How To Convince Vaccine Skeptics - And How Not To

By Newsroom America Staff at 10:13 am Eastern

Many people who are skeptical about vaccinating their children can be convinced to do so, but only if the argument is presented in a certain way, a team of psychologists from UCLA and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign report.

'Catastrophic' Floods In Myanmar Hit Most Vulnerable, Including Children

9:36 am Eastern | World

Myanmar has suffered heavy rains, winds and flooding since Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh, causing landslides and damage in different parts of the country.read more »

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Florida Man Sentenced For Removing Classified Information From Military Computers

8:14 am Eastern | U.S. News

Christopher Glenn, 34, a South Florida Resident, has been sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment following his guilty plea for willful retention of classified national defense information under the Espionage Act.read more »

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President Obama Announces Major Climate Change Policy

3 Aug 17:35 | U.S. News

President Obama has announced America's Clean Power Plan, which he said was the biggest and most important step the United States has taken in the fight against climate change.read more »

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Disaster Aid To Wyoming Residents Tops $1.8 Million

3 Aug 17:29 | U.S. News

In less than two weeks, federal and state disaster assistance in the form of grants and low-interest loans for Wyoming families and individuals impacted by the May 24-June 6 severe storms and floods is $1.8 million. read more »

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Veterans Returning From Middle East Face Higher Skin Cancer Risk

3 Aug 15:39 | U.S. News

Soldiers who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert climate, but also a lack of sun protection, Vanderbilt dermatologist Jennifer Powers, reports in a new study. read more »

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FTC Returns Money To Consumers In Credit Card Interest Rate Scam

3 Aug 12:22 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 10,387 checks totaling more than $969,000 to consumers who lost money to a credit card interest rate reduction scam.read more »

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Thousands Of Unregistered Children Born In Liberia During Ebola Crisis At Risk Of Exploitation

3 Aug 11:19 | World

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that the more than 70,000 Liberian children whose births were not recorded during the Ebola outbreak may be unable to access basic health and social services, obtain identity documents, and risk the danger of being trafficked or illegally adopted.read more »

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Ebola Emergency Response Mission Winds Down As WHO Announces Possible 'Game Changer' Vaccine

3 Aug 09:10 | World

Having achieved its "core objective" of scaling up global action to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response has officially wound down, transferring its role to the World Health Organization (WHO). read more »

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Houston Woman Arrested For Adoption Fraud

3 Aug 08:43 | U.S. News

The owner of a child placement agency in Houston has been charged and arrested in a four-count indictment alleging an adoption fraud scheme.read more »

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Parents Inclined To Misjudge Child Happiness Based On Personal Feelings

2 Aug 16:28 | SciTech

Parents' estimations of their children's happiness differ significantly from the child's own assessment of their feelings, a study has shown. read more »

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Perfectionism Linked To Burnout At Work, School And Sports, Research Finds

2 Aug 15:24 | U.S. News

Concerns about perfectionism can sabotage success at work, school or on the playing field, leading to stress, burnout and potential health problems, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.read more »

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In ISIL-Controlled Territory, 8 Million Civilians Living In 'State Of Fear'

31 Jul 17:24 | World

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to “assimilate, flee or face death,” according to an expert.read more »

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Half The Most Popular News On Twitter Not Covered By Traditional News Media Sources

31 Jul 16:12 | Entertainment

Half of the news that appears on Twitter as 'trending topics' goes unmentioned in the traditional news media, and when both sources carry it, 60 percent of the stories appear first on the social network. read more »

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Strengthening Self Control Key First Step In Quitting Smoking

31 Jul 14:23 | SciTech

The desire to quit smoking is not always necessary to reduce cigarette cravings, argues a review of addiction research, which says increasing self control is an important first step. read more »

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Racial Segregation In The U.S. Manifesting In New Ways - Study

31 Jul 13:39 | U.S. News

Recent research has shown that racial segregation in the U.S. is declining between neighborhoods, but a new study indicates that segregation is manifesting itself in other ways -- not disappearing.read more »

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53 Million Adults In US Live With A Disability

