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Update: Fugitive U.S. Intelligence Analyst Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong

23 Jun 2013 | U.S. News

Former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) analyst Edward Snowden left Hong Kong on Sunday on his own accord for a third country "through a lawful and normal channel," according to the Hong Kong government. read more »

How Do You Feed 9 Billion People?

9 Jun 2013 | World

An international team of scientists has developed crop models to better forecast food production to feed a growing population – projected to reach 9 billion by mid-century – in the face of climate more »

U.S. Surveillance Activities Are Lawful Says Clapper

9 Jun 2013 | U.S. News

Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, says over the past week there have been "reckless disclosures" of intelligence community measures used to keep Americans safe. read more »

U.S. Jail Population Increases After Three Years Of Decline

24 May 2013 | U.S. News

The U.S. jail population increased after three consecutive years of decline, according to the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).read more »

FBI Agent Shoots Boston Marathon Suspect Dead

22 May 2013 | U.S. News

The FBI says an agent has shot dead a man in Orlando, Florida who was being questioning in relation to the Boston Marathon more »

Mystery Of Irish Potato Famine Solved

21 May 2013 | World

An international team of scientists has revealed that a unique strain of potato blight they call HERB-1 triggered the Irish potato famine of the mid-19th century. read more »

Update: President Obama Declares Disaster For Oklahoma

21 May 2013 | U.S. News

President Obama has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma where at least 24 people, including many children, are dead after a monster tornado caused widespread destruction in the state. read more »

Food Laboratory Accuracy Remains A Concern, Says Study

20 May 2013 | U.S. News

Food microbiology laboratories continue to submit false negative results and false positive results on a routine basis, according to a new more »

Jackson Man Indicted For Desecration of Religious Paraphernalia

20 May 2013 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury in Memphis has returned a one-count indictment charging Justin Shawn Baker, 25, of Jackson, Tennesee, with violating the civil rights of students and faculty of the Margolin Hebrew Academy. read more »

One Winner Of Record Powerball Jackpot

19 May 2013 | U.S. News says there was one winner for the record $590,500,000 Powerball grand prize which was sold by the Florida Lottery. read more »

Powerball Jackpot Boosted To $550 Million For May 18 Drawing

17 May 2013 | U.S. News

The Powerball jackpot has been boosted to a $550 million annuity value or a $350.1 million cash prize for the Saturday, May 18, more »

House Energy Costs Should Be Listed In All Real Estate Transactions: Report

16 May 2013 | Business

A new report suggests requiring energy costs of a house to be listed in all real-estate transactions would one way of encouraging people to develop "net-zero houses", or residences that generate as much energy as they use over the course of a more »

Groundwater Unaffected By Fracking In Arkansas, Say Scientists

15 May 2013 | SciTech

A new study by scientists at Duke University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in more »

Climate Change Body Urges Coordinated Response To CO2 'Danger Zone'

14 May 2013 | World

The United Nations climate change body is warning that a stepped-up coordinated response is needed to fend off the impacts of climate change after the world’s carbon-dioxide concentrations surpassed their highest level in 4 million more »

New Method of Finding Planets Scores its First Discovery

13 May 2013 | SciTech

A team at Tel Aviv University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has just discovered an exoplanet using a new method that relies on Einstein's special theory of more »

Two Perpetrators of Nationwide 'Walk Away Today' Scam Plead Guilty

13 May 2013 | U.S. News

Mark S. Farhood, 49, formerly of San Diego, California, and Jason S. Sant, 37, of Lecanto, Florida, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with their nationwide online foreclosure rescue scam that went by various names, including Home Advocate Trustees and Walk Away more »

Rare Glass Bottle Returned to Wistar Institute

13 May 2013 | U.S. News

A rare glass bottle has been returned to the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after being lost for more than 50 years. read more »

Peacekeepers Detained In Golan Heights Released

12 May 2013 | World

Four United Nations peacekeepers captured last week while on patrol in the Golan Heights have been released more »

