Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In 'Habitable Zone'

By Newsroom America Staff at 12:07 am Eastern

Astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

Health Care Sign-Ups Top 8 million, Says Obama

11:42 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Barack Obama says 8 million people have signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. read more »

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Hotel Magnate Pleads Guilty to Federal Election Campaign Spending Limits Evasion Scheme

11:04 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Sant Singh Chatwal, 70, of New York has pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Election Act) by making more than $180,000 in federal campaign donations to three candidates through straw donors who were reimbursed and to witness tampering. read more »

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Talks To Diffuse Ukraine Crisis 'Encouraging'

10:47 pm Eastern | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis in Ukraine held in Geneva, but stressed that all sides need to follow up words with deeds as the situation remains ‘extremely volatile.’read more »

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Pre-Diabetes And Diabetes Nearly Double Over Past Two Decades

16 Apr 15:52 | SciTech

Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with obesity apparently to blame for the surge.read more »

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Two Charged In Gang-Related Kidnapping Of Father Of State Prosecutor

16 Apr 15:43 | U.S. News

Two defendants have been charged with conspiracy to kidnap in connection with the kidnapping of Frank Arthur Janssen of Wake Forest, North Carolina, who is the father of a prosecutor who prosecuted a Blood member in state court.read more »

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Calls For Immediate Release Of Abducted School Girls In Nigeria

16 Apr 15:30 | World

UNICEF has strongly condemned the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in north-eastern Nigeria yesterday, and called for their immediate and unconditional release. read more »

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Alabama Man Sentenced For Attempting To Hire Ku Klux Klan To Kill Neighbor

16 Apr 12:55 | U.S. News

A Talladega County, Alabama man has been sentenced in federal courtfor attempting to hire members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) to murder an African-American neighbor.read more »

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Propoganda And Incitement To Hatred In Ukraine Condemned

16 Apr 10:47 | World

While corruption and widespread inequality were among the root causes of the massive street protests that erupted last year in Ukraine, the fear-mongering and incitement to hatred that has followed must be urgently countered to avoid the further escalation of tensions in the country, according to a human rights report. read more »

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Hundreds Missing Following South Korea Ferry Sinking

16 Apr 06:09 | World

Hundreds of people are missing after a ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea, with many students among those who are missing.read more »

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Warm US West And Cold East A 4,000-year Pattern Say Scientists

16 Apr 08:56 | U.S. News

Last winter's curvy jet stream pattern brought mild temperatures to western North America and harsh cold to the East. A University of Utah-led study shows that pattern became more pronounced 4,000 years ago, and suggests it may worsen as Earth's climate warms.read more »

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Rampant Use Of Torture By Syrian Forces Condemned

15 Apr 16:24 | World

Human rights experts have condemned the rampant use of torture, including allegedly of children, in detention facilities across Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups.read more »

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IRS Reiterates Warning of Pervasive Telephone Scam

15 Apr 15:21 | U.S. News

As the 2014 filing season nears an end, the Internal Revenue Service has issued another strong warning for consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, as reported incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide. read more »

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High Levels Of Greenhouse Gas Methane Found Above Shale Gas Well

15 Apr 14:15 | U.S. News

The findings of a new study could have implications for the evaluation of the environmental impacts from natural gas production.read more »

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Study Links Severe Snoring To Increased Risk Of Stroke, Cancer And Death

15 Apr 12:03 | U.S. News

A new study shows that moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea is independently associated with an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death. read more »

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Study Finds We’re Over The Hill At 24

15 Apr 10:59 | Entertainment

If you’re over 24 years of age you’ve already reached your peak in terms of your cognitive motor performance, according to a new Simon Fraser University study.read more »

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Extroverts Have More Fun Say Scientists

15 Apr 08:49 | SciTech

Not only does acting extroverted lead to more positive feelings across several cultures, but people also report more upbeat behavior when they feel free to be themselves, according to scientists. read more »

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SEC Charges Brokerage Firm Executives In Venezuelan Kickback Scheme

15 Apr 07:45 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced another round of charges in its ongoing case against several individuals involved in a massive kickback scheme to secure the bond trading business of a state-owned Venezuelan bank.read more »

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Russian Attack Aircraft Makes 'Provocative' Flights Near USS Donald Cook

14 Apr 15:34 | U.S. News

A Pentagon spokesman said a Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12 in a 'provocative' maneuver. read more »

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Syria Misses Deadline To Remove Chemical Agents

14 Apr 15:45 | World

Syria has missed the 13 April deadline to remove most of its chemical agents, according to the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).read more »

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Washington Post and The Guardian Win Pulitzer Prize For NSA Reporting

