'No Evidence Death Penalty Deters Any Crime'

By Newsroom America Staff at 2:34 pm Eastern

Despite progress in recent years to universally abolish the death penalty, major challenges persist, a top human rights official said, expressing concern that the death penalty, in practice, is “too often applied to the poor and marginalized foot soldiers” rather than the powerful organizers of the drug business.

Direct Marketer Agrees To Pay $8 Million For Deceiving Consumers

1:54 pm Eastern | U.S. News

A direct marketing company selling "as-seen-on-TV" type products such as Snuggies and the Magic Mesh door cover has agreed to pay $7.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission for consumer restitution to settle FTC charges in connection with its deceptive “buy-one-get-one-free” promotions.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Post Minor Increase

1:19 pm Eastern | Business

Mortgage rates were up slightly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 3.93 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Twitter Helps Smokers Kick The Habit, UCI-Stanford Study Finds

1:31 pm Eastern | SciTech

When subjects in a smoking cessation program tweet each other regularly, they're more successful at kicking the habit, according to a study by UC Irvine and Stanford University researchers. read more »

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Men Tend To Be More Narcissistic Than Women: Study

1:15 pm Eastern | SciTech

With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than women.read more »

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Release Of Child Soldiers By All Parties In South Sudan Demanded

10:38 am Eastern | World

The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, has demanded the release of hundreds of child soldiers forcibly recruited by militias and groups aligned with the warring factions or the South Sudan Government.read more »

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WHO Warns Of Possible Threat Of Polio Spread In Conflict-Affected Countries

9:44 am Eastern | World

An emergency meeting convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) says Pakistan has become the 10th country to be 'infected' by polio and that “the possibility of international spread still remains a global threat worsened by the expansion of conflict-affected areas, particularly in the Middle East and Central Africa.”read more »

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Mining Official Pleads Guilty In Alaska To Making Illegal Discharges

8:29 am Eastern | U.S. News

A former general manager of the Platinum Creek Mine in Platinum, Alaska, has pleaded guilty to three felony violations of the federal Clean Water Act. read more »

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Al Qaeda Operative Convicted For Role In International Terrorism Plot

4 Mar 16:33 | U.S. News

A Pakistani national Abid Naseer has been found guilty by a jury in Brooklyn federal court of providing material support to al-Qaeda, conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda, and conspiring to use a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence. read more »

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'Solid Evidence' Backs Call To Reduce Sugar Intake

4 Mar 15:53 | World

New guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO) have recommended that adults and children worldwide reduce their daily sugar intake to boost health and stave off non-communicable diseases.read more »

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FTC Announces New Robocall Contests To Combat Illegal Automated Calls

4 Mar 15:39 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission is launching two new robocall contests challenging the public to develop a crowd-source honeypot and better analyze data from an existing honeypot.read more »

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Devoted Fans Of Popular TV Shows Could Actually Be Contributing To Their Decline

4 Mar 15:33 | Entertainment

A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research has found the most devoted fans of popular TV shows such as America's Next Top Model could actually be contributing to their decline.read more »

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Air Pollution Linked To Slower Cognitive Development In Children

4 Mar 12:15 | SciTech

Attendance at schools exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is linked to slower cognitive development among 7-10-year-old children in Barcelona, according to a study.read more »

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Vaccine Skeptics Aren't Swayed By Emotional Scare Tactics: Study

4 Mar 11:36 | U.S. News

Campaigns aimed at scaring people about the consequences of non-vaccination might not be as effective as many think, according to researchers.read more »

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Ebola Response In "Hardest Part And A Bumpy Road"

4 Mar 10:15 | World

Representatives of organizations engaged in the response against Ebola have pledged their support to the worst-affected West African countries in "each stage of this journey; the drive to zero, the early recovery, the medium and longer term development."read more »

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Over 5 Billion People Worldwide Lacking Access To Essential Medicines

4 Mar 08:19 | World

Three quarters of the world population has no access to proper pain relief treatment, according to a report by the body charged with overseeing Governments’ compliance with international drug control treaties.read more »

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

3 Mar 15:52 | U.S. News

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. read more »

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Former CIA Director David Petraeus Does Deal With Federal Prosecutors

3 Mar 15:44 | 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 »

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

3 Mar 13:38 | 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 »

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Nigerian Refugee Crisis Continues As Boko Haram Fighting Spills Across Region

3 Mar 13:26 | 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 »

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Licorice Manufacturers Encouraged To State Daily Limit Of Consumption

3 Mar 11:20 | 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 »

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Peanut Consumption Decreases Mortality Say Researchers

3 Mar 10:55 | 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 »

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

3 Mar 09:28 | 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 »

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Former Campaign Coordinator Sentenced To Prison For Embezzling Millions of Dollars

3 Mar 08:22 | 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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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