Pending Home Sales Climb In April To Highest Level Since May 2006

By Newsroom America Staff at 5:45 pm Eastern

Pending home sales rose in April for the fourth straight month and reached their highest level in nine years, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Traffic Deaths Have Increased Six Consecutive Months, Says National Safety Council

4:20 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Traffic deaths in the U.S. have increased every month for the past six months compared with the same months in 2014, according to the National Safety Council. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Slide Back

3:28 pm Eastern | Business

Mortgage rates pulled back slightly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate settling at 4.00 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Seller Of "Miracle Mineral Solution" Convicted For Marketing Toxic Chemical As Miracle Cure

3:21 pm Eastern | U.S. News

A federal jury has returned a guilty verdict against a Spokane, Washington, man for selling industrial bleach as a miracle cure for numerous diseases and illnesses, including cancer, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, lyme disease, asthma and the common cold. read more »

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Using Debt To Maintain Status Quo Leaves Families On Rocky Road To Recovery

1:44 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Economically vulnerable families are increasingly willing to take on debt to maintain a basic standard of living--a situation that can put them into a deep financial hole, according to a new University of Michigan study.read more »

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Girls Receive Conflicting Career Messages From Media, Research Shows

12:38 pm Eastern | SciTech

Teenage girls like and feel more similar to women in appearance-focused jobs such as models and actresses, though they find female CEOs and military pilots to be better role models, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University.read more »

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American Households Increasingly Optimistic ABout Finances: Fed

12:33 pm Eastern | Business

The Federal Reserve Board's latest survey of the financial and economic conditions of American households found individuals' overall perceptions of financial well-being improved modestly between 2013 and 2014 but their optimism about future financial prospects increased significantly.read more »

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Over 8 Million People In Urgent Need Of Medical Help In Yemen

28 May 10:27 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the “unnecessary loss of innocent lives cannot go on” and spotlighted the increasingly dire medical situation in Yemen, where it says the health and lives of millions of people are at risk.read more »

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FAA And Industry To Study Pilot Fitness

28 May 09:21 | U.S. News

The FAA is working with the commercial aviation and medical communities to study the emotional and mental health of U.S. commercial pilots.read more »

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Chicago-Area Men Charged with Altering ATM Settings To Disperse More Cash Than Reported

28 May 08:13 | U.S. News

Two men have been indicted for allegedly intending to defraud ATMs in and around Chicago by altering the settings of the ATMs so that the actual amounts disbursed far exceeded the withdrawal requests.read more »

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Nine FIFA Officials And Five Corporate Executives Indicted For Corruption

27 May 15:35 | U.S. News

A 47-count indictment charges 14 people with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies in connection with a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. read more »

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Facebook Predator Sentenced To 29 Years In Prison

27 May 16:36 | U.S. News

Jordan James Kirby, 23, of Paradise, has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for using Facebook in the production of child pornography and enticement of a minor.read more »

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'Alarming' Spike In Suicide Attacks By Women And Girls In Nigeria

27 May 13:31 | World

Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, UNICEF warned, calling on the country’s incoming Government make the safety and well-being of children a political priority.read more »

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Some 500,000 Homes And Temples Across Nepal Damaged By Earthquake

27 May 12:16 | World

As teams of trekkers and Nepalese sherpas are now reaching remote, high-altitude villages with humanitarian aid, attention is being drawn to the post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction needs of more than 500,000 homes and cultural heritage sites in the rural areas.read more »

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Amazon Creates More Than 6,000 Full-Time Jobs At Fulfillment Centers Across U.S.

