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Study shows local seismic isolation and damping methods provide optimal protection for essential computing equipment

Buffalo, New York - In experiments aimed at securing essential electronic equipment, a team of researchers led by earthquake engineer Claudia Marin-Artieda is seeking solutions for protecting computer servers, backup power units, and other high-tech equipment by employing locally installed passive seismic protective systems, such as base isolation and damping.

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NAFTA Tribunal Dismisses Apotex Claims

Washington, DC - A three-member arbitral tribunal constituted under Chapter Eleven of the North American Free Trade Agreement rejected all claims brought against the United States by Apotex Holdings Inc. and Apotex Inc. The two Canadian pharmaceutical companies had sought up to $1.5 billion in damages for losses allegedly caused by an “Import Alert” issued in 2009 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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To Heck With The Joneses! Why KEEPING UP is Actually Keeping You Down

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The American Dream has evolved past the humble “white picket fence.” Way past. We all strive for the “nice” home (as defined by HGTV and Pinterest) as opposed to the cozy one, keep a perpetual car payment instead of driving an older model, and chauffeur kids to an endless array of pricey activities rather than sending them outside. Call it creeping consumerism, entitlement, or plain old peer pressure. The point is, we see our hectic and expensive lifestyles as normal and it’s time we realized that keeping up with the proverbial Joneses is actually extravagant and irresponsible.

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Senator Boxer Urges California Universities to Create Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate on Every Campus

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today sent a letter to University of California President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White, California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities President Kristen F. Soares and California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools Executive Director Robert W. Johnson urging them to voluntarily implement the provisions of the Survivor Outreach and Support Campus Act (SOS Campus Act) by creating an independent victim's advocate on every campus.

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Governor and First Lady Honor Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley

Sacramento, California - On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

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ICE removes convicted terrorism supporter to the United Kingdom

Boston, Massachusetts - A British man who pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorism in U.S. federal court was deported Aug. 20 by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

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U.S.-Australia Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement

Washington, DC - U.S. Ambassador to Australia John Berry and Australia’s Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison signed a U.S.-Australia Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement.

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Bossy Business Scam

Washington, DC - You get an email from your boss’s boss requesting that you make a wire transfer to a new vendor. The email is marked urgent, so you ignore the 20 others that need your attention to take care of it. You handle wire transfers all the time, and you’ll definitely score points for responding so quickly, right? Maybe not.

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