columbia government official, has been found guilty by a jury of first-degree fraud stemming from his role in channeling $110,000 in youth and drug prevention grant funds that were used to pay for an inaugural ball.read more »


Americans Sending/Receiving Five Times As Many Texts Compared To Phone Calls Each Day

26 Mar 16:47 | SciTech

Smartphone users around the world are increasing the frequency of their communications with each other but, most of the time, it's not in the form of a phone call, according to a new report.read more »


Mortgage Rates Return To 2015 Low Point

26 Mar 15:34 | Business

Mortgage rates fell for a second consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreating to 3.80 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »


2014 'Devastating' Year For Palestinians, Says Humanitarian Report

26 Mar 14:40 | World

Amid a surge in hostilities and an ongoing blockade, 2014 was a traumatic year for millions of people living in the occupied Palestinian territory, according to a new report on the situation on the ground.read more »


FTC Halts Online 'Yellow Pages' Scammers

26 Mar 14:32 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission has halted two Canada-based schemes that defrauded small businesses and nonprofits in the United States by billing them for unwanted listings in online “yellow pages” business directories.read more »


Study Finds No Evidence Of Accelerated Ebola Virus Evolution In West Africa

26 Mar 14:19 | World

The Ebola virus circulating in humans in West Africa is undergoing relatively few mutations, none of which suggest that it is becoming more severe or transmissible, according to a National Institutes of Health study. read more »


Which Is More Likely To Elicit Romantic Jealousy - Snapchat Or Facebook?

26 Mar 11:17 | SciTech

The photo-sharing app Snapchat is not yet as popular as Facebook for social networking, but the greater privacy Snapchat may offer could motivate users to share more intimate types of content for different purposes. read more »


Lowest Weekly Total Of Ebola Cases In 2015 Reported

26 Mar 10:33 | World

In its latest report, the World Health Organization (WHO) said 79 new confirmed cases of Ebola were reported in the week to 22 March: the lowest weekly total in 2015 from the epidemic in West Africa that has affected nearly 25,000 people with more than 10,000 deaths.read more »


Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings To Pay $230 Million For Violating US Sanctions

26 Mar 09:16 | U.S. News

Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings has agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $232 million penalty to the United States for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by willfully facilitating illegal transactions and engaging in trade with Iran and Sudan. read more »


A Mile Deep, Ocean Fish Facing Health Impacts From Human Pollution

25 Mar 14:54 | World

Deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have liver pathologies, tumors and other health problems that may be linked to human-caused pollution, one of the first studies of its type has found.read more »


Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murdering His Parents

25 Mar 14:21 | U.S. News

A man who used a machete to murder his parents on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement was sentenced today to life in federal prison without the possibility of parole.read more »


Former North Miami Mayor Sentenced In Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

25 Mar 14:45 | U.S. News

Former North Miami Mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau, a/k/a “Lucie Tondreau,” 54, has been sentenced to over five years in prison for her participation in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.read more »


Air Pollution Linked To Increased Risk Of Anxiety And Stroke

25 Mar 11:19 | SciTech

Air pollution is linked to a higher risk of stroke, particularly in developing countries, finds a new study. In a second article, new research also shows that air pollution is associated with anxiety.read more »


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom Visits Ebola Victims In Liberia

25 Mar 09:16 | World

At the end of a four-day visit to Ebola-affected communities in Liberia, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Orlando Bloom praised the efforts of people there who have been combating the deadly virus.read more »


Popular Artificial Sweetener Could Lead To New Treatments For Aggressive Cancers

24 Mar 15:33 | SciTech

The artificial sweetener Saccharin could potentially lead to the development of drugs capable of combating aggressive, difficult-to-treat cancers with fewer side effects, according to new research.read more »


World's Largest Asteroid Impacts Found In Central Australia

24 Mar 16:25 | SciTech

A 400 kilometre-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two moments before it slammed into the Earth has been found in Central Australia.read more »


