Habitual Facebook Users More Likely To Be Caught In Phishing Scams

By Newsroom America Staff at 11:33 am Eastern

Users with large social networks, frequent Facebook use, and inability to regulate media use are more susceptible to accepting strangers as friends and giving them information to become victims of online scams.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Convicted Of Interfering With Civil Rights Investigation

10:26 am Eastern | U.S. News

A deputy in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has been found guilty of obstruction of justice for interfering with a grand jury investigation into misconduct at the Men’s Central Jail.read more »

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US Support In Ebola Welcomed Ahead Of Security Council Emergency Session

7:21 am Eastern | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, together with the head of the World Health Organization, will today outline the international action plan to contain Ebola when the Security Council convenes an emergency meeting on the outbreak.read more »

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About 22 Million People Displaced By Natural Disasters In 2013

9:06 am Eastern | World

A new report reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events – almost three times more than by conflict in the same year.read more »

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FTC Halts Payday Loan Scheme That Bilked Tens of Millions From Consumers

17 Sep 15:23 | U.S. News

A U.S. district court in Missouri has temporarily halted an online payday lending scheme that allegedly bilked consumers out of tens of millions of dollars by trapping them into loans they never authorized and then using the supposed “loans” as a pretext to take money from their bank accounts.read more »

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Entrepreneurs Aren’t Overconfident Gamblers, Study Finds

17 Sep 15:42 | Business

Leaving one’s job to become an entrepreneur is inarguably risky. But it may not be the fear of risk that makes entrepreneurs more determined to succeed. A new study finds entrepreneurs are also concerned about what they might lose in the transition from steady employment to startup.read more »

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Destiny Game Grosses More Than $325 Million Worldwide in First Five Days

17 Sep 15:29 | Entertainment

Activision Publishing said its highly anticipated new franchise Destiny sold-through more than $325 million worldwide in its first five days, according to Chart-Track, first parties, retail customer sell-through information and Activision Blizzard internal estimates.read more »

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Researchers Ask If Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors Really Work?

17 Sep 10:46 | SciTech

Researchers have found many wearable electronic activity monitors were in line with recommendations from the health community, but several are missing aspects that are important for reaching goals.read more »

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World Hunger Falls, But Number Of Undernourished Remains 'Unacceptably High'

17 Sep 09:13 | World

More than 800 million people – or one in every nine on the planet – suffer from hunger, but a new report said the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is still within reach.read more »

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Nearly $1 Billion Needed To Combat Ebola Outbreak

17 Sep 07:06 | World

The United Nations said it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring: “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.”read more »

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Ebola An Epidemic 'The Likes That We Have Not Seen Before' - Obama

17 Sep 02:59 | World

The United States is ramping up its response to the West African Ebola epidemic in what President Obama has described as an epidemic "of the likes that we have not seen before."read more »

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Tornadoes Occurring Earlier In "Tornado Alley"

16 Sep 15:09 | SciTech

Peak tornado activity in the central and southern Great Plains of the United States is occurring up to two weeks earlier than it did half a century ago, according to a new study whose findings could help states in “Tornado Alley” better prepare for these violent storms.read more »

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One Million Children Die On First Day Of Life From Mostly Preventable Causes

16 Sep 15:36 | World

While child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, one million babies each year do not see their second day of life, many succumbing to complications during labour and delivery that could be easily prevented with simple, cost effective interventions, according to a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).read more »

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Does Media Coverage Of Manmade Disasters Contribute To Consumer Complacency?

16 Sep 15:27 | U.S. News

News coverage of environmental disasters serves to calm our immediate anxieties instead of catalyzing changes in the way fossil fuels are used, according to a new study. read more »

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Ebola Outbreak 'Out Of All Proportion' And Severity Cannot Be Predicated

16 Sep 15:20 | World

A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick.read more »

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SEC Sanctions 19 Firms And Individual Trader For Short Selling Violations

16 Sep 14:59 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the latest sanctions in a continuing enforcement initiative uncovering certain hedge fund advisers and private equity firms that have illegally participated in an offering of a stock after short selling it during a restricted period.read more »

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America's Unelected Officials 'Don't Have Enough In Common' With The People They Govern

