Recent reports by the Monthly Treasury Statement indicated that between November 2013 and November 2014, the collective balance in the federal direct student loan program saw a substantial rise of $119,412,000,000. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York also indicated that as of the end of the third quarter, the total sum of student loans – including private sources – surpassed the $3 billion mark. Read More →
Saudi Arabia, the top crude oil exporter, is currently predicting a $39 billion deficit for 2015. Lower oil prices and the decision to avoid cutting production are exerting pressure on the country’s finances.
The deficit figure was part of an endorsed 2015 budget, publicized in a statement aired recently on state-run television. Read More →
As of January 2015, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department will become the first law enforcement officials to wear body cameras. Announced on Tuesday by Mayor Eric Garcetti, he stated that the LAPD will purchase 2,000 cameras for its officers, starting with 800 in January. Read More →
Hold on, America.
There’s no way to sugarcoat this. We’re no longer number one. As of today, we are officially number two.
The Chinese economy has taken over the United States economy, assuming the title of the largest in the world. For the first time in history since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the top economic power in the world. Read More →
President Obama sent ripples through the U.S. government on Thursday when he announced his plan to mainstream millions of illegal immigrants in the US. The proposed executive order will permit immigrants to ‘come out of the shadows and get right with the law’ instead of facing deportation.
The order faced immediate complaint from Republicans who were outraged by the fact that immigrant ‘anchor babies’ will be used as aids in permitting illegal parents to remain and reside legally in the U.S. Read More →
A Utah man’s leukemia is currently in remission due to an experimental therapy. Doctors injected HIV-infused white blood cells, after programming them to recognize, target and obliterate the cancer.
Marshall Jensen received his diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012. He began searching for a treatment that would force the often fatal blood cancer into remission. After traveling the country and undergoing unsuccessful treatments, procedures, and surgeries, he heard about researchers at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These researchers have spent two decades developing an experimental treatment that kills cancer in incurable leukemia patients, KSL reported. Read More →
Alaska became the fourth state in the US to legalize marijuana. It is reported that 94% of precincts that have voted on Measure 2 – the new legislation that will legalize marijuana for recreational uses – have reached a majority ‘yes’ vote of 52%.
The overall result was also reached in Oregon and Washington D.C, where marijuana was legalized on Tuesday, joining Washingon state and Colorado which passed the law two years ago in 2012. Read More →
A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that the Fifth Amendment does not protect fingerprints. This decision has clear privacy repercussions for fingerprint-protected devices such as newer iPhones and iPads.
Judge Steven C. Fucci states that a criminal defendant can’t be forced to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device. However, law enforcement officials can force a defendant to use a fingerprint to unlock a device. Read More →
On a recent trip to the US, the Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon was prevented from meeting with top US officials. It is believed that earlier on Friday the Obama administration denied Ya’alon a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Read More →
A new study is examining whether America’s desire for soda has an effect on how the body’s cells age. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, studied 5300 healthy adults. Dr. Elissa Epel spent five years working on this study. “We think we can get away with drinking lots of soda as long as we are not gaining weight, but this suggests that there is an invisible pathway that leads to accelerated aging, regardless of weight,” stated Dr. Epel. Read More →
London- An amendment to two existing laws outlined on Sunday could herald new sanctions and longer jail terms for those convicted of sending abusive or inflammatory messages on social media, according to Britain’s Justice Sectary Chris Grayling.
After a string of high-profile cases particularly on Twitter, the potential changes to the Malicious Communications Act could see sentences of up to two years. Read More →
This week sees the war in Afghanistan turn 13; making it the longest ever war of its kind in US history. Despite countless promises, however, this war – that has cost many lives and trillions of dollars – still seems to see no end. Read More →
Apple has announced that a new operating system release will make it impossible for the company to release data from most iPhones and iPads to police. This change will include search warrants also, a move to quell allegations that Apple has been too cooperative in government efforts to gain user information.
