FTC Acts to Halt Vemma As Alleged Pyramid Scheme

By Newsroom America Staff at 27 Aug 16:26

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted an alleged pyramid scheme, Vemma Nutrition Company, that lures college students and other young adults with the prospect of getting rich without having a traditional 9-to-5 job.

Four-Day School Week Can Improve Academic Performance

28 Aug 12:22 | U.S. News

Shortening the school week to four days has a positive impact on elementary school students' academic performance in mathematics, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Montana State University.read more »

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Silicon Valley Employee Arrested For Theft Of Trade Secrets

27 Aug 16:17 | SciTech

Jing Zeng 42, of San Ramon, California, has appeared in court after being arrested by the FBI on a criminal complaint alleging theft of trade secrets from a gaming company. read more »

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Interrupting Sitting With Walking Breaks Improves Children's Blood Sugar

28 Aug 14:18 | U.S. News

Taking 3-minute breaks to walk in the middle of a TV marathon or other sedentary activity can improve children's blood sugar compared to continuously sitting, according to a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Slide Due To Market Turbulence

27 Aug 15:31 | Business

Mortgage rates were down this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.03 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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About 10 Percent Of Mothers Experienced Depression 2 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Study Shows

27 Aug 17:34 | U.S. News

About 10 percent of mothers experienced chronic, persistent depressive symptoms two years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,800 people, displacing hundreds of thousands and causing widespread damage estimated at more than $100 billion, according to a Georgia State University study.read more »

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Ancient Crops To Be Deposited In Norway's Arctic Seed Vault For Future Generations

28 Aug 15:36 | World

As a significant step towards preserving the world’s most important ancient crops for future generations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), together with scientists and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway have deposited potato seeds to the "safety box" in Arctic seed vault.read more »

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Humans May Be Harmed By Chemicals Released During Natural Gas Mining

28 Aug 16:30 | U.S. News

Researchers with the University of Missouri and national colleagues have reviewed research on health effects associated with fracking operations and concluded these activities have potential for environmental release of a complex mixture of endocrine disrupting chemicals that could potentially harm human development.read more »

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Sierra Leone Begins Countdown To Be Declared Free Of Ebola Virus Transmission

28 Aug 11:22 | World

Sierra Leone has begun its countdown to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission as the West African nation’s President described the release of the last patient treated for the disease at a treatment centre as "the beginning of the end of Ebola."read more »

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National Vaccination Rates High: CDC

28 Aug 10:13 | U.S. News

Vaccine exemption levels for kindergarteners are low for most states and infant vaccination rates are high nationally, according to data from two reports published by the CDCread more »

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Most American Internet Users Agree That The 'Right To Be Forgotten' Should Be A Human Right

28 Aug 09:36 | SciTech

According to new findings from an online study, 69% of online Americans agree that the 'Right to be Forgotten' should be a human right and 29% think it allows for censorshipread more »

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Research Demonstrates Millions Of Plastic Particles Exist In Cosmetic Products

27 Aug 14:14 | World

Everyday cosmetic and cleaning products contain huge quantities of plastic particles, which are released to the environment and could be harmful to marine life, according to a new study.read more »

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Awareness Of Memory Loss May Decline 2-3 Years Before Dementia Onset

27 Aug 12:06 | SciTech

People who will develop dementia may begin to lose awareness of their memory problems two to three years before the actual onset of the disease, according to a new study. read more »

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81% Of Healthcare Organizations Compromised By Cyber-Attacks In Past 2 Years: KPMG Survey

27 Aug 10:15 | U.S. News

Eighty-one percent of health care executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet, or other cyber-attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according to the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey.read more »

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Water Being Used To Achieve Military And Political Gains In Syria

27 Aug 09:18 | World

Amid the unremitting brutality of the war in Syria and a scorching summer heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains, warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). read more »

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Traffic Gridlock Sets New Records For Traveler Misery

27 Aug 08:09 | U.S. News

Just as the U.S. economy has regained nearly all of the 9 million jobs lost during the downturn, a new report produced by INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) shows that traffic congestion has returned to pre-recession levels.read more »

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Financial Advisers Most Concerned About Market Volatility And Interest Rates

26 Aug 17:09 | Business

Managing market volatility, preparing for a possibly imminent rate hike, and generating investment income in a low-return environment are the top concerns of financial advisors and their clients, according to the most recent ATOMIX survey conducted by Eaton Vance.read more »

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Looking To Smartphones For Relief From Depression May Make Things Worse

26 Aug 14:25 | SciTech

Depressed people who turn to their smart phones for relief may only be making things worse, according to researchers.read more »

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Europe's Response To Migrant Crisis 'Is Not Working'

26 Aug 13:20 | World

The European Union should establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset, an expert has advocated, assuring it was the only way in which the EU can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants.read more »

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Executive Assistant Fuels Lavish Lifestyle By Fleecing Hewlett Packard