27 May 11:41 | Business

Amazon said it was hiring for more than 6,000 full-time jobs across its U.S. fulfillment network to meet growing customer demand, where employees will pick, pack and ship customer orders.read more »

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Humanitarian Situation Still Dire In Ukraine Amid Sporadic Fighting

27 May 10:37 | World

The tenuous situation in eastern Ukraine continues to be marked by sporadic fighting and a crippling humanitarian crisis forcing many civilians to seek refuge in underground shelters or in neighbouring countries.read more »

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Reynolds And Lorillard To Divest Four Cigarette Brands As Condition Of $27.4 Billion Merger

27 May 09:43 | Business

Tobacco companies Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. have agreed to divest four cigarette brands to Imperial Tobacco Group to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their proposed $27.4 billion merger would likely be anticompetitive.read more »

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Senior Member Of Al Qaeda Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Kill U.S. Soldiers

27 May 08:34 | U.S. News

A Yemeni national, Saddiq al-Abbadi, 40, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder U.S. nationals abroad, providing and conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda and using a machine gun in furtherance of those crimes.read more »

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SEC Charges Deutsche Bank With Misstating Financial Reports During Financial Crisis

26 May 16:40 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Deutsche Bank AG with filing misstated financial reports during the height of the financial crisis that failed to take into account a material risk for potential losses estimated to be in the billions of dollars.read more »

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Lassa Fever Confirmed In Death Of U.S. Traveler Returning From Liberia

26 May 15:26 | U.S. News

The CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health have confirmed a death from Lassa fever which was diagnosed in a person returning to the United States from Liberia. read more »

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Charter Communications To Merge With Time Warner Cable

26 May 15:18 | Business

Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable have announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Charter to merge with Time Warner Cable in a deal that values Time Warner Cable at $78.7 billion. read more »

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Funding Shortage Forces Agency To Halt Housing Allowance For Palestine Refugees

26 May 12:41 | World

A $100 monthly housing stipend per family for Palestine refugees who have fled war-torn Syria for Lebanon will be suspended because of lack of funds, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).read more »

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Robot Masters New Skills Through Trial And Error

26 May 11:34 | SciTech

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence. read more »

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Two California Men Arrested On Charges Of Conspiring To Provide Material Support To ISIL

26 May 09:20 | U.S. News

Two California men, one of whom attempted to travel to the Middle East to allegedly join ISIL, have been arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »

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Neurosurgeon Admits Causing Patients Serious Bodily Injury In Fraud Scheme

26 May 08:15 | U.S. News

A Detroit-area neurosurgeon has pleaded guilty in two separate criminal cases that resulted in serious bodily injury to his patients and more than $11 million in Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies.read more »

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Our Bond With Dogs May Go Back More Than 27,000 Years

25 May 15:29 | SciTech

Dogs' special relationship to humans may go back 27,000 to 40,000 years, according to genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone.read more »

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Nepal Earthquake Relief Ramps Up As Monsoon Season Approaches

25 May 15:16 | World

Marking one month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal killing thousands and devastating large swathes of the country's Kathmandu valley, relief agencies are continuing to intensify humanitarian operations.read more »

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Modest Global Growth Set To Continue For Rest Of Year: Report

25 May 15:05 | World

A new report says that modest paced global economic growth continues, and predicts a gradual improvement in the situation over the second half of 2015 and into next year.read more »

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Countries Unable To Reach Agreement On Nuclear Non-Proliferation

24 May 15:57 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment at the inability of member states to reach consensus on a “substantive outcome” on a non-proliferation treaty key for global nuclear disarmament.read more »

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Thousands Flee Syria's Besieged Historic City Of Palmyra

24 May 15:41 | World

Refugee agencies are preparing aid for some 11,000 people fleeing the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and surrounding villages, which have been overrun by militant forces this week.read more »

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Operator Of MyRedbook.com Sentenced To Prison For Facilitating Prostitution

24 May 15:26 | U.S. News

A California man has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for his operation of the myRedBook.com website to facilitate prostitution, representing the first federal conviction of a website operator for facilitation of prostitution.read more »

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Sudden Onset Of Ice Loss In Antarctica Detected

22 May 17:42 | SciTech

A group of scientists has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Nudge Higher

22 May 15:36 | Business

Mortgage rates moved up slightly, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.03 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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People With Depression May Be More Likely To Develop Parkinson's Disease

