Important Press Releases

Like fathers, like sons: Retiring Delta captain carries legacy of four generations of pilots

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From father to son, a love for flight has passed down for four generations of Captain Kevin Oliver's family, starting at the dawn of commercial aviation. A third-generation pilot, Kevin completed his last flight Wednesday from Paris to Los Angeles on a Boeing 777 as he retired after 32 years with Delta.

Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Orcas' West Coast Habitat

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SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect the West Coast ocean habitat of the last remaining Southern Resident killer whales. The critically endangered species is down to just 75 orcas, the lowest number in more than 30 years.

Afghanistan: Student massacre is a war crime

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The deliberate targeting of civilians and the targeting of places of education is a war crime. The students killed were preparing for their university entrance exams when the bomber struck. The tragedy is compounded by the fact that this appears to have been an attack that was motivated by sectarian hatred, targeting members of the minority Shi’a religious community.

Citigroup to Pay More Than $10 Million for Books and Records Violations and Inadequate Controls

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Citigroup has agreed to pay $10.5 million in penalties to settle two enforcement actions involving its books and records, internal accounting controls, and trader supervision.

Kazakhstan: Feminist LGBTI activist standing trial for photoshoot

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The Kazakhstani authorities must immediately end proceedings against Zhanar Sekerbayeva, an activist working on LGBTI and women’s rights who is accused of “minor hooliganism” for taking part in an awareness-raising photoshoot, Amnesty International said today.

FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first generic version of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine) auto-injector for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions, including those that are life-threatening (anaphylaxis), in adults and pediatric patients who weigh more than 33 pounds.

Delta Cargo appoints new operations and customer experience managing director

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Effective this fall, Rafael will transition from Aeromexico Cargo to Delta Cargo, to lead a team of over 1,600 employees, managing Delta’s worldwide cargo operation to deliver industry-leading customer service.

Brexit: MEPs concerned over reported UK registration plans for EU27 citizens

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Joint statement by the Brexit Steering Group on reports that the UK Home Office is considering processing applications for "settled status" by EU citizens on an alphabetical basis.

Blood test may identify gestational diabetes risk in first trimester

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NIH analysis suggests early screening could allow for lifestyle changes before condition develops.

Study reveals clue to glass mystery

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Addressing a centuries-old question, researchers have uncovered a key element to how glasses transition into very resilient states. This breakthrough could allow for more reliable ways to use glasses — metallic glasses in particular — in a wide range of applications.

EEOC Sues Hackensack Meridian Health For Religious Discrimination

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NEW YORK - Hackensack Meridian Health, a New Jersey health care network, violated federal law when a manager engaged in the harassment of a Catholic employee because of the employee's religious beliefs, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

Attention ACL Fest fans: Win the first-ever chance to stay inside Zilker Park, home of Austin City Limits Music Festival

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HomeAway and ACL Fest are giving away an exclusive stay plus VIP tickets for a group of six music lovers AUSTIN, Texas - Aug.

Bigger, bolder and more inclusive: Kumi Naidoo sets out his vision for human rights

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The human rights movement needs to be bigger, bolder and more inclusive if it is to tackle the challenges that people face today, said seasoned activist Kumi Naidoo as he officially started his role as Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Theresa May would be to blame for no deal Brexit, say voters

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Voters would blame Theresa May’s government if the UK emerged from Brexit talks with no deal, according to BMG Research polling for Left Foot Forward.    The findings come as Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met Latvia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on 15 August 2018 – with the latter pinning the chances of a no deal Brexit at 50-50.

Reclamation selects nearly $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants

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The Bureau of Reclamation announced today the selection of approximately $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grants for Fiscal Year 2018. Combined with local cost-share contributions, approximately $4 million in water management improvement projects will be implemented during the next 24 months.

Japan: Fukushima clean-up workers, including homeless, at grave risk of exploitation, say UN experts

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GENEVA (16 August 2018) – Japan must act urgently to protect tens of thousands of workers who are reportedly being exploited and exposed to toxic nuclear radiation in efforts to clean up the damaged Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Station, say three UN human rights experts*.

Enter the World of Percy Jackson with Free Interactive Mobile Tour at the Getty Villa

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LOS ANGELES – Discover your immortal lineage with “The Demigods,” a new Percy Jackson-themed free interactive mobile tour launching on Percy’s birthday, August 18 at the Getty Villa, with a special celebration that includes monstrous mythological photo opps and plenty of blue food.

CA State Employee Files Class Action Lawsuit to Reclaim Forced Union Fees under Janus Precedent

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San Jose, CA (August 16, 2018) – National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys have filed a federal class action lawsuit for a California state employee to reclaim union fees SEIU officials unconstitutionally seized from him and thousands of similarly situated employees.

How the Reformulation of OxyContin Ignited the Heroin Epidemic

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Deaths from drug overdoses have steadily increased over the past 15 years and are now at epidemic levels. Figure 1 shows that the national death rate (deaths/100,000) for drug poisonings doubled from 1999 to 2014. Economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton argue that this increase was an important contributor to the unprecedented rise in all-cause mortality for middle-age non-Hispanic whites.

