Asteroid Attacks Significantly Altered Ancient Earth

By Newsroom America Staff at 3:08 pm Eastern

New research shows that more than four billion years ago, the surface of Earth was heavily reprocessed – or mixed, buried and melted – as a result of giant asteroid impacts.

Mortgage Rates Remain In Holding Pattern

5:44 pm Eastern | Business

Mortgage rates were little changed this week, extending the recent trend. The benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate held at 4.28 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Spread Of Misinformation Online A Growing Problem

4:36 pm Eastern | SciTech

The spread of misinformation through online social networks is becoming an increasingly worrying problem, and researchers in India have now modeled how such fictions spread through those networks. read more »

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FTC Obtains $27 Million Judgment Against Work-at-Home Scammer

2:54 pm Eastern | U.S. News

A federal court has imposed a $27 million judgment against the operator of a phony work-at home scheme who lied about his financial assets in an effort to hide them from the FTC when he agreed to settle with the agency in 2010.read more »

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Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza Growing As Conflict Continues

3:03 pm Eastern | World

As the crisis in Gaza continues unabated, United Nations relief officials have urged the parties to protect civilians amid the ongoing conflict, which has resulted in thousands of casualties and caused widespread displacement and destruction.read more »

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Drinking Sugar-Sweetened Beverages During Adolescence Impairs Memory

31 Jul 11:46 | SciTech

New research has found that daily consumption of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose can impair the ability to learn and remember information, particularly when consumption occurs during adolescence. read more »

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Tree Nuts Appear To Help Blood Sugar Levels In People With Type 2 Diabetes

31 Jul 10:39 | SciTech

Eating tree nuts appears to help lower and stabilize blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes compared to those on a control diet, a new study has found. read more »

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Call For Unfettered Access To Malaysia Airlines Crash Site In Ukraine

31 Jul 02:26 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate halt to hostilities in eastern Ukraine so that international investigators can gain access to the site where a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight crashed earlier this month.read more »

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'Flagrant' Violations Of International Law Continue In Syria

31 Jul 08:44 | World

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator in Syria has warned that attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue "in flagrant violation of the most basic principles of…international law."read more »

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WHO Moves To Allay Mounting Fears Over Ebola Spread

31 Jul 07:27 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that while travellers should be aware of Ebola, they will not contract the highly-contagious, often fatal disease unless they actually touch someone who is showing active symptoms.read more »

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Six Members Of Philadelphia Police Narcotics Unit Charged In Racketeering Conspiracy

30 Jul 15:37 | U.S. News

Six members of the Philadelphia Police Department's Narcotics Field Unit (NFU) have been charged with a conspiracy to abuse their official positions to rob suspected drug dealers. read more »

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Shelling Of Another UN School Kills Children

30 Jul 15:25 | World

As another United Nations school serving as a shelter for Palestinians in Gaza was hit by shells this morning, killing children, senior UN officials strongly condemned the attacks and warned against the targeting of civilians.read more »

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Appreciation For Fat Jokes And Belief In Obese Stereotypes Linked

30 Jul 15:43 | Entertainment

From movies to television, obesity is still considered "fair game" for jokes and ridicule. A new study from researchers at Bowling Green State University took a closer look at weight-related humor to see if anti-fat attitudes played into a person's appreciation or distaste for fat humor in the media.read more »

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Ratings For Congress, The Parties And Congressional Leaders Remain Very Low

30 Jul 14:25 | US Politics and Govt

Americans are taking notice of the partisan fighting and intra-party fighting in Washington D.C. and the force of their displeasure is evident in how they feel about Congress, the political parties there, and some of the Congressional leaders, according to a Harris Poll.read more »

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

30 Jul 13:19 | Business

The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices show the Composite Indices increased at a slower pace in May, with the 10-City Composite gaining 9.4% year-over-year and the 20-City 9.3%, down significantly from the +10.9% and +10.8% returns reported last month. read more »

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Study Finds Short Sellers Not To Blame For 2008 Financial Crisis

30 Jul 12:32 | Business

The collapse of several financial firms during the 2008 economic crisis was not triggered by unsettled stock trades despite media reports to the contrary, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.read more »

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Seven Sentenced To Prison In Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

30 Jul 11:10 | Business

The final two defendants charged for their roles in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme operating in the Houston area have been ordered to prison. read more »

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Physician Assistant And Nursing Assistant Convicted in $200 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

30 Jul 09:07 | U.S. News

A federal jury in Miami has convicted a physician assistant and a certified nursing assistant for their participation in a Medicare fraud scheme involving approximately $200 million in fraudulent billings by American Therapeutic Corporation.read more »

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Warning Against Further Escalation In Gaza Conflict