Climate Change Will Cause Dramatic Loss Of Common Plants And Animals Say Scientists

12 May 2013 | SciTech

More than half of common plants and one third of the animals could see a dramatic decline this century due to climate change, according to research from the University of East more »

12 Year Old Boy Charged With Murder Of 8 Year Old Sister

12 May 2013 | U.S. News

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office in California says after an extensive fifteen day investigation into the murder of 8 year old Leila Fowler, detectives have arrested Leila's 12 year old brother on the charge of homicide. read more »

Man Claiming To Be Congo President's Son Indicted for Defrauding Victims of $1.6 Million

10 May 2013 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted Blessed Marvelous Herve, a/k/a Rodrigue Herve Ngandou, a/k/a Herve Rodrigue Ngandou, a/k/a Blessed Roll Herve, for wire fraud after the 41 year allegedly old devised and executed a scheme to defraud victims of approximately $1.6 million. read more »

Mortgage Rates Rebound After Better Jobs Report: Bankrate

9 May 2013 | Business

After declining for seven straight weeks, mortgage rates moved higher following better than expected news about jobs, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate increasing to 3.6 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

World Food Prices Rise For Second Month In A Row

9 May 2013 | World

World food prices have risen for a second straight month, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which added global production of coarse grains could set a new record this year with strong growth also projected for global wheat and rice production. read more »

131 Cases Of Avian Influenza A H7N9 Virus Confirmed

9 May 2013 | World

The World Health Organization says a total of 131 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus have now been reported, with 32 more »

Call For Western Clothing Brands To Work With Bangladesh To Prevent Another Disaster

9 May 2013 | World

Global clothing brands are being urged to work with Bangladesh, international organizations and civil society to improve working conditions in the country’s garment sector, following the collapse last month of a factory that left hundreds dead and wounded. read more »

Libyan Trials Could Be 'Nuremberg Moment' Says ICC Prosecutor

9 May 2013 | World

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says if Libya can conduct fair trials of alleged perpetrators during the pro-democracy uprising in 2011, the proceedings could equal the lasting impact of the Nuremberg more »

Members of North Korea Human Rights Abuses Probe Announced

8 May 2013 | World

The President of the United Nations Human Rights Council has announced the appointment of the members of the commission of inquiry set up to investigate alleged abuses in North Korea. read more »

CoreLogic Home Price Index Rises by 10.5 Percent Year Over Year in March

7 May 2013 | Business

CoreLogic says its March HPI report shows home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 10.5 percent on a year-over-year basis compared to March 2012. read more »

Nutritional Quality At Fast-Food Restaurants Still Needs Improvement: Study

7 May 2013 | SciTech

A new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research program presents results from a 14-year study indicating that fast food restaurant menus have only modestly increased nutritious offerings, and much improvement is still more »

SEC Charges Traders In Massive Kickback Scheme Involving Venezuelan Official

7 May 2013 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged four people with ties to a New York City brokerage firm in a scheme involving millions of dollars in illicit bribes paid to a high-ranking Venezuelan finance official to secure the bond trading business of a state-owned Venezuelan more »

Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Officer Charged With Sexual Battery

7 May 2013 | U.S. News

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed outrage and disgust over the "troubling allegations" that an Air Force officer responsible for the service's sexual assault and prevention efforts has been charged with sexual more »

Syria: "No Conclusive Findings" On Use OF Chemical Weapons

6 May 2013 | World

An independent panel on Syria says it has "no conclusive findings" regarding the use of chemical weapons by any of the parties to the conflict in the more »

Bangladesh Agrees On Plan To Improve Working Conditions Following Disasters

6 May 2013 | World

Bangladeshi lawmakers will receive an agreed upon labour reform package as soon as next month to improve the nation's working conditions, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said following a high-level visit to the South Asian country still reeling from the deadly collapse of a garment more »

