US Rules For Targeted Killing Using Drones Need Clarifying: Report

By Newsroom America Staff at 23 Sep 17:18

Current U.S. policies on using drones for targeted killing are characterized by ambiguities in interpretations of international law and too many generalities, despite recent efforts by the Obama administration to clarify the policies, a RAND Corporation report finds.

Sharing Stories Synchronizes Group Memories

23 Sep 15:28 | SciTech

Consider your memories of 9/11. What time was it when you learned about the attack? Where were you? Who were you with?read more »

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Reports Detail How To Help Older Adults Avoid Financial Fraud

23 Sep 14:04 | Business

The world's population of older adults is expected to double to 2 billion by 2050. With these unprecedented demographic changes, the potential for fraud associated with cognitive decline is becoming a pressing issue in the financial services industry. read more »

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Belief About Nicotine Content In Cigarette May Change Brain Activity

23 Sep 12:08 | World

ow the brain responds to nicotine depends on a smoker's belief about the nicotine content in a cigarette, according to new research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas.read more »

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Hubble Finds Planet Orbiting Pair Of Stars

23 Sep 10:37 | SciTech

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and a trick of nature, have confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting two stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8,000 light-years away towards the center of our galaxy.read more »

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Falls Are Leading Cause Of Injury And Death In Older Americans

23 Sep 09:10 | U.S. News

Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans.read more »

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Iran Says Post-9/11 Security Policies May Be Genesis Of Today's Borderless Violent Extremism

23 Sep 08:15 | World

The century that began with terror in New York City should not continue with the spread of hatred, violence and destruction in the Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran, told the United Nations General Assembly.read more »

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Lifting Ivory Ban Won't Solve Elephant Poaching Problem

22 Sep 16:39 | World

The deaths of many thousands of elephants at the hands of poachers in recent years has led some to conclude that the ban on ivory established in 1989 should be lifted, allowing for tight regulation of the ivory trade. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Down Slightly

22 Sep 14:36 | Business

Mortgage rates moved modestly lower this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate slipping to 3.62 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Superbug May Be Spreading Through Contaminated Poultry

22 Sep 12:10 | World

A new study offers compelling evidence that a novel form of the dangerous superbug Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can spread to humans through consumption or handling of contaminated poultry.read more »

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U.S. Home Inventory Falls For Fifth Straight Quarter

22 Sep 10:11 | U.S. News

Trulia has released a report that finds inventory falling for the fifth straight quarter, pushing home affordability further out of reach for more Americans. read more »

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Japanese Prime Minister Calls For Resolute Action Against North Korea's Nuclear Threat

22 Sep 08:09 | World

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, urged the UN Security Council to show an “unmistakable attitude” towards the threat to international peace and security posed by North Korea, which he said has launched 21 ballistic missiles and conducted two nuclear tests this year alone.read more »

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Good Relationships With Parents May Benefit Child's Health Decades Later

21 Sep 17:11 | SciTech

Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child’s physical health even decades later — but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background, according to a Baylor University study. read more »

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VW Emissions Cheat May Lead To 50 Premature Deaths: Study

21 Sep 15:26 | SciTech

A new analysis calculates that a single year of elevated emissions from emissions cheating VW vehicles could lead to as many as 50 premature deaths, 3,000 lost workdays, and $423 million in economic costs.read more »

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Study Finds Loneliness Is A Heritable Trait

21 Sep 14:02 | SciTech

Researchers have discovered that risk for feeling lonely is partially due to genetics, but environment plays a bigger role.read more »

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Millions Protected In Africa's Largest-Ever Emergency Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign

21 Sep 12:04 | World

A major part of the largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa has been completed, with more than 7.7 million people vaccinated in record time in the city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). read more »

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Potentially Harmful Chemicals Widespread In Household Dust

21 Sep 10:26 | SciTech

Household dust exposes people to a wide range of toxic chemicals from everyday products, according to a study led by researchers at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. read more »

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Study Finds Real Estate Firms Have Positive Outlook, Despite Sales Volume Decrease

21 Sep 09:16 | Business

The vast majority of real estate firms have an optimistic outlook for the future of the industry's profitability and growth, according to the National Association of Realtors 2016 Profile of Real Estate Firms. read more »

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Attacks Against Aid Convoy And Warehouse In Rural Aleppo Condemned

21 Sep 08:11 | World

Top United Nations officials have condemned attacks against a UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) aid convoy as well as a SARC warehouse near Aleppo city in Syria, in which about 20 civilians and one SARC staff member were killed and vital food and medical assistance was destroyed.read more »

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What Makes A Video Game Great?

20 Sep 17:19 | Entertainment

More than 1,000 new games are released each year. Although sales and user reviews might point to gamer satisfaction, consensus is lacking in what exactly constitutes a "good" game.read more »

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Is It Bad For Your Health To Pull An All-Nighter?

