North Texas Man Sentenced In Fictional Disney Scheme

By Newsroom America Staff at 5:36 pm Eastern

A 35-year-old Plano, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding investors in the Eastern District of Texas by telling them he had insider information regarding a Walt Disney resort planned for the area.

Xbox One Promoter Settles FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers

2 Sep 16:31 | Entertainment

A California-based online entertainment network has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it engaged in deceptive advertising by paying "influencers" to post YouTube videos endorsing Microsoft’s Xbox One system and several games. read more »

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FAA Releases Updated Guidance On Hobby UAVs

2 Sep 15:11 | U.S. News

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published updated guidance on model aircraft operations that reflects current law governing hobby or recreational use of unmanned aircraft.read more »

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Economic Security Requires New Measures Of Well-Being Say Researchers

2 Sep 14:11 | Business

Economic well-being for low-income families in the U.S. is often determined by federal measures that establish basic requirements for essentials such as food, shelter and clothing, but a new study by a University at Buffalo research team suggests that such a definition is unrealistically narrow.read more »

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Surge In Bicycle Injuries To Riders Over 45

2 Sep 13:17 | U.S. News

The incidence of bicycle accidents has increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years, with many serious injuries occurring among riders older than 45, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco.read more »

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Some 3,000 Asylum-Seekers Now Pass Through Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia Daily

2 Sep 12:17 | World

The number of “exhausted and desperate” women and children making their way from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, according to UNICEF.read more »

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KMART Pays $1.4 Million To Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

2 Sep 10:37 | U.S. News

KMART has paid the United States $1.4 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by using drug manufacturer coupons and gasoline discounts as improper Medicare beneficiary inducements.read more »

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Gaza Could Become 'Uninhabitable' In Less Than Five Years

2 Sep 09:30 | World

A new report published by the Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become "uninhabitable" by 2020 if current economic trends persist.read more »

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El Nino Expected To Be Strongest Since 1997-98

2 Sep 08:18 | World

This year’s El Nino event is the strongest since 1997-1998 and is potentially among the four strongest events since 1950, according to the latest Update from the World Meteorological Organization.read more »

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Daily Marijuana Use Among US College Students Highest Since 1980

1 Sep 17:41 | U.S. News

Daily marijuana use among the nation's college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014.read more »

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National Home Prices Rose By 6.9 Percent Year Over Year In July: CoreLogic

1 Sep 16:24 | Business

The July CoreLogic Home Price Index shows that home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 6.9 percent in July 2015 compared with July 2014. read more »

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DEA Steroids Global Takedown Includes Home Labs, Gyms, Local Distributors

1 Sep 15:09 | U.S. News

DEA officials have announced a nationwide series of enforcement actions targeting every level of the global underground trade of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, the vast majority of which are manufactured and trafficked from underground labs in China. read more »

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Study Reveals Human Body Has Gone Through Four Stages Of Evolution

1 Sep 13:18 | SciTech

Research into 430,000-year-old fossils collected in northern Spain found that the evolution of the human body's size and shape has gone through four main stages.read more »

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Former Silk Road Task Force Agent Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

1 Sep 12:13 | U.S. News

A former U.S. Secret Service special agent has pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction of justice in connection with his theft of digital currency during the federal investigation of Silk Road.read more »

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'Worrying Outbreak' Of Dengue Fever In Yemen

1 Sep 10:41 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for a safe corridor to reach more than 3 million people in war-torn Yemen’s most populated governorate, Taiz, where "an extreme spike" in cases of dengue fever has been recorded over the past two weeks.read more »

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More Than 850,000 People Face Acute Food Insecurity In Somalia

1 Sep 09:28 | World

Somalia’s humanitarian situation remains "alarming" four years after a devastating famine with the number of people requiring emergency aid rising 17 per cent to more than 850,000 and those in “food-stressed” situations still at 2.3 million.read more »

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U.S. Extradites Suspect In Quadruple Murder To The Czech Republic

1 Sep 08:20 | U.S. News

The U.S. government has extradited U.S. citizen Kevin Dahlgren to the Czech Republic to stand trial on charges he brutally murdered four members of his family in that country.read more »

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Plastic In 99 Percent Of Seabirds By 2050

31 Aug 17:28 | World

Researchers from CSIRO and Imperial College London have assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world's seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, and found the majority of seabird species have plastic in their gut.read more »