When People Find Out How Many Times Apps Share Information, They Act Rapidly: Study

24 Mar 14:17 | SciTech

An experiment at Carnegie Mellon University shows that when people learn exactly how many times apps share private information they rapidly act to limit further sharing.read more »


Global Water Use May Outstrip Supply By Mid-Century

24 Mar 12:10 | SciTech

Population growth could cause global demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current levels of consumption continue. But it wouldn't be the first time this has happened, a Duke University study finds.read more »


Former Rabobank Trader Appears In U.S. Court To Face Interest Rate Manipulation Charges

24 Mar 10:46 | Business

The former global head of liquidity and finance for Rabobank has waived extradition and appeared in U.S. federal court yesterday for an arraignment on charges related to his alleged role in a scheme to manipulate the U.S. Dollar (USD) and Yen London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a benchmark interest rate.read more »


Palestinian Conflict Continues To 'Destroy Human Life, Dignity'

24 Mar 09:40 | World

Violations of human rights "fuel and shape the conflict" in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior UN official has reported to the Human Rights Council.read more »


Report Finds 'Far Too High' Levels Of Elephant Poaching Across Africa

24 Mar 08:33 | World

An ongoing decline in overall elephant numbers remains likely as the poaching of African elephants continued to exceed population growth rates throughout 2014, a new report has warned.read more »


Wyoming Named Best State For Retirement, Arkansas The Worst

23 Mar 16:25 | U.S. News

Florida and Hawaii may be dream retirement spots for some, but Wyoming is actually the best state for retirees, according to new research from Bankrate.com. The worst state for retirees is Arkansas.read more »


EPA Investigating Whether Pesticide Made Family Ill At Virgin Islands Resort

23 Mar 16:18 | U.S. News

The EPA said it was working closely with the U.S. Virgin Island government to investigate an incident on March 20 where four people in a family staying at the Sirenusa Condominium Resort in Cruz Bay, St. John became very ill.read more »


Existing-Home Sales Slightly Improve In February

23 Mar 16:08 | Business

Existing-home sales increased modestly in February, but constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors.read more »


Fast-Food Ban In L.A. Fails To Improve Diets Or Cut Obesity, Study Finds

23 Mar 13:23 | U.S. News

A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or reduce obesity rates in the targeted neighborhoods, according to a new RAND Corporation study.read more »


Model Shows People Demand Bad News

22 Mar 18:57 | Media

Bad news in the media got you down? News consumers have only themselves to blame, according to new research showing that it's actually buying habits that drive negative press.read more »


Former FBI Agent Charged with Obstructing Justice, Falsifying Records and Possessing Heroin

23 Mar 12:38 | U.S. News

A Maryland man has been charged in the District of Columbia with crimes arising out of his tampering with substantial quantities of drug evidence while working as a Special Agent with the FBI.read more »


International Study Raises Questions About Cause Of Global Ice Ages

23 Mar 10:57 | World

A new international study casts doubt on the leading theory of what causes ice ages around the world -- changes in the way the Earth orbits the sun.read more »


Air Pollutants Could Boost Potency Of Common Airborne Allergens

23 Mar 09:51 | SciTech

A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be a major contributor to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing, sniffling and wheezing during allergy season. read more »


Yemen On 'Rapid Downward Spiral' As Tensions Rise

23 Mar 08:25 | World

Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition.read more »


World Heritage Sites Risk Collapse Without Stronger Local Management

22 Mar 14:41 | World

Without better local management, the world's most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, say researchers in Science.read more »


U.S. Government Relocates Remaining Personnel Out Of Yemen

22 Mar 14:35 | World

The U.S. Government has temporarily relocated its remaining personnel out of Yemen due to the deteriorating security situation in the country.read more »


Plane Crash In French Alps Kills 150

24 Mar 14:37 | World

A passenger plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings has crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people onboard.read more »

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