20 Sep 15:30 | SciTech

A late night at the library, copious amounts of energy drinks or coffee and class notes from the last month; surely you’ll be able to ace the exam if you just spend the next 24 hours focused on the material? read more »

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Scientists Uncover Insights Into The Formation Of Earth's Oldest Continental Crust

20 Sep 14:03 | World

Addressing fundamental unknowns about the earliest history of Earth’s crust, scientists have precisely dated the world’s oldest rock unit at 4.02 billion years old. read more »

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Third Man Sentenced In Altered Military ID Scam

20 Sep 12:07 | U.S. News

Michael Edwin Goins, 62, of Columbus was sentenced to 57 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to steal identities by using altered military identification cards at many “big-box” chain stores throughout Southern Ohio.read more »

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Aid Workers Still Unable To Safely Access Eastern Aleppo

20 Sep 10:06 | World

Expressing disappointment that humanitarian actors have not been able to reach eastern Aleppo in Syria, the United Nations humanitarian chief urged all parties to the conflict to facilitate regular and sustained access to the besieged and hard-to-reach areas across the country.read more »

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U.S. Home Prices Near 10-Year Peak But Don't Signal Housing Bubble

20 Sep 08:10 | Business

House prices nationally have risen significantly since the mortgage crisis, but "healthy fundamentals" in the majority of local housing markets signify that another housing bubble isn't imminent, according to a forward-looking housing barometer released by Nationwide. read more »

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New Study Confirms Adage That With Age Comes Wisdom

19 Sep 17:15 | SciTech

A new study led by Professor of Psychology Frank Durgin finds that older adults are better at interpreting the correct slope of a hill than young adults, which he believes is because of greater life experience.read more »

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Do Dogs Prefer Praise Or Food?

19 Sep 15:28 | SciTech

Given the choice, many dogs prefer praise from their owners over food, suggests a new study published in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. read more »

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What Future Is In Store For America In 2026?

19 Sep 14:08 | U.S. News

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has provided an optimistic outlook for the future of the United States, citing business investment and engagement as critical components of long-run growth.read more »

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Number Of South Sudan Refugees Passes One Million

19 Sep 12:08 | World

As instability and violence persist in the world’s newest country, the number of South Sudanese seeking safety and shelter in neighbouring countries has crossed the one million mark.read more »

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Children’s Charity Treasurer Sentenced to Federal Prison

19 Sep 10:13 | U.S. News

Robert Lonardo, 67, of Burrillville, treasurer of the Rhode Island Association for Cardiac Children (RIACC), was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service for converting nearly $186,000 from the charity for his own personal use. read more »

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Increasing Cases Of Enforced Disappearances 'Just The Tip Of The Iceberg'

19 Sep 08:09 | World

In its latest report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances expressed deep concern and frustration at the rising number of cases, and underlined the need to prevent such acts and hold the perpetrators to account.read more »

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Incivility Becoming A Workplace Epidemic

16 Sep 17:19 | Business

Condescending comments, put-downs and sarcasm have become commonplace in the politically charged workplace, and a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar shows how this incivility may be spreading.read more »

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After-Hours Email Expectations Negatively Impact Employee Wellbeing

16 Sep 15:26 | Business

Earlier this year, France passed a labor reform law that banned checking emails on weekends. New research suggests other countries might do well to follow suit, for the sake of employee health and productivity.read more »

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Self Driving Cars Will Become 'Extraordinarily Safe'

16 Sep 14:07 | SciTech

Bart Selman, an artificial intelligence and computer science expert at Cornell University, says despite recent incidents, self-driving cars – much like commercial flights – will become ‘extraordinarily safe.’read more »

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Drug Positivity In U.S. Workforce Rises To Nearly Highest Level In A Decade

16 Sep 12:09 | U.S. News

Following years of declines, the percentage of employees in the combined U.S. workforce testing positive for drugs has steadily increased over the last three years to a 10-year high, according to an analysis of nearly 11 million workforce drug test results released by Quest Diagnostics.read more »

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Nearly 47 Per Cent Of Global Population Now Online

16 Sep 10:16 | World

Even though China and India are now the largest Internet markets on the planet, they are also among the six countries that together account for 55 per cent of the global ‘offline’ population, according to a new report.read more »

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More Than 1 In 4 US Adults Over 50 Do Not Engage In Regular Physical Activity

16 Sep 09:07 | U.S. News

Despite the many benefits of moderate physical activity, 31 million Americans (28 percent) age 50 years and older are inactive – that is, they are not physically active beyond the basic movements needed for daily life activities. read more »

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Civilian Casualties Up 66 Per Cent In Eastern Ukraine During Summer

16 Sep 08:03 | World

A new report shows a 66 per cent increase in the number of conflict-related civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine and describes the deterioration of the human rights situation there, as a result of escalating hostilities between the Government and non-Government forces from June to August.read more »

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Presidential Campaign Taking A Toll On American Workers

15 Sep 17:10 | US Politics and Govt

This year’s extraordinary presidential campaign is taking a toll on American workers, some of whom report feeling stressed, argumentative and less productive because of political discussions on the job, according to a survey released by the American Psychological Association.read more »

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Latest Research Confirms Sitting In Traffic Jams Is Officially Bad For You

15 Sep 15:26 | SciTech

Drivers have been urged to close windows and turn off fans while in traffic jams to avoid breathing in dangerously high levels of air pollution. read more »

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