Community, Religious Leaders 'Must Condemn ISIL Atrocities'

By Newsroom America Staff at 2:36 am Eastern

Civilians continue to suffer atrocities and “dramatic” human rights violations at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), warned United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Mr. Ivan Simonovic, as he concluded his week-long mission to Iraq.

President of Houston Hospital And Others Convicted in $158 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

9:30 am Eastern | U.S. News

A federal jury in Houston has convicted the president of Riverside General Hospital, his son, and two others for their participation in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false claims for mental health treatment. read more »

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Coal Dust Sampling Results Show Mines Are Complying With New Dust Rule

8:55 am Eastern | U.S. News

Despite concerns voiced by the mining industry that it would have trouble meeting the requirements of the rule to reduce respirable coal mine dust, approximately 99 percent of the 7,456 valid respirable dust samples collected during the first two months under the new rule met compliance levelsread more »

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Massive Debris Pile Reveals Risk Of Huge Tsunamis In Hawaii

20 Oct 15:15 | SciTech

A mass of marine debris discovered in a giant sinkhole in the Hawaiian islands provides evidence that at least one mammoth tsunami, larger than any in Hawaii’s recorded history, has struck the islands, and that a similar disaster could happen again, new research finds.read more »

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Scientists Create Possible Precursor To Life

20 Oct 16:15 | SciTech

How did life originate? And can scientists create life? These questions not only occupy the minds of scientists interested in the origin of life, but also researchers working with technology of the future. read more »

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Study Examines Why Your Brain Makes You Reach For Junk Food

20 Oct 15:55 | SciTech

Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, according to scientists, who found as you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content.read more »

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Internet "Sleeps Almost Like A living Creature" Say Researchers

20 Oct 15:40 | SciTech

Researchers studying how big the Internet is have found that it "sleeps," almost like a living creature.read more »

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California Woman Charged With Possessing And Using Cell Phone Spyware

20 Oct 14:53 | U.S. News

California woman Kristin Nyunt has been charged with two counts of illegal wiretapping and the possession of illegal interception devices after allegedly secretly installing spyware on a police officers mobile phone. read more »

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New Tarantula Species From South America Named After John Lennon

20 Oct 15:47 | Entertainment

A newly described tarantula species from Western Brazilian Amazonia was named Bumba lennoni in honor of John Lennon, a founder member of the legendary band the Beatles. read more »

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Court Stops Supplement Marketers From Deceptive Advertising and Illegally Debiting Accounts

20 Oct 14:46 | U.S. News

A U.S. district court has temporarily stopped a group of marketers in Nevada and California from conducting business using “free” trial offers and health claims that the Federal Trade Commission charges are deceptive and illegal to pitch green coffee bean extract and another dietary supplements.read more »

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Pentagon Creating Rapid Response Ebola Taskforce For U.S.

19 Oct 14:54 | U.S. News

The Pentagon is creating a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that can provide short-notice Ebola assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States.read more »

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Health Care Worker On Cruise Ship Tests Negative For Ebola

19 Oct 15:20 | U.S. News

The health care worker being monitored for signs of Ebola aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship has tested negative for the disease and has been allowed to leave the ship in Texas.read more »

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Agreement To Coordinate Ebola Response In West Africa

19 Oct 10:38 | World

The United Nations and Governments of countries at the forefront of efforts to turn back the unfolding Ebola outbreak in West Africa have agreed to ensure that the UN system adopts a coordinated approach to global support being mobilized for national-level crisis response plans.read more »

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Birth Season Affects Your Mood In Later Life

19 Oct 08:34 | SciTech

New research shows that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. read more »

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Ebola Survivors Helping With Care In Liberia And Sierra Leone

18 Oct 16:55 | World

Survivors of Ebola who have developed immunity to the virus are being trained to care for children in Liberia and Sierra Leone.read more »

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Security Council Urges Greater Measures To Defeat ISIL

18 Oct 16:46 | World

The Security Council has urged the world to step up measures to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the terrorist group carried out a spate of brutal attacks in Baghdad and Anbar over the past few days.read more »

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WHO Declares The Ebola Outbreak In Senegal Over

17 Oct 15:35 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus.read more »

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Texas Gov. Perry Calls For Travel Ban From Ebola Outbreak Countries

17 Oct 15:05 | U.S. News

Citing the need to stop Ebola before it comes to the United States, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called on President Obama to enact an air travel ban from countries affected by Ebola outbreak.read more »

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NASA Begins Sixth Year Of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

17 Oct 15:20 | SciTech

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.read more »

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Former Dallas Police Department Vice Detective Convicted

