Eight Months After Gaza War, 'Not A Single Home Has Been Rebuilt'

By Newsroom America Staff at 9:51 am Eastern

Nearly eight months after the ceasefire that ended the most recent hostilities in the Gaza Strip, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt in the enclave, according to the agency mandated with ensuring the well-being of Palestine refugees.

Death Toll Continues To Rise Following Nepal Earthquake

8:46 am Eastern | World

At least 3,000 people have died and many thousands are injured as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, with the death toll continuing to rise.read more »

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Just An Hour Of TV A Day Linked To Unhealthy Weight In Kindergartners

26 Apr 17:02 | U.S. News

New research shows that it doesn't take much for kids to be considered couch potatoes. Kindergartners and first-graders who watched as little as one hour of television a day were more likely to be overweight or obeseread more »

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Indonesia Urged Not To Execute 10 People On Death Row For Drug Crimes

26 Apr 16:51 | World

The UN Secretary-General has appealed to the Government of Indonesia to refrain from carrying out the announced execution of ten prisoners on death row for alleged drug-related crimes.read more »

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Cell Phones Take Parents' Attention Away From Kids On Playgrounds

26 Apr 16:39 | SciTech

Parents who take their kids to the playground may be tempted to pull out their cell phone to send a quick text or check Facebook. It may be more prudent, however, to stay focused on their child to ensure he or she plays safely, according to two studies.read more »

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Long-Term Exposure To Air Pollution May Harm Your Brain

24 Apr 15:46 | SciTech

Long-term exposure to fine particle air pollution may cause subtle structural changes in the brain that could precede cognitive impairment and hidden brain damage, according to research.read more »

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Heavy Drinking And Binge Drinking Rise Sharply In US

24 Apr 16:41 | U.S. News

Americans are more likely to be heavy drinkers and binge drinkers than in recent years due in large part to rising rates of drinking among women, according to a new analysis of county-level drinking patterns in the United States.read more »

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Switzerland Ranked As Happiest Country In The World

24 Apr 14:36 | SciTech

Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada have been named the happiest countries in the world in that order by the the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, while the United States climbed two places to 15th. read more »

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Apple Watch Will 'Fundamentally Change' the Dynamics Of The App Market

24 Apr 13:23 | SciTech

New research from the Strategy Analytics' Application Strategies group suggests the early success of the Apple Watch will bring new attention and investment to the app ecosystem as unheralded categories rise in importance.read more »

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Fight Against Malaria Must Be Taken To 'Next Level'

24 Apr 10:12 | World

The fight against malaria must be taken to the “next level” in order for the disease to be successfully eliminated, the World Health Organization (WHO)said amid calls for the international community to urgently address the gaps in malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.read more »

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Warming Climate May Release Vast Amounts Of Carbon From Long-Frozen Arctic Soils

24 Apr 12:07 | SciTech

While climatologists are carefully watching carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, another group of scientists is exploring a massive storehouse of carbon that has the potential to significantly affect the climate change picture.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Show Little Change

24 Apr 09:33 | Business

Fixed mortgage rates were unchanged this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate remaining at 3.79 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey.read more »

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Deutsche Bank To Pay $800 Million Penalty To Settle Interest Rate Manipulation Charges

24 Apr 08:39 | Business

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has imposed its largest fine ever on Deutsche Bank to settle charges that Deutsche Bank routinely engaged in manipulating international interest rates.read more »

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More Americans At Risk From Strong Earthquakes: Report

23 Apr 17:17 | U.S. News

More than 143 million Americans living in the 48 contiguous states are exposed to potentially damaging ground shaking from earthquakes, with as many as 28 million people likely to experience strong shaking during their lifetime.read more »

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Existing-Home Sales Spike In March

22 Apr 17:20 | Business

Existing-home sales jumped in March to their highest annual rate in 18 months, while unsold inventory showed needed improvement, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

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Researchers Find Polarization in Congress Is Worsening And Stifles Policy Innovation

23 Apr 16:39 | US Politics and Govt

American politics has grown so polarized in recent years that there's hardly any cooperation at all across the aisle, but the process that brought us here started long ago. read more »

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Unique Field Study Shows Pesticide Harms Wild Bees

23 Apr 14:33 | World

Neonicotinoids are used for seed dressing of rapeseed, to protect the young plants against flea beetles but a new study has found they are harmful to wild bees. read more »