16 Sep 09:50 | US Politics and Govt

A Johns Hopkins study finds a significant gap in demographics, experience and partisanship between Washington insiders and the Americans they govern.read more »

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Security Council To Hold Emergency Meeting On Ebola Crisis

16 Sep 08:29 | World

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola outbreak that has gripped West Africa.read more »

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Report Calls For Fundamental Change On Gaza And Renewed Urgency In West Bank

16 Sep 07:20 | World

In the aftermath of the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip, a fundamental change is needed in the dynamics in the enclave, the United Nations has reported, calling also for renewed urgency in addressing the situation in the West Bank.read more »

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Microsoft To Acquire Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

15 Sep 15:36 | Entertainment

Microsoft Corp said it had reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise.read more »

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Early Earth Less Hellish Than Previously Thought

15 Sep 15:46 | SciTech

Conditions on Earth for the first 500 million years after it formed may have been surprisingly similar to the present day, complete with oceans, continents and active crustal plates.read more »

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Nuclear Programmes Of DPR Korea, Iran Remain 'Serious Concern'

15 Sep 15:16 | World

The nuclear programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran remain matters of serious concern, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said, as he called on both countries to cooperate fully to clear up outstanding issues.read more »

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Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Warns Of Mounting Crisis In Mediterranean

15 Sep 15:20 | World

Urging European countries to take action to alleviate the harsh and often deadly conditions migrants face on the high seas, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie have warned about the mounting crisis in the Mediterranean.read more »

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Worker Guilty Of Calling In Bomb Threat To Avoid Working

15 Sep 15:10 | U.S. News

Steve M. Gutierrez III, 40, has pleaded guilty to threatening to damage or destroy a structure by means of explosives in order to avoid working.read more »

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Security Council Deplores 'Heinous' Murder Of British Aid Worker

15 Sep 15:41 | World

Members of the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” murder of David Haines, a British humanitarian aid worker, by the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »

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Bully Victims More Likely To Suffer Night Terrors And Nightmares

14 Sep 15:34 | SciTech

Children who are bullied at ages 8-10 are more likely to suffer from sleep walking, night terrors or nightmares by the time they are 12 years old.read more »

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Experts Call For Massive Global Response To Tackle Ebola

14 Sep 15:09 | World

The current Ebola outbreak now requires a "rapid response at a massive global scale", according to experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.read more »

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FTC Settlement Bans Marketer Behind 'Fat Burner' Diet Pills

14 Sep 15:03 | U.S. News

The former CEO and co-founder of an Atlanta-based marketing operation has agreed to settle FTC charges that he deceived consumers with promises that they would “Get High School Skinny” by taking Healthe Trim supplements that supposedly burned fat, increased metabolism, and suppressed appetite.read more »

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Hewlett-Packard Russia Pleads Guilty To Bribery Of Russian Government Officials

13 Sep 16:03 | U.S. News

HP Russia, an international subsidiary of the California technology company Hewlett-Packard Company, has pleaded guilty to felony violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and sentenced for bribing Russian government officials.read more »

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Study Examines Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Favorites

13 Sep 16:14 | SciTech

Brigham Young University professor Alex Jensen has discovered that in families, the perception that parents have a favorite is linked with the less-favored children being twice as likely to use alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.read more »

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Greater Global Support Urged To Fight Ebola Epidemic

13 Sep 16:07 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed signs of solidarity in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and called on all countries and organizations to move swiftly to support the Governments of the countries affected.read more »

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Evolutionary Principles 'Could Help Save Our World'

12 Sep 15:41 | SciTech

The age of the Anthropocene--the scientific name given to our current geologic age--is dominated by human impacts on our environment. And scientists say coping with these modern global challenges requires application of what one might call a more-ancient principle: evolution.read more »

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Emergency Food Aid Operation Launched In Eastern Ukraine

12 Sep 15:33 | World

The World Food Programme (WFP) is rolling out its first operation in Ukraine, providing food assistance to vulnerable people affected by the conflict with distributions in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Luhansk in the country’s east.read more »

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'Clear Need' For Vigilance On Issue Of Privacy In Digital Age

