Illinois Middle School Teacher Arrested On Federal Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

CHICAGO–A middle school teacher in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove, Illinois, was arrested early Thursday morning on federal charges for allegedly receiving child pornography and persuading a minor to produce pornographic images of himself. John C. Vastis, aka “Pete,” 51, of Lakemoor, Illinois, which straddles Lake and McHenry counties, was arrested at his home Aug. 28 […]

Former Arthrocare Executives Sentenced For Orchestrating $750 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON–The former chief executive officer (CEO) of ArthroCare Corporation was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, and the former chief financial officer (CFO) was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison today for their leading roles in a $750 million securities fraud scheme. Two other former senior vice presidents of ArthroCare were also sentenced to […]

New Research Links Tornado Strength, Frequency To Climate Change

James Elsner. Photo: Bill Lax/Florida State Photography Services

Tallahassee, FL–(Newswise)–New research by a Florida State University geography professor shows that climate change may be playing a key role in the strength and frequency of tornadoes hitting the United States. Published Wednesday in the journal Climate Dynamics, Professor James Elsner writes that though tornadoes are forming fewer days per year, they are forming at a […]

Ferguson City Officials Hold Keys To Reconciliation and Racial Healing – But Are They Willing To Share Power?

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, Bob McCulloch, holds decisive power whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed Michael Brown.

By Danny R. Johnson – With Reporting by Jeanne McDonough and Samuel Price in St. Louis/Ferguson, MO ST. LOUIS – At Tom’s liquor store, one of the first businesses looted in the Ferguson, MO riots, the Lebanese-American owner keeps a watchful eye on the angry and jobless men loitering outside. The same crowd frightens Shondell […]

Manufacturer Agrees To Pay $52.1 Million Criminal Fine In Fix Pricing, Bid Rigging

WASHINGTON–NGK Spark Plug Co. Ltd., an automotive parts manufacturer based in Nagoya, Japan, has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $52.1 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors, and air fuel ratio sensors installed in cars sold to automobile […]

CA Assemblyman Nixes Invite To Gov. Brown’s Luncheon With Mexican President

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

SACRAMENTO- On August 26, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly will lead a protest outside the Leland Stanford Museum where Governor Jerry Brown will be hosting a luncheon to honor Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to demand the release of active duty US Marine, Sgt Andrew Tahmooressi. Donnelly’s response to Browns invite, “  I am writing to decline your […]

Campaign Finance Reform Bill For School, College Elections Passes Full Legislature

SACRAMENTO–A bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to ban School and College District superintendents and administrators from raising campaign cash for the board members that they serve passed its final legislative hurdle this afternoon and will now be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration of signing the campaign finance reform into law. […]

CPUC Penalizes Edison $24.5 Million For Electric Incidents

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today penalized Southern California Edison (SCE) $24.5 million for violations involving a 2011 windstorm and electrocution incident. The CPUC initiated an investigation to determine whether SCE violated applicable laws in connection with two electrical equipment failures in Southern California in 2011. The first event, on the morning of […]

Production Company Cited For Safety Violations Following Injuries, Worker Fatality

Jesup, GA–Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed and eight other workers were injured while trying to escape an oncoming freight train during the filming of a scene on Feb. 20 for the movie “Midnight Rider,” a biopic based on the life of musician Gregg Allman. Film Allman LLC of Pasadena, California, was cited […]

juvenile Suspects Unaware Of Their Constitutional Rights

WASHINGTON–-(Newswise)–Even when not under arrest, juvenile suspects being interrogated for a crime may be strikingly unaware of their constitutional rights and confess without legal counsel or even a parent present, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd annual Convention. An analysis of 57 videotaped juvenile interrogations at 17 police departments around the […]