Important Press Releases

Pennsylvania man indicted for offenses involving the exploitation of a minor

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Stowe, Pennsylvania man was indicted, on Dec.

Philippines: Extension of martial law a threat to civilians in Mindanao

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Civilians in Mindanao have faced unlawful killings, destruction of their homes, ill-treatment and numerous other human rights abuses at the hands of Philippine armed forces and Islamist militants since the imposition of martial law. The length of this latest extension, until the end of 2018, is an ominous move that almost certainly signals further abuses in the months ahead.

Rodney S. Scott Named Chief Patrol Agent for San Diego Sector

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SAN DIEGO—On Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017, the San Diego Sector Border Patrol welcomed its newest Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott. A Change of Command ceremony was held at the Coronado Community Center in Coronado, CA. U.S. Border Patrol Acting Chief Carla Provost presided over the ceremony, which formally established Rodney S. Scott as the Chief Patrol Agent (CPA) for the San Diego Sector.

Killer Question : Is blockchain about to become music industry's best friend?

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To keep it simple, blockchain is a technology that makes it possible to store and transmit information transparently, securely and without a central control organ.

Military health discussion at National Defense Forum

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As a combat surgeon during the Iraq War and a member of Congress, Brad Wenstrup has a unique perspective of handling healthcare for servicemembers and their families, and preparing medical professionals for military deployments.

Federal jury convicts Texas business owner of defrauding the City of San Antonio by overcharging $500K in janitorial services

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SAN ANTONIO — After an eight-day jury trial, a South Texas businessman was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.

El Salvador: Failure to release woman jailed after miscarriage, outrageous step backward for justice

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A court’s decision not to release a woman forced to spend a decade behind bars after having a miscarriage in El Salvador is an outrageous step backward for justice, Amnesty International said.

Going after opioid manufacturers, distributors in court may help with crisis

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ANN ARBOR—As the health care community moves on multiple fronts to address the opioid crisis, one area that holds promise is in litigation against those who manufacture and distribute prescription opioid drugs, according to a University of Michigan researcher.

Blake Shaffer - Albertas Renewable Auction Sets a New Low for Prices, but Tweaks Are Needed in the Future

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Census 2016: Where is the discussion about Indigenous education?

Alfredo Ortiz: "Tax Bill Is Christmas Present Americans Have Been Waiting For"

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Good for ordinary Americans. Good for small businesses.

Instability of Antarctic Ice Sheets and Cliffs Makes Projecting Future Sea-level Rise Difficult

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AMHERST, Mass. – Authors of a new study that combine a well-established sea-level rise projection framework plus a model of Antarctic ice-sheet instability suggest in a paper released today that scientists won’t be able to determine until the 2060s which of two different sea-level rise scenarios is most likely to occur.

The Fight for Urban Integration In Buenos Aires: A Triumph or Failure?

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Every year tens of thousands of tourists visit the charming city of Buenos Aires. Typically seeking out the quiet and clean neighborhood of Retiro, foreigners are shown the good life. There are spacious parks, beautiful art galleries, splendid European style architecture, and fashionable coffee shops where Argentina’s well-to-do chain smoke cigarettes on patios while fiercely debating politics and philosophy.

Report Highlights Pollution Risk to Residents near California Oil and Gas Facilities; Calls for Full-Time Pollution Monitoring and Public Data Disclosure

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Nearly one million Californians living within half-a-mile of the state’s 54,000 active oil and gas wells may face elevated health risks due to pollution from those operations. But a report released today by Environmental Defense Fund says a new wave of lower-cost digital monitoring technology could give them new peace of mind by allowing companies and regulators to keep a 24-hour lookout for leaks and other dangerous emissions.

State Extends In-State Tuition to Student Evacuees from Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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Hurricane damage in Puerto RicoThe Board of Higher Education (BHE) voted Dec.

Commonwealth invites young people to take part in major forum

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Hosted by the UK Government, the Forum is part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which will see leaders from all 52 member states convene in London to discuss issues related to peace, prosperity, inclusion and security.

EDF Chemicals Expert Applauds Doursons Reported Withdrawal from Chemical Position

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According to press reports, the nomination of Michael Dourson to lead EPA’s toxics office is being withdrawn.

Pilsner Awarded $2.26 Million Grant to Extend Phthalate Research

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Richard Pilsner, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS), recently received a five-year, $2.26 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to extend and replicate findings in an animal study of his earlier investigation into the effects of phthalate levels on sperm epigenetics and reproductive success in humans.

College of Education Offers New Undergraduate Program in Special Education

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In response to the shortage of special education teachers nationwide and to fill the need particularly in Massachusetts, the College of Education has developed a new undergraduate-level, evidence-based teacher training program in special education leading to licensure in moderate disabilities for PreK-8 or 5-12.

Calculating the cost of tech-fueled discrimination

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One of our tasks for 2018 is to figure out how to leverage all of this momentum and to build and maintain this very powerful network of data scientists, activists, and organizers,” said MIT mathematics graduate student Lucas Mason-Brown, who organized the recent Data for Black Lives (D4BL) conference, held at the Media Lab.