12 Sep 15:29 | SciTech

A senior human rights official has warned that digital platforms have sparked troubling concerns about the right to privacy, especially their vulnerability to surveillance, interception and data collection.read more »

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Facebook Posts Reveal Personality Traits, But Changes Complicate Interpretation

12 Sep 10:34 | SciTech

A study from the University of Kansas finds that people can accurately detect the personality traits of strangers through Facebook activity; however, changes to the social media site in the past three years could be making it harder to do so.read more »

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NASA Research Gives Guideline for Future Alien Life Search

12 Sep 09:34 | SciTech

NASA researchers have carefully simulated the atmospheric chemistry of alien worlds devoid of life thousands of times over a period of more than four years as part of future plans to look for life beyond Earth.read more »

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Man Sentenced For Making False Terrorist Plot Allegations To Disrupt Election Day 2012

12 Sep 07:23 | U.S. News

Ray Allen Flener, 26, of Sesser, Illinois, has been sentenced on federal charges that he made false statements and conveyed a false threat to federal agents to disrupt the 2012 election. read more »

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Food Prices Drop To Four-Year Low

11 Sep 17:38 | World

Global food prices continued to dip for the fifth month straight reaching their lowest level since September 2010, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).read more »

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President Obama Lauds The "Perennial Optimism" That Defines The American People

11 Sep 14:33 | U.S. News

President Barack Obama spoke at an observance at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial today to honor those who lost their lives and those who have persevered, thirteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. read more »

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NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives At Martian Mountain

11 Sep 15:25 | SciTech

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Rise Slightly

11 Sep 15:15 | Business

Mortgage rates showed a minor increase this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate nosing higher to 4.27 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Detained Peacekeepers In Golan Released In Good Condition

11 Sep 14:42 | World

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of the 45 United Nations peacekeepers that had been forcibly taken on 28 August 2014 in the Golan and detained by armed elements.read more »

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Exact U.S. Unemployment Rate 'Difficult To Estimate'

11 Sep 11:19 | U.S. News

New research highlights the difficulty in estimating the exact unemployment rate in the United States, though changes in the official measure still signal important movements in the economy.read more »

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Ozone Layer Recovering But Remains Threatened

11 Sep 09:45 | World

The Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track to recover by the middle of the century, according to a new report, which urges unified action to tackle climate change and curb continued fluctuations to the composition of the atmosphere.read more »

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Doctors, Military Officers, Firefighters, and Scientists Among America's Most Prestigious Occupations

11 Sep 08:31 | U.S. News

When shown a list of occupations and asked how much prestige each job possesses, doctors top the Harris Poll's list, with 88% of U.S. adults considering it to have either "a great deal of prestige" (45%) or to "have prestige"(44%).read more »

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U.S. To Hunt Down And Destroy ISIL In Iraq And Syria

11 Sep 02:19 | U.S. News

President Barack Obama has announced a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy to degrade "and ultimately destroy" ISIL in Iraq and Syria.read more »

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Space Station Expedition 40 Crew Safely Returns to Earth

11 Sep 07:24 | SciTech

Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth Wednesday after 169 days of science and technology research in space, including a record 82 hours of research in a single week, which happened in July.read more »

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Gates Foundation Commits $50 Million To Support Emergency Response To Ebola

11 Sep 02:35 | World

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it will commit $50 million to support the scale up of emergency efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and interrupt transmission of the virus.read more »

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Call For Renewed Global Commitment To Ending Nuclear Tests

10 Sep 15:37 | World

United Nations officials have called for renewed commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests, noting that nearly 2,000 such tests have taken place since 1945.read more »

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CDC Report Finds Sodium Consumption High Among US Children

10 Sep 15:33 | U.S. News

More than 90 percent of U.S. children, aged 6-18 years, eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.read more »

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Activision Sells $500 Million Of Destiny Game In First Day

10 Sep 15:22 | Entertainment

Activision Blizzard says the company sold more than $500 million of Destiny into retail stores and first parties worldwide as of day one, making the game the biggest new video game franchise launch in history.read more »

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Father Faces Charges In The Disappearance Of His Five Children

