Ban Urges All Parties In Middle East To Accept Israel-Gaza Ceasefire

By Newsroom America Staff at 2:50 am Eastern

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties to rally around collective international efforts to obtain an end to two weeks of bloodshed in Gaza and Israel and reach a ceasefire.

Immediate MH17 Focus Must Be On Recovering Victims: Obama

1:33 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Obama says immediate focus in the wake of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 being shot down over Ukraine last week must be "on recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts."read more »

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Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs

3:48 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Food & Water Watch said it was glad the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has announced it will suspend water shutoffs for 15 days to allow residents to demonstrate their inability to pay.read more »

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Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility Of Alien Life

21 Jul 10:17 | SciTech

Researchers at the University of East Anglia say they have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain life.read more »

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Contrary To Popular Theory, Brain Waves Show Learning To Read Does Not End In 4th Grade

21 Jul 08:48 | SciTech

Teachers-in-training have long been taught that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn, but this may not be correct.read more »

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Security Council Calls For Immediate Ceasefire In Gaza

21 Jul 07:31 | World

The Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Doha, the first leg of a Middle East tour which aims to end the conflict.read more »

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Sea Rising About 1 Centimeter Per Year Off Coasts Of Philippines, Northeastern Australia

20 Jul 15:56 | SciTech

A new study led by Old Dominion University and the University of Colorado Boulder indicates sea levels likely will continue to rise in the tropical Pacific Ocean off the coasts of the Philippines and northeastern Australia as humans continue to alter the climate.read more »

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Malaysia Airlines Retires MH17 Flight Number

20 Jul 16:08 | World

Malaysia Airlines said the Amsterdam (AMS) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL) service MH17 flight number will be retired out of respect for our crew and passengers of the mentioned flight code. read more »

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Former Deputy Sheriff Sentenced To 93 Months In Prison For Protecting Drug Traffickers

20 Jul 01:28 | U.S. News

Randy Strickland, 55, a former Pierce County, Georgia Deputy Sheriff, has been sentenced to 93 months in federal prison for providing protection for drug traffickers.read more »

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Concern At Deliberate Attacks On Civilians In Central African Republic

19 Jul 17:46 | World

Emergency relief coordinators have expressed deep concern over reports of alarming levels of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), including several cases in which armed groups deliberately targeted camps sheltering displaced people.read more »

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U.S. Condemns Religious Persecution by ISIL In Iraq

19 Jul 16:22 | World

The United States has condemned "in the strongest terms" the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »

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Flight MH17 Shot Down By Missile From Area Controlled By Russian-Backed Separatists: Obama

18 Jul 16:08 | US Politics and Govt

President Barack Obama says evidence indicates Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine. read more »

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Tea Party Support Linked To Educational Segregation, New Study Shows

18 Jul 16:56 | US Politics and Govt

The political polarization that Americans witness today is linked to the way in which Americans live in segregated worlds, according to University of Notre Dame political sociologist Rory McVeigh.read more »

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FedEx Indicted For Role In Distributing Controlled Substances And Prescription Drugs

18 Jul 16:46 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted FedEx with conspiracies to traffic in controlled substances and misbranded prescription drugs for its role in distributing controlled substances and prescription drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies.read more »

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Human Rights Violations And Potential War Crimes Reported In Iraq

18 Jul 16:41 | World

The group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its allies are imposing "untold hardship and suffering" on Iraqi civilians, according to a new report that also casts doubt as to whether Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces have done enough to protect civilians during hostilities.read more »

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Downing Of Malaysian Jet 'Highlights Urgency' Of Resolving Ukraine Crisis

18 Jul 16:18 | World

The apparent deliberate downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over eastern Ukraine highlights the need for an urgent resumption of a ceasefire and a serious effort to end the ongoing crisis, the Security Council has been told.read more »

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Cases Of Drug-Resistant Superbug Significantly Rise In Southeastern US