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Vehicle Cost And Lack Of Consumer Information Hinders Purchases Of Plug-In Electric Vehicles

23 Apr 13:28 | U.S. News

Vehicle cost, current battery technology, and inadequate consumer knowledge are some of the barriers preventing widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council. read more »

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Scientists Rule Out Tau Ceti As 'The Next Earth'

23 Apr 12:27 | World

As the search continues for Earth-size planets orbiting at just the right distance from their star, a region termed the habitable zone, the number of potentially life-supporting planets grows - but one cosmic neighbor Tau Ceti has been ruled out. read more »

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Better Social Media Techniques Increase Fan Interest And Engagement

23 Apr 10:21 | SciTech

Researchers say their findings in a study of how Major League Baseball teams use Twitter could provide guidance for many businesses struggling with how to use social media.read more »

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Wearables Seen As Strategic Platform For Improving Business Performance

23 Apr 09:19 | SciTech

Salesforce has released a new research report which it said confirms that, as one of the hottest segments in tech, wearables are seen as a strategic platform for improving business performance and are an expanding area of investment.read more »

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WHO Reports Deaths Top 1,000 In Yemen

23 Apr 08:45 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) office in Yemen reported the death toll from the fighting has topped 1,000 over the past month and warned the main hospitals face shutting down because of critical shortages of power, lack of fuel and oxygen.read more »

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Electronic Cigarettes Not A 'Safe Alternative' For Young People

22 Apr 14:45 | SciTech

Although heavily promoted as a safer cigarette and an aid to quit smoking, electronic cigarettes and the nicotine they deliver pose particular risks to the developing brains and organs of children, say researchers. read more »

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Fracking Likely Cause Of 2013-2014 Texas Earthquakes

22 Apr 13:27 | U.S. News

A seismology team led by Southern Methodist University, Dallas, finds that high volumes of wastewater injection combined with saltwater extraction from natural gas wells is the most likely cause of earthquakes occurring near Azle, Texas, from late 2013 through spring 2014.read more »

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Houston Man Arrested Following Social Media Posts

22 Apr 12:16 | U.S. News

A Houston resident and convicted felon Frederick Ramon Robinson, 45, has been arrested on charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm after he posted ISIS inspired social media posts.read more »

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Failing To Provide For Kids Leads To Aggression And Delinquency: Study

22 Apr 10:40 | U.S. News

A new study by two researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work has shown that parents who chronically neglect their children contribute to the likelihood that they will develop aggressive and delinquent tendencies later in adolescence.read more »

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Futures Trader Charged With Illegally Manipulating Stock Market, Contributing To 2010 Market 'Flash Crash'

22 Apr 09:34 | Business

A futures trader has been arrested in the United Kingdom on U.S. wire fraud and commodities fraud and manipulation charges in connection with his alleged role in the May 2010 “Flash Crash,” when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 600 points in five minutes. read more »

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Hair Dryers Recalled By AG Hair Due to Electrocution Hazard

22 Apr 08:18 | U.S. News

Hairdryers manufactured by AG Hair in China have been recalled because of a risk of electrocution, although no injuries have been reported.read more »

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Saudi Arabia Ends Military Campaign In Yemen

21 Apr 20:08 | World

Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have announced the military objectives of Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen have been achieved. read more »

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Two Fairfax Men Charged With Causing Amtrak Train Collision

22 Apr 15:30 | U.S. News

Fairfax men James Duvall Love, 33, and Deon Dovell Roberts, 34, have been arrested and indicted for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, causing a train wreck, and unlawful interference with a train operator. read more »

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Displaced Iraqis Face Mounting Difficulties As Islamic State Fighting Continues

21 Apr 19:43 | World

A refugee agency is warning of the difficulties facing thousands of Iraqi civilians fleeing violence, including dwindling resources, checkpoints, entry restrictions and security procedures to navigate on their journeys to safety.read more »

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France Records First Case Of Rabies In Over A Decade

21 Apr 19:24 | World

A team of French clinicians has diagnosed the first case of rabies in that country since 2003, with only 20 cases of human rabies diagnosed in France between 1970 and 2003. read more »

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Dietary Supplements Shown To Increase Cancer Risk

