Important Press Releases

CAIR-Iowa Condemns Rep. Kings Diversity is Not Our Strength Tweet as Un-American

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CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 12/9/17) – The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today condemned as “un-American” a tweet by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) stating that "diversity is not our strength” as a nation.

Bioengineering and Specialized Therapies Yield Results for Rare and Challenging Blood Diseases

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Atlanta, December 9, 2017) — In four studies being presented today during the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta, researchers announce promising findings on innovative tools and therapies for hard-to-treat blood disorders including sickle cell disease (SCD), beta thalassemia, and X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (X-SCID). The studies employ unique therapeutic approaches and advanced engineering technologies such as the gene-editing platform CRISPR/Cas9, reflecting the fruits of many years of research dedication and innovation.

New Therapies Improve Outlook for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

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Atlanta, December 9, 2017) — In three studies being presented today during the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta, researchers report remarkable benefits from new, more easily administered therapies for bleeding and clotting disorders.

PHILIPPINES: Massive protests against human rights violation under Dutertes violent presidency

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Hong Kong, 9 December 2017) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that different human rights groups across the country will hold protests and a series of other events tomorrow, December 10, to mark the International Human Rights Day.

Roches Hemlibra continued to substantially reduce bleeds in people with haemophilia A with inhibitors

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Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that new data from the ongoing Hemlibra® (emicizumab) clinical development programme were presented at the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting. These data include longer-term results from the pivotal HAVEN 1 and HAVEN 2 studies in people with haemophilia A with inhibitors to factor VIII, showing once-weekly subcutaneous Hemlibra prophylaxis demonstrated superior efficacy compared to prior treatment with bypassing agents (BPAs) as prophylaxis or on-demand. These new data from the largest pivotal studies in people with haemophilia A with inhibitors further support Hemlibra as an important new treatment option for these adults, adolescents and children.

Live Exports in Focus

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The live export of livestock from the UK has come into focus again recently following proposals by Theresa Villiers MP to introduce a ‘Live Animal Exports’ Private Members’ Bill to the House of Commons for its first reading in October past.  The Bill seeks to ban the export of livestock for slaughter or further production outside the UK.  While there have been some exemptions proposed for Northern Ireland, these exemptions do not go far enough and in any case the entire concept of the legislative proposals are something which the UFU is completely opposed too.

'Shameful inequalities' in later life revealed

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Older women are more vulnerable to financial difficulties than older men, with both their employment history and family circumstances impacting on pension income and ability to save, according to a report from the Centre for Ageing Better.

Lets Ride: Year in Review

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Over the last 12-months we’ve had some pretty exciting developments roll out of Cycling Australia’s Let’s Ride program.

Tandems sprint to more gold in Sydney #ParaTracknats

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Day two of the 2018 Para-Cycling Track Nationals was an all tandem affair as the program turned to the sprints.

Howard League responds to Wormwood Scrubs prison inspection

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The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on Wormwood Scrubs prison, published on 8 December 2017.

Iran: Imprisoned Foreign Student Threatened

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Xiyue Wang, a Princeton Ph.D. student and US citizen, was arrested in Iran on August 8, 2016, while researching Persian history for his doctoral thesis, July 18, 2017.

UPDATED: Delta teams working through night to reset ATL operations

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The airline has canceled 970 flights Friday and 290 Saturday due to a winter storm that hit its Atlanta hub.

Tennessee Staffing Company Operator Convicted of Employment Tax Fraud

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According to the evidence presented at trial, from 2005 through 2015, Mark Stinson and his wife, Jayton Stinson, operated a temporary staffing company in Memphis that provided services to businesses in Tennessee and elsewhere. The staffing company’s standard contract with its customers provided that the staffing company was responsible for withholding employment tax from its employees’ wages and paying over the amounts withheld to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Chancellor hopes to help staff find more community on campus

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UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ answers questions from David Kim, an administrator with the department of anthropology, during a forum with campus staffers.

Jeffrey Kupfer: "Modernizing the tax code will provide a long-term boost to the American economy and to middle-class workers"

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After months of fits and starts, it looks like comprehensive tax reform is nearing the goal line.

The Gap Between the Army and Society in Argentina

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Two full days had passed after the disappearance of the submarine ARA San Juan before Argentine naval spokesman Enrique Balbi offered the first press conference to the nation and, even then, the public was not properly served with any hand information regarding the missing ship. Balbi said he would not talk about a missing ship: “To talk about something missing first we have to seek and not find it,” he said, clinging to protocol in front of the disbelieving gaze of friends and relatives of the 44 missing crew members.

The Navy JAG Corps Turns 50

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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps celebrates 50 years of service and excellence Dec.

Hidalgo Port of Entry Reminds Travelers of Prohibited Agriculture Products to Avoid Fines and Delays

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HIDALGO, Texas— U. S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge has recently encountered multiple interceptions of prohibited agriculture products.


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Brandon’s new First Street Bridge, featuring two twin-lane spans, is now fully open to traffic, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

$6.6 million grant will fund UCLA-led study on how to increase use of HPV vaccine

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The discovery of human papillomavirus, or HPV, as a major cause of many cancers — including cervical, anal, oropharyngeal, vaginal, vulvar and penile — and the subsequent development of prophylactic HPV vaccines was a revolution in cancer prevention.

CAIR Goes to Court to Challenge Trumps Muslim Ban

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WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/8/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today went to court to challenge President Trump’s Muslim ban.

