Important Press Releases

FTC Testifies before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee about Agencys Work to Protect Consumers, Promote Competition, and Maximize Resources

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In testimony before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, the Federal Trade Commission described its work to protect consumers and promote competition, and stressed the agency’s commitment to maximizing its resources, enhancing its effectiveness, and anticipating and responding to changes in the marketplace.

Electoral rules unfit for purpose, say campaigners

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Campaigners and politicians are demanding action to "rein in the wild west of election campaigning", following news that Vote Leave will be fined just £61,000 for breaking the rules during the EU referendum.

Kansas Man Convicted of Producing Child Pornography

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Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Stephen R. McAllister of the District of Kansas made the announcement.

Humanists Prevail in Challenge to Religious Activities in Douglas County Schools

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Washington, D.C., July 18, 2018)—The American Humanist Association is pleased with a Colorado federal court’s latest ruling in a long-running lawsuit by the AHA and local parents against the Douglas County School District. The decision was issued yesterday in the case of American Humanist Association, et.

GE Renewable Energy acquires WMC wind turbine blade test center in Wieringerwerf, Netherlands

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GE Renewable Energy Business, LM Wind Power announced today the planned acquisition of the WMC test facilities in Wieringerwerf, Netherlands. The transaction is expected to close within a few weeks' time subject to certain pre-completion conditions.

Court Grants Emergency Stay of EPA's Super-polluter Truck Loophole

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WASHINGTON— The D.C. Circuit Court today granted a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to stop enforcing production caps on super-polluting diesel “glider” trucks after the Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Fund and Sierra Club filed an emergency motion yesterday.

SEC Adopts Final Rules and Solicits Public Comment on Ways to Modernize Offerings Pursuant to Compensatory Arrangements

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued final rules to amend Securities Act Rule 701, which provides an exemption from registration for securities issued by non-reporting companies pursuant to compensatory arrangements.

Stakeholder Nominations Open to Help Guide Research Grant Process

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The American Cancer Society is seeking individuals with a strong personal interest in cancer to participate in its research and training grants peer review process.

Cisco Helps Automate Experian's Worldwide Data Centers

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SAN JOSE, Calif—July 18, 2018—Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™)  will serve as the foundation for Experian’s data centers and colocation sites around the globe.

Convicted Felon/Gang Member Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm Used to Kill Child

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Sanders was charged in a criminal complaint on June 14, 2017, after the accidental shooting death of 7-year old Harmony Warfield on June 6, 2017.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 12, 2017, and pleaded guilty on November 7, 2017.

Effective government requires transparency and integrity says UNDP

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Tbilisi, Georgia, 18 July 2018 – Governments should double efforts to be open, accountable, and responsive to their citizens, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said, as more than 76 nations convened here to discuss putting people first.

UK adults differ from NHS England boss on health priorities

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A recent poll shows UK adults believe dementia is in the top three health areas the NHS should focus on in the next 10 years. The survey commissioned by Alzheimer’s Research UK shows starkly different public priorities to those outlined today in an interview with NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens, which failed to acknowledge the harm dementia presents to the UK’s economy, health services, and lives of people living with condition and carers.

Mexico: Government insists on hiding the truth about Ayotzinapa

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The Mexican government has gone out of its way to impede the creation of a special investigative commission to investigate the Ayotzinapa case, as ordered by a federal court, which ruled that this was the only way to salvage an investigation plagued with irregularities and evidence tampering”.

Thailand: Government must re-join path towards abolition of death penalty

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The Thai authorities must recognise that the death penalty has no place in any criminal justice system and halt any plans to carry out further executions, said Amnesty International, a month after the state carried out its first execution in almost nine years.

Delta and WestJet to create new transborder joint venture

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ATLANTA and CALGARY — Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) and WestJet (TSX: WJA) have signed a definitive agreement to create a comprehensive transborder joint venture arrangement that will offer customers an extensive route network within the U.S. and Canada.

Turkey: lifting of state of emergency a welcome start, now restore rule of law

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The ICJ welcomed today the lapse of Turkey’s nearly two-year state of emergency, which is expected to be effective as of midnight, but said that the authorities needed now to take a range of measures to repair the rupture to the rule of law in the country.

Nicaragua: Government must end repression after three months of senseless slaughter

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Three months after the state repression began in Nicaragua, around 300 people have been killed – the vast majority of them by police or pro-government armed groups.

Bethlehem City Council Passes Measure Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Dangerous Conversion Therapy

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WASHINGTON -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization praised the Bethlehem City Council for passing a measure protecting LGBTQ youth in the city from the dangerous, abusive and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” The ordinance, which was introduced by City Councilmember Bryan Callahan and sponsored by Councilmember Shawn Martell, also had strong support from the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center, KidsPeace Hospital, Valley Youth House, and Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley. Bethlehem is the eighth Pennsylvania locality to pass such a measure following Reading, Allentown, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Doylestown, State College, and Yardley Borough.

WFP meets with Benghazi Mayor as it expands its support to conflict-hit Libya

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TUNIS – Representatives of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have met the Mayor of Benghazi AbdelRahman el-Abbar, to discuss how best WFP and the United Nations can provide support to the country.