10 Sep 15:14 | U.S. News

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies in Alabama and Mississippi recovered what detectives think are five sets of human remains off Highway 10 near Camden, Alabama on Tuesday.read more »

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New Digital Map Reveals Stunning Hidden Archaeology Of Stonehenge

10 Sep 11:08 | SciTech

A host of previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an unprecedented digital mapping project that will transform our knowledge of this iconic landscape – including remarkable new findings on the world's largest 'super henge', Durrington Walls.read more »

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Climate Experts Warn 'We Are Running Out Of Time'

10 Sep 09:03 | World

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has voiced concerns over the surge of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which has reached a new record high in 2013, amid worrying sings that oceans and biosphere seem unable to soak up emissions as quickly as they used to.read more »

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'Merciless' Spread Of Ebola In Liberia 'Must Be Stopped In Its Tracks"

10 Sep 07:51 | World

Liberia is facing its greatest threat since its years-long conflict, the Security Council was told in a briefing that focused on the impact of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is responsible for at least 1,200 deaths in the country.read more »

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Researchers Advance Artificial Intelligence For Player Goal Prediction In Gaming

9 Sep 15:53 | Entertainment

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed artificial intelligence (AI) software that is significantly better than any previous technology at predicting what goal a player is trying to achieve in a video game.read more »

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SEC Charges Minneapolis-Based Hedge Fund Manager With Bilking Investors

9 Sep 15:31 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Minneapolis-based hedge fund manager, his investment advisory firm, and an accomplice with bilking investors in two hedge funds out of more than $1 million under the guise of research expenses and fees. read more »

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E-cigarette Nicotine Refill Cartridges Pose Danger For Toddlers

9 Sep 11:16 | SciTech

The safety of nicotine refill cartridges used in electronic cigarettes needs to be improved to prevent toddlers accidentally swallowing the contents and potentially coming to serious harm, warn doctors.read more »

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Global Food Trade May Not Meet All Future Demand: Researchers

9 Sep 10:10 | World

As the world population continues to grow, by about 1 billion people every 12 to 14 years since the 1960s, the global food supply may not meet escalating demand – particularly for agriculturally poor countries in arid to semi-arid regions, such as Africa's Sahel, that already depend on imports for much of their food supply. read more »

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Flight MH17 Downed By "High-Energy Objects That Penetrated The Aircraft From Outside"

9 Sep 05:01 | World

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside, according to a report by the Dutch Safety Board.read more »

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U.S. Welcomes Formation Of Iraqi Government

9 Sep 07:42 | World

Secretary of State John Kerry said the formation of a government in Iraq is a milestone in the emergence of the new Iraq and testament to the determination of the Iraqi people to overcome sectarian divisions and build their own future. read more »

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Research Shows Could Be Increased Numbers Of Psychopaths In Senior Managerial Positions

8 Sep 16:02 | Business

A breakthrough by a talented University of Huddersfield student has shown for the first time that people with psychopathic tendencies who have high IQs can mask their symptoms by manipulating tests designed to reveal their personalities. read more »

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Security Council Told Of Indiscriminate, Brutal Killings Children Face In Conflict

8 Sep 15:50 | World

The multiplication of crises affecting children since the beginning of 2014 is creating unprecedented challenges that overshadow progress to date to protect them from the impact of war, the Security Council has been told.read more »

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Ukraine Death Toll Of More Than 3,000 'Alarming'

8 Sep 15:41 | World

The number of people killed in Ukraine has topped 3,000 and could be “significantly higher,” a senior human rights official said, as he urgently appealed for a sustainable peace to spare the country “a winter of horrors.”read more »

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African Cyber Criminals Using 'School Impersonation' Scheme to Defraud Retailers

8 Sep 15:32 | U.S. News

Subjects posing as school officials are defrauding retailers by purchasing large volumes of merchandise using fraudulently obtained lines of credit.read more »

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FTC Sues Pharmaceutical Companies For Illegally Blocking Consumer Access To Drugs

8 Sep 15:21 | Business

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal district court charging several major pharmaceutical companies with illegally blocking American consumers’ access to lower-cost versions of the blockbuster drug AndroGel. read more »

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