Justice Department Reaches $50 Million Settlement With JPMorgan Chase To Protect Homeowners In Bankruptcy

By Newsroom America Staff at 3:52 pm Eastern

The Department of Justice has entered into a national settlement agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank requiring it to pay more than $50 million, including cash payments, mortgage loan credits and loan forgiveness, to over 25,000 homeowners who are or were in bankruptcy.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus Does Deal With Federal Prosecutors

3:44 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Lawyers for former CIA Director David Petraeus have reached a deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge over his handling of classified materials. read more »


Man Pleads Guilty To E-Mailing Death Threats To Employee of American Islamic Organization

1:38 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Bernhard Laufer, 58, a resident of Rego Park, Queens, New York, has pleaded guilty to sending threatening communications from New York to an employee of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) located in Washington, D.C.read more »


Nigerian Refugee Crisis Continues As Boko Haram Fighting Spills Across Region

1:26 pm Eastern | World

The exodus of Nigerians fleeing violence in the country’s north-eastern regions continues amid an influx of sixteen thousand refugees into neighbouring Cameroon, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).read more »


Licorice Manufacturers Encouraged To State Daily Limit Of Consumption

11:20 am Eastern | World

Researchers say a recent case of a 10-year-old boy who suffered seizures after over-indulging in licorice sweets suggests licorice sweet manufacturers should state a recommended daily amount as a safety measure.read more »


Peanut Consumption Decreases Mortality Say Researchers

10:55 am Eastern | SciTech

Researchers examined the association of nut consumption with mortality among low-income and racially diverse populations and found that intake of peanuts was associated with fewer deaths, especially from heart disease.read more »


Justice Department Surpasses $2 Billion In Awards For Cold War Nuclear Compensation

9:28 am Eastern | U.S. News

The Justice Department said it had awarded more than $2 billion in compassionate compensation to eligible claimants under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). read more »


Former Campaign Coordinator Sentenced To Prison For Embezzling Millions of Dollars

8:22 am Eastern | U.S. News

A 58-year-old political consultant Kenneth Barfield (aka “Buddy Barfield”) was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for stealing more than $2.5 Million in campaign funds from former Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.read more »


Ukraine Death Toll Hits 6,000 Amid Ongoing Fighting

2 Mar 16:02 | World

The estimated death toll caused by the continuing fighting in Ukraine has now surpassed the 6,000 mark, the United Nations human rights office said, amid broader warnings that the country stands on the brink of a “new and very deadly chapter” in its conflict. read more »


Income Inequality Taking A Toll On The Health Of American Workers: Study

2 Mar 16:00 | U.S. News

Researchers say there's evidence that the degree of income inequality in the United States can lead to a long list of health issues, including shortened life expectancy and poorer self-reported health status.read more »


Scammers Banned From Telemarketing, Selling Weight-Loss Products

2 Mar 15:50 | U.S. News

The defendants in a scheme that charged Spanish-speaking consumers for unordered or defective products and made it costly or practically impossible for them to get their money back are banned from telemarketing and selling weight-loss products under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.read more »


UNICEF Fears Scores Of Kidnapped Children In South Sudan Could Be Sent To Front Lines

2 Mar 15:37 | World

Hundreds of children seized by armed men from a village in South Sudan have generated fears that “they are going from the classroom to the front line,” says the top United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative in that country who demanded their immediate release.read more »


Former Company Officer Earns Half-Million Dollar Whistleblower Award

2 Mar 15:21 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a whistleblower award payout between $475,000 and $575,000 to a former company officer who reported original, high-quality information about a securities fraud that resulted in an SEC enforcement action with sanctions exceeding $1 million.read more »


Sad Movies Are Fattening Say Researchers

2 Mar 15:06 | Entertainment

Sad movies are bad news for diets. A newly reported study from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab showed movie-goers watching tearjerkers ate between 28% and 55% more popcorn both in the lab and in a mall theater during the Thanksgiving holiday.read more »


Intimate Partners With Low Self-Esteem Stay In Unhappy Relationships: Study

1 Mar 15:56 | World

People with low self-esteem are more likely stay in unhappy relationships, suggests new research from the University of Waterloo.read more »