Jury Convicts Former Atlanta Police Sergeant for Using Excessive Force to Break Walmart Customers Leg

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A federal jury has convicted former Atlanta Police Department Sergeant Trevor King, of Stockbridge, Georgia, of using unreasonable force when he arrested a Walmart shopper who the officer wrongfully suspected of shoplifting a tomato.  King beat the victim with his police-issue baton, breaking two bones in the victim’s leg.  The jury also convicted King of writing a false incident report in an attempt to cover up his wrongdoing.

CBP Officers Seize More Than $540K of Marijuana at World Trade Bridge

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LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of marijuana in a commercial shipment of furniture at World Trade Bridge.

IBERIABANK Agrees to Pay Over $11.6 Million to Resolve Alleged False Claims Act Liability for Submitting False Claims for Loan Guarantees

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The Justice Department announced today that IBERIABANK Corporation, IBERIABANK and IBERIABANK Mortgage Company (collectively, IBERIABANK) have agreed to pay the United States $11,692,149 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying they were complying with Federal requirements in order to obtain insurance on mortgage loans from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  IBERIABANK Corporation is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, with branches across the Southeast, including Arkansas.

Ohio Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After being on the run for eight months, an Ohio woman has been returned to Williamson County where is accused of TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, which involves visiting multiple providers in a short time period to obtain prescription drugs.

CAIR-NYs Legal Director to Speak About Muslim Bans Chilling Parallels with Japanese Internment

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NEW YORK, N.Y., 12/8/17) — On Saturday, December 9, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will illustrate the unsettling similarities between the Japanese internment program of the 1940s and the Trump Administration’s reprehensible ban on Muslim travelers. CAIR-NY’s legal director, Albert Fox Cahn, is going to speak about the topic in a talkback following a performance of the Hang Tale Theater Company’s Hold These Truths.

National Nurses United Endorses Cathy Glasson for Governor and Pete DAlessandro for Congress

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National Nurses United, the nation's largest union of registered nurses, today endorsed Cathy Glasson for Governor of Iowa and Pete D’Alessandro for Congress representing Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District.

Virginia Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Attempting to Entice Eight-Year-Old Minor to Have Sex Overseas

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A Springfield, Virginia man was sentenced today to 168 months in prison for attempting to entice an eight-year-old minor to engage in sex with him during a trip to the Philippines in 2013, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Border Patrol Agents Rescue Aliens, Find One Dead, Near Eagle Pass

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DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued a family of undocumented immigrants, one of whom passed away, and found 14 others who were lost in the cold.

Champlain CBP Officers Join Charity Basketball Event

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CBP officers, fire fighters and New YorkState Troopers hoop it up for kids.

Governor Cuomo Invites New Yorkers and Visitors to State Parks to Celebrate the Holidays

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today invited residents and visitors to celebrate the season at more than 40 holiday-themed events taking place at New York State Parks. Events include a number of hands-on activities, outdoor recreation and holiday celebrations for visitors of all ages.

Two Men Convicted of Two Separate Murders Receive Life Sentences

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A 40-year-old Wilmington man will spend the rest of his life in prison after a judge sentenced him for a 2015 fatal shooting in the city. Deputy Attorneys General Annemarie Puit and Eric Zubrow secured the sentence for Damian Thomas. In September, Thomas was convicted of Murder First Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.

1,200 Expected to Attend CAIR-SFBA 23rd Annual Banquet

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SANTA CLARA, CA, 12/07/17) – On Saturday, December 9, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will hold its 23rd Annual Banquet, featuring Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour and Representative Ilhan Omar.

American Diabetes Association Releases 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, with Notable New Recommendations for People with Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

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Notable new recommendations in the 2018 edition of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA’s) Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes (Standards of Care) include advances in cardiovascular disease risk management including hypertension; an updated care algorithm that is patient-focused; the integration of new technology into diabetes management; and routine screening for type 2 diabetes in high-risk youth (BMI >85th percentile plus at least one additional risk factor). The Standards of Care provide the latest in comprehensive, evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, strategies to improve the prevention or delay of type 2 diabetes, and therapeutic approaches that reduce complications and positively affect health outcomes. The Standards of Care are published annually and will be available online at 4:00 p.m.

Mexican Fugitive Arrested by U.S. Border Patrol

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TUCSON, Ariz. – A Mexican prison escapee from Sonora, Mexico has been found and arrested in the United States by Border Patrol agents assigned to the Douglas Station Thursday. He was deported and handed over to Mexican authorities today.

Agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza Rescatan a Migrantes, Encuentran un Muerto, Cerca de Eagle Pass

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DEL RIO, Texas - Los agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza de EEUU Rescataron a una familia de inmigrantes indocumentados, uno de los cuales falleció, y encontraron a otros 14 que se perdieron en el frío.

Governor Cuomo Announces the Great New York State Fair Earns Nine Awards in International Competition

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the Great New York State Fair earned nine awards for the quality of its marketing, sponsorship and photography in the International Association of Fairs and Expositions' annual competition. IAFE is a trade group representing fairs, shows and expositions from around the world. The awards were presented at IAFE's annual convention last week.

UCLA class turns downtown Los Angeles into a classroom

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When UCLA history professor Teo Ruiz leads a tour of downtown Los Angeles, you’d better be wearing comfortable shoes to keep up.

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $14 Million Route 104 Rehabilitation in Oswego County

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $14 million project that rehabilitated nearly four miles of Route 104 in western Oswego County. The project was first announced during the Central New York "Capital for a Day" event in September 2015 as part of a 47-point plan to advance the region through investments in infrastructure, housing and higher education. Route 104 in Oswego County is a National Scenic Byway and part of the New York State Seaway Trail.

Galaxy orbits in the local supercluster

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Orbits of galaxies in the Local Supercluster. Credit: Brent Tully, University of Hawaii.