30 Jul 07:42 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged all sides to avoid any further escalation in the Gaza conflict, warning of the devastating humanitarian impact on civilians in the enclave who have already suffered immensely since the crisis started. read more »

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Worldwide Water Shortage Predicted By 2040

29 Jul 15:55 | World

New research shows that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today. read more »

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Ebola Epidemic Continues To Worsen And Remains 'Precarious'

29 Jul 15:37 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea remains precarious, with community and health-facility transmissions of infection still taking place. read more »

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Brainwaves Can Predict Audience Reaction For Television Programming

29 Jul 15:44 | Entertainment

By analyzing the brainwaves of 16 individuals as they watched mainstream television content, researchers were able to accurately predict the preferences of large TV audiences, up to 90 percent in the case of Super Bowl commercials.read more »

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Google Searches Hold Key To Future Market Crashes Say Researchers

29 Jul 14:23 | Business

A team of researchers from Warwick Business School and Boston University have developed a method to automatically identify topics that people search for on Google before subsequent stock market falls.read more »

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Potential 'Universal' Blood Test For Cancer Discovered

29 Jul 13:14 | World

Researchers from the University of Bradford have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not.read more »

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Facial Features The Key To First Impressions, Study Finds

29 Jul 12:07 | SciTech

A new study by researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of York shows that it is possible to accurately predict first impressions using measurements of physical features in everyday images of faces, such as those found on social media.read more »

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Lead Pollution Beat Explorers To South Pole, Persists Today

29 Jul 09:59 | SciTech

An international team of scientists that includes a NASA researcher has proven that air pollution from industrial activities arrived to the planet’s southern pole long before any human.read more »

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Illicit Oil Trade Revenue For Terrorists In Iraq And Syria

29 Jul 08:49 | World

Voicing grave concern over the reported access to and seizure of oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat Al-Nusra, the Security Council says there should be no trade in oil with these terrorist groups. read more »

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Downing Of Flight MH17 May Be A 'War Crime'

29 Jul 07:45 | World

The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine may amount to a war crime, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said, releasing a new report that details a total breakdown of law and order and a reign of fear and terror inflicted by armed groups in the area.read more »

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Booming Mobile Health App Market 'Needs More FDA Oversight' For Consumer Safety, Confidence

28 Jul 14:37 | SciTech

Smart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms, but experts say more oversight is needed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure consumer confidence and safety.read more »

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SEC Charges Smith & Wesson With Bribery Violations

28 Jul 15:33 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when employees and representatives of the U.S.-based parent company authorized and made improper payments to foreign officials while trying to win contracts to supply firearm products to military and law enforcement overseas.read more »

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Venezuela Still Blocking $4.1 Billion Owed To Airlines

28 Jul 13:49 | World

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the Venezuelan government to honor the commitment it made in March to permit airlines to repatriate in full and at fair exchange rates airline funds being blocked in the country. read more »

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Lloyds Group Fined Another $86 Million In Libor Investigation

28 Jul 13:36 | Business

Lloyds Banking Group plc has entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay an $86 million penalty for manipulation of the London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a leading global benchmark interest rate. read more »

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Climate Change And Air Pollution Will Combine To Curb Food Supplies

28 Jul 12:12 | World

Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution — specifically ozone pollution, which is known to damage crops. read more »

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Dinosaurs Fell Victim To Perfect Storm Of Events, Study Shows

28 Jul 11:09 | SciTech

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say. read more »

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Marketers of 'Fat Burning' Diet Pills To Pay $500,000 For Deceptive Claims

28 Jul 09:41 | U.S. News

The Quebec-based marketers of a supposed weight-loss treatment have agreed to pay $500,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers with bogus claims that their Double Shot pills would cause rapid, substantial, and permanent weight loss, without diet or exercise.read more »

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Security Council Calls For Humanitarian Ceasefire In Gaza

28 Jul 07:34 | World

The United Nations Security Council has called for an “immediate and unconditional” ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.read more »

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Study Reports Higher Stock Prices And Earnings Per Share If The CEO Is Narcissistic

27 Jul 15:27 | Business

Narcissism, considered by some as the "dark side of the executive personality," may actually be a good thing when it comes to certain financial measures, with companies led by narcissistic CEOs outperforming those helmed by non-narcissistic executives, according to recent research.read more »

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UN Warns Of 'Hunger Catastrophe' For South Sudanese Children

27 Jul 11:24 | World

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies have called for action to stop a potential famine in South Sudan which they said is being allowed to happen, just as it occurred in Somalia and the Horn of Africa three years ago.read more »

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Brain Tumor Causes And Risk Factors Continue To Elude Scientists