17 Oct 15:13 | U.S. News

A detective who worked in the Dallas Police Department’s (DPD) Vice Unit, Jose Luis Bedoy, 40, of Dallas, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury on all four counts of an indictment charging obstruction of official proceedings and obstruction of justice.read more »

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Sugared Soda Consumption Associated With Cell Aging

17 Oct 10:22 | SciTech

Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.read more »

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HHS Advances Development Of Ebola Vaccine

17 Oct 08:41 | U.S. News

The development of a vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease will be accelerated with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with studies to prepare a vaccine candidate for clinical trials.read more »

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Two Former Rabobank Traders Indicted For Alleged Manipulation Of U.S. Interest Rates

17 Oct 07:57 | Business

Two former Rabobank derivative traders – including the bank’s former Global Head of Liquidity & Finance in London – have been charged for their alleged roles in a scheme to manipulate a benchmark interest rate.read more »

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48 Million Americans Below The Poverty Line In 2013

16 Oct 16:28 | U.S. News

The nation's poverty rate was 15.5 percent in 2013, down from 16.0 percent in 2012, according to the supplemental poverty measure released by the U.S. Census Bureau. read more »

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Executive Scandal Hurts Job Prospects Even For Entry-Level Employees

16 Oct 14:22 | U.S. News

People who worked for scandal-hit company such as Lehman Brothers or Countrywide Mortgage have tarnished reputations to overcome, with new research finding that moral suspicion from higher-ups' wrongdoing spills down to people lower in an organization, even if they did not work directly under the moral transgressor.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Plunge Amid Volatile Markets

16 Oct 14:46 | Business

Mortgage rates fell sharply as global economic worries rattled financial markets, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate plunging to a 17-month low of 4.01 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand And Venezuela Elected To UN Security Council

16 Oct 14:00 | World

The United Nations General Assembly has elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015.read more »

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NIH To Admit Texas Nurse Diagnosed With Ebola Virus

16 Oct 13:51 | U.S. News

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center expects to admit the first nurse who contracted the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital while providing patient care to the index patient who died of Ebola.read more »

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Ebola Epidemic 'Will Get Worse' Before It Improves

16 Oct 09:54 | World

The United Nations continues to ramp-up its Ebola response, reaching more than 530,000 people with food assistance in hard-hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and, in the latter country, gathering survivors for a meeting to help deal with the psychological aftermath and stigma they face re-entering their communities.read more »

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NASA Study Finds 1934 Had Worst Drought Of Past Thousand Years

16 Oct 08:35 | U.S. News

A new study using a reconstruction of North American drought history over the past 1,000 years found that the drought of 1934 was the driest and most widespread of the past millennium.read more »

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Study Questions 21-day Quarantine Period For Ebola

15 Oct 16:38 | SciTech

As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases of Ebola Virus in the United States, many of the safety and treatment procedures for treating the virus and preventing its spread are being reexamined. read more »

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Ancient Alien-Like Fossils Confirmed Among Human's Strangest Cousins

15 Oct 15:48 | SciTech

More than 100 years since they were first discovered, some of the world's most bizarre fossils have been identified as distant relatives of humans, according to the work of University of Adelaide researchers.read more »

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Second Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

15 Oct 14:29 | U.S. News

A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease.read more »

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One Million Somalis At Risk Of Starvation

15 Oct 13:30 | World

The United Nations envoy in Somalia warned that despite some political and security gains, the humanitarian situation in the long-troubled country has deteriorated, with more than three million people now in need of assistance, including over one million Somalis who do not have enough to eat. read more »

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$45 Million Reward Offered For Information On Al-Qaida Leaders

15 Oct 12:12 | U.S. News

The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards totaling up to $45 million for information leading to the locations of eight key leaders of the Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist organization. read more »

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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Sentenced To 44 Months In Prison

15 Oct 11:18 | U.S. News

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick D. Cannon, 47, has been sentenced to 44 months in prison for accepting more than $50,000 in bribes while serving in office.read more »

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Ebola "Winning The Race" Against Attempts To Contain It

15 Oct 10:52 | World

The Ebola outbreak is “winning the race” against attempts to contain it, the head of the United Nations mission working to stop the deadly virus warned the Security Council.read more »

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No Ebola Protocols At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas: National Nurses United

15 Oct 09:38 | U.S. News

National Nurses United said there were no protocols at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas as it treated a patient with Ebola an the guidelines were constantly changing.read more »

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ISIL Acts Of "Depravity And Evil" Must Be Punished Says Kerry