Intel Breaks Guinness World Records Title for Drone Light Shows in Celebration of 50th Anniversary

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Intel Corporation flies 2,018 Intel Shooting Star drones over its Folsom, California, facility, in July 2018. The drone light show set a Guinness World Records title for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.

Contact High: The External Effects of Retail Marijuana Establishments on House Prices

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Attitudes toward marijuana use in the United States have changed considerably in the past few decades. According to Gallup polls, the percentage of adults that support marijuana legalization has increased from only 12 percent in 1969 to 58 percent in 2015. State regulations have also shifted in response to these changing attitudes.

WFP supports the Tajik government in emergency preparedness and response

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Thanks to a donation from the Government of the Russian Federation and the WFP Emergency Preparedness Fund, WFP has provided the government’s Committee of Emergency Situations and Response (CoES) with two unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in addition to cutting-edge mapping and spatial analytics software, and two lighting towers.

Poor air quality does not offset exercises heart benefits

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Even in areas with moderate to high levels of traffic pollution, regular physical activity reduced the risk of first and recurrent heart attack.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court UPHOLDS Philly Beverage Tax

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Today’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax is a major victory for the city’s children and families. The decision, which backs two previous lower court rulings, reaffirms a simple truth: Philadelphians, through their elected local officials, have the right to enact measures they feel are necessary to protect the health of their community and allow public investments in critical local programs.

New contribution from Australia to increase WFP food assistance to drought affected people in Afghanistan

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Kabul – The World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a new contribution of AUD 5 million from the Government of Australia to provide food assistance for people affected by drought in Afghanistan.

Microsofts Acquisition of GitHub Is Not Anticompetitive

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GitHub is one of several online services for managing repositories of code created with Git, a free open-source command-line tool invented by Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux.

USAID Administrator Mark Green's Meeting With Colombian President Santos

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On Monday, United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green met with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota. The Administrator thanked President Santos for his enduring commitment to strengthening the strong partnership between the United States and Colombia during his term in office. Administrator Green highlighted Colombia as a key partner, whose development success is a model for the region.

U.S. Chamber Statement on House Passage of the JOBS Act 3.0

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The House took an important step forward today by passing the JOBS Act 3.0. Lawmakers acted to pursue pro-growth policies that help new businesses get started and grow into bigger businesses as well as to create new opportunities for American entrepreneurs. This bipartisan legislation will help small and mid-size businesses raise the capital they need to expand, innovate, and hire new employees.

Broadly acting antibodies found in plasma of Ebola survivors

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a single filamentous Ebola virus particle.

USSSA Pride Powers Past Beijing, 15-0

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 17, 2018) – The USSSA Pride used the long ball to improve to 30-2 on the year with a 15-0 in over Beijing, Tuesday at the Embry-Riddle Softball Stadium.

NIH and Prostate Cancer Foundation launch large study on aggressive prostate cancer in African-American men

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The largest coordinated research effort to study biological and non-biological factors associated with aggressive prostate cancer in African-American men has begun. The $26.5 million study is called RESPOND, or Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Tumor Markers, and Social Stress. It will investigate environmental and genetic factors related to aggressiveness of prostate cancer in African-American men to better understand why they disproportionally experience aggressive disease — that is, disease that grows and spreads quickly — compared with men of other racial and ethnic groups.

Wyndham Destinations Completes $500 Million Term Securitization

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ORLANDO, Fla. (July 18, 2018) – Wyndham Destinations, Inc.

Gordon MacDonald MSP to visit pioneering dementia research lab in Edinburgh

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Today (Tuesday 17 July), Member of The Scottish Parliament Gordon MacDonald will see first-hand the innovative research taking place to find life-changing treatments for dementia when he tours the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. As part of this tour, the MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands will visit with Dr Jill Fowler, an Alzheimer’s Research UK Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Seeding citizen science with DNA barcoding

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High school students out collecting samples for DNA barcoding in Marine Park in Brooklyn, New York.

New faculty member studies the mechanics of development, challenging long-held assumptions

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Amy Shyer joined Rockefeller as an assistant professor on July 1.

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European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will visit Niger from 17 to 18 July to strengthen political ties and focus on tackling shared challenges like security and stability, migration and the need for investment.

Science on Tap to discuss overcoming challenges in the nuclear fuel cycle

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Suzanne Bart, a Purdue University professor of inorganic chemistry, will lead the next installment of Science on Tap, with a focus on overcoming challenges in the nuclear fuel cycle.

14 UW professors elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2018

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Fourteen scientists, physicians and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected this year to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Gartner Survey Finds Only 65 Percent of Organizations Have a Cybersecurity Expert

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Despite 95 percent of CIOs expecting cyberthreats to increase over the next three years, only 65 percent of their organizations currently have a cybersecurity expert, according to a survey from Gartner, Inc. The survey also reveals that skills challenges continue to plague organizations that undergo digitalization, with digital security staffing shortages considered a top inhibitor to innovation.

National Archives Announces New Director of Johnson Presidential Library

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WASHINGTON – Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of Dr. Kyle Longley as the new Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, effective July 29, 2018.