Bills that weaken U.S. fishing law advance in Congress despite broad opposition

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WASHINGTON – December 13, 2017) The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources voted to advance two pieces of legislation (H.R. 200 and H.R. 3588) today that threaten fish populations and the people who depend on them. Departing from a 40-year tradition of building consensus around federal fisheries laws, the bills failed to attract any meaningful bipartisan support and have faced opposition from conservationists, fishermen, chefs, scientist and other groups.

Commonwealth future: smarter, more resilient and gender balanced

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India is leading the way with commitment and innovation that is smart and transformative, according to Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.

GSMA Urges Members of the World Trade Organization to Prioritise and Accelerate Investment in Digital Future

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Buenos Aires: On the occasion of the 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference, GSMA Director General Mats Granryd called on government leaders to reform their regulatory frameworks in order to encourage a new wave of innovation and investment in digital infrastructure and services. Currently, 108 of the WTO’s 164 members have made commitments to facilitate trade in telecoms services, such as the right to establish new telecoms companies, make foreign direct investment in existing companies and enable the cross-border transmission of telecoms services.

Through GSMA We Care, Argentina Mobile Operators Announce Free 144 Calls to Fight Gender-Based Violence

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Buenos Aires: Argentina’s mobile operators today pledged to support the work of the National Women’s Institute of the Argentine Ministry of Social Development in the fight to eradicate violence against women, ensuring that calls to 144 are free of charge for all mobile users in Argentina.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $100 million in funding for new projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA‑E) latest OPEN funding opportunity. OPEN will support America’s top innovators through dozens of early-stage research and development projects as they build technologies to transform the nation’s energy system.

ZOA: Remove Immunity of Arab MKs Engaging in Treason

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The ZOA’s concern is prompted by the latest incident in which Arab Joint List MK, Israeli Arab Hanin Zoabi, presenting a no confidence motion against the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, said that Mr.

Top Carnegie Council Resources, 2017

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Carnegie Council's audience picks reflect this. Our most popular podcasts and web resources this year focused on shifts in the established geopolitical order; migrants and refugees; and the disruptions brought about by new technologies. Although audio podcasts remain our most accessed resource, we saw a big increase in video podcast views in 2017. In fact, the top resource for the year was James Traub's video highlights on migrants and refugees.

Disaster Recovery Center in Orlando Will Transition to SBA Disaster Loan

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ORLANDO, Fla. —The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Orlando is closing Wednesday, December 20, and will reopen at the same location as a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Thursday, December 21.

WWF: WTO again fails to end harmful fisheries subsidies

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The 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) came to a close today in Buenos Aires, Argentina, without reaching an agreement to end the environmental harm and trade distortions caused by fisheries subsidies.

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Ayobami Adebayos Stay with Me for ALA Book Club Central pick

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CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Stay with Me” by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Nigeria: Families of hundreds of Shia Muslims killed in Zaria still await justice

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The Nigerian authorities must ensure justice, truth and reparation over the military’s unlawful killing of more than 350 Shi’a Muslims in the northern city of Zaria in December 2015, Amnesty International said on the two-year anniversary of the massacre.

Trump Administration Leases Out 33,000 Acres of Nevada Public Lands for Fracking

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LAS VEGAS— The Trump administration auctioned off more than 50 square miles of public lands for oil drilling and fracking on Tuesday in Nevada’s Great Basin desert. The leased areas include endangered species habitat. Numerous conservation groups protested the lease sale, citing violations of environmental laws.

Purdue alumnus mission to continue Cradle of Astronauts tradition

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The following Purdue experts can discuss various news topics related to Purdue alumnus and NASA astronaut Scott Tingle’s first mission to the International Space Station.

Researchers to Receive ODonnell Awards from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas

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Two faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin will receive Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) at its annual conference in January.

University of Washington celebrates fundraising and construction milestones for second computer science building

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The University of Washington celebrated two major fundraising and construction milestones on Wednesday for the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, which will allow the UW to double its annual computer science and engineering degree production, offer an unparalleled education to more of Washington’s students and grow its high impact research programs.

CAIR-Columbus Volunteers Distribute Gift Cards to Families in Need

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COLUMBUS, OHIO, 12/13/17) – Today, CAIR-Columbus’ Feeding Families Project volunteers distributed holiday gift cards to the residents and staff at the YWCA Family Shelter.

Teen mothers may have higher heart risks

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Women who became first-time mothers as teens were significantly more likely than older mothers to have greater risks for heart and blood vessel disease later in life, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Catherine Pirkle, an assistant professor in the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, served as lead author.

West Virginia Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Failing to Pay Employment Taxes

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Chief U.S. District Court Judge Thomas E. Johnston scheduled sentencing for March 14, 2018.  Lopez faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison as well as a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.

CAIR-Columbus Helps Iraqi-Americans Become Citizens After Years of Delay

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COLUMBUS, OHIO, 12/13/2017) -- The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) announced today it has successfully resolved another citizenship delay lawsuit.

Conference committee must remove Arctic Refuge drilling from tax bill

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Grizzly bears are just one of the iconic Alaska species—including polar bears, wolves, caribou and Dall sheep—that would be threatened by drilling in the pristine and beautiful Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

NAACP GOTV Helps Mobilize Black Voters in Alabama Special Election

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The African-American community played a major role in this most-crucial special election,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “Our vote is reflective of the values of a nation refusing to exchange its integrity and character for the sake of selfish partisan politics. As a native Alabamian said, Black Folks saved the soul of Alabama.