U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Iran Over Ballistic Missile Program

The U.S. announced new sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program. The move came a day after the Trump administration certified that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal signed with the U.S. and other countries, but not the “spirit” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Reuters reports the sanctions target 18 individuals or entities supporting “illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity.”

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Weight Gain, Study Finds

Diet soda or regular soda -- diet sounds like the healthier option, but is it? New research suggests it might not be.

A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that consumption of certain artificial sweeteners was association with increased body mass index, hypertension, type 2 diabetes among other health risks.

Scientists say they still need more evidence and studies before making a conclusion on the long term risks or possible benefits of artificial sweeteners. 

Trustees Report: Social Security Reserves will be Depleted in 2034

Social Security reserves will be depleted in 2034, according to the 2017 Trustees report to Congress. Social Security Disability Insurance will be depleted even earlier in 2028.

Projected Social Security cost will increase more rapidly than projected non-interest income through 2037 because as baby boomers retire, there will be more beneficiaries than covered workers.

The Trustees say when Social Security runs out in 2035, OASI income will be able to cover 75 percent of OASI scheduled benefits.

In their report, the Trustees say Social Security can continue to protect future generations, if Congress addresses, “the projected trust fund shortfalls in a timely way in order to phase in necessary changes gradually and give workers and beneficiaries time to adjust to them.”

U.S. to Allow 15,000 More Foreign Workers

The U.S. government is allowing 15,000 additional visas for low-wage seasonal workers for the rest of this fiscal year. The H-2B visas are designed for non-agricultural jobs, including fisheries, restaurants and hotels.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary John Kelly found there are not enough qualified and willing U.S. workers available to perform those temporary jobs to fulfill the needs of Americans businesses.

To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must prove their business is “likely to suffer irreparable harm” if it cannot employ H-2B workers.

Ashley Madison Proposes $11.2 Million Settlement in 2015 Hack

Ashley Madison’s parent company and lawyers representing victims of a 2015 data breach have reached a proposed $11.2 million settlement. The hack left 36 million users’ personal information on the cheating dating website vulnerable.

According to a press release, the money will go towards payments to victims who submit valid claims for alleged losses and misrepresentations from the data breach.

Ruby Corp says they deny any wrongdoing, but have agreed to the proposed settlement to “avoid the uncertainty, expense and inconvenience associated with continued litigation.”