Oil Price Volatility To Push US Shale Industry Into 'Next Phase Of Consolidation'

By Newsroom America Staff at 2:48 pm Eastern

Declining oil prices are impacting short term exploration and production (E&P) capital expenditures (CAPEX) and profitability, and will provide impetus to shift toward smart CAPEX and innovative operational expenditure (OPEX), according to new Frost & Sullivan research.

Oldest Horned Dinosaur Species In North America Found In Montana

3:09 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Scientists have named the first definite horned dinosaur species from the Early Cretaceous in North America that has been discovered in Montana.read more »


Santa Swamped By Millions Of Letters

9:16 am Eastern | World

With Christmas just a few days away, Santa and his helpers have been busy receiving stacks of letters from children around the world, according to the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which estimates the total this year will climb above 7 million.read more »


Staples Says Cybercriminals Compromise More Than 1 Million Customer Cards

20 Dec 15:32 | Business

Office supply retailer Staples said cyber criminals have compromised more than 1 million customer cards through breaches at 115 of 1,400 U.S. stores. read more »


Civilian Casualties Up Nearly 20 Per Cent In Afghanistan In 2014

20 Dec 14:42 | World

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year and are expected to rise to a figure over 10,000 by end of December for the first time since the UN mission in the country began keeping record in 2008.read more »


American Nurse Exposed To Ebola Released From Hospital

20 Dec 14:21 | U.S. News

An American nurse admitted to the NIH Clinical Center's special clinical studies unit for observation after being exposed to Ebola has been discharged.read more »


Ebola Spread Slows In Guinea But 'Much Remains To Be Done'

20 Dec 14:11 | World

Cautioning that much remains to be done to wipe out Ebola in Guinea, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said joint national, regional and global efforts have “significantly” slowed the spread of the deadly virus, giving hope to thousands of people and providing space for communities to look ahead to socio-economic recovery.read more »


Utility Company Sentenced In Wyoming For Killing Protected Birds At Wind Projects

19 Dec 15:18 | U.S. News

PacifiCorp Energy, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, based in Portland, Oregon, has pleaded guilty in Wyoming to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in connection with the deaths of protected birds, including golden eagles, at two of the company’s wind projects in Wyoming. read more »


T-Mobile to Pay At Least $90 Million To Settle FTC Mobile Cramming Case

19 Dec 16:22 | Business

T-Mobile has agreed to fully refund its customers for unwanted third-party charges it placed on their phone bills, a practice known as mobile cramming, paying at least $90 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit filed earlier this year.read more »


Updated: U.S. Government Blames North Korea For Sony Cyber Attack

19 Dec 13:21 | U.S. News

The FBI said it now had enough information to conclude that the North Korean government was responsible for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, but President Barack Obama said it made a mistake in canceling the release of the movie "The Interview" due to threats.read more »


NOAA Establishes 'Tipping Points' For Sea Level Rise Related Flooding

19 Dec 12:39 | U.S. News

By 2050, a majority of U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due to dramatically accelerating impacts from sea level rise, according to a new NOAA study.read more »


Former Police Officer Indicted For Multiple Incidents of Assault

19 Dec 11:31 | U.S. News

The Justice Department says a federal grand jury in Shreveport, Louisiana, has returned an indictment against former Homer Police Department Officer Willie Fred Knowles, 64, charging him with violating people's civil rights.read more »


Report On Human Rights In North Korea Referred To Security Council

19 Dec 10:14 | World

Condemning "ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" in North Korea, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution to send a report probing such violations to the Security Council.read more »


Medicines Used In Ebola Fight Lost In Fire

19 Dec 09:14 | World

A fire has engulfed a warehouse in Guinea that contained medicines and laboratory materials used for the fight against Ebola, causing no casualties but "a regrettable loss" in supplies, which the UN mission there vowed to quickly replace. read more »


Expert Group On Arbitrary Detention Welcomes The Release Of Detainees In Cuba, US

19 Dec 08:12 | U.S. News

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has welcomed the recent release of a number of detainees in Cuba and the United States, some of whose cases have been followed by the expert group.read more »


'Multiple' ISIL Leaders Killed In Air Strikes

19 Dec 01:23 | U.S. News

The Pentagon has confirmed that since mid-November, targeted coalition airstrikes have killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »


