Important Press Releases

Deceased Fitzgerald Sailors Posthumously Advanced

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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Wednesday that the seven Sailors who died aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), were posthumously advanced to their next rank.

Navy Announces New Authority for COs

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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- In an effort to reduce administrative distractions and further empower commanding officers (CO), the Navy announced Wednesday in NAVADMIN 200/17 that it will grant COs the authority to reinstate Sailors to E4 who were previously reduced in rank to E3.

Dateline Rice for Aug. 16, 2017

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Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

Ohio Commission Affirms Approval for Customer-funded Bailout of FirstEnergy Corp

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Columbus, OH -- Today, the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) affirmed its approval of a financial bailout that will force FirstEnergy customers to pay $204 million annually to the company over the next three to five years in order to benefit FirstEnergy Corp and its shareholders.

CAIR Urges Cities to Boost Security for Next Wave of Nationwide Hate Rallies on September 9

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WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/16/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on officials in cities targeted by a nationwide series of hate rallies scheduled for September 9 to step up security measures to ensure public safety.

LCV Launches Ads Urging Gosar to Stop Attacking Arizona National Monuments

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The current chairman of the anti-public lands Congressional Western Caucus, Gosar supports completely eliminating Arizona’s four national monuments caught up in the Trump administration’s dangerous and unnecessary review. Gosar even went further than the Trump administration, which has said they will not be making changes to Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

Loss of Arctic Sea Ice Causes Earliest Pacific Walrus Haul Out Ever

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CHUKCHI SEA, Alaska— Hundreds of Pacific walruses have hauled out of Arctic waters near Alaska’s Point Lay due to declining sea ice levels, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today.

Sand to Snow National Monument released from Department of Interior review

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has released one more of our national monuments from scrutiny, announcing that he will not recommend any changes to the Sand to Snow National Monument near Palm Springs, in Southern California.

BenU hires Janet Kirby as director of Springfield branch campus

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Springfield, Illinois ~ Benedictine University has selected Janet A. Kirby, Ph.D., to lead the Springfield branch campus as its campus director.

NEW DATE: CAIR to Offer Know Your Rights Workshop at Virginia Mosque

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WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/16/2017) – On Thursday, August 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a “Know Your Rights and Responsibilities’ workshop at one of the largest mosques in Virginia.

TSA at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport screened record number of passengers in July

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HOUSTON –The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) airports set new records for the number of passengers screened in July. IAH screened more than 1.44 million passengers and crew, making it the busiest month there since TSA’s inception. HOU screened nearly 468,000 passengers and crew in July, breaking the previous records of more than 456,000 set this June and nearly 446,000 set in June 2016.

Scientists Discover Powerful Potential Pain Reliever

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Stephen Martin (left) and James Sahn have discovered a new pain reliever that acts on a previously unknown pain pathway.

In a step toward fighting human trafficking, sex ads are linked to Bitcoin data

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A UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate has developed the first automated techniques to identify adult ads tied to human trafficking rings by linking the ads to public information from Bitcoin — the primary payment method for online sex ads.

Philippines: 32 killed in a day as Duterte's 'war on drugs' hits new levels of barbarity

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These shocking deaths are a reminder that President Duterte's lawless 'war on drugs' continues unabated and actually appears to be plumbing new depths of barbarity, with police routinely gunning down suspects, violating the key right to life and completely flouting due process.

Injured bobcat back home in the wild after treatment at Cornel

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Media note: A video of the bobcat being released back into the wild is available on YouTube. Additional photographs and videos of the bobcat can be downloaded at

Horizontal Well Drillers Sued by EEOC For Age And Disability Discrimination In Hiring

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ST. LOUIS - Horizontal Well Drillers (HWD), an oil and gas drilling company with its corporate offices in Purcell, Okla., violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it declined to hire applicants based on their age or reported history of filing workers' compensation claims, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged in a lawsuit filed today.

Internationally recognized breast cancer specialist Dr. Carlos L. Arteaga to head UT Southwesterns Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Dr. Carlos L. Arteaga will be the new Director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern.

Navy to Commission USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3)

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The Navy will commission the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during a 5 p.m. AST ceremony Thursday, August 17, at Khalifa bin Salman Port in Al Hidd, Bahrain.

Virginia Couple Pleaded Guilty to Tax Fraud and Structuring More Than $475,000

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A Concord, Virginia, couple pleaded guilty to tax and currency structuring charges, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle for the Western District of Virginia.

Construction Company Sentenced for Clean Air Act Violations in Puerto Rico

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A construction company was sentenced today to a fine of $1.5 million dollars and three years of probation for violating the federal Clean Air Act, announced the Justice Department.

ESA Welcomes New Class of Science Policy Fellows

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Annapolis, MD; August 16, 2017—In its ongoing efforts to strengthen the impact of entomological science in public policy and legislation, the Entomological Society of America has expanded its pool of chief advocates for insect science with the selection of its 2017 class of Science Policy Fellows.