22 May 16:33 | SciTech

People with depression may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a large study by researchers at Umea University in Sweden. read more »

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Flames Fan Lasting Nuclear Fallout From Chernobyl

22 May 15:19 | World

In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires.read more »

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U.S. Army Sergeant Sent To Prison For Taking Bribes While Deployed In Afghanistan

22 May 13:15 | U.S. News

A sergeant with the U.S. Army has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for accepting bribes from Afghan truck drivers at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Gardez in Afghanistan. read more »

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Christian County Sheriff Pleads Guilty To Stealing Public Money And Money Laundering

22 May 11:20 | U.S. News

The elected sheriff of Christian County, Mo., has pleaded guilty to embezzling county funds and to his role in laundering the proceeds of a political supporter's investment fraud scheme.read more »

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FTC Action Halts Global Sweepstakes Scam

22 May 10:16 | U.S. News

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has temporarily halted a sweepstakes operation based in Fort Lauderdale that took more than $28 million from consumers throughout the United States and other countries.read more »

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Call To Act Now In Earthquake Stricken Nepal Before Monsoon Rains Arrive

22 May 09:04 | World

As Nepalese communities devastated by two major earthquakes struggle to restore and rebuild, humanitarian workers are in a fierce race against time to reach survivors in the remote mountains before the monsoon rains hit and further complicate logistics.read more »

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Scientists Discover World's Oldest Stone Tools

21 May 18:07 | SciTech

Scientists working in the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya have found stone tools dating back 3.3 million years, long before the advent of modern humans, and by far the oldest such artifacts yet discovered. read more »

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False Tweet From Hacked AP Account Led To Real Panic

21 May 17:29 | Business

A false tweet from a hacked account owned by the Associated Press (AP) in 2013 sent financial markets into a tailspin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 143.5 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index lost more than $136 billion of its value in the seconds that immediately followed the post.read more »

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New Evidence Links Arctic Warming With Severe Weather

21 May 15:41 | SciTech

New evidence has linked Arctic warming with severe weather in countries including the United Kingdom and United States.read more »

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Barclays To Pay $400 Million To Settle Charges Of Attempted Exchange Rate Manipulation

21 May 14:50 | Business

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has ordered Barclays Bank PLC (Barclays) to pay $400 million for attempted manipulation, false reporting, and aiding and abetting other banks’ attempts to manipulate global foreign exchange rates.read more »

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EPA Directs DuPont to Remove Mercury from Pompton Lake In New Jersey

21 May 13:35 | U.S. News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its final plan to remove mercury contamination from areas of Pompton Lake in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, including the areas where the Acid Brook flows into the lake, called the Acid Brook Delta. read more »

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"Substantial Increase" In Ebola Cases In Guinea And Sierra Leone

21 May 11:43 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported "a substantial increase" in new Ebola cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone and deployed a response team to the border with Guinea-Bissau.read more »

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ConAgra Agrees To Guilty Plea Over 2006/7 Salmonella Peanut Butter Poisoning

21 May 10:21 | U.S. News

ConAgra Grocery Products has agreed to plead guilty and pay $11 million in connection with the shipment of contaminated peanut butter linked to a 2006 through 2007 nationwide outbreak of salmonellosis, or salmonella poisoning.read more »

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Islamist Extremists Fighting At Ancient Cultural Center In Syria

21 May 09:10 | World

The head of UNESCO has called on all warring factions in Syria to immediately end hostilities within the archaeological site of Palmyra following reports that extremist groups had breached the ancient city’s perimeter.read more »

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WHO Urged To Do More To Protect People From Toxic Substances

21 May 08:27 | World

An independent expert has urged the World Health Organization to "play a much larger, more active role" in protecting people from the negative impacts of toxic pollution. read more »

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DEA Carries Out Largest Ever Prescription Drug Operation

20 May 18:40 | U.S. News

DEA and federal prosecutors say they have undertaken unprecedented enforcement action across the states of Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi in an effort to reverse the horrible effects produced by the trafficking and abuse of pharmaceuticals. read more »

