Bitcoin Scams Steal At Least $11 Million In Virtual Deposits From Unsuspecting Customers

By Newsroom America Staff at 9:47 pm Eastern

Fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in Bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, according to new cyber security research from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

One In Five Children Receive Food Stamps, Census Bureau Reports

2:29 pm Eastern | U.S. News

The number of children receiving food stamps remains higher than it was before the start of the Great Recession in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual Families and Living Arrangements table more »


Mobile Provider TracFone To Pay $40 Million To Settle FTC Charges It Deceived Consumers

2:16 pm Eastern | U.S. News

TracFone, the largest prepaid mobile provider in the U.S., has agreed to pay $40 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it deceived millions of consumers with hollow promises of “unlimited” data more »


New Search Engine Lets Users Look For Relevant Results Faster

1:30 pm Eastern | SciTech

Researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT have developed a new search engine that outperforms current ones, and helps people to do searches more more »


Crude Oil Conspiracy Theories Could Be Right Say Researchers

28 Jan 12:22 | SciTech

Researchers have for the first time provided strong evidence for what conspiracy theorists have long thought - oil is often the reason for interfering in another country's more »


FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Companies To Address Privacy And Security Risks

28 Jan 11:13 | SciTech

In a detailed report on the Internet of Things, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission recommend a series of concrete steps that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers’ privacy and security, as Americans start to reap the benefits from a growing world of Internet-connected more »


Conspirators In Gulf Oil Spill Fund Fraud Sentenced

28 Jan 10:09 | U.S. News

A federal judge has sentenced three south Alabama family members to prison for running a scheme to steal more than $3 million from the claims fund established by British Petroleum for victims of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil more »


As Shelling Batters Ukraine's Cities, Country's Children Increasingly In Danger

28 Jan 09:03 | World

The continued shelling of Ukraine's urban centres serves as a shocking reminder of the price being paid by the country's children and families, a UNICEF official said as she warned that the intensifying violence in the Eastern European country was increasingly putting children's lives in more »


World Must 'Wake Up' To Enormity Of Central African Republic Crisis

28 Jan 08:19 | World

The top United Nations humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) is calling for increased protection of displaced communities in the northern town of Batangafo, where a steady stream of terrified people are seeking more »


Home Price Gains Continue To Slow: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

27 Jan 16:54 | Business

S&P Dow Jones Indices has released the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, with data for November 2014 showing a continued slowdown in home prices nationwide, but with price increases in nine more »


FTC Requires Albertsons And Safeway To Sell 168 Stores As Condition Of Merger

27 Jan 15:36 | U.S. News

Supermarket operators Albertsons and Safeway Inc. have agreed to sell 168 supermarkets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their proposed $9.2 billion merger would likely be anticompetitive in 130 local markets in Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and more »


'We Are Being Tested Again,' Ban Warns As 70 Years Since Auschwitz Liberation Marked

27 Jan 15:47 | World

Seventy years ago today, allied forces liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging renewed vigilance to eradicate the deep roots of hatred as anti-Semitic attacks more »


Lack Of Funds Forces Halt To Gaza Programme For Repairs To Destroyed Homes

27 Jan 15:40 | World

The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East announced that a major funding shortfall has forced the suspension of its cash assistance programme that would have helped families in Gaza repair their more »


Patents Provide Insight On Wall Street 'Technology Arms Race'

27 Jan 12:21 | Business

A new study by New Zealand's University of Otago has used US patent data to shed light on the technological roots behind Wall Street's ongoing 'technology arms race'.read more »


Climate Models Disagree On Why Temperature 'Wiggles' Occur

27 Jan 10:14 | SciTech

A new Duke University-led study finds that most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth's atmosphere warms. read more »


'Vicious Circles Linking Violence And Hunger' Must End

27 Jan 09:16 | World

Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said during a special meeting of the UN Peacebuilding more »


Former CIA Officer Convicted For Unauthorized Disclosure Of National Defense Information

27 Jan 08:38 | U.S. News

A former CIA officer was convicted by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday of illegally disclosing national defense information and obstructing more »