31 Jul 12:17 | U.S. News

In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. read more »

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Assembly Urges Action To Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade Amid 'Steady Rise'

31 Jul 10:34 | World

Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an "irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth," the United Nations General Assembly urged its Member States to take decisive steps to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife.read more »

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Former Bank CEO Pleads Guilty To Obstructing An Examination By The Federal Reserve

31 Jul 09:20 | U.S. News

Former Voyager Bank CEO Timothy Paul Owens, 55, has pleaded guilty to obstructing an examination by the Federal Reserve into substantial in-house loans he received from the bank. read more »

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Paralyzed Men Move Legs With New Non-Invasive Spinal Cord Stimulation

31 Jul 08:30 | U.S. News

Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords, according to a new study.read more »

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California "Rain Debt" Equal To Average Full Year Of Precipitation

30 Jul 17:17 | U.S. News

A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 -- the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. read more »

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Positive Ratings For Congress Rise … Out Of Single Digits

30 Jul 16:23 | US Politics and Govt

Harris Polls said the 11% of Americans rating Congress positively on the overall job it's doing (up from 9% last month) may seem like little cause for celebration. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Slide For 2nd Consecutive Week

30 Jul 15:08 | Business

Mortgage rates dipped again this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 4.09 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey.read more »

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New Research Gives Insights Into What Makes Online Auctions Exciting And Rewarding

30 Jul 13:24 | SciTech

Whether online auctions are selling rare Pokemon cards or fine art, the science behind inciting the highest bids gets a boost from a new paper.read more »

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More U.S. Secondary Schools Serve Healthier Lunches

30 Jul 12:08 | U.S. News

Secondary students found healthier foods on more lunch menus in 2013 than in 2011, resulting in fewer nutrition disparities for small schools or those with racially diverse student bodies.read more »

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U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' By 'Illegitimate' Israeli Settlements

30 Jul 10:39 | U.S. News

The State Department said it was 'deeply concerned' about the Israeli government’s announcement of the advancement of nearly 300 new housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as hundreds of new housing units in East Jerusalem. read more »

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Russia Blocks Creation Of Tribunal On Crash Of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

30 Jul 09:20 | World

The United Nations Security Council was unable to adopt a new resolution following Russia's negative vote on a measure that would have established an international tribunal to prosecute persons responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. read more »

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Orangutans Face Extinction On Borneo Where Deforestation Is 'Simply Unsustainable'

30 Jul 08:24 | World

The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia's largest island, making it "clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different climate and, eventually, without orangutans, one of our closest relatives," a report has revealed.read more »

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World Population To Reach 8.5 Billion By 2030

29 Jul 17:59 | World

The world's population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new report. read more »

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People Walk Slower, Swerve When Texting While Distracted

29 Jul 16:38 | SciTech

Texting while walking and being cognitively distracted may significantly affect the way a person walks, resulting in a more cautious gait, according to a study. read more »

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Can The Emerging Middle Class Make Coca-Cola Lose Its Fizz?

29 Jul 15:24 | Business

Researchers say in many emerging markets they are observing the rapid growth of a fringe of small producers, sometimes referred to as "B-brands," whose competitive strategy focuses on low prices rather than on extensive advertising and branding efforts.read more »

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Owner Of Illegal Online Gambling Website Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison

29 Jul 12:14 | U.S. News

A website owner involved in an illegal sports betting conspiracy with the Genovese Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.read more »

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Some 4,000 People Killed Since March In Yemen, With Half Civilians

29 Jul 10:26 | World

The conflict in Yemen has brought “appalling damage” on an already suffering people, the top UN humanitarian official said urging the international community to redouble its efforts to secure a pause in the fighting.read more »

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Violent Attacks Reported Against Civilians Fleeing ISIL-Controlled Areas Of Iraq

29 Jul 09:21 | World

An increasing number of people in Iraq, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) by risking their lives on a treacherous mountain journey to safety.read more »

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Georgia Man Gets 15 Years For Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIL

29 Jul 08:15 | U.S. News

Leon Nathan Davis, 37, of Augusta, Georgia, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). read more »

