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SEC's charges against brokers tied to $1.2B scam highlight red flags you need to watch for

SEC's charges against brokers tied to $1.2B scam highlight red flags you need to watch for

Finance
The Securities and Exchange Commission today unveiled new charges against five unregistered brokers in connection with a $ 1.2 billion Ponzi scheme that came to light late last year. The five individuals and their companies sold more than $ 243 million in unregistered securities to more than 1,600 individual investors, according to the SEC. The individuals allegedly promoted the firm's "safe and secure" investments at seminars, a Florida university class, in newspaper ads and on the radio. The problem: The brokers were not allowed to sell securities a...
Trait tied to autism may explain emergence of realistic art

Trait tied to autism may explain emergence of realistic art

Science
May 14 (UPI) -- Some 30,000 years ago, in the midst of the Ice Age, cartoonish caricatures of animals gave way to more realistic art. New research suggests the shift in aesthetic could be explained by "detail focus," a trait linked to autism. Seemingly all at once, detailed depictions of bears, bison, horses and lions began to appear in significant numbers in Ice Age caves. Scientists have struggled to account for the sudden change. Researchers have previously suggested psychotropic substances inspired the explosion of detail-oriented drawings, but a new study discounts such an explanation. Instead, archaeologists at the University of York argue a trait linked with autism, called detail focus, jumpstarted the trend. "Detail focus is what determines whether you can draw realistically; you...
71-year-old man says airline crew hit and tied him up

71-year-old man says airline crew hit and tied him up

World
A Nigerian man claims a flight crew bound and punched him and taped his mouth shut for hours onboard a Chicago-bound flight he was taking to reunite with his family. David Ukesone, 71, was eight hours away from landing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, his attorney said, when a dispute with flight attendants turned hostile. "He apparently sits in the wrong seat and was told to change seats by a flight attendant," attorney Howard Schaffner told ABC News. "He didn't think he was in the wrong seat and there was an argument and, at some point, he was hit." Emirates Airlines released a statement Monday morning confirming an incident did occur. "Emirates can confirm that a passenger on flight EK235 from Dubai to Chicago on 23 January had to be restrained by cabin crew due to unruly...