FBI Busts Alleged Russian Spy Ring

27 Jan 07:49 | U.S. News

The FBI has laid charges against EvGeny Buryaov, a/k/a “Zhenya,” Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy in connection with Buryaov’s service as a covert intelligence agent on behalf of the Russian Federation in New York more »


Millions At Risk Of Malnutrition With Pollinator Declines

26 Jan 15:06 | SciTech

A new study shows that more than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals -- such as bees -- continue to more »


Reduction In Violent Crimes And Property Crimes: FBI

26 Jan 16:51 | U.S. News

Statistics released in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal overall declines in both the number of violent crimes and the number of property crimes reported for the first six months of 2014 when compared with figures for the first six months of more »


One In Six Americans Spent More Than Expected During Holidays

26 Jan 15:12 | U.S. News

One-in-six Americans spent more than expected this holiday season, according to a new (NYSE: RATE) report, which is consistent with readings in previous years. read more »


Girls Lead Boys In Academic Achievement Globally

26 Jan 15:03 | SciTech

Researchers have determined that girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70 percent of the countries they studied--regardless of the level of gender, political, economic or social more »


Major Nor'easter Expected To Bring Heavy Snow, Blizzard Conditions To Northeast

26 Jan 14:35 | U.S. News

The National Weather Service said a storm system off the East Coast will continue to strengthen as it develops into a major nor'easter on Monday and it is expected to bring snowfall of 1-3 feet or more to many parts of the Northeast through Tuesday more »


Bayonne Police Officer Charged With Use of Excessive Force During Arrest

26 Jan 14:43 | U.S. News

A Hudson County, New Jersey, man was arrested today and charged with violating a defendant’s civil rights by using excessive force during an arrest that took place in Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as falsifying records in an attempt to conceal the alleged more »


Man Who Preyed On Vulnerable With Sweepstakes Scam Sentenced To Prison

26 Jan 10:00 | U.S. News

A South King County man who preyed on people across the country with a phony sweepstakes scam, was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of supervised release and $238,346 in more »


WHO Urges Better Global Preparedness Against Future Ebola Outbreaks

26 Jan 08:34 | World

The Ebola outbreak is "clearly" in retreat throughout the affected countries of West Africa but the continuing emergency response shows the need for urgent changes so that “never again should the world be caught by surprise,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a special meeting on Ebola. read more »


Security Council Strongly Condemns Killing Of Japanese Civilian By ISIL militants

26 Jan 07:50 | World

The United Nations Security Council has deplored the "apparent murder" of Japanese citizen, Haruna Yukawa, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – the latest atrocity to be committed by the militant group against a captured more »


2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Birdman, Orange is the New Black Among Big Winners

26 Jan 00:38 | Entertainment

Actors have honored their own at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine in Los Angeles with Birdman, Eddie Redmayne, Downton Abbey and Orange is the New Black among the big more »


Study Projects Unprecedented Loss Of Corals In Great Barrier Reef Due To Warming

25 Jan 15:11 | World

The coverage of living corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10 percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the more »


Rocket Attack Kills Dozens Of Civilians In Ukraine

25 Jan 14:54 | World

A rocket attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol has reportedly killed dozens of civilians and left another one hundred more »


United States And India Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement

25 Jan 14:37 | US Politics and Govt

President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi have announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United more »


Boston's Leaky Pipes Release High Levels Of Heat-Trapping Methane

24 Jan 15:44 | U.S. News

A Harvard-led team estimates that each year about 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas, worth some $90 million, escapes the Boston region's delivery system with adverse economic, public health, and environmental consequences. read more »


Year End Home Sales Bounce Back

24 Jan 15:54 | Business

Defying the normal trend, home sales in December rose above the number of November sales by a significant 14.4%. Sales were also 3.9% above those of last December, according to the December RE/MAX National Housing Report. read more »


Lucky Charms: When Are Superstitions Used Most?