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New Research Confirms Lack Of Sleep Connected To Getting Sick

31 Aug 16:33 | SciTech

Scientists have long associated sufficient sleep with good health. Now they've confirmed that insufficient sleep is connected to an increased chance of getting sick.read more »

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America's 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

31 Aug 15:18 | U.S. News

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its annual Hot Wheels report which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States - and the Honda Accord tops the list.read more »

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Prolonged Television Watchers Have Higher Risk Of Fatal Pulmonary Embolism

31 Aug 13:12 | Entertainment

Prolonged television watchers have a higher risk of fatal pulmonary embolism, a condition associated with long haul flights, according to research by Toru Shirakawa of Osaka University in Japan. read more »

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Men Sentenced For Conspiracy To Use Weapons Of Mass Destruction

31 Aug 11:32 | U.S. News

Brian Cannon, 37, Terry Peace, 47, and Cory Williamson, 29, have been sentenced for conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in attacks against federal government agencies.read more »

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Use Of Chemical Weapons And Toxic Chemicals In Syria Conflict Condemned

31 Aug 10:24 | World

Deeply disturbed by continuing reports of the use of chemical weapons, as well as the use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned any such use by any party to the conflict.read more »

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Security Council Condemns Use Of Sexual Violence As 'Tactic Of War' In Iraq And Syria

31 Aug 08:16 | World

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence "related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and Iraq."read more »

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All States Urged To Sign Nuclear Test Ban As 'Critical Step On Road To Nuclear-Free World'

30 Aug 17:20 | World

For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty.read more »

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More Than 300,000 Make Perilous Mediterranean Crossing In 2015

30 Aug 13:07 | World

A refugee agency said the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014.read more »

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Over 160 More Children Released By Armed Group In Central African Republic

30 Aug 09:03 | World

UNICEF has announced 163 children have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic, where thousands of other boys and girls are still serving as combatants, cooks and messengers for the country’s militant factions.read more »

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FAA Releases App Beta Test For Drone Users

30 Aug 02:41 | U.S. News

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the beta version of a new smartphone application called "B4UFLY" for testing by up to 1,000 unmanned aircraft users.read more »

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FTC Acts to Halt Vemma As Alleged Pyramid Scheme

27 Aug 16:26 | U.S. News

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted an alleged pyramid scheme, Vemma Nutrition Company, that lures college students and other young adults with the prospect of getting rich without having a traditional 9-to-5 job. read more »

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Four-Day School Week Can Improve Academic Performance

28 Aug 12:22 | U.S. News

Shortening the school week to four days has a positive impact on elementary school students' academic performance in mathematics, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Montana State University.read more »

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Silicon Valley Employee Arrested For Theft Of Trade Secrets

27 Aug 16:17 | SciTech

Jing Zeng 42, of San Ramon, California, has appeared in court after being arrested by the FBI on a criminal complaint alleging theft of trade secrets from a gaming company. read more »

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Interrupting Sitting With Walking Breaks Improves Children's Blood Sugar

28 Aug 14:18 | U.S. News

Taking 3-minute breaks to walk in the middle of a TV marathon or other sedentary activity can improve children's blood sugar compared to continuously sitting, according to a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Slide Due To Market Turbulence

27 Aug 15:31 | Business

Mortgage rates were down this week, 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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About 10 Percent Of Mothers Experienced Depression 2 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Study Shows

27 Aug 17:34 | U.S. News

About 10 percent of mothers experienced chronic, persistent depressive symptoms two years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,800 people, displacing hundreds of thousands and causing widespread damage estimated at more than $100 billion, according to a Georgia State University study.read more »

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Ancient Crops To Be Deposited In Norway's Arctic Seed Vault For Future Generations

28 Aug 15:36 | World

As a significant step towards preserving the world’s most important ancient crops for future generations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), together with scientists and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway have deposited potato seeds to the "safety box" in Arctic seed vault.read more »

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Humans May Be Harmed By Chemicals Released During Natural Gas Mining

28 Aug 16:30 | U.S. News

Researchers with the University of Missouri and national colleagues have reviewed research on health effects associated with fracking operations and concluded these activities have potential for environmental release of a complex mixture of endocrine disrupting chemicals that could potentially harm human development.read more »