14 Apr 15:40 | U.S. News

The Washington Post and The Guardian have been awarded the public service Pulitzer for their revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. read more »

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Extremes In Antarctic Ozone Holes Not Matched In The Arctic

14 Apr 16:03 | SciTech

Since the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, scientists, policymakers, and the public have wondered whether we might someday see a similarly extreme depletion of ozone over the Arctic.read more »

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Study Supports Detrimental Effects Of Television Viewing On Young Childrens Sleep

14 Apr 09:31 | SciTech

A study following more than 1,800 children from ages 6 months to nearly 8 years found a small but consistent association between increased television viewing and shorter sleep duration. read more »

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U.S. Points To Evidence Of Russian Support For Destabilization Of Ukraine

14 Apr 08:33 | World

The United States State Department said recent events in eastern Ukraine strongly suggest that Russia is now using the same tactics that it used to take over Crimea.read more »

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Former KKK 'Grand Dragon' Charged With Murdering Three People At Jewish Community Centers

14 Apr 03:23 | U.S. News

Kansas law enforcement officers have arrested Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, of Aurora, Mo., and charged him with premeditated murder following what they said was the hate crime killing of three people.read more »

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'Maximum Restraint' Urged In Ukraine Amid Deteriorating Situation

13 Apr 15:50 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine and called for maximum restraint.read more »

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Warming Climate Has Consequences For Michigan's Forests

13 Apr 16:11 | SciTech

In the past 100 years, Michigan has become warmer, with more rain coming through heavy downpours. Climate models suggest that the state will continue to warm and variability in precipitation patterns will increase, which will have consequences for the state’s forests. read more »

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United States Joins Call For Action On South Sudan

13 Apr 16:06 | World

Expressing deep concern about the crisis in South Sudan and its impact on civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian official joined today with her counterparts from the United States and the European Union to urge more support for the war-torn country's people, who have been severely affected by conflict, displacement and food insecurity. read more »

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Agriculture's Greenhouse Gas Emissions On The Rise

12 Apr 18:02 | World

From farming to forestry and fisheries, agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30 per cent by 2050, according to new estimates from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).read more »

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Increased Time On Facebook Could Lead Women To Negative Body Images

12 Apr 18:45 | SciTech

A recent study by researchers in the United Kingdom and United States, found that more time on Facebook could lead to more negative feelings and more comparisons to the bodies of friends.read more »

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Washington 'Redskins' Team Name 'Hurtful Reminder' To Native Americans

12 Apr 18:15 | U.S. News

An independent expert tasked with defending the rights of indigenous peoples has called on the owners of the Washington Redskins football team to consider that the term “redskins” is the hurtful reminder of the long history of mistreatment of Native American people in the United States. read more »

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Nine Charged In Conspiracy To Steal Millions Of Dollars Using Zeus Malware

11 Apr 16:05 | U.S. News

Nine alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy who infected thousands of business computers with malicious software known as “Zeus” have been charged in an indictment unsealed today in Lincoln, Nebraska.read more »

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Global Poverty Could Be Up To A Third Higher Than Reported

11 Apr 19:20 | World

New research suggests that global poverty figures could be underestimated by up to a third, and calls for more robust measurement in the future.read more »

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Statistical Analysis Rules Out Global Warming Being Due To Natural Factors

11 Apr 16:09 | SciTech

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth's climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.read more »

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Execution Of Mexican National By U.S. Authorities 'Regrettable'

11 Apr 15:46 | U.S. News

The United Nations human rights office has voiced deep regret at the execution of Mexican national Ramiro Hernandez Llanas in Texas on Wednesday, noting that the United States is in breach of international law since Mr Llanas was not allowed access to consular services.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Fall For The First Time In 3 Weeks

11 Apr 10:13 | Business

Mortgage rates erased the increases seen over the past two weeks, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreating to 4.47 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Stephen Colbert The Next Host Of "The Late Show"

11 Apr 02:17 | Entertainment

CBS has announced Stephen Colbert of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show "The Colbert Report" will succeed David Letterman as the host of 'The Late SHow', effective when Mr Letterman retires from the broadcast. read more »

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More Than 430,000 People Murdered Worldwide In 2012

11 Apr 08:06 | World

Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.read more »

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Location Of Flight MH370 Black Box Narrowed To A Few Kilometers: Australian PM

11 Apr 01:17 | World

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced the search for the black box of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has been narrowed to just a few kilometers. read more »

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FTC Notifies Facebook, WhatsApp of Privacy Obligations

11 Apr 00:22 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission has notified Facebook and WhatsApp about their obligations to protect the privacy of their users in light of Facebook’s proposed acquisition of WhatsApp.read more »

