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U.S. House Moves To Block EPA Water Rules Over More Lands PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 16:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House is moving to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands. Critics say the rule represents a classic Washington overreach.

 
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule that it says will clarify which streams and waterways are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act, an issue that remains in dispute even after two U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
 
Agriculture groups and farm-state politicians call the proposed rule a power grab that would allow the government to dictate what farmers can do on their own land.
 
The White House has threatened to veto the bill, saying the rule is needed to ensure clean water for future generations and to reduce regulatory uncertainty.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 16:17
 
HHS: Hacker Breached Obamacare Website PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 September 2014 14:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Federal officials say no personal data was taken when a hacker infiltrated the Affordable Care Act's website this summer. 

 
The website in question is healthcare.gov.
 
A Health and Human Services spokesman said the server didn't contain personal information. Getting data didn't seem to be the purpose of the malware, officials said. According to CNN, the virus was intended to take over the server and use it as a "bot" to send out mass emails.
 
Federal law enforcement is looking into the breach.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 14:32
 
WSJ: FBI Holds Records Of 77.7 Million Americans PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:07

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - It appears the admonishment we were given as kids is true: get in trouble and it really will be part of your permanent record.

 
The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI has records on 77.7 million Americans and the information ranges from misdemeanors to felonies. 
 
The FBI is given the information by state and local law enforcement officials. It's up to those local officials to notify the FBI of the adjudication of a case, but the newspaper reports that notifying the FBI isn't required. Thus, millions of Americans who have been acquitted or whose cases were dropped, still have a record with the country's premiere federal law enforcement agency.
 
The FBI reportedly keeps records for 110 years. 
 
To read the full story, visit www.wsj.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:07
 
National Institues Of Health To Launch Human Safety Study Of Ebola Vaccine Candidate PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Preventing the Ebola virus from infecting humans is the aim of testing of an investigational vaccine announced this week by the National Institutes of Health. Testing will take place at the agency's Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

 
The study is the first of several Phase 1 clinical trials that will examine the investigational NIAID/GSK Ebola vaccine and an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and licensed to NewLink Genetics Corp, according to statement from the National Institutes of Health.
 
The trials are conducted in healthy adults with the goal of determining if the vaccine is safe and induces an adequate immune response.
 
Discussions are also underway with Nigerian officials about conducting a similar study of healthy adults in that country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is involved in those talks.
 
The pace of human safety testing for experimental Ebola vaccines has been expedited in response to the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1,400 suspected and confirmed deaths from Ebola infection have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone since the outbreak was first reported in March 2014. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:17
 
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