Important Press Releases

Former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribe While Serving in Afghanistan

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Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott of the Eastern District of California, Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno of the FBI’s Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko, Special Agent in Charge Robert Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service’s (DCIS) Mid-Atlantic Field Office, Director Frank Robey of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s (CID) Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU) and Colonel Kirk B. Stabler, Commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) made the announcement.

FBIs Going Dark Claims Now Even More Dubious

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Is strong encryption causing the FBI to “go dark”, blocking access to evidence from criminal investigations? That claim has long been dubious, and a new report from the Washington Post, confirming that that FBI inflated the number of locked devices it cannot open by at least 4x, makes the claim even less credible. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) advocates for strong encryption to keep our daily communications secure and protect information and networks across sectors.

Reclamation pauses Klamath Project deliveries through

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office has notified Klamath Project irrigators that they must temporarily restrict taking water deliveries from the Klamath Project due to a lack of available water. Reclamation officials also announced they have coordinated with two east-side irrigation districts to provide access to a different water source during this temporary pause so that limited irrigation operations can continue.

CBP Stops 75-Year-Old Heroin Smuggler

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TORNILLO, TEXAS – It seemed innocent at first glance. An older woman entering the U.S. from Mexico with nothing to declare. That all changed when  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers discovered almost 17 pounds of heroin in her vehicle.

Statement By Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood Upon Appointment By The Legislature

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I want to thank the legislature for entrusting me with the privilege of serving as New York’s 66th Attorney General.

Dateline Rice for May 22, 2018

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Rice research is featured in “Picture of the Day” on the National Science Foundation’s homepage and in the May 22 issue of the NSF’s Science 360 newsletter. Scientists have found a way to enhance a unique class of nanotubes using a chemical process pioneered at Rice, making next-generation composite and polymer materials based on this new discovery possible. In the Phys.org article, Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted; graduate student Carlos de los Reyes is mentioned and pictured and research assistant and alumna Kendahl Walz ’17 is pictured.

Court: Halt on Richardson Grove Highway Project to Stay in Place

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EUREKA, Calif.— The Humboldt County Superior Court has ruled that a lawsuit challenging Caltrans’ proposed highway widening through Richardson Grove State Park can continue, meaning the building of the destructive highway is still on hold. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), Center for Biological Diversity, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics and community members, to prevent a project that would needlessly damage or destroy thousand-year-old redwood trees.

Senators Udall and Heinrich launch bill to protect Chaco Canyon

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Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to protect the lands around Chaco Canyon in New Mexico from further development by the federal government.

National Press Club unveils plan for media summit after reporter roughed up at EPA meeting

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The National Press Club and its Journalism Institute are renewing a call for dialogue between newsmakers and the news media following another incident in which officials of President Donald Trump’s administration manhandled a reporter in a public building.

IFAWs latest report on online wildlife trade highlights the scale and nature of advertisements in four key countries

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Disrupt: Wildlife Cybercrime – Uncovering the scale of online wildlife trade – released today by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – highlights the vast quantity of live animals and their body parts available for sale online and the threat this poses to their survival. The latest in a long line of research, this report also details the challenges and opportunities faced by conservationists, governments and the private sector in putting an end to wildlife cybercrime.

TSA continues to detect firearms at Virginia airport checkpoints

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RICHMOND – It seems all too common for Transportation Security Administration officers to be detecting guns at airports throughout Virginia.

Eric and Molly Barron announce gifts to 'A Greater Penn State' campaign

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State President Eric Barron and his wife, Molly Barron, are advancing the University’s current fundraising campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” not only through their vision for Penn State’s future, but also as donors themselves.

Vermont prohibits coyote killing contests just weeks after the Humane Society of the United States released undercover investigation exposing cruel blood sport

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Montpelier, VERMONT - Today, Vermont became the latest state to crack down on wildlife killing contests by enacting a  law that prohibits contests in which competitors vie to kill coyotes for prizes.

Bureau of Reclamation provides $260,000 for two WaterSMART drought contingency planning projects

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WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that the El Dorado County Water Agency and Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District will receive $260,000, combined, to prepare drought contingency plans. The funding provided is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative.

Older Volunteers Sought for Resistance Training Study

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Researchers in the Muscle Biology Laboratory in the department of kinesiology are seeking participants for a study of the effects of different resistance training exercise programs on skeletal muscle function in healthy older men and women (65-75 years old).

Dollar General Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit For $70,000

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OXFORD, Miss. - Dolgencorp, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of retail chain Dollar General Corporation, will pay $70,000 and provide other relief to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

ICE operation targeting criminal aliens and immigration violators nets 49 arrests across Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA— A total of 49 foreign nationals were arrested over the last seven days in the Philadelphia Metropolitan region during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, re-entrants, and other immigration violators, which ended Sunday.