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Researchers Link Dolphin Deaths To Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

20 May 15:38 | U.S. News

Dolphins found stranded on Gulf of Mexico beaches following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were much more likely to have severe lung and adrenal gland damage “consistent with petroleum product exposure” than dolphins stranded elsewhere and prior to the spill, researchers report.read more »

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Study Finds High Prevalence Of Metabolic Syndrome In US

20 May 15:37 | U.S. News

Nearly 35 percent of all U.S. adults and 50 percent of those 60 years of age or older were estimated to have the metabolic syndrome in 2011-2012, according to a new study.read more »

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Key Cause Of Cystic Fibrosis Identified

20 May 14:52 | SciTech

Researchers from the University of Missouri have identified a key cause of cystic fibrosis which they say may lay the foundation for the development of new medications and improved therapies.read more »

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People Who Smoke Less Likely To Vote, Study Finds

20 May 13:36 | US Politics and Govt

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study shows a new dimension to the marginalization of smokers: people who smoke are less likely to vote than their non-smoking peers.read more »

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Most Workers Now Employed In Part-Time Or Temporary Jobs

20 May 12:18 | World

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned of widespread insecurity in the global employment market, saying that some 75 per cent of all workers are employed on temporary or short-term contracts in informal jobs.read more »

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Call To Protect Iraq's Internally Displaced As Crisis Deepens

20 May 10:14 | World

A human rights expert has urged the Government of Iraq to step-up its efforts and give a higher priority to nearly three million internally displaced persons (IDPs).read more »

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Four Cancer Charities Charged With Bilking Over $187 Million From Consumers

20 May 09:38 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state have charged four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. read more »

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Chinese Professors Among Six Defendants Charged With Economic Espionage

20 May 08:49 | U.S. News

Tianjin University Professor Hao Zhang has been arrested upon entry into the United States from China and charged with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets. read more »

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Takata To Recall 34 Million Vehicles Over Faulty Airbags

19 May 19:29 | U.S. News

The Japanese airbag supplier Takata will recall 34 million vehicles in the United States with potentially defective airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).read more »

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Smartphone Use While Driving Grows Beyond Texting to Social Media, Web Surfing And Selfies

19 May 17:39 | SciTech

When you see the driver next to you looking at their phone, it's no longer safe to assume they're texting. New research from AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.read more »

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Climate Change Altering Frequency, Intensity Of Hurricanes: Study

19 May 14:33 | SciTech

Climate change may be the driving force behind fewer, yet more powerful hurricanes and tropical storms, says a Florida State geography professor.read more »

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FTC Requests Bankruptcy Court Protect RadioShack Consumers' Personal Information

19 May 13:18 | Business

In a letter to the court-appointed consumer privacy ombudsman in the bankruptcy case of the electronics retailer RadioShack, Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich recommended conditions the court could place on the sale of consumers’ personal information to protect their privacy.read more »

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California Suicide Prevention Program Demonstrates Promise, Studies Find

19 May 12:14 | U.S. News

A mass media campaign intended to help prevent suicides in California is reaching a majority of the state's adults and appears to be increasing their confidence about how to intervene with those at risk of suicide, according to new research.read more »

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WHO Promises Reforms In Wake Of Ebola Crisis

19 May 10:37 | World

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has promised a new $100 million emergency fund and a global health crisis workforce as part of a reform package prompted by the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.read more »

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Former Bank Of America Executive Sent To Prison For Fraud

19 May 09:39 | Business

A former Bank of America executive has been sent to prison for his participation in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud related to bidding for contracts for the investment of municipal bond proceeds and other municipal finance contracts. read more »

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Airport Baggage Handlers Charged In Wide-Ranging Conspiracy

19 May 08:34 | U.S. News

Fourteen persons have been charged in connection with an alleged wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to violate airport security requirements and transport drugs throughout the country.read more »

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