Internet Addiction Affects 6 Percent Of People Worldwide: Study

18 Dec 16:26 | SciTech

A new study has found the prevalence of Internet addiction ranged from a low of 2.6% in Northern and Western Europe to a high of 10.9% in the Middle East. read more »


Mastermind Of $56 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme And Doctor Plead Guilty

18 Dec 15:39 | U.S. News

The organizer of a $56 million Medicare fraud conspiracy and an accomplice physician have pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisiana to health care fraud charges.read more »


U.S. Citizen Charged In Connection with Uganda Cyber Counterfeiting Scheme

18 Dec 14:33 | U.S. News

A criminal complaint filed in Pittsburgh charges a U.S. citizen with leading an international counterfeit currency operation headquartered in the Republic of Uganda. read more »


Mortgage Rates Hit 19-Month Low

18 Dec 13:15 | Business

Mortgage rates moved lower for a sixth consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to 3.94 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »


Asteroid That Wiped Out Dinosaurs May Have Nearly Made Mammals Extinct Too

18 Dec 12:09 | SciTech

The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.read more »


CEO Of U.S. Broker-Dealer Pleads Guilty To Massive International Bribery Scheme

18 Dec 10:35 | Business

The former chief executive officer and former managing director of a U.S. broker-dealer has pleaded guilty to bribery charges arising from their scheme to pay bribes to an official in Venezuela’s state economic development bank.read more »


Fourteen Indicted In Connection With Nationwide Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

18 Dec 09:48 | U.S. News

A 131-count criminal indictment has been unsealed in Boston in connection with the 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, with two pharmacists charged with 25 acts of second-degree murder. read more »


World Bank Safeguards 'Go Out Of Their Way' To Avoid References To Human Rights

18 Dec 08:38 | World

Human rights advocates have urged the World Bank to recognize the central importance of human rights to its draft environmental and social policies, also known as safeguard policies, which apply to its investment project financing.read more »


Defendant In FTC Landline Phone Cramming Case Settles Charges

17 Dec 14:12 | U.S. News

One of the defendants behind a massive landline cramming operation that placed more than $70 million in unauthorized charges on consumers’ phone bills has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges against him.read more »


American Nurse Tests Negative For Ebola So Far

17 Dec 15:10 | U.S. News

An American nurse admitted to the NIH Clinical Center's special clinical studies unit a week ago for observation for Ebola has not yet tested positive for the virus disease. read more »


United States And Cuba To Re-Establish Diplomatic Ties

17 Dec 13:00 | U.S. News

President Obama has announced a new policy to cut loose what he said was "the anchor of failed policies of the past" and to chart a new course in U.S. relations with Cuba that will engage and empower the Cuban people. read more »


Is A Nintendo A Safe Christmas Present?

17 Dec 12:41 | Entertainment

Following reports of Nintendo related injuries and other problems, ranging from mild to life threatening, a team of Dutch researchers decided to gather all reported cases of Nintendo related problems to see whether a Nintendo is safe to give as a Christmas presentread more »


Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry On Mars

17 Dec 12:29 | SciTech

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill.read more »


More Than Half Of All Children In The US Will Likely Live With An Unmarried Mother

17 Dec 11:26 | U.S. News

More than half of all American children will likely live with an unmarried mother at some point before they reach age 18, according to a report issued by Princeton University and Harvard University.read more »


Global Intellectual Property Filings See Boost In 2013

17 Dec 10:20 | Business

Despite an uneven global economic recovery, international patent requests continued to surge in 2013, extending the run of strong annual increases in intellectual property (IP) filings to a fourth consecutive year. read more »


Former Mayor of Martin Sentenced To 90 Months For Civil Rights Offenses, Fraud, Vote Buying

17 Dec 09:15 | U.S. News

The former Mayor of Martin, Ky., has been sentenced to 90 months in federal prison for various crimes including civil rights offenses and identity theft.read more »


Minnesota Woman Sentenced In Forced Labor Case

17 Dec 08:09 | U.S. News

Minnesota woman Tieu Tran, 59, has been sentenced to serve one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of forced labor trafficking. read more »