SEC Halts Ponzi-Like Scheme By Purported Venture Capital Fund Manager In Buffalo

1 Mar 15:43 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a purported venture capital fund manager in Buffalo, N.Y., with fraudulently using money from three investment funds to pay fictitious returns to investors in a different fund.read more »


Life 'Not As We Know It' Possible On Saturn's Moon Titan

1 Mar 13:41 | SciTech

A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers.read more »


Security Council Strongly Deplores ISIL's 'Barbarism'

28 Feb 15:26 | World

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the "ongoing barbaric terrorist acts" committed by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and reaffirmed its determination in defeating the extremist group.read more »


Can Money Buy Happiness?

28 Feb 15:23 | SciTech

Research published in the journal Psychological Science has shown that experiential purchases--money spent on doing--may provide more enduring happiness than material purchases (money spent on having). read more »


Kerry 'Shocked And Saddened' To Learn Of Brutal Murder Of Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister

28 Feb 15:19 | World

Secretary of State, John Kerry, said he was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the brutal murder of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow. read more »


Researchers Explore How An "Actual" Zombie Outbreak Might Play Out In The U.S.

27 Feb 15:35 | SciTech

A team of Cornell University researchers focusing on a fictional zombie outbreak as an approach to disease modeling suggests heading for the hills, in the Rockies, to save your brains from the undead.read more »


Study Shows Employees Become Angry When Receiving After-Hours Email, Texts

27 Feb 17:09 | Business

People who receive electronic correspondence from work after hours become angry more often than not and that can interfere with their personal lives, a new study shows.read more »


Pending Home Sales Rise In January To Highest Level In 18 Months

27 Feb 16:24 | Business

Improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »


Actor Leonard Nimoy Dead At 83

27 Feb 15:20 | Entertainment

Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his depiction of Star Trek’s half-human half-Vulcan first officer Mr Spock, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.read more »


Expert Applauds United States Decision Guaranteeing 'Net Neutrality'

27 Feb 15:06 | U.S. News

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to establish new regulations protecting so-called net neutrality, or the equal treatment of all Internet traffic, has been described as "a real victory" for freedom of expression and access to information.read more »


NRC Increases Oversight Of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

27 Feb 15:00 | U.S. News

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has issued a white finding of low-to-moderate safety significance to the Palisades nuclear power plant for the failure to accurately calculate radiation doses to workers during an activity last year. read more »


Traditional Forms Of Media Coverage Valued Over Advertising UGA Study Finds

27 Feb 11:46 | Media

In an age where digital media is constantly changing, public relations practitioners and business professionals still see the benefits of traditional media coverage, according to a recent University of Georgia study.read more »


Mortgage Rates Reverse Course

27 Feb 10:23 | Business

Mortgage rates unwound last week's increase, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate pulling back to 3.90 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »


Ebola Case Numbers Increase With Challenges Reaching Affected Communities

27 Feb 09:20 | World

New cases of Ebola rose again in Guinea and transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported as it raised concerns about challenges in engaging communities to win the fight against the disease.read more »


Syria's War Continues 'Unabated And With Total Impunity'

27 Feb 08:15 | World

In a briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, two senior relief officials warned that as the conflict enters its fifth year, the violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity.read more »


Workplace Negativity Can Hurt Productivity, Say Researchers

26 Feb 17:37 | Business

Employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, but could be hurting themselves in the process, according to researchers.read more »


More Than Two Hours Of TV A Day Increases High Blood Pressure Risk In Children By 30 Percent: Study

26 Feb 16:33 | Entertainment

A study on European children concludes that spending more than two hours a day in front of a screen increases the probability of high blood pressure by 30%. read more »


Oat Breakfast Cereals May Contain A Common Mold-Related Toxin: Study

26 Feb 15:30 | SciTech

Oats are often touted for boosting heart health, but scientists warn that the grain and its products might need closer monitoring for potential mold contamination. read more »