Leader Of $29.1 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme Pleads Guilty

6 May 2013 | U.S. News

The mastermind of a $29.1 million Medicare fraud scheme involving approximately 30 purported medical clinics has pleaded guilty in Detroit for his role in the more »

76,000 People Displaced Near Afghan Border

5 May 2013 | World

The UN emergency relief arm has warned that population displacement could surge amid Government military operations and ongoing fighting between rival armed groups in northern Pakistan, near the Afghan border. read more »

Heavy Fighting In Northeast Nigeria

4 May 2013 | World

Nearly 220 civilians have reportedly been killed during violent clashes between military forces and the Islamist group Boko Haram in more »

Promoter of Cincinnati Grand Prix Sentenced To Prison

4 May 2013 | U.S. News

Curtis Boggs, 54, formerly of Harrison, Ohio, has been sentenced to 27 months in prison, ordered to pay $352,745.21 in restitution, and forfeit any assets that he received as part of a fraudulent scheme he promoted to bring a grand prix race to Cincinnati in more »

Over 270,000 Pedestrians Killed on Roads Every Year

3 May 2013 | World

More than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on roads each year, according to the World Health Organization, which has called on Governments to improve traffic more »

Home Prices Rise in February According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

30 Apr 2013 | Business

Average home prices increased 8.6% and 9.3% for the 10- and 20-City Composites in the 12 months ending in February 2013, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price more »

Scientists Ask What Happened to Dinosaurs' Predecessors After Earth's Largest Extinction

30 Apr 2013 | SciTech

Newly discovered fossils from 10 million years after Earth's largest mass extinction 252 million years ago have revealed a lineage of animals thought to have led to dinosaurs in Tanzania and more »

Level Global Pays $21.5 Million To Settle SEC Insider Trading Charges

30 Apr 2013 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission says Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund advisory firm Level Global Investors LP has agreed to pay more than $21.5 million to settle charges that its co-founder and its analyst engaged in repeated insider trading in the securities of Dell Inc. and Nvidia more »

Two More Die From H7N9 Virus

30 Apr 2013 | World

The World Health Organization says another two people have died from avian influenza A (H7N9) virus with another 17 cases confirmed in more »

The Politics Of Climate Change Examined In Study

29 Apr 2013 | SciTech

A study led by a Michigan State University sociologists has found U.S. residents who believe in the scientific consensus on global warming are more likely to support government action to curb emissions, regardless of whether they are Republican or more »

Sea Surface Temperatures At Highest Level In 150 Years On Northeast Continental Shelf

28 Apr 2013 | U.S. News

Sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest recorded in 150 years, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). read more »

Head Of Probe Into Syria Chemical Weapons To Report Back

28 Apr 2013 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the head of the United Nations probe of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria to come to New York on Monday for consultations. read more »

Air Traffic Controllers To Resume Normal Operations By Sunday Evening

27 Apr 2013 | U.S. News

The FAA says air traffic facilities will begin to return to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours and the system will resume normal operations by Sunday more »

Milton Man Sentenced To 17 Years For Orchestrating Large Ponzi Scheme

26 Apr 2013 | U.S. News

A Milton man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for orchestrating a large Ponzi scheme through his securities company and for defrauding customers of millions of dollars by selling coins at inflated more »

Former U.S. Federal Employee with Conspiracy to Commit Espionage for Cuba

26 Apr 2013 | U.S. News

A one-count indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has charged Marta Rita Velazquez, 55, with conspiracy to commit espionage. read more »

Six Months After Hurricane Sandy, New York Making Progress Says FEMA

26 Apr 2013 | U.S. News

FEMA says in the six months since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, significant progress has been made in New York’s more »

U.S. Finds Syria Used Chemical Weapons With 'Some Degree Of Varying Confidence'

25 Apr 2013 | U.S. News

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says the U.S. intelligence community assesses with some degree of varying confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent more »