A French-Canadian research team has conducted a study of Canadian adults; the early findings seem to suggest a link between the use of benzodiazepine and the increased risk of developing dementia.
The NHS currently advises that long term prescriptions for drugs should not be used for more than 12 weeks, but the preliminary findings show that those who took the drug for three or more months had an up to 51% higher chance of developing the debilitating brain disease. Read More →
Back in 2001, following the September 11 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) supplied local police departments across the US with military-grade weapons in a bid to combat the fight against terror. It is now believed though that the DHS will demand police departments to pay back the anti-terrorism grants that originally supplied them with these weapons. Read More →
A Mississippi man has suffered life-threatening injuries that resulted in brain surgery after he entered a Waffle House. He did receive a prior warning not to enter the restaurant due to the color of his skin.
The severe beating took place early Sunday morning at approximately 2 a.m., according to The Clarion-Ledger. As many as 20 assailants participated in the beating. The injured man is Ralph Weems IV, a Marine and veteran of the Iraq War. He is white. Read More →
Once again another major multinational is making its way across the border – this time towards Canada. According to sources, Burger King is about to embark on an $11 million buy-out of the mammoth Tim Hortons Inc. chain in Canada. A company which is valued at more than $8 billion – and combined with the approximate $10 billion worth of Burger King – if it goes through, the deal would make the company the world’s third biggest fast-food chain. Read More →
Baikonur, Kazakhstan – Traces of plankton among other microorganisms have been discovered living on the exterior of the International Space Station according to Russian Space Officials and could hold the key to more effective extra-planetary living.
The sea creatures were discovered on a routine space walk by cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Olek Artemyev. Their task was simply to clean the illuminators (windows) of the Russian segment of the ISS but after further study with ‘high precision equipment’, plankton and other organisms were found to be surviving in the freezing vacuum of space. Read More →
Southampton, UK – Researchers at the University of Southampton along with an international team of scientists have utilized a molecule that could herald a new era in anti-cancer drugs.
Reported in this week’s Nature Chemistry journal, a synthetic ion transporter that had existed before this research has now been used to cause cells to rapidly uptake sodium and chloride ions – also known as common table salt. Read More →
How often have you brushed your teeth with a toothpaste without knowing it’s ingredients? Millions of Americans have been brushing their teeth on a daily basis with Colgate Total without the faintest idea that it contains a chemical that has been linked to cancer cell-growth. Read More →
The families of numerous of Afghan civilians killed by US/NATO forces in Afghanistan have not received justice, Amnesty International has reported recently. Air strikes and night raids carried out by US forces, including apparent war crimes, have not been investigated and resolved.
Amid growing dollar-skepticism, Chinese and Russian economies are set to cause a currency swap ‘dominoes effect’ that could ripple through both emerging and stable markets.
With the continuation of trade sanctions on Russia by the US, cracks have started to appear in trade markets. Earlier this year, the first wave of clients on Russia’s open joint stock exchange Gazprom started to shift currency from the dollar to the Renminbi and the Euro. Read More →
United States Center for Disease Control director Dr. Tom Frieden has announced that the CDC has increased its response to the Ebola virus to Level 1, which is the highest possible response level. The CDC elevated the level in response to a number new diagnoses and threats around the world.
Fear erupted in Argentina on Thursday as stock prices plummeted. Defaulting on their bills for the second time in 13 years, such action could threaten foreign reserves, fuel inflation and increase the damage of the country’s ever present recession. Read More →
NEW ORLEANS, LA – A new study from researchers at the Tulane University School of Medicine has found a link between the effectiveness of Tamoxifen, the breast cancer drug, and exposure to light at night.
Published in Cancer Research and entitled “Circadian and Melatonin Disruption by Exposure to Light at Night Drives Intrinsic Resistance to Tamoxifen Therapy in Breast Cancer” the study found that the inhibition of melatonin production negatively impacts the effectiveness of the cancer drug. Read More →