27 Jul 07:19 | SciTech

Nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor today but when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for answers.read more »

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U.S. Embassy In Libya Evacuated As Fighting Intensifies

26 Jul 18:08 | World

The U.S. military has evacuated personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli following a significant deterioration in security.read more »

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Citigroup Business Unit Charged With Failing To Protect Confidential Subscriber Data

26 Jul 18:22 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Citigroup business unit operating an alternative trading system (ATS) with failing to protect the confidential trading data of its subscribers.read more »

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Arms Race In Syria 'Must Be Stopped'

26 Jul 18:13 | World

As 'gross human rights violations' continue in Syria, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights probe pleaded Member States to stop supplying weapons to both sides.read more »

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Biologist Warns Of Early Stages Of Earth's 6th Mass Extinction Event

25 Jul 15:54 | World

An international team of scientists is warning the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event.read more »

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Threat Of Famine Looms In South Sudan

25 Jul 16:05 | World

Secretary of State John Kerry says South Sudan now faces the worst food security crisis in the world, with more than 50,000 children under the age of five at risk of dying from malnutrition this year. read more »

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Fraudsters Using Social Media To Spread False Stock Information To Manipulate Prices

25 Jul 16:01 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudsters who may attempt to manipulate share prices by using social media to spread false or misleading information about stocks.read more »

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Study Shows Role Of Media In Sharing Life Events

25 Jul 15:46 | SciTech

Until now, all research about what is known as "social sharing," or the act of telling others about the important events in our lives, has been restricted to face-to-face interactions. A new study investigates what happens when people share via new media.read more »

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Media Fragmentation Plays Role In Election Wishful Thinking

25 Jul 16:21 | Entertainment

When asked who is going to win an election, people tend to predict their own candidate will come out on top. When that doesn't happen, according to a new study from the University of Georgia, these "surprised losers" often have less trust in government and democracy.read more »

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Artificial Intelligence Identifies The Musical Progression Of The Beatles

25 Jul 16:24 | Entertainment

Music fans and critics know that the music of the Beatles underwent a dramatic transformation in just a few years, but until now there hasn’t been a scientific way to measure the progression. read more »

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Impact Of Iraq Conflict On Minorities 'Devastating And Irreversible'

25 Jul 16:16 | World

Two human rights experts have warned that ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq are bearing the “devastating and irreversible” brunt of the conflict that has once again engulfed the country.read more »

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Climate Change Increases Risk Of Crop Slowdown In Next 20 Years

25 Jul 15:38 | SciTech

The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global crop yields because of climate change, new research finds.read more »

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Attack On UN-Run School In Gaza Kills 15

24 Jul 16:05 | World

An attack on a United Nations-run school in Gaza where hundreds of people had taken refuge from the ongoing hostilities has killed at least 15 people.read more »

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Morgan Stanley To Pay $275 Million For Misleading Investors

24 Jul 15:45 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged three Morgan Stanley entities with misleading investors in a pair of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) securitizations that the firms underwrote, sponsored, and issued.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Show Little Movement

24 Jul 15:59 | World

Mortgage rates were mixed this week showing little in the way of movement, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate slipped to 4.28 percent, according to Bankrate.com's survey. read more »

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Court Orders Tech Support Scammers To Pay More Than $5.1 Million

24 Jul 15:38 | SciTech

A U.S. District Court has ordered the operators of several international tech support scams to pay more than $5.1 million, following FTC charges that they masqueraded as major computer companies, tricked consumers into believing their computers were riddled with malware and then charged consumers to “fix” them.read more »

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Life Expectancy Gains Threatened As More Older Americans Suffer Multiple Conditions

24 Jul 13:31 | U.S. News

With nearly four in five older Americans living with multiple chronic medical conditions, a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that the more ailments you have after retirement age, the shorter your life expectancy.read more »

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Stronger Early Reading Skills Predict Higher Intelligence Later

24 Jul 12:36 | SciTech

A new study of identical twins has found that early reading skill might positively affect later intellectual abilities. read more »

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Two Men Indicted In Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

24 Jul 10:29 | U.S. News

Edward Dacy, 76, of West Melbourne, Fla., and A. Conrad Austin, 49, of Bowie, Md., have been indicted on conspiracy, bank fraud, and other federal charges stemming from a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme in the District of Columbia and Maryland. read more »

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Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls 'Not Forgotten' As Worldwide Vigils Begin

24 Jul 07:02 | World

Marking 100 days since the brazen abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils taking place. read more »

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Envoy Demands Islamist Forces End 'Horrific Terrorist Acts' In Iraq

24 Jul 07:13 | World

The top United Nations official in Iraq has called on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces – in control of more than a third of the country's territory – cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for "horrific terrorist acts" are held to account.read more »