18 Jul 10:39 | U.S. News

Cases of the highly contagious, drug-resistant bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), have increased fivefold in community hospitals in the Southeastern United States, according to a new study. read more »

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British Nationals Who Supported Terrorism Sentenced

18 Jul 08:21 | U.S. News

Two British nationals have been sentenced in New Haven federal court for conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists, including the solicitation of funds, personnel, and military equipment to the Taliban.read more »

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Security Council Condemns Recent North Korea Missile Launches

18 Jul 07:14 | World

The UN Security Council has deplored the continued missile launches conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).read more »

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U.S. Says 'Vital' MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Not Tampered With

18 Jul 00:02 | World

The United States says it is vital that no evidence is tampered with at the site of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash in Ukraine where 298 people died.read more »

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Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 Crashes In Ukraine With 295 Onboard Lost

17 Jul 16:33 | World

Ukrainian government officials say Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 with 295 people on board has been "shot down" by "terrorists" over Ukrainian airspace, with no survivors. read more »

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Israeli Military Launches Ground Invasion Of Gaza Strip

17 Jul 16:50 | World

The Israeli Defense Force says a "large" IDF force has launched a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in a new phase of "Operation Protective Edge."read more »

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Microsoft To Lay Off 18,000 People

17 Jul 17:39 | SciTech

Microsoft said it plans to eliminate 18,000 jobs as part of a restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy.read more »

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Nationalities Of Passengers On Downed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 Released

17 Jul 18:23 | World

Malaysia Airlines has released the nationalities of many of the passengers on board Flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine by a surface to air missile.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Pause As Investors Digest Mixed Economic News

17 Jul 16:59 | Business

Mortgage rates were essentially unchanged over the past week, according to Bankrate.com. The larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased four basis points to 4.37 percent, while the 5-year ARM held steady at 3.33 percent. read more »

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Dispersant From Deepwater Horizon Spill Found To Persist In The Environment

17 Jul 12:53 | SciTech

A new study has found that the dispersant compound DOSS, which decreases the size of oil droplets and hampers the formation of large oil slicks, remains associated with oil and can persist in the environment for up to four years.read more »

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Texas Woman Sentenced For Sending Ricin Letters

17 Jul 10:07 | U.S. News

A 35-year-old New Boston, Texas woman has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison on a charge of threatening the President with biological weapons. read more »

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Four Mississippi Men And Women Indicted For Racially Motivated Hate Crimes Spree

17 Jul 08:52 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury has indicted John Louis Blalack, 20, of Brandon, Mississippi, Sarah Adelia Graves, 21, of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, Robert Henry Rice, 23, of Brandon, and Shelbie Brooke Richards, 20, of Pearl, Mississippi, for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to commit federal hate crimes against African-American people in Jackson, Mississippi. read more »

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Warning Of Looming Disaster In Sudan And South Sudan

17 Jul 07:47 | World

Deeply concerned by the escalating and increasingly interlinked crises in Sudan and South Sudan, the top United Nations relief official has warned that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating for hundreds of thousands of people in both countries.read more »

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Israel Agrees To 'Humanitarian Pause' In War-Torn Gaza Strip

17 Jul 01:58 | World

After days of escalating violence and follow-on civilian suffering in the Gaza Strip, Israel has agreed to a five hour humanitarian pause set to begin this morning.read more »

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'Disturbing Lack Of Transparency' For Digital Mass Surveillance

16 Jul 16:07 | World

The top United Nations human rights official has warned of the "disturbing" lack of transparency in governmental surveillance policies and practices, "including de facto coercion of private sector companies to provide sweeping access to information and data relating to private individuals without the latter’s knowledge or consent."read more »

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FTC Sends Refund Checks Totaling $9.3 Million To Consumers Who Bought 'Ab Circle Pro'

16 Jul 16:12 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 196,969 checks averaging $47.51 each to consumers who purchased an abdominal exercise device known as the Ab Circle Pro after it was found to have made false claims about losing weight.read more »

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F-35 Returns To Limited Flight But Officials Rule Out Farnborough

16 Jul 15:58 | U.S. News

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has returned to limited flying but will not be appearing at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom, said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.read more »

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Do Smartphone Ads Actually Work?