24 Jan 15:39 | SciTech

Researchers at Boston University have determined that people are more likely to turn to superstitions to achieve a performance goal versus a learning more »


Alleged Terrorist Charged With Murder Of Five American Soldiers Extradited To United States

24 Jan 15:28 | U.S. News

Faruq Khalil Muhammed ‘Isa, aka “Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa,” “Sayfildin Tahir Sharif,” and “Tahir Sharif Sayfildin,” will have his initial appearance at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn today on charges of conspiring to kill Americans abroad; and providing material support to a terrorist conspiracy to kill Americans abroad. read more »


Arctic Ice Cap Slides Into The Ocean

23 Jan 15:04 | SciTech

Satellite images have revealed that a remote Arctic ice cap has thinned by more than 50 metres since 2012 - about one sixth of its original thickness - and that it is now flowing 25 times more »


Death Toll In Ukraine Conflict Exceeds 5,000, May Be 'Considerably Higher'

23 Jan 14:07 | World

More than 5,000 people have now been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine in mid-April last year, the United Nations human rights office said as it expressed fear that the real figure may be 'considerably higher.'read more »


IRS Phone Scams Continue To Be Serious Threat

23 Jan 11:01 | Business

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service more »


Ukraine Ceasefire 'Exists In Name Only'

23 Jan 10:55 | World

After weeks of relative calm, the United Nations political chief said the 'worst hostilities' are occurring in eastern Ukraine since the Minsk Protocol was agreed on 5 September, with the urgently needed sustainable ceasefire presently existing in name more »


ISIL Unlawful 'Shari'a Courts' Meeting Out 'Monstrous' Punishments

23 Jan 09:40 | World

Human Rights advocates have confirmed that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has established unlawful, so-called ‘shari’a courts’ in the territory under its control that have been carrying out cruel and inhuman punishments against men, women and more »


Mortgage Rates Slightly Higher

23 Jan 08:36 | Business

Mortgage rates marked a slight increase this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 3.81 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »


Doomsday Clock Moves With "Probability Of Global Catastrophe Very High": Atomic Scientists

23 Jan 01:22 | World

Atomic scientists have warned "the probability of global catastrophe is very high" unless quick action is taken against unchecked climate change and global nuclear weapons more »


Researchers Find "Twitterverse" Is A 'Pot-Friendly' Place

23 Jan 07:02 | SciTech

Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the "Twitterverse" is a pot-friendly place. read more »


UN Launches $1 Billion Appeal For Global Ebola Response

22 Jan 10:38 | World

The United Nations has appealed for $1 billion needed for the first six months of 2015 to sustain the momentum to stamp out Ebola in West Africa, where 'the epidemic has started to turn' in all three of the worst-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra more »


Former County Sheriff Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison On Civil Rights Charges

22 Jan 08:31 | U.S. News

Thomas R. Rodella, 53, the former Rio Arriba County Sheriff, has been sentenced to prison for his conviction on criminal civil rights and firearms charges. read more »


Two Men Who Operated More Than $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme Plead Guilty

22 Jan 07:14 | Business

The president of a Calabasas firm that was used to run a Ponzi scheme that caused investors to loss more than $100 million pleaded guilty to federal fraud more »


The Warmer It Gets The Faster Greenland Ice Melts Say Scientists

21 Jan 13:45 | SciTech

Scientists say melting of glacial ice will probably raise the sea level around the globe, but how fast this melting will happen is uncertain, but have found in the case of the Greenland Ice Sheet, the more temperatures increase, the faster the ice will more »


Model Explores Location Of Future US Population Growth

21 Jan 12:33 | U.S. News

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a population distribution model that provides unprecedented county-level predictions of where people will live in the U.S. in the coming more »


What Does The World Economic Forum At Davos Do?