Governor Cuomo Announces Winners of 76West Clean Energy Competition

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the six winning companies of the 76West Clean Energy Competition, one of the largest competitions in the country that focuses on supporting and growing clean-energy businesses and economic development. Skyven Technologies, a solar heating company from Dallas, Texas, has been awarded the $1 million grand prize, and will expand its operations in the Southern Tier. The competition complements "Southern Tier Soaring," the region's comprehensive strategy to generate robust economic growth and community development.

Entrepreneurship could benefit from cultural studies, conference finds

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Derek Lidow, a 1973 Princeton alumnus and an entrepreneurship specialist at the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, speaks before participants at the conference, "Expanding Understanding of Business Creation: Adding More Ethnography into the Research Mix," held on campus Aug.

New Online Campaign Discourages Arizonans from Visiting Dolphin Attractions

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PHOENIX, AZ—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA) this week launched a digital campaign aimed at discouraging the public from buying tickets to attractions that exploit captive dolphins. Through the campaign, the organizations are specifically targeting potential customers of Dolphinaris, an entertainment facility that opened last year near Scottsdale, Arizona,and offers swim-with-dolphin activities.

Former Secret Service Agent Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

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A former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of money laundering, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch of the Northern District of California, Special Agent in Charge Kimberly A. Lappin of the IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Washington, D.C. Field Office Cyber Crimes Unit, Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett of the FBI’s San Francisco Division, and Special Agent in Charge David Green of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, Houston Field Office.

SEC Uncovers Wide-Reaching Insider Trading Scheme

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced insider trading charges against seven individuals who generated millions in profits by trading on confidential information about dozens of impending mergers and acquisitions.  Data analysis allowed the SEC’s enforcement staff to uncover the illicit trading despite the traders’ alleged use of shell companies, code words, and an encrypted, self-destructing messaging application to evade detection.

MIT Tech Review Names UMass Amherst Computer Scientist Phillipa Gill a Top Innovator

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AMHERST, Mass. – Phillipa Gill, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named one of MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35” for her groundbreaking work on Internet censorship and network security.

LCV Announces $100K Final Push Opposing Trumps National Monument Review

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Washington, D.C. – As Secretary Zinke’s August 24th deadline for the Trump administration’s unprecedented national monument ‘review’ nears, the League of Conservation Voters is investing $100,000 in a final push to ensure the administration hears the overwhelming outpouring of support for our public lands and monuments.

Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis To Co-host the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee ("2+2")

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera for a Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”) meeting on August 17 at 9:45 a.m., at the Department of State.

Griffin Honored by Women Leaders in College Sports

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Women Leaders in College Sports has named Pat Griffin, professor emerita of education, the 2017 recipient of one its most distinguished awards, the Honor Award.

Director-General condemns killing of journalists Leo Diaz and Rudy Alicaway in the Phillippines

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The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged the authorities to investigate the killings of journalists Rudy Alicaway and Leo Diaz in the Philippines’ island of Mindanao on 6 and 7 August respectively.

Give me a C! New students break world record

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Time-lapse video by UC Berkeley videographers Roxanne Makasdjian and Stephen McNally shows students building the big “C” at Memorial Stadium Tuesday night.

Disappearance of Protestor in Argentina

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Pressure is building on Argentina to find 28-year-old Santiago Maldonado, who has been missing, possibly the victim of an enforced disappearance, since security forces broke up a protest in southern Argentina on August 1.

Commonwealth supports Jamaica to diversify its trade offer

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New opportunities for Jamaica to benefit from emerging markets and Brexit have been have set out in two key publication by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Texas Democrats on the Special Session

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The Trump-aligned Republican Legislature has again failed Texans.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Cracking Down on Unauthorized Private Property Surveillance

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to crack down on the unauthorized invasion of privacy by video surveillance. Following reports of cameras being installed to unlawfully videotape neighboring private property, this bill (S.870A/A.861A) establishes a private right of action for damages for an unlawful invasion of privacy in an individual's backyard.

NFIP Policyholders Have Two Weeks to Submit Proof of Loss Forms

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BATON ROUGE, La. — The National Flood Insurance Program policyholders affected by the August 2016 floods have until Friday, Sept.

Internship Fuels a Students Career in Science

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Ever wonder what the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit looks like from the inside? Check out Carolina Gutierrez’s Berkeley Lab Instagram Takeover, “The Day in the Life of an Intern at ABPDU,” at

Single-family Starts Hold Steady in July After Upward June Revision

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Nationwide housing starts fell 4.8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production slipped 0.5 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 856,000 after a strong, upwardly revised June reading. Year-to-date, single-family starts are 8.6 percent above their level over the same period last year.

Angola Bans Activist Demonstrations Ahead of Elections

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Angolan authorities have moved to ban protests and demonstrations by groups not running in next week’s parliamentary elections.