16 Jul 14:16 | SciTech

Brands spent $8.4 billion on mobile advertising in 2013, and that number is expected to quadruple to $36 billion by 2017, according to eMarketer. But, do mobile display ads—those tiny banner ads that pop up in your smartphone’s web browser—actually work? read more »

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Fundamental Chemistry Findings Could Help Extend Moore's Law

16 Jul 13:08 | SciTech

In a bid to continue decreasing transistor size while increasing computation and energy efficiency, chip-maker Intel has partnered with researchers from the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to design an entirely new kind of photoresist.read more »

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​Study Finds Why Some Firms Are "Named and Shamed" By Activists

16 Jul 11:27 | Business

New research has found that companies tend to attract the attention of labor activists if they are large, have prominent brand images, or had good corporate reputations.read more »

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Do Daughters Really Cause Divorce? Maybe Not Say Researchers

16 Jul 10:20 | SciTech

In the U.S., couples with daughters are somewhat more likely to divorce than couples with sons. Many scholars have read those numbers as evidence that daughters cause divorce, but new research says this may not be the case.read more »

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Level Of Human Loss, Destruction In Gaza 'Immense'

16 Jul 08:37 | World

The level of human loss and destruction in Gaza as a result of the ongoing conflict with Israel has been “immense,” the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees said, noting that eight days of hostilities has claimed 174 lives and injured well over 1,100 people.read more »

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FBI Rescues Kidnapping Victim

16 Jul 07:30 | U.S. News

The FBI says a 23-year-old South Carolina man who had been kidnapped was successfully recovered via a multi-agency rescue effort. read more »

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Cigarette Maker Reynolds American To Acquire Lorillard For $27 Billion

15 Jul 15:55 | Business

Tobacco products company Reynolds American and Lorillard, the third largest tobacco company in the U.S. and maker of Newport cigarettes, have entered into a definitive agreement in which RAI has agreed to acquire Lorillard for $27.4 billion.read more »

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10 Million Yemenis Still Struggle For Food

15 Jul 15:59 | World

A new survey has found that over 10 million Yemenis – more than 40 per cent of the population – do not know where their next meal will come from.read more »

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West Nile Virus Detected In New York City Mosquitoes

15 Jul 15:37 | U.S. News

For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes, but no human cases have been reported. read more »

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New Theory Turns Cancer On Its Head Say Scientists

15 Jul 13:56 | SciTech

A new theory of how cancer works could lead to the next generation of treatments of the disease, according to scientists.read more »

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Scientists Warn Of Worrying Link To Fungal Drug Resistance In UK

15 Jul 12:52 | World

Crop spraying on British farms could be aiding a life-threatening fungus suffered by tens of thousand of people in the UK each year.read more »

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Using Competitors’ Brand Name As A Keyword On Search Engines Can Backfire

15 Jul 11:34 | SciTech

Buying keywords of a popular competitors’ brand names on search engines such as Google and Bing can backfire, according to a new study.read more »

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Study Finds Young women With Sexy Social Media Photos Seen As Less Competent

15 Jul 09:24 | SciTech

Girls and young women who post sexy or revealing photos on social media sites such as Facebook are viewed by their female peers as less physically and socially attractive and less competent to perform tasks, according to a new study from Oregon State University.read more »

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San Francisco Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Economic Espionage

15 Jul 07:56 | U.S. News

San Francisco man Walter Lian-Heen Liew (aka Liu Yuanxuan) has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and forfeit $27.8 million in illegal profits for a “white collar crime spree” that included violations of the Economic Espionage Act, tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud, and obstruction of justice.read more »

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Israel Accepts Egyptian Proposal For Ceasefire In Gaza