Taliban Attack On Pakistan School An Act Of ‘Horror And Rank Cowardice'

16 Dec 16:26 | World

The Taliban has stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan, reportedly going from classroom to classroom killing about 130 people, with most of them children.read more »


People Trust Typical-Looking Faces Most: Study

16 Dec 14:39 | SciTech

Being "average" is often considered a bad thing, but new research suggests that averageness wins when people assess the trustworthiness of a face. read more »


11 Trillion Gallons Needed To Replenish California Drought Losses: NASA

16 Dec 12:52 | SciTech

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.read more »


Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' Running For President

16 Dec 13:06 | US Politics and Govt

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said he has "decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States." read more »


Research Finds Copyright Confusion Has 'Chilling Effects' In Online Creative Publishing

16 Dec 10:01 | SciTech

In the age of web publishing, it has become increasingly confusing for content creators to figure out how to protect their original works or to use other content legally, such as for remixes or parodies, on major websites for user-generated content, including YouTube and DeviantArt, according to new research.read more »


Future Of Israeli-Palestinian Peace 'More Uncertain Than Ever'

16 Dec 09:20 | World

The quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians has reached a "dramatic" crossroads, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, told the Security Council in his briefing on the situation, warning that the region’s future remains “more uncertain than ever.”read more »


Warning Of 'Life-Threatening' Conditions For Ukraine's Civilians

16 Dec 08:31 | World

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine heads into its tenth month, continued fighting and bitter cold temperatures are placing more than five million people at risk, the top United Nations human rights official warned.read more »


'Critical Gaps' Remain In Early Warning 10 Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami

16 Dec 07:31 | World

A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck, the Asia-Pacific region remains highly disaster prone and critical gaps remain in early warning, especially in reaching the most vulnerable people and remote communities, said officials.read more »


Falling Energy Prices Could Challenge Profitability Of U.S. Petrochemicals

15 Dec 15:10 | U.S. News

The petrochemical industry got a taste of what could be a potential shift in petrochemical profitability during the last quarter as crude prices – and, in turn, naphtha prices – tumbled, according to the just-released quarterly: Platts Global Polyolefins Outlook.read more »


Updated: Sydney Hostage Siege Ends With Three Confirmed Dead

15 Dec 12:36 | World

New South Wales Police say the siege of a Sydney cafe is over, with three people dead including the hostage taker and four others injured.read more »


Climate Policy Pledges Important Step Forward 'But Fall Short'

15 Dec 15:39 | SciTech

Pledges to reduce emissions in China, Europe and the US provide an important step forward for climate change action, but a more comprehensive effort is needed to stabilize the climate below critical thresholds, say researchers.read more »


Harvard-Trained Mutual Fund Manager Charged With Securities Fraud

15 Dec 12:53 | Business

A Boston-area mutual fund manager has been arrested on securities fraud charges in connection with an alleged scheme to use the fund’s money to issue fictitious loans.read more »


Researchers Listen In On 'Conversations’ Between Calves And Their Mothers

15 Dec 13:22 | SciTech

A team from The University of Nottingham and Queen Mary University of London spent ten months studying the ways cows communicate with their young, carefully examining acoustic indicators of identity and age.read more »


Teen Use Of e-Cigarettes Growing in U.S.

15 Dec 09:33 | SciTech

E-cigarette use among teenagers is growing in the U.S., and Hawaii teens take up e-cigarette use at higher rates than their mainland counterparts, a new study by University of Hawaii Cancer Center researchers has found.read more »


FTC Continues Crackdown On Fad Weight-Loss Products

15 Dec 08:37 | U.S. News

Marketers who pitched homeopathic HCG drops as a quick and easy way to lose substantial weight have agreed to pay $1 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their weight-loss claims were deceptive and not supported by scientific evidence. read more »


SEC Charges Manhattan-Based Attorney With Conducting Ponzi Scheme

15 Dec 07:54 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Manhattan-based attorney with conducting a Ponzi scheme that defrauded some of his legal clients as well as close family members and friends.read more »


Scientists Reveal New Family Tree For Birds Back To Dinosaur Parents

14 Dec 14:00 | SciTech

Scientists have published the results of a first-ever look at the genome of dozens of common birds, telling the story of how modern birds evolved after the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs and almost everything else on Earth 66 million years ago.read more »