Felling Of Tropical Trees Has Soared, Satellite Shows

26 Feb 14:25 | World

The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which dramatically reverses a previous estimate of a 25 percent slowdown over the same period. read more »


Former Delta Airlines Employee Sentenced To Prison For Role In $36 Million Fraud

26 Feb 13:21 | U.S. News

Paul Anderson has been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud Northwest and Delta Air Lines of more than $36 million. read more »


Former Elected Union Official Pleads Guilty To Helping To Conceal Extortion Scheme

26 Feb 12:16 | U.S. News

A former official of the Operating Engineers Local 324, International Union of Operating Engineers, has pleaded guilty to helping to conceal extortion by another union official.read more »


World Health Organization 'Taken Aback' As Measles Resurfaces In Europe

26 Feb 10:13 | World

European policymakers, healthcare workers, and parents must step up their efforts to vaccinate children against measles amid an ongoing outbreak across the continent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.read more »


New Car Sales Mark Twelfth Straight Month of Growth

26 Feb 09:08 | Business

New-vehicle sales are expected to increase 8 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.29 million units in February 2015, resulting in an estimated 16.6 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book.read more »


Reward Announced For Cyber Fugitive

26 Feb 08:01 | U.S. News

The FBI, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Rewards Program, has announced a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a prolific cyber criminal. read more »


Three Brooklyn Residents Charged With Conspiracy To Provide Material Support to ISIL

25 Feb 13:40 | U.S. News

A criminal complaint has been unsealed in Brooklyn charging Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, Akhror Saidakhmetov, and Abror Habibov with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). read more »


Sea Level Spiked For Two Years Along Northeastern North America

25 Feb 14:12 | SciTech

Sea levels from New York to Newfoundland jumped up about four inches in 2009 and 2010 because ocean circulation changed, a University of Arizona-led team reports in an upcoming issue of Nature Communications.read more »


Sea Level Spiked For 2 Years Along Northeastern North America

25 Feb 13:51 | SciTech

Sea levels from New York to Newfoundland jumped up about four inches in 2009 and 2010 because ocean circulation changed, a University of Arizona-led team reports in an upcoming issue of Nature Communications.read more »


As Many As 2 In 3 Smokers Will Die From Their Habit, Study Finds

25 Feb 13:00 | SciTech

A large Australian study of more than 200,000 people has provided independent confirmation that up to two in every three smokers will die from their habit if they continue to smoke.read more »


Former Bank of America Vice President Pleads Guilty To Misapplication Of Bank Funds

25 Feb 11:46 | Business

A former senior vice president of Bank of America (BOA) in Las Vegas has pleaded guilty to misapplication of bank funds in a scheme that led to over $6.4 million in losses to BOA on two business-related loans. read more »


Valuable Stolen Artworks Returned To Italy

25 Feb 10:38 | U.S. News

The FBI has announced the return to the Italian Government of two pieces of Italian cultural heritage — a work by 18th Century painter Giambattista Tiepolo and an ancient Etruscan bronze statuette of Herakles dating from the 6th or 5th Century B.C.E. read more »


Millions 'Seriously At Risk' In Ukraine

25 Feb 09:20 | World

The enormous humanitarian needs of the people of Ukraine have intensified since January this year, outstripping local capacities, observers in Ukraine said as the international community launched a new humanitarian appeal for the country.read more »


Situation 'Very Worrying' For Displaced Families From Iraq's Anbar Province

25 Feb 08:16 | World

Relief agencies say the situation for Iraqi families recently displaced from Al Baghdadi district in the western province of Anbar is "very worrying" as they continue to be under siege from ISIS. read more »


President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

24 Feb 17:56 | US Politics and Govt

President Barack Obama has delivered on his promise to veto the Republican's Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act placing renewed doubt on plans to pipe oil from Canada to Nevada. read more »


No Federal Charges Over Death of Trayvon Martin

24 Feb 17:31 | U.S. News

The Justice Department says an independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. read more »


Study Finds Most Don't Try To Stop Online Bullies

24 Feb 14:31 | SciTech

In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get "bullied" right before their eyes.read more »