A Study Analyzing Observational Data Shows Real-World Effectiveness of Prevnar 13 in Adults Age 65+

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The new effectiveness data further demonstrate that vaccinating adults aged 65 and older against pneumococcal pneumonia with PCV13 could help prevent hospitalization and save lives,”1 said Dr. Julio A. Ramirez, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine, and one of the study authors.

Treatment of the Press and Public by Pruitts EPA is Shameful

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The treatment of reporters at today’s EPA summit on contaminants was a disgrace, but not a surprise. The Trump administration — and Mr. Pruitt’s EPA in particular — have shown a repeated disregard for the role of a free press and the public's right to information about their government.

Leonhard legacy includes generous support of language and literacy

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Even as a child, Jeanne Leonhard recognized the importance of proficiency in language and literacy, and she’s made it a priority throughout her life.

WCS Pushes for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Support on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (May 22, 2018) – Today, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Vice President of Species Conservation Liz Bennett addressed the House Foreign Affairs Committee to stress the need for dedicated U.S. government investment to combat wildlife trafficking.

Connect with Local Officials Now, Hurricane Season Begins Soon

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Severe weather can happen anytime and anywhere, especially in Florida. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 40 percent of hurricane landfalls in the United States happen here.

Mark Zuckerberg meeting with European Parliament leaders today

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The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, will arrive at the European Parliament later today for a meeting with President Antonio Tajani and Parliament’s political leadership.

Certain Non-Profit Organizations May Qualify for FEMA Disaster Assistance; Must Submit Request No Later Than This Friday

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ANNISTON, Ala. ­- Nonprofit organizations that experienced damage or losses from the tornadoes and storms of March 19-20 in Calhoun, Cullman, Etowah and St. Clair counties may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance to help them get back to the business of helping others.

Imminent House Vote on New Low-Yield Nuclear Weapon: House Should Approve Blumenauer Amendment

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The W76-2 warheads, with a reported yield of 6.5 kilotons, would replace some of the existing W76 warheads currently deployed on Trident missiles, which have a yield of 100 kilotons. Producing this warhead by modifying an existing one is relatively straightforward and inexpensive: the budget includes $88 million for work on the W76-2—with $23 million going to the DoD and $65 million going to DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). If Congress approves this funding, the new warhead could be deployed during this presidential term.

Canine Welfare Science Forum to offer resources for dog owners and canine professionals

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This year’s Canine Welfare Science Forum will be held on June 9, 8:30 a.m.

Venezuela: 2 Activists Held Despite Court Order

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New York) – Venezuela’s intelligence services should immediately release Gregory Hinds, 32, and Geraldine Chacón, 24, directors of the Venezuelan nongovernmental group Community Ambassadors, Human Rights Watch said today. The pair are being detained in defiance of a court order for their release. A review of judicial documents reveals no evidence implicating them in any crimes.

ZOA Shocked: ADL Mourns Death of Hamas Terrorists as Horrific Tragedy

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Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil and PIJ have admitted that 85% of the recent Gaza fatalities (50 Hamas plus 3 PIJ, out of 62 total) were their own terrorist operatives.

EIB underlines its commitment to diversity

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On 17 May 2018, the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg at a ceremony organised by the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg Committee to close Luxembourg Diversity Day.

USS Milius Joins Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile-destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived at U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, to become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan, Tuesday, May 22.

CBP discovers prohibited ivory products at Sea-Tac

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SEATTLE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport discovered a variety of prohibited ivory products in the luggage of a husband and wife who arrived on a flight from the Philippines on May 11.

In an interview airing on Tuesday evening's All Things Considered, NPR's Audie Cornish spoke with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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Clapper said that by fall 2016, the intelligence realized that the Russians were running an enormous scheme that was "unprecedented, aggressive, multifaceted," he writes in his new book.

Bernard Lewis, eminent Middle East historian at Princeton, dies at 101

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Princeton University scholar Bernard Lewis, one of the world's foremost historians of Islam and the Middle East, died May 19 in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

Nurses Condemn VA Mission to Privatize Act, Urge Senate to Reject Endangering Healthcare for Veterans

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National Nurses United today urged Senate members to reject S. 2372, the  VA Mission Act which they called a major step towards the privatization of veterans health care which could endanger the health of millions of U.S. service veterans. The Senate is expected to vote as soon as Wednesday on its version of the bill that passed the House last week.

New minimally invasive, cost-effective method shows promise in treating cancer without harming healthy cells

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A Purdue innovation, called PLASMAT, combines three emerging techniques that appear promising in the fight against most types of cancer.

Kronick, Hui - Corporate Debt: The Next Financial Crisis Coming to Canada?

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Re: Corporate Debt: The Next Financial Crisis Coming to Canada?

New MSU program helps students successfully STEP into college

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When Nia Jackson started her freshman year this past fall, she was worried about feeling isolated and lost because MSU is such a large school. But