Odds Of Storm Waters Overflowing Manhattan Seawall Up 20-fold, New Study Shows

By Newsroom America Staff at 3:54 pm Eastern

Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet since the mid-1800s, making the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan seawall now at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago, according to a new study.

Unidentified Material Washed Ashore In Australia Checked As Part Of MH370 Investigation

3:42 pm Eastern | World

Western Australia Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material to check if it is related to missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. read more »


Plea To Save Besieged Civilians In Syria

3:34 pm Eastern | World

Humanitarian officials have called urgently on Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians.read more »


Japanese Automotive Parts Manufacturer Agrees To Plead Guilty To Price Fixing

3:31 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Showa Corp., an automotive parts manufacturer based in Saitama, Japan, has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $19.9 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for pinion-assist type electric powered steering assemblies installed in cars sold in the United States and elsewhere.read more »


Biting Into Whole Foods Can Make Children Rowdy

11:16 am Eastern | SciTech

There's a new secret to get your child to behave at the dinner table — cut up their food and they'll relax, according to researchers.read more »


Surging Violence In South Sudan Claim Lives Of Children

23 Apr 07:50 | World

Confirming that children were killed in South Sudan during recent brutal attacks on displaced civilians or as a result of being recruited by armed groups, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the surging violence is exacerbating an already “very dangerous” malnutrition crisis.read more »


New Study Finds 2.5 Million Basketball Injuries To High School Athletes In 6 Seasons

10:01 am Eastern | SciTech

Nationally, 1.5 million patients with basketball-related injuries were treated in EDs and over a million were treated in the athletic training setting from 2005 through 2010.read more »


Former Loan Officer Admits Role In Mortgage Fraud Scheme

9:55 am Eastern | U.S. News

A Middlesex County, New Jersey man has admitted his role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses.read more »


Research Shows Impact Of Facebook Unfriending: High School Friends Often First To Go

22 Apr 15:56 | SciTech

Two studies from the University of Colorado Denver are shedding new light on the most common type of `friend' to be unfriended on Facebook and their emotional responses to it, with the most likely person to be unfriended being a high school acquaintance. read more »


Man Pleads Guilty To Interfering With Flight Crew

22 Apr 15:30 | U.S. News

Nobuya Michael Ochinero has pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with a flight crew after becoming intoxicated on a flight from Japan to the United States.read more »


What Gave Us The Advantage Over Extinct Types Of Humans?

22 Apr 15:49 | SciTech

In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What was it in our genetic makeup that gave us the advantage?read more »


Online Retailers Have Clear Advantage By Not Collecting Sales Tax

22 Apr 15:41 | SciTech

Two independent studies use two very different approaches to reach the same conclusion: some online retailers really do have an advantage over traditional brick-and-mortar stores.read more »


FBI Milwaukee Commemorates 80th Anniversary Of John Dillinger Shootout At Little Bohemia

22 Apr 15:35 | U.S. News

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the FBI’s attempt to arrest infamous gangster John Dillinger and members of his gang at the Little Bohemia Lodge in northern Wisconsin.read more »


Orthodontist Sentenced To Prison for Attempting to Defraud the IRS of $36 Million

22 Apr 09:38 | U.S. News

Glenn Richard Unger, 62, of Ogdensburg, New York, has been sentenced to 97 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution for attempting to defraud the IRS of $36 million. read more »


Today's Antarctic Region Once As Hot As California And Florida

22 Apr 19:01 | SciTech

Parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today's California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century Florida heat, according to scientists using a new way to measure past temperatures.read more »


Lorde Postpones Australian Tour Due To Ill Health

22 Apr 01:41 | Entertainment

Grammy award winning musician Lorde has postponed her Australian shows because of a nasty chest infection.read more »


Former Biopharmaceutical Company Executive and Two Others Charged With Insider Trading

21 Apr 16:40 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former biopharmaceutical company executive and two others with insider trading on confidential information about the company’s key developmental drug. read more »


Envoy Denounces 'Vicious And Cowardly' Attack On University In Baghdad

21 Apr 16:31 | World

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has denounced the “vicious and cowardly” suicide attack that took place yesterday against the Imam Kadhim University in the capital, Baghdad. read more »


‘Tween’ Television Programming Promotes Some Stereotypical Conceptions of Gender Roles

21 Apr 16:37 | Entertainment

Researchers at the University of Missouri found television programs aimed at tweens could lead to limit their views of their potential roles in society just as they begin to shape their future.read more »


Conference Board Leading Economic Index For The U.S. Increased in March

21 Apr 16:27 | Business

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.8 percent in March to 100.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in February, and a 0.2 percent increase in January.read more »


Venture Capital Dollars Invested Reaches Highest Quarterly Total Since 2001

20 Apr 17:56 | Business

Venture capitalists invested $9.5 billion in 951 deals in the first quarter of 2014 which was the highest quarterly total since Q2 2001, according to a new report. read more »


Eighty Percent Of Syria's Chemical Weapons Eliminated

20 Apr 18:04 | World

Syria has removed or destroyed in-country approximately 80 per cent of its chemical weapons material, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said. read more »


'Rio 2' Leads Weekend International Box Office Takings

20 Apr 18:01 | Entertainment

Fox's animated sequel 'Rio 2' lead the international box office this weekend adding $48 million to its box office takings, nearing it to $300 million worldwide. read more »


Agency Warns No Food Left In Besieged Palestinian Refugee Camp

19 Apr 15:41 | World

The United Nations has renewed its demand for unimpeded humanitarian access to the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, warning that there is no UN food aid left there as of Saturday.read more »


Outrage At Latest Attack Against Civilians In South Sudan

19 Apr 06:42 | World

The UN Security Council voiced its "outrage" at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as the United Nations peacekeeping mission sites and personnel.read more »


Former BP Employee Charged With Insider Trading During Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

18 Apr 16:16 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former 20-year employee of BP and a senior responder during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with insider trading in BP securities based on confidential information about the magnitude of the disaster. read more »


SEC Halts Pyramid Scheme Targeting Dominican And Brazilian Immigrants

18 Apr 15:59 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed charges against the Massachusetts-based operators of a large pyramid scheme that mainly targeted Dominican and Brazilian immigrants in the U.S. read more »


Woman Sentenced To Prison For Faking Her Own Kidnapping For Ransom Money

18 Apr 15:50 | U.S. News

25-year-old Julia Esmeralda Garza of Eagle Pass, Texas, has been sentenced to 11 months in federal prison for her role in a fraudulent kidnapping scheme.read more »


Mortgage Rates Continue To Drop

18 Apr 15:30 | Business

Mortgage rates fell further this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreating to 4.43 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »


App Lets Users Check Health Of Waterways Anywhere In US

18 Apr 15:36 | SciTech

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an enhanced version of “How’s My Waterway,” an app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.read more »


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

18 Apr 00:07 | SciTech

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.read more »


Health Care Sign-Ups Top 8 million, Says Obama

17 Apr 23:42 | US Politics and Govt

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


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

17 Apr 23:04 | 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 »


Talks To Diffuse Ukraine Crisis 'Encouraging'

17 Apr 22:47 | 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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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