Surge In Violence In Central African Republic Triggers New Displacement

24 Feb 13:13 | World

An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has triggered fresh displacement inside the country and across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said.read more »


SEC Charges Goodyear With Bribery Under Corrupt Practices Act

24 Feb 13:07 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when its subsidiaries paid bribes to land tire sales in Kenya and Angola. read more »


FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps

24 Feb 11:33 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages. read more »


Study Finds Peanut Consumption In Infancy Prevents Peanut Allergy

24 Feb 10:20 | SciTech

The Introduction of peanut products into the diets of infants at high risk of developing peanut allergy was safe and led to an 81 percent reduction in the subsequent development of the allergy, a clinical trial has found. read more »


2015 'Pivotal' For Finalizing Universal Climate Change Agreement

24 Feb 09:29 | World

This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in New York, emphasizing that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.read more »


No Credible Threat Associated With Mall Of America: Law Enforcement

24 Feb 08:12 | U.S. News

Law enforcement officials say they are aware of a propaganda video that mentions Mall of America but at this time there is no credible threat.read more »


Health Information Given Online At Serious Risk Of Abuse

23 Feb 15:13 | SciTech

There is a significant risk to your privacy whenever you visit a health-related web page, with an analysis of over 80,000 such web pages showing that nine out of ten visits result in personal health information being leaked to third parties, including online advertisers and data brokers.read more »


UNICEF Condemns Abduction Of Children By Armed Group In South Sudan

23 Feb 13:53 | World

UNICEF has condemned in the strongest terms the abduction of scores of boys, some as young 13, by an armed group near Malakal in the north of South Sudan.read more »


Human Rights Violations In Iraq Of Increasingly Sectarian Nature

23 Feb 13:35 | World

A report released today details widespread human rights violations of an increasingly sectarian nature in Iraq, as well as a deterioration of the rule of law in large parts of the embattled country.read more »


FTC Puts Conditions On Novartis AG’s Proposed Acquisition Of GlaxoSmithKline’s Oncology Drugs

23 Feb 13:25 | U.S. News

Global pharmaceutical company Novartis AG has agreed to divest all assets related to its BRAF and MEK inhibitor drugs, currently in development, to Boulder, Colorado-based Array BioPharma to settle charges that Novartis’s $16 billion acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely be anticompetitive.read more »


Your Voice Could Make The Difference In Landing A Job

23 Feb 10:44 | SciTech

A resume highlighting stellar professional credentials and experience could pique the interest of a prospective employer, but it's your voice that may actually help you land the job, according to researchers.read more »


Surrogacy Agency Pleads Guilty To Ripping Off Would-Be Parents Who Paid for Egg Donations

23 Feb 09:38 | U.S. News

The owner of a Glendora egg donation and surrogacy company has pled guilty to a federal wire fraud charge and admitted defrauding would-be parents, egg donors and surrogates over the course of more than three years.read more »


'Agriculture Must Change' Says FAO, Urging 'Paradigm Shift'

23 Feb 08:34 | World

The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century and the need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient, the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. read more »


"Birdman" and "Grand Budapest Hotel" Emerge As 2015 Oscar Winners

23 Feb 00:44 | Entertainment

"Birdman" and "Grand Budapest Hotel" have emerged as the major winners at the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.read more »


Study Finds Popular YouTube Videos Drown Viewers With Positive Portrayals Of Drunkenness

22 Feb 14:12 | SciTech

The 70 most popular videos depicting drunkenness on YouTube account for more than 330 million views, with little portrayal of the negative outcomes of excessive alcohol consumption, according to a new analysis. read more »


U.S. Teens Increasingly Sleep Deprived

22 Feb 14:23 | SciTech

Sufficient sleep is critical for adolescent health, yet the number of hours slept per night has decreased among teenagers in the United States over the past 20 years. read more »


FTC Sends Refund Checks To Consumers Who Lost Money Buying Deceptively Marketed Diet Pills

22 Feb 14:18 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 11,585 refund checks totaling more than $464,000 to consumers who lost money buying dietary supplements deceptively marketed as “fat burning” and “calorie blocking.” read more »

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