21 Apr 14:43 | SciTech

Dietary supplements may be advertised to promote health, but research shows that over-the-counter supplements may actually increase cancer risk if taken in excess of the recommended daily amount.read more »

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Household Pets Can Transmit Infections To People

21 Apr 13:37 | U.S. News

Household pets can transmit infection to people, especially those with weak immune systems, young children, pregnant women and seniors, according to researchers.read more »

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Patrick Matthew 'Overlooked' In Credits For Theory Of Evolution

21 Apr 12:27 | SciTech

The horticulturist who came up with the concept of 'evolution by natural selection' 27 years before Charles Darwin should be more widely acknowledged for his contribution, according to a new paper by a King's College London geneticist.read more »

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Former Spring Valley Mayor Found Guilty Of Bribery, Extortion and Fraud

21 Apr 10:38 | U.S. News

Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin has been found guilty of engaging in a bribery scheme in which she negotiated a 50 percent stake for herself in a development company and $5,000 cash.read more »

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Six Minnesota Men Charged With Conspiracy To Provide Material Support To ISIL

21 Apr 09:42 | U.S. News

A criminal complaint has charged six Minnesota men with conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »

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Grave Humanitarian Situation In Yarmouk Refugee Camp

21 Apr 08:16 | World

The UN Security Council has expressed deep concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.read more »

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls All Products Due To Listeria Contamination Concerns

21 Apr 00:02 | U.S. News

Texas company Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling its entire line of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen snacks because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.read more »

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Research Reveals Five Job Interview Deal Breakers

20 Apr 15:45 | Business

It should go without saying, but checking your smartphone isn't a smart move during a job interview. In fact, it's the top way to blow your chances with a prospective employer, new research by The Creative Group shows. read more »

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New Yorkers Warned Of Dangers Of "Synthetic Marijuana" After Increase In Emergency Department Visits

20 Apr 15:26 | U.S. News

Health officials have warned New Yorkers not to use synthetic cannabinoids – most commonly referred to as “synthetic marijuana” – after a significant increase in emergency department visits. read more »

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Global Pandemic Of Fake Medicines Poses Urgent Risk, Scientists Say

20 Apr 15:17 | World

Poor quality medicines are a real and urgent threat that could undermine decades of successful efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, according to the editors of a collection of journal articles published today. read more »

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Demographer Produces Best Estimate Yet Of Cambodia's Death Toll Under Pol Pot

20 Apr 12:19 | World

The death toll in Cambodia under Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot was most likely between 1.2 million and 2.8 million or between 13 percent and 30 percent of the country's population at the time, according to a forthcoming article by a UCLA demographer.read more »

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Smokers Underestimate Risks Of A Few Cigarettes Say Researchers

20 Apr 10:34 | World

Many people still dangerously underestimate the health risks associated with smoking even a few cigarettes a day, despite decades of public health campaigning, French researchers have reported. read more »

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Scientists Develop Plan To Clear Skies Of Space Junk

20 Apr 09:30 | SciTech

An international team of scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of nearly 3,000 tonnes of space debris in orbit around earth.read more »

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Spate Of Deadly Xenophobic Violence In South Africa Draws Concern

20 Apr 08:07 | World

UNHCR said it welcomed efforts by South Africa’s Government to contain a recent wave of xenophobic violence that has accounted for the deaths of at least six people in the past three weeks in South Africa. read more »

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The Classroom Is A Lonely Place For Many US Teachers, Study Finds

19 Apr 15:26 | U.S. News

U.S. teachers continue to work largely in isolation, reporting they engage less often in collaborative efforts viewed as beneficial to both teachers and students, according to a conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2013.read more »

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Hundreds Feared Lost After Refugee Boat Capsizes In Mediterranean Sea

19 Apr 15:20 | World

A boat has capsized in the Mediterranean Sea with hundreds of people feared lost, with agencies saying such a catastrophic event provides yet another indication of the need for a "robust" rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies.read more »

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New York Financial Advisor Charged With Stealing $20 Million From Customers

19 Apr 10:18 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced fraud charges against a New York City-based financial advisor accused of stealing at least $20 million from customers to fund his own brokerage accounts and then squandering the bulk of the money in highly unprofitable options trading.read more »

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

18 Apr 18:23 | SciTech

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

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

18 Apr 18:00 | 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

18 Apr 17:42 | 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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