Envoy Calls For "Big Surge" In Efforts To Reduce Ebola Transmission Rates In Sierra Leone

14 Dec 13:38 | World

Amid a spike in Ebola transmission rates in Sierra Leone, the United Nations envoy coordinating the massive global crisis response has travelled to the West African nation to help implement a surge in efforts to contain the outbreak.read more »


Delegates Pave Way To 'Universal, Meaningful' Climate Agreement At Lima Conference

14 Dec 13:32 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome of a United Nations-backed climate conference in Lima, Peru, praising delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015.read more »


Two Mississippi Women Plead Guilty To Racially-Motivated Assaults On African-Americans

13 Dec 14:57 | U.S. News

Shelbie Brooke Richards, 21, and Sarah Adelia Graves, 21, from Brandon, Mississippi, have pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges in connection with a series of racially-motivated assaults on African-Americans, which culminated in the death of James Craig Anderson, an African-American man, in the summer of 2011.read more »


Ebola And Conflict Threatens Food Security In 38 Countries

13 Dec 15:14 | World

Thirty eight countries are at risk of food insecurity, including 29 in Africa, with food insecurity worsening in several countries due to civil conflicts, adverse weather and the Ebola outbreak, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.read more »


Israel Must Curb 'Continuous Stream' Of Protest Fatalities In Occupied Palestinian Territory

13 Dec 15:03 | World

Reports of excessive use of force by Israeli security forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have risen sharply, resulting in calls for Israel to take steps to halt this "continuous stream of fatal incidents." read more »


Many U.S. Workers Sacrificing Sleep For Work Hours, Long Commutes

12 Dec 15:38 | Business

A new study shows that paid work time is the primary waking activity exchanged for sleep and suggests that chronic sleep loss potentially could be prevented by strategies that make work start times more flexible.read more »


Judge Found Guilty by Federal Jury

12 Dec 16:40 | U.S. News

Former Murray County Chief Magistrate Judge Bryant L. Cochran has been found guilty by a federal jury for arranging the false arrest of a woman who alleged that she had been sexually propositioned by Cochran, for tampering with a witness, and for sexually assaulting a county employee.read more »


Comet Landing Named Physics World Breakthrough Of The Year

12 Dec 14:33 | SciTech

The first ever landing of a man-made probe onto a comet has been named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2014.read more »


Training Elderly In Social Media Improves Well-Being And Combats Isolation

12 Dec 14:24 | SciTech

Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK.read more »


Cocaine Consumption Quadruples Risk Of Sudden Death In People Between 19 And 49: Study

12 Dec 14:20 | SciTech

Joint research for the first time links the increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine. In people in the 19-49 age bracket this risk is quadrupled. read more »


Mortgage Rates Down For 5th Consecutive Week

12 Dec 14:09 | Breaking News

Mortgage rates moved lower for a fifth consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.03 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »


Steven Mandell Sentenced To Life In Prison for Barbaric Plot To Kidnap, Extort And Kill

12 Dec 08:38 | U.S. News

A northwest suburban man has been sentenced to life in prison for plotting in 2012 to kidnap, torture, extort and murder an innocent victim and then take control of the victim’s real estate holdings. read more »


Operator Of MyRedBook.com Website Pleads Guilty To Facilitating Prostitution

12 Dec 09:17 | U.S. News

A California man has pleaded guilty in connection with his operation of the myRedBook.com website to facilitate prostitution. This represents the first federal conviction of a website operator for facilitation of prostitution.read more »


IAEA Appeals For Funds To Extend Iran Nuclear Monitoring Mission

12 Dec 07:21 | World

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made an appeal for 4.6 million euros so that it can continue to undertake its monitoring and verification activities in Iran until June 2015 under the Joint Plan of Action with Iran. read more »


House Passes $1 Trillion Funding Bill, Jumping Hurdle To Keep Government Open

11 Dec 22:40 | US Politics and Govt

The 113th Congress has narrowly voted to advance a a $1.1 trillion spending bill which will keep the U.S. government operating despite bickering and objections. read more »

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