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Sierra Leone Begins Countdown To Be Declared Free Of Ebola Virus Transmission

28 Aug 11:22 | World

Sierra Leone has begun its countdown to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission as the West African nation’s President described the release of the last patient treated for the disease at a treatment centre as "the beginning of the end of Ebola."read more »

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National Vaccination Rates High: CDC

28 Aug 10:13 | U.S. News

Vaccine exemption levels for kindergarteners are low for most states and infant vaccination rates are high nationally, according to data from two reports published by the CDCread more »

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Most American Internet Users Agree That The 'Right To Be Forgotten' Should Be A Human Right

28 Aug 09:36 | SciTech

According to new findings from an online study, 69% of online Americans agree that the 'Right to be Forgotten' should be a human right and 29% think it allows for censorshipread more »

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Research Demonstrates Millions Of Plastic Particles Exist In Cosmetic Products

27 Aug 14:14 | World

Everyday cosmetic and cleaning products contain huge quantities of plastic particles, which are released to the environment and could be harmful to marine life, according to a new study.read more »

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Awareness Of Memory Loss May Decline 2-3 Years Before Dementia Onset

27 Aug 12:06 | SciTech

People who will develop dementia may begin to lose awareness of their memory problems two to three years before the actual onset of the disease, according to a new study. read more »

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81% Of Healthcare Organizations Compromised By Cyber-Attacks In Past 2 Years: KPMG Survey

27 Aug 10:15 | U.S. News

Eighty-one percent of health care executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet, or other cyber-attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according to the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey.read more »

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Water Being Used To Achieve Military And Political Gains In Syria

27 Aug 09:18 | World

Amid the unremitting brutality of the war in Syria and a scorching summer heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains, warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). read more »

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Traffic Gridlock Sets New Records For Traveler Misery

27 Aug 08:09 | U.S. News

Just as the U.S. economy has regained nearly all of the 9 million jobs lost during the downturn, a new report produced by INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) shows that traffic congestion has returned to pre-recession levels.read more »

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Financial Advisers Most Concerned About Market Volatility And Interest Rates

26 Aug 17:09 | Business

Managing market volatility, preparing for a possibly imminent rate hike, and generating investment income in a low-return environment are the top concerns of financial advisors and their clients, according to the most recent ATOMIX survey conducted by Eaton Vance.read more »

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Looking To Smartphones For Relief From Depression May Make Things Worse

26 Aug 14:25 | SciTech

Depressed people who turn to their smart phones for relief may only be making things worse, according to researchers.read more »

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Europe's Response To Migrant Crisis 'Is Not Working'

26 Aug 13:20 | World

The European Union should establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset, an expert has advocated, assuring it was the only way in which the EU can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants.read more »

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Executive Assistant Fuels Lavish Lifestyle By Fleecing Hewlett Packard

26 Aug 12:34 | Business

Holli Dawn Coulman, an executive assistant to an HP Senior Vice President, has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of 21 months for embezzling nearly $1 million from Hewlett Packard. read more »

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Two Plead Guilty To Forced Labor Scheme That Exploited Guatemalan Migrants

26 Aug 11:30 | U.S. News

A leader of a human trafficking ring has pleaded guilty to charges that he lured Guatemalan minors and adults into the United States on false pretenses, then used threats of physical harm to compel their labor at egg farms in Ohio. read more »

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Making A Mistake Can Be Rewarding, Study Finds

26 Aug 16:23 | SciTech

A new MRI study by a group of international researchers has found that having the opportunity to learn from failure can turn it into a positive experience - if the brain has a chance to learn from its mistakes.read more »

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Warning Of 'A Lost Generation' In Yemen

26 Aug 09:25 | World

Alarmed by the dramatic increase in grave violations against Yemen's children, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has called on all parties to respect their obligations under international law to safeguard civilians from harm, including children.read more »

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Atomic Energy Watchdog Needs More Than $10 million A Year To Assess Iran's Nuclear Capacity

26 Aug 08:21 | World

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has presented to its member States for approval a report outlining a $10 million programme to carry out the verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments.read more »

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Legacy Recordings Acquires Catalog Of Music Legend Van Morrison

26 Aug 16:19 | Entertainment

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has acquired the rights to the most complete discography of contemporary music legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint.read more »

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Virginia Man Commits Suicide After Killing TV Crew During Live Broadcast