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Ben Gurion International Airport Flight Ban Lifted

24 Jul 01:46 | U.S. News

The FAA has lifted its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed yesterday. read more »

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Ban Meets With Israeli, US officials And Reiterates Call For Mid-East Ceasefire

23 Jul 15:50 | World

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has met with Israeli and United States officials in Jerusalem and called for an immediate ceasefire as the war enters its 16th day.read more »

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New Approach In Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Targeting Alien Polluters

23 Jul 16:11 | SciTech

Researchers say it may be possible to detect alien life on other worlds by looking for industrial pollution in exoplanet atmospheres.read more »

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Ben Gurion International Airport Flight Ban Extended

23 Jul 15:39 | U.S. News

The FAA has issued another Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that the flight ban in effect for Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport remains in force for up-to-an-additional-24-hours while the FAA continues to monitor and evaluate the situation.read more »

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Replacing Coal And Oil With Natural Gas Will Not Help Fight Global Warming: Researchers

23 Jul 13:37 | U.S. News

Both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating, according to a new study. read more »

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CEOs Who Motivate With 'Fightin' Words 'Shoot Themselves In The Foot'

23 Jul 12:26 | Business

A new Brigham Young University business study finds that bosses who try to motivate their employees with violent rhetoric — think of Steve Jobs declaring "thermonuclear war" on Samsung — end up motivating rival employees to play dirty.read more »

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Extra Exercise Helps Depressed Smokers Give Up Faster

23 Jul 11:21 | U.S. News

People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder, according to new research.read more »

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Controlling Childbirth Pain Tied To Lower Depression Risk

23 Jul 10:16 | SciTech

Controlling pain during childbirth and post delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression, according to Northwestern Medicine perinatal psychiatrist Katherine Wisner, M.D. read more »

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Scammer Settles Charges He Sent Consumers Millions of Unwanted Texts

23 Jul 09:32 | U.S. News

A text message spammer and his company have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they were responsible for sending millions of unwanted messages to consumers across the country, which contained false promises of "free" $1,000 gift cards for major retailers like Walmart, Target and Best Buy.read more »

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Urgent Action Needed To Protect Children Against Polio In Syria, Iraq and Region

23 Jul 07:38 | World

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are warning that unless children in hard-to-reach areas of the Middle East are vaccinated against polio, the number of those infected will continue to rise.read more »

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Former Boggs Paving CFO Admits $87 Million Fraud Scheme Involving Government Projects

23 Jul 08:52 | U.S. News

Kevin Hicks, 43, of Monroe, N.C. and former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Boggs Paving has admitted his role in an $87 million fraud scheme involving government-funded construction projects.read more »

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U.S. Flights To And From Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport Suspended

22 Jul 15:46 | World

The FAA has told U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours. read more »

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Flying Remains Safe Despite "Hideous" MH17 Crime: IATA

22 Jul 16:13 | World

The International Air Transport Association (IATA)said flying remains safe despite the "hideous crime" that saw Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 shot down.read more »

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Jury Convicts Man Of Impeding Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

22 Jul 15:51 | U.S. News

A federal jury in Boston has convicted a friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for impeding the bombing investigation.read more »

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Members Of Android Mobile Device App Piracy Groups Charged

22 Jul 12:51 | SciTech

Three federal indictments have been unsealed in the Northern District of Georgia charging six members of three different piracy groups – Appbucket, Applanet and SnappzMarket – for their roles in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android mobile device applications, or "apps".read more »

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Beef Cattle Responsible 'For Far More Greenhouse Gas Emissions' Than Other Animals

22 Jul 11:21 | SciTech

New research suggests that livestock emissions are on the rise and that beef cattle are responsible for far more greenhouse gas emissions than other types of animals. read more »

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Missing Sleep May Disrupt Your Memory

22 Jul 10:35 | SciTech

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, according to a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine.read more »

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Mental Health Issues In Children Who Had Relatives In Boston Marathon Manhunt

22 Jul 09:35 | U.S. News

Children with relatives who were called upon to participate in the interagency manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack carried a particularly heavy mental health burden, according to a new study.read more »

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Former Qualcomm Senior Executive Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading And Money Laundering

22 Jul 08:41 | Business

Jing Wang, 51, the former Executive Vice President and President of Global Business Operations for Qualcomm Inc., has pleaded guilty to insider trading in shares of Qualcomm and Atheros Communications Inc. read more »

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Security Council Condemns Downing Of Malaysian Airliner

22 Jul 07:15 | World

The Security Council has called for an international investigation into last week’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight in eastern Ukraine, and demanded that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained.read more »

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