26 Aug 12:34 | Business

Holli Dawn Coulman, an executive assistant to an HP Senior Vice President, has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of 21 months for embezzling nearly $1 million from Hewlett Packard. read more »

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Two Plead Guilty To Forced Labor Scheme That Exploited Guatemalan Migrants

26 Aug 11:30 | U.S. News

A leader of a human trafficking ring has pleaded guilty to charges that he lured Guatemalan minors and adults into the United States on false pretenses, then used threats of physical harm to compel their labor at egg farms in Ohio. read more »

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Making A Mistake Can Be Rewarding, Study Finds

26 Aug 16:23 | SciTech

A new MRI study by a group of international researchers has found that having the opportunity to learn from failure can turn it into a positive experience - if the brain has a chance to learn from its mistakes.read more »

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Warning Of 'A Lost Generation' In Yemen

26 Aug 09:25 | World

Alarmed by the dramatic increase in grave violations against Yemen's children, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has called on all parties to respect their obligations under international law to safeguard civilians from harm, including children.read more »

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Atomic Energy Watchdog Needs More Than $10 million A Year To Assess Iran's Nuclear Capacity

26 Aug 08:21 | World

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has presented to its member States for approval a report outlining a $10 million programme to carry out the verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments.read more »

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Legacy Recordings Acquires Catalog Of Music Legend Van Morrison

26 Aug 16:19 | Entertainment

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has acquired the rights to the most complete discography of contemporary music legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint.read more »

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Virginia Man Commits Suicide After Killing TV Crew During Live Broadcast

26 Aug 14:53 | U.S. News

A former reporter who was fired by a Virginia television station has shot and killed two of the station’s journalists during a live broadcast and then posting the video online.read more »

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Home Values Slip After Nearly Four Years of Growth

25 Aug 17:07 | Business

The housing market is slowing down, with home values seeing the first negative monthly change since the market began its recovery nearly four years ago, according to the Zillow July Real Estate Market Reports.read more »

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Four In Ten Americans Give President Obama Positive Ratings

25 Aug 15:13 | US Politics and Govt

Positive ratings of President Obama's overall job performance hit the four in ten mark this month (40%), not far from last month's 39% and just shy of his recent peak of 41%, seen in May. read more »

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Civilians Suffering In War-Ravaged Yemen

25 Aug 13:17 | World

Life saving medicines, trauma kits and blood bank supplies are urgently needed in war-ravaged Yemen, where nearly half the country’s health facilities have shut down, leaving thousands of injured civilians with fewer and fewer places to seek emergency assistance.read more »

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Young Adults Believe Hookah, E-cigs Are Safer Than Cigarettes

25 Aug 12:19 | U.S. News

A new study finds that young adults under 25, including high school grads and college students, are more likely to rate hookah and e-cigarettes as safer than cigarettes, when compared to 25 to 34-year-olds. read more »

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Calm After Chaotic Scenes At Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia And Greece Border

25 Aug 10:31 | World

The UN refugee agency is assisting refugees and migrants amid chaotic scenes over the weekend as thousands of people tried to cross into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) from the Greek border.read more »

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Ebola Aftermath Is 'Best Chance' To Transform Future Epidemic Response

25 Aug 09:35 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that infectious diseases have become "a much larger menace" under the unique conditions of the 21st century with its unprecedented global travel volume of nearly 100,000 flights carrying 8.6 million passengers every day.read more »

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Fake Hospice Nurse Sentenced To Prison

25 Aug 08:32 | U.S. News

A Dallas woman who stole the identity of a registered nurse and used that identity to work at several Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area hospice companies, where she saw and purportedly treated 243 hospice patients has been sent to prison.read more »

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Blacks Hit Hardest By Public-Sector Job Losses During Recession, Study Finds

24 Aug 16:35 | U.S. News

A new University of Washington study found that public-sector job cuts during and after the Great Recession disproportionately impacted African-Americans, especially women, and have increased racial disparity in the public sector.read more »

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Destruction Of Palmyra's ancient Temple Condemned

24 Aug 15:18 | World

Extremists "cannot silence history," the Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, declared as she condemned the destruction of Palmyra’s ancient temple of Baalshamin, in Syria, a World Heritage site.read more »

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Some Single People Are Happy On Their Own, Research Finds

24 Aug 14:12 | SciTech

People who fear relationship conflicts are just as happy when they are single or in a relationship, finds new research.read more »

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High Sugar Consumption Among Children Relates To Poor Family Functioning, Study Finds

24 Aug 13:07 | SciTech

The quality of general family functioning is a major determinant of healthy dietary habits, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London. read more »

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Researchers Examine Key To A Better Relationship And Sex Life For Men

24 Aug 12:19 | SciTech

If men take up more of the child-care duties, splitting them equally with their female partners, heterosexual couples have more satisfaction with their relationships and their sex lives, according to new research by Georgia State University sociologists.read more »

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US Has 5 Percent Of World's Population But About A third Of Global Mass Shootings

