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Herbalife Under Investigation

The nutrition and nutritional supplements company Herbalife is under investigation for allegedly operating a pyramid scheme for financing. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opened an investigation on Herbalife multinational. Through a statement Wednesday, the company said that "given the tremendous amount of misinformation in the market, we will fully cooperate with the FTC." The complaints made to the FTC were raised over a year ago by billionaire William Ackerman, founder of investment fund Pershing Square Capital Management, which directly accuses Herbalife employing an illegal pyramid scheme for their income. Through this practice most of the money is made by recruiting new salespeople rather…
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Michelle Obama, Governor Chafee, and Director of Health Urge Cities and Towns to Join Let’s Move!

First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Director of Health Michael Fine, have all reached out to the leadership in Rhode Island's cities and towns calling on them to join Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties. Let's Move! is a national campaign to address the childhood obesity epidemic by engaging local leaders in improving the health of people of their communities. Obama, Chafee, and Fine aim to make Rhode Island the country's first Let's Move! state by getting the leadership in every city and town to enroll. "Everyone has a role to play to increase opportunities for healthy living…
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RI State Police Arrests Suspect for Cruelty/Neglect of a Child

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a suspect for Cruelty/Neglect of a Child after Troopers discovered a one-month-old infant left alone in a residence on Marietta Street in Providence. On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at approximately 12:32 , Troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Charles Street in the City of Providence. The operator was positively identified as Dean Thompson, age 23, of 33 Marietta Street, Providence, RI. A check of Mr. Thompson in NCIC/RILETS Files revealed four active Superior Court Bench warrants and one active District…
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Palestinians Fired More Than 20 Rockets Into Israel From Gaza

Palestinian militants in Gaza fired more than 20 rockets into southern Israel, the heaviest bombardment since 2012. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to respond "strongly". The attack comes a day after an Israeli air raid on Gaza that killed three members of the Islamic Jihad militant group. The group said it fired the rockets to avenge these deaths. The amount of rocket attacks into Israel declined since the military launched an eight day offensive against Gaza militants 16 months ago.
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Ukraine On Alert for A Russian Invasion

Officials of the interim government of Ukraine assured that the country faces the threat of a full-scale invasion by the Russian army stationed at their borders. The secretary of the Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy said that Russian troops are only two or three hours walk from the capital, Kiev, and that none of the Russian troops had retreated. Ukrainian armed forces are on high alert. The secretary urged the Ukrainian population to enroll in the new National Guard. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in recent days that it reserves the right to use force to protect…
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At Least Two Dead in East Harlem Building Collapse

The Police Department of New York reported two killed by an explosion and the collapse of two buildings in the area of Harlem. The dead were two women. Emergency crews are responding and the incident has produced at least 20 injured. At about 9:30 local time, firefighters responded to a call about the collapse of a building in East Harlem . Television footage shows smoke and dust and debris out of the fire department pouring water on the property .Neighborhood residents said they had heard an explosion in the five-story building apartment, located on the corner of 116th Street and Park…
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DEM Announces Availability of Up to $5 Million in Open Space Grants for Land Preservation Project

PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management is now accepting applications from municipalities, land trusts, and non-profit land conservation organizations for Rhode Island Local Open Space Matching Grants. A total of up to $5 million is available during this round of the grant program. "Through these grants, we will continue to help preserve and protect precious open space and farmland, as well as support one of our state's economic drivers – tourism," Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. "Rhode Island is fortunate to enjoy unparalleled natural beauty. By having funds available for our cities and towns, land trusts and conservation organizations,…
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Free Tax Services Available to Eligible Providence Residents

Tax credits and free preparation can help working families save thousands PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Angel Taveras is encouraging eligible Providence residents to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program this tax season. "My administration is pleased to promote the work of our community partners helping hardworking Providence residents and families take advantage of tax credits and free tax preparation available to them," said Mayor Taveras. Taxpayers who earned less than $52,000 last year may be eligible for an EITC refund. The tax credit can put thousands of dollars back into…
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11 Injured in Two Building Collapse in NYC

Two buildings collapsed Tuesday in the area of Manhattan in New York City, apparently because of an explosion. A fire spokesman confirmed that there are at least eleven minor injuries. So far there is no information about fatal injuries or if anyone is trapped in the buildings. At about 9:30 local time, firefighters responded to a call about the collapse of a building in East Harlem . Soon after, the Police Department of New York City said it was investigating reports that the collapse would have involved two buildings. The incident occurred on 116th Street at the height of Park…
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Pistorius Trial: Reconstructing the Bathroom Crime Scene

The South African athlete Oscar Pistorius did not have his prosthesis on when he broke the bathroom door where his girlfriend was at the time of her death, according to testimony given Wednesday by the young forensic expert . The defense claims that Pistorius smashed the door after realizing he had shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutors, meanwhil , say the athlete destroyed the bathroom door to shoot . In a preliminary testimony, the athlete said he had put on his prosthesis and had acted under the vulnerability he felt by his disability . The scene was rebuilt in…
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