15 Oct 08:36 | World

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said ISIL's abduction, enslavement, rape, forced marriage, and sale of women and girls transgress all definitions of human dignity and those individuals responsible must be identified and held fully accountable.read more »

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Harvard Student Charged With Making Hoax Bomb Threat

14 Oct 14:25 | U.S. News

Eldo Kim, 21, of Allston has been charged in Boston with e-mailing several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard University, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper.read more »

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ISIL Advance On Iraqi Town Unleashes New Flood Of Displacement, Warns UN agency

14 Oct 14:45 | World

A new offensive launched by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against the Iraqi city of Hit has triggered yet another wave of internal displacement in the war torn country, the UN refugee agency announced, warning that those displaced were facing increased hardships amid advancing cold weather and overcrowded refugee camps.read more »

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Parts Of San Andreas Fault In San Francisco Bay Area Overdue For Major Earthquake

14 Oct 11:38 | U.S. News

Four urban sections of the San Andreas Fault system in Northern California have stored enough energy to produce major earthquakes, according to a new study that measures fault creep.read more »

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Chemical Derived From Broccoli Sprouts Shows Promise In Treating Autism

14 Oct 06:59 | U.S. News

Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts — and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers — may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).read more »

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Stanford Scientists Create 'Smart' Lithium-Ion Battery That Warns Of Fire Hazard

14 Oct 10:55 | SciTech

Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames.read more »

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Strong Community Engagement, Activism 'Key To Defeating Ebola' In West Africa

14 Oct 09:41 | World

Community engagement and activism are critical in Sierra Leone’s ongoing battle against the spread of Ebola, according to officials, adding that only with the support of the local population could the country and the wider region of West Africa defeat the economic and health crises caused by the deadly virus.read more »

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Warning Of Growing Humanitarian Crisis In Somalia

14 Oct 08:38 | World

The top United Nations official in Somalia has condemned the car bombing which left an estimated 13 people dead and many more injured in Mogadishu, the capital, amid a precarious humanitarian situation in the rest of the country.read more »

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Air Traffic Service Restored At Chicago Center

13 Oct 14:28 | U.S. News

The Federal Aviation Administration has successfully restored full air traffic operations at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, IL, which suffered significant damage from a September 26 fire that was deliberately set. read more »

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Computerized Surveillance System Quickly Detects Disease Outbreaks Among Preschoolers

13 Oct 14:41 | SciTech

A web-based system that allows preschools and child care centers to report illnesses to local public health departments could improve the detection of disease outbreaks and allow resources to be mobilized more quickly, according to University of Michigan research.read more »

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Size Of Minority Population Impacts States’ Prison Rates, Study Finds

13 Oct 14:18 | U.S. News

New research from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has found that states with a large minority population tend to incarcerate more people.read more »

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Britain On Brink Of Freshwater Species 'Invasion' From South East Europe

13 Oct 09:20 | World

Five of the most high-risk freshwater invaders from the Ponto-Caspian region around Turkey and Ukraine are now in Britain - including the quagga mussel, confirmed just two weeks ago on 1 October in the Wraysbury River near Heathrow airport.read more »

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Parties To Gaza Conflict Urged To End 'Cycle Of Building And Destroying'

13 Oct 07:53 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties to last summer's war in Gaza to address the root causes of the protracted conflict to prevent the “cycle of building and destroying” from becoming a ritual.read more »

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Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola In A Health Care Worker

12 Oct 14:07 | U.S. News

A healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for a man who died of Ebola has tested positive for Ebola, according to preliminary tests by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ laboratory. read more »

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Not Too Late To 'Fight And Win This Battle' Against Ebola

12 Oct 14:24 | World

Declaring that the world has never seen anything like the current Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa, senior United Nations officials warned that the virus is “far ahead” of the global response as it is morphing from a local to an international crisis.read more »

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Fish Moving Poleward At Rate Of 26 kilometers Per Decade

12 Oct 14:19 | SciTech

Large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050, finds a new University of British Columbia study that examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks. read more »

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Envoy Urges International Action To Avoid Massacre As ISIL Advances On Syrian Town

11 Oct 12:35 | World

The United Nations will adopt a minimalistic, concrete and realistic approach to addressing the crisis generated by Syria’s ongoing conflict, a senior UN official said, as he warned about the growing dangers facing civilians amid the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) latest offensive in the country.read more »

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Intensifying Fighting In Libya Continues To Take Heavy Civilian Toll

11 Oct 10:30 | World

In the past three weeks alone, intensified fighting between rival armed groups in Libya has forcibly displaced nearly 290,000 people across the country, including 100,000, who urgently need food, health care and adequate shelter, especially now that winter in approaching, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said.read more »

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