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Home Prices Continue To Rise Across The Country: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

28 Jul 15:16 | U.S. News

Latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices show that home prices continued their rise across the country over the past 12 months.read more »

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Why Alfred Hitchcock Grabs Your Attention

28 Jul 14:30 | Entertainment

The movies of Alfred Hitchcock have made palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have now learned how the Master of Suspense affects audiences' brains. read more »

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Researchers Predict Material With Record-Setting Melting Point

28 Jul 13:25 | SciTech

Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance.read more »

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Greenhouse Gas Source Underestimated From US Corn Belt, Study Shows

28 Jul 16:21 | SciTech

Estimates of how much nitrous oxide, a significant greenhouse gas and stratospheric ozone-depleting substance, is being emitted in the central United States have been too low by as much as 40 percent, a new study shows.read more »

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Many New Mothers Report No Doctor Advice On Infant Sleep Position

28 Jul 12:17 | U.S. News

Many new mothers do not receive advice from physicians on aspects of infant care such as sleep position, breastfeeding, immunization and pacifier use, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.read more »

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Scammers Banned From Selling Healthcare Products

28 Jul 11:06 | U.S. News

A group of scammers who falsely promised consumers new Medicare cards in order to obtain their bank account numbers and debit their accounts will be banned from selling healthcare-related products.read more »

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Official In Yemen Warns Of Conflict's 'Catastrophic' Consequences

28 Jul 09:12 | World

Witnessing first-hand the "shocking" devastation in Yemen’s main port city of Aden, the top United Nations relief official in the country declared that the humanitarian consequences of the conflict are "catastrophic," making an urgent plea for safe, unhindered access for aid workers and a major scale-up of funding.read more »

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'Paralyzing' Funding Gap Forces Shutdown Of 80 Per Cent Of Frontline Health Services In Iraq

28 Jul 08:15 | World

The humanitarian official in Iraq said it was "devastating" the "inexplicable" closures of life-saving services in Iraq, with the latest shut-downs directly impacting more than one million people, including some 500,000 children.read more »

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Consumers Don't View GMO Labels As Negative 'Warnings Finds Study

27 Jul 18:24 | SciTech

A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredientsread more »

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Iconic Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking To Answer Questions About AI On reddit

27 Jul 15:19 | SciTech

Advances in artificial intelligence are poised to solve some of humankind's most difficult problems, but iconic theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking cautions that the technology could spell the end of the human race if left unchecked.read more »

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U.S. DOT Announces Record Penalty Against Fiat Chrysler

27 Jul 15:08 | U.S. News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has acknowledged violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act’s requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects and agreed to a record $105 million civil penalty.read more »

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Sleep Makes Our Memories More Accessible, Study Shows

27 Jul 11:14 | SciTech

Sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access, according to new research from the University of Exeter and the Basque Centre for Cognition, Brain and Language. read more »

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U.S. Service Member Charged With Illegal Retention Of Photos Taken Inside Nuclear Sub

27 Jul 09:21 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury in Bridgeport has returned an indictment charging Kristian Saucier, 28, of Arlington, Vermont, with unlawfully retaining photos taken inside restricted areas of a nuclear attack submarine, and obstructing the investigation.read more »

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World 'Should Be Outraged' More Not Being Done To End Violence Against Children In War

27 Jul 08:14 | World

Millions of children around the world are caught up in adults’ wars, said the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), marking the 10th anniversary of a UN Security Council resolution that established a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers.read more »

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In Quake-Stricken Nepal 'Emergency Is Not Over Yet

26 Jul 15:27 | World

Three months after the first of the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal, hundreds of thousands of survivors continue to require and rely on urgent humanitarian assistance.read more »

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'Senseless Cycle Of Violence' In South Sudan Must End

26 Jul 15:18 | World

Amid massive displacement and “horrendous atrocities,” civilians continue to bear the brunt of South Sudan's brutal conflict, the top UN relief official said, as he urged all parties, including the leaders of the warring factions, to “listen to their people,” lay down their arms and halt the rapidly spiralling humanitarian crisis. read more »

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