24 Aug 09:24 | U.S. News

Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research.read more »

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Ceasefire Between Israel And Syria At Risk: UN

24 Aug 08:17 | World

United Nations Secretary-General ban Ki-moon said he was deeply concerned over the serious violations of the ceasefire between Israel and Syria, and called on all involved to exercise maximum restraint to prevent any further escalation in an already tense regional environment.read more »

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New York Man Convicted For Role In Attempting To Develop Lethal Radiation Device

24 Aug 10:31 | U.S. News

A jury has convicted Glendon Scott Crawford, 51, of Galway, New York, after a five-day trial on all charges relating to his efforts to build a weapon of mass destruction.read more »

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Operator Of Music Piracy Websites Pleads Guilty To Criminal Copyright Infringement

23 Aug 16:47 | Entertainment

A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to reproducing and distributing without permission millions of infringing digital copies of copyrighted works, including copies of popular songs and albums before they were commercially available. read more »

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Deadly Suicide Attack In Kabul

23 Aug 15:21 | World

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned "in the strongest terms" yesterday's suicide attack in Kabul that killed 12 and injured at least 88 others, including 13 children and 21 women.read more »

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California Man Pleads Guilty To The Sale Of Horns From Black Rhinoceros

23 Aug 09:46 | U.S. News

Lumsden W. Quan, 47, an art dealer from San Francisco, California, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Lacey and Endangered Species Act for knowingly selling black rhinoceros horns to an undercover agent from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).read more »

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Oklahoma State Senator Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud And Tax Evasion

21 Aug 15:34 | US Politics and Govt

Oklahoma State Senator Ricky L. Brinkley has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining over $1.2 million dollars from the Better Business Bureau and subscribing to a false tax return.read more »

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Warming Climate Is Deepening California Drought Say Researchers

21 Aug 13:40 | U.S. News

A new study says that global warming has measurably worsened the ongoing California drought.read more »

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Europe Hit By One Of Worst Droughts Since 2003

21 Aug 12:33 | World

Much of the European continent has been affected by severe drought in June and July 2015, one of the worst since the drought and heat wave of summer of 2003, according to the latest report by the JRC's European Drought Observatory (EDO). read more »

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'Substantial' Number Of UK Hospital Staff Treat Victims Of Human Trafficking

21 Aug 11:17 | World

A "substantial" proportion of UK NHS hospital staff - around one in eight, in some places - treat the victims of people trafficking, with maternity services most likely to do so, according to new research.read more »

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China Urged To Ensure Transparency In Tianjin Chemical Disaster Investigation

21 Aug 09:41 | World

The Government of China and relevant businesses in the country should ensure complete transparency in the investigation of the chemical disaster in Tianjin, including both causes and effects of the explosion, says a human rights expert.read more »

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U.S. Wildfires Expected To Intensify In Coming Weeks

21 Aug 08:31 | U.S. News

The Department of Agriculture says already unprecedented wildfire in America's forests and rangelands are anticipated to intensify over the next few weeks putting more lives and property at risk.read more »

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Existing-Home Sales Maintain Solid Growth In July

20 Aug 16:32 | Business

Existing-home sales steadily increased for the third consecutive month in July, while stubbornly low inventory levels and rising prices are likely to blame for sales to first-time buyers falling to their lowest share since January, according to the National Association of Realtors.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Post Slight Increase

20 Aug 15:28 | Business

Mortgage rates were up modestly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.06 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey.read more »

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Charges Against Former Subway Frontman Jared Fogle Unveiled

20 Aug 15:22 | U.S. News

United States Attorney Josh Minkler has announced the filing of formal charges against Jared S. Fogle for distributing and receiving child pornography, and conspiring to do so, as well as repeatedly traveling to engage in commercial sex acts with underage minors. read more »

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Former U.S. Government Employee Charged in Computer Hacking and Cyber Stalking Scheme

20 Aug 13:12 | U.S. News

A former locally-employed staff member of the U.S. Embassy in London has been charged with obtaining sexually explicit photographs and threatened to share the photographs unless the victims ceded to certain demands. read more »

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Sumatran Rhino Declared Extinct In The Wild In Malaysia

20 Aug 11:02 | World

Leading scientists and experts in the field of rhino conservation state in a new paper that it is safe to consider the Sumatran rhinoceros extinct in the wild in Malaysia. read more »

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Risk Of Escalation In Israel And Palestine 'Palpable'

20 Aug 09:45 | World

A top UN official has warned the Middle East has recently witnessed "unconscionable" hate crimes, "reprehensible" retaliatory violence, provocations at Jerusalem’s holy sites, and a worrying increase in rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel.read more »

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Seizure Of United Arab Emirates Embassy In Yemen Condemned

20 Aug 08:38 | World

The United Nations Security Council has condemned "in the strongest term" the storming and seizure of the United Arab Emirates embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, by the Houthis this week.read more »

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