26 Aug 14:53 | U.S. News

A former reporter who was fired by a Virginia television station has shot and killed two of the station’s journalists during a live broadcast and then posting the video online.read more »

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Home Values Slip After Nearly Four Years of Growth

25 Aug 17:07 | Business

The housing market is slowing down, with home values seeing the first negative monthly change since the market began its recovery nearly four years ago, according to the Zillow July Real Estate Market Reports.read more »

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Four In Ten Americans Give President Obama Positive Ratings

25 Aug 15:13 | US Politics and Govt

Positive ratings of President Obama's overall job performance hit the four in ten mark this month (40%), not far from last month's 39% and just shy of his recent peak of 41%, seen in May. read more »

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Civilians Suffering In War-Ravaged Yemen

25 Aug 13:17 | World

Life saving medicines, trauma kits and blood bank supplies are urgently needed in war-ravaged Yemen, where nearly half the country’s health facilities have shut down, leaving thousands of injured civilians with fewer and fewer places to seek emergency assistance.read more »

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Young Adults Believe Hookah, E-cigs Are Safer Than Cigarettes

25 Aug 12:19 | U.S. News

A new study finds that young adults under 25, including high school grads and college students, are more likely to rate hookah and e-cigarettes as safer than cigarettes, when compared to 25 to 34-year-olds. read more »

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Calm After Chaotic Scenes At Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia And Greece Border

25 Aug 10:31 | World

The UN refugee agency is assisting refugees and migrants amid chaotic scenes over the weekend as thousands of people tried to cross into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) from the Greek border.read more »

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Ebola Aftermath Is 'Best Chance' To Transform Future Epidemic Response

25 Aug 09:35 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that infectious diseases have become "a much larger menace" under the unique conditions of the 21st century with its unprecedented global travel volume of nearly 100,000 flights carrying 8.6 million passengers every day.read more »

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Fake Hospice Nurse Sentenced To Prison

25 Aug 08:32 | U.S. News

A Dallas woman who stole the identity of a registered nurse and used that identity to work at several Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area hospice companies, where she saw and purportedly treated 243 hospice patients has been sent to prison.read more »

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Blacks Hit Hardest By Public-Sector Job Losses During Recession, Study Finds

24 Aug 16:35 | U.S. News

A new University of Washington study found that public-sector job cuts during and after the Great Recession disproportionately impacted African-Americans, especially women, and have increased racial disparity in the public sector.read more »

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Destruction Of Palmyra's ancient Temple Condemned

24 Aug 15:18 | World

Extremists "cannot silence history," the Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, declared as she condemned the destruction of Palmyra’s ancient temple of Baalshamin, in Syria, a World Heritage site.read more »

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Some Single People Are Happy On Their Own, Research Finds

24 Aug 14:12 | SciTech

People who fear relationship conflicts are just as happy when they are single or in a relationship, finds new research.read more »

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High Sugar Consumption Among Children Relates To Poor Family Functioning, Study Finds

24 Aug 13:07 | SciTech

The quality of general family functioning is a major determinant of healthy dietary habits, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London. read more »

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Researchers Examine Key To A Better Relationship And Sex Life For Men

24 Aug 12:19 | SciTech

If men take up more of the child-care duties, splitting them equally with their female partners, heterosexual couples have more satisfaction with their relationships and their sex lives, according to new research by Georgia State University sociologists.read more »

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US Has 5 Percent Of World's Population But About A third Of Global Mass Shootings

24 Aug 09:24 | U.S. News

Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research.read more »

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Ceasefire Between Israel And Syria At Risk: UN

24 Aug 08:17 | World

United Nations Secretary-General ban Ki-moon said he was deeply concerned over the serious violations of the ceasefire between Israel and Syria, and called on all involved to exercise maximum restraint to prevent any further escalation in an already tense regional environment.read more »

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New York Man Convicted For Role In Attempting To Develop Lethal Radiation Device

24 Aug 10:31 | U.S. News

A jury has convicted Glendon Scott Crawford, 51, of Galway, New York, after a five-day trial on all charges relating to his efforts to build a weapon of mass destruction.read more »

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FAA Releases Updated Guidance On Hobby UAVs

2 Sep 15:11 | U.S. News

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published updated guidance on model aircraft operations that reflects current law governing hobby or recreational use of unmanned aircraft.read more »

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