15 Jul 03:14 | World

The Israeli Security Cabinet said it had decided to accept an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza, but it was not immediately clear whether Hamas would also halt hostilities.read more »

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U.S. Sells $11 Billion In Military Hardware To Qatar

15 Jul 01:48 | U.S. News

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has signed an agreement with Qatar's defense minister Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah to provide Apache helicopters and Patriot and Javelin defense systems to the Middle East country valued at $11 billion.read more »

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Citigroup Agrees To Pay $7 Billion To Settle U.S. Government Investigation

14 Jul 16:02 | Business

Citigroup said it had reached an agreement to pay $7 billion to settle the ongoing U.S. government investigation of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) Working Group, part of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. read more »

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SEC Charges Ernst & Young With Violating Auditor Independence Rules In Political Lobbying

14 Jul 15:36 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Ernst & Young LLP with violations of auditor independence rules that require firms to maintain their objectivity and impartiality with clients.read more »

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Hedge Fund Manager Convicted In Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Fraud

14 Jul 15:52 | Business

James Holdman, 59, of Zachary, Louisiana, has pled guilty to multiple counts of mail fraud based on his engaging in a scheme which defrauded investors out of millions of dollars. read more »

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Lebanon Faces 'National Calamity' As Refugee Crisis Deepens

14 Jul 15:43 | World

The top United Nations relief official in Lebanon has warned of the implications for Lebanon as the number of refugees in the country grows amid the ongoing conflict in Syria as well as unrest in Iraq and now Gaza.read more »

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Women More Likely To Guard Their Partner From A Woman Dressed In Red

14 Jul 10:56 | SciTech

Women were more likely to guard their partner from a woman dressed in red if they are in a committed relationship, according to new research.read more »

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Toray Chemical Korea Resolves Attempted Theft of Trade Secrets Investigation

14 Jul 09:26 | U.S. News

Toray Chemical Korea, Inc., formerly doing business as Woongjin Chemical Co., Ltd., a South Korean chemical company, has agreed to pay a criminal penalty of over $2 million to resolve an attempted theft of trade secrets investigation.read more »

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Conflict In Gaza Worsening Despite Call For Ceasefire

14 Jul 07:47 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced alarm that, despite the Security Council's clear demand for a ceasefire, the situation in and around the Gaza Strip appears to be worseningread more »

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Security Council Calls For Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire

13 Jul 15:45 | World

Concerned about the ongoing crisis in Gaza, the United Nations Security Council has called for a ceasefire between the Israelis and Palestinians and for the protection of civilians.read more »

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Antibody Halts Cancer-Related Wasting Condition

13 Jul 15:53 | SciTech

New research raises the prospect of more effective treatments for cachexia, a profound wasting of fat and muscle occurring in about half of all cancer patients, raising their risk of death, according to scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.read more »

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Australia Drying Caused By Greenhouse Gases

13 Jul 15:50 | SciTech

NOAA scientists have developed a new high-resolution climate model that shows southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by increases in manmade greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion.read more »

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Cigarette Warning Labels Prompt Quit Attempts Despite Smokers Attempts To Ignore

12 Jul 12:00 | SciTech

Cigarette warning labels can influence a smoker to try to quit even when the smoker is trying to avoid seeing the labels, according to a survey of thousands of adult smokers in four countries published by the American Psychological Association.read more »

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Congressional Candidate Sentenced For Violating Federal Election Campaign Act

12 Jul 10:43 | US Politics and Govt

Justin Lamar Sternad, 35, of Miami, Florida has been sentenced to seven months in prison for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act in connection with the 2012 Democratic Party primary election for Florida’s 26th Congressional District.read more »

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Envoy Calls For Vigil For Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls, Pledges "Never To Abandon Them”

12 Jul 08:38 | World

United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown has called for the world to show support for the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, Nigeria, on 22 July, which will be the 100th day of their captivity.read more »

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