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Kidnapping Victim Rescued By FBI Is Reunited With Family

10 Apr 22:30 | U.S. News

The FBI investigation into the kidnapping of Frank Janssen has revealed Janssen was targeted by a group as part of an elaborate kidnapping plot. read more »

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Ongoing Siege Against Civilians Reveals 'Syrian Parties Contempt For Human Life'

10 Apr 22:24 | World

Speaking out strongly against yesterdays deadly car bomb attacks on a busy shopping street in the Syrian city of Homs, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said such brutality serves to remind us again of the contempt the parties to this conflict show for human life. read more »

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Hewlett-Packard Russia Agrees To Plead Guilty To Foreign Bribery Violations

9 Apr 15:10 | U.S. News

Hewlett-Packard Russia, an international subsidiary of the California technology company Hewlett-Packard, has agreed to plead guilty to felony violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and admit its role in bribing Russian government officials to secure a large technology contract with the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.read more »

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Lead Continues To Be A Serious Threat To California Condor Populations

9 Apr 18:59 | SciTech

The California condor was one of the first species to be listed under the Endangered Species Preservation Act in 1966 when the population was reduced to a handful of birds, but lead poisoning continues to threaten the establishment of self-sustaining populations. read more »

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USA Named Top In The World For Entrepreneurship

9 Apr 15:43 | Business

The USA is the most entrepreneurial economy in the world, according to the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI).read more »

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Study Tests Theory That Life Originated At Deep Sea Vents

9 Apr 15:39 | SciTech

One of the greatest mysteries facing humans is how life originated on Earth. Scientists have determined approximately when life began (roughly 3.8 billion years ago), but there is still intense debate about exactly how life began.read more »

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'Risky' Operation Brings Aid To Besieged Syrians In Eastern Aleppo

9 Apr 15:25 | World

The United Nations refugee agency and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) said it managed to bring humanitarian aid to a besieged neighbourhood in eastern Aleppo, an area that had been cut off from assistance since last June.read more »

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Two Executives Sentenced For Convictions In SK Foods Investigation

9 Apr 15:18 | U.S. News

Former food broker Randall Rahal, 65, of Nantucket, Massachusetts, has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting to directing others to falsely label food product. read more »

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SEC Announces Charges Against Honolulu Woman Defrauding Investors Through Social Media

9 Apr 09:57 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced fraud charges against a Honolulu woman posing as an investment banker and soliciting investors through Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.read more »

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Kitchens Are A Source Of Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria

9 Apr 08:51 | SciTech

After handling raw poultry, hands of food preparers and cutting boards remain a source of transmission for multi-drug resistant bacteria, such as E. coli that produce extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs). read more »

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High Rate Of Maori In Prison Of Concern Following Human Rights Visit To NZ

9 Apr 04:02 | World

A human rights panel has voiced concerns about issues related to the deprivation of liberty in New Zealand, including the “disproportionate incarceration rates” of the Maori population, despite legal safeguards against arbitrary detention. read more »

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Authorities Halt Florida-Based Ponzi Scheme Targeting Investors Through YouTube

8 Apr 15:03 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against the operators of a South Florida-based Ponzi scheme targeting investors through YouTube videos.read more »

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Logo Color Affects Consumer Emotion Toward Brands: Study

8 Apr 15:35 | Business

A researcher at the University of Missouri has found that the specific colors used in a company’s logo have a significant impact on how that logo, and the brand as a whole, is viewed by consumers. read more »

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Study Finds 94 Per Cent Of People Experience Unwanted, Intrusive Thoughts

8 Apr 15:30 | SciTech

People who check whether their hands are clean or imagine their house might be on fire are not alone. New research from Concordia University and 15 other universities worldwide shows that 94 per cent of people experience unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images and/or impulses.read more »

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Deadly IED Attack In Southern Afghanistan

8 Apr 15:19 | World

An attack in the southern province of Kandahar in Afghanistan has killed 15 civilians and injured another five.read more »

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Violence Surging Across Syria

8 Apr 15:14 | World

Amid surging violence across Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of an elderly priest in Homs and the ongoing brutality against the civilian population.read more »

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Younger Teens Still Account For 1 In 4 Teen Births

8 Apr 15:11 | U.S. News

Births to younger teens aged 15 to 17 years have declined, but they still represent over a quarter of teen births - nearly 1,700 births a week, according to this month’s CDC Vital Signs. read more »

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New Method Confirms Humans And Neandertals Interbred

8 Apr 15:54 | SciTech

Technical objections to the idea that Neandertals interbred with the ancestors of Eurasians have been overcome, according to a new genome analysis method.read more »

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