Structure of ion channel reveals how insects smell their way around the world

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For insects, a good sense of smell is crucial to survival. Mosquitoes, for example, use specialized odor receptors to sniff out sources of blood.

Malaysia: Convictions of two women sentenced to caning for having sexual relations must be quashed

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This deeply cruel sentence marks yet another severe setback in Malaysia’s treatment of LGBTI people, which is increasingly troubling.

Top health care officials to steer program's board

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MONT ALTO, Pa. —  The Mont Alto campus added a baccalaureate degree program in health care management to its program portfolio in 2015. The Health Policy and Administration (HPA) program was the culmination of two years of work by several stakeholders.

Restoring blood flow may be best option to save your life and limb

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Amputation for severe blockages in the lower limbs has a lower survival rate than other treatment options that restore blood flow.

NIH-funded researchers reverse congenital blindness in mice

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New technique generates rod photoreceptors that integrate into the retina and brain.

The Washington Post: With Little Fanfare, Trump and McConnell Reshape the Nations Circuit Courts

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As the Senate moves toward confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are leading a lower-key yet deeply consequential charge to remake the entire federal judiciary.

Vice President Pence: The Evidence Is Clear: America Is Back

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We’re delivering results for Iowa — and we’re just getting started.

ViiV Healthcare reports positive 48-week results for first pivotal, phase III study for novel, long-acting, injectable HIV-treatment regimen

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ATLAS study meets primary endpoint, showing similar efficacy of a once-a-month, investigational, injectable two-drug regimen of cabotegravir and rilpivirine compared to a standard of care, daily, oral three-drug regimen.

Light-Emitting Nanoparticles Could Provide a Safer Way to Image Living Cells

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Light emitted by nanoparticles injected into the mammary fat pads of a live mouse is imaged through several millimeters of tissue. This sequence shows how the light emitted by these laser-excited particles can be imaged through deep tissue two hours after injection (left), four hours after injection (center), and six hours after injection (right).

EEOC Sues Grand Hyatt For Disability Discrimination

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NEW YORK - Grand Hyatt New York, Inc., which operates a large hotel in New York City, violated federal civil right law by refusing to accommodate an employee with a chronic back impairment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit announced today.

An update from Ituri, DRC

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The Congolese are no strangers to conflict. In many ways still recovering from a brutal war that killed some five million people between 1994 and 2003, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains plagued by ongoing violence. In the northeast corner of the country, International Medical Corps recently mobilized an emergency response to provide vital health services in Ituri, where flares in tribal fighting have displaced more than 300,000 people.

Intel Advances the Safe Integration of Drones into US Airspace

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An Intel Falcon 8+ drone outfitted with a FLIR thermal sensor detects a herd of resting cattle at night during Open Drone ID and UAS Integrated Pilot Program operations in the Choctaw Nation, outside Durant, Oklahoma, on Aug.

Illinois Governor signs new legislation to protect elephants and rhinos from poaching and wildlife trafficking

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is earning praise for signing legislation to restrict the intrastate sale of ivory and rhino horn products. House Bill 4843, introduced by Rep. Martin Moylan of Des Plaines, will ensure that Illinois does not contribute to the illegal wildlife trade.

Humanitarian aid workers where children need them most

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The 19th August is World Humanitarian Day – the occasion to value the work humanitarians carry out in areas affected by conflicts or natural disasters, sometimes putting their own well-being in danger to help others. Which contexts do Terre des hommes’ humanitarian workers face nowadays?

A critical humanitarian situation is unfolding among internally displaced people in Bama, Borno state

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Newly arrived displaced people in Bama, in Nigeria's Borno state, on 15 August 2018.

KCK Man Charged with Stealing Dozens of Firarms from Independence Gun Store

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Kan., man was charged in federal court today with stealing dozens of firearms from an Independence, Mo., gun store.

Generations For Peace Shortlisted for 2018 Beyond Sport Global Awards

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HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein applauds volunteers’ around world using sport to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Post Acute Medical Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Settle Allegations of Kickbacks and Improper Physician Relationships

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Post Acute Medical, LLC, a Pennsylvania-based operator of long‑term care and rehabilitation hospitals across the country, and certain affiliated entities through which the company operates its facilities (collectively, “PAM”), have agreed to pay the United States, Texas, and Louisiana a total of $13,168,000 to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act, and the Texas and Louisiana false claims statutes, by knowingly submitting claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs that resulted from violations of the Anti‑Kickback Statute and the Physician Self‑Referral Law, the Justice Department announced today.

Syria tops the list of deadliest places for aid workers for the second consecutive year

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August 2018. Syria tops the list of deadliest places to be an aid worker for the second year in a row, an analysis by CARE International has found.

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

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Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new method that gives aircraft a backup system in case GPS fails: An antenna on the ground that can tell a drone where it is.