21 Jan 11:28 | World

Every January, hundreds of politicians, CEOs, scientific experts, and celebrities gather for their annual meeting in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Davos to "improve the state of the world." Yet, the World Economic Forum's influence on society and consumption is surprisingly little more »


Makers of Jungle Rangers Computer Game for Kids Settle FTC Charges Of Baseless Claims

21 Jan 10:24 | Entertainment

A Texas company and its officers must stop making unsubstantiated claims that their computer game, Jungle Rangers, permanently improves children’s focus, memory, attention, behavior, and school performance, including for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), under a Federal Trade Commission more »


Worst-Affected Countries 'Crippled' By Economic Impact Of Ebola

21 Jan 09:20 | World

The Ebola epidemic is showing its first signs of slowing and confidence grows about stopping the outbreak and reaching the target of zero new cases, but a new World Bank report on economic impacts of the disease says its effects will continue to cripple the economies of hard-hit Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra more »


International Monetary Fund Downgrades Global Growth Forecast, Despite Cheaper Oil

21 Jan 08:37 | World

Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook has lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in more »


Transcript: President Obama State of the Union Address 2015

20 Jan 22:28 | US Politics and Govt

U.S. President Barack Obama has declared that "the shadow of crisis has passed, and the state of the union is strong" in his vision for the year to come which took nearly an hour to deliver to Congress. read more »


Chicago Man Sentenced To Prison For Violating U.S. Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

21 Jan 07:43 | U.S. News

A Chicago man has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions by agreeing to assist Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and others in an effort to lift economic sanctions against Zimbabwe. read more »


Glendive Residents Advised Not To Use Tap Water Until Further Notice

20 Jan 15:39 | U.S. News

The City of Glendive in Montana is advising residents to not drink or cook with the water from the city’s municipal water system until further notice after approximately 50,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Poplar Pipeline into the Yellowstone more »


Agriculture Model Of Past 40 Years 'Unsustainable' Says FAO

20 Jan 14:30 | U.S. News

Climate change and increasing competition for natural resources have essentially rendered the agriculture model of the past 40 years unsustainable, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), calling for a ‘paradigm shift’ in food more »


Amazon Getting Into Feature Film Business

20 Jan 13:19 | Entertainment

Amazon Studios, known for television series such as multi-Golden Globe winner Transparent, Annie-nominated Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the Jungle, has announced it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. read more »


Automated Method Beats Critics In Picking Great Movies

20 Jan 12:38 | Entertainment

Researchers say don't rely on the Academy Awards next month if you are seeking to know whether the movies deemed great today will survive the test of more »


Study Suggests Increase In Falls Among The Elderly

20 Jan 11:33 | U.S. News

Over a 12-year period, the prevalence of self-reported falls among older adults appeared to be on the rise, according to a new nationally representative more »


Genetic Diversity In Agriculture Needed To Combat Climate Change

20 Jan 10:26 | World

Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). read more »


Regional Response Urged To Combat ‘Dangerous Cancer' Boko Haram

20 Jan 09:22 | World

A senior UN envoy has welcomed Chad’s decision to send soldiers to Cameroon to help in the fight against Boko Haram, on the heels of several assaults on cross-border villages in northern Cameroon, which have raised fears that the insurgents are expanding their more »


'Wake-up call' Data Shows 63 Million Adolescents Out Of School

20 Jan 08:17 | World

One in five adolescents worldwide is not in school, which means that some 63 million young people between the ages of 12 and 15 are denied their right to an education, mainly because they are marginalized and poor, a new report has more »


Montana Town Water Supply Poisoned By Oil Spill

20 Jan 00:19 | U.S. News

Bottled water is being trucked into the Montana town of Glendive after at least 42,000 gallons of oil leaked into the Yellowstone River from a broken more »


Former Investor Relations Executive Sentenced To Prison For Insider Trading

19 Jan 14:25 | Business

Stephen B. Gray, 57, of Houston, has been sentenced to federal prison following his conviction for securities fraud in an insider trading scheme. read more »


Planets Outside Our Solar System More Hospitable To Life Than Thought

19 Jan 12:14 | World

A study by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto suggests that exoplanets - planets outside our solar system - are more likely to have liquid water and be more habitable than we more »


Scientists Progressing Machines That Can Smell

19 Jan 10:09 | SciTech

Scientists have come up with a way of creating sensors which could allow machines to smell things more accurately than more »


New Planetary Dashboard Shows 'Great Acceleration' In Human Activity Since 1950

19 Jan 08:10 | SciTech

Human activity, predominantly the global economic system, is now the prime driver of change in the Earth System (the sum of our planet's interacting physical, chemical, biological and human processes), according to a set of 24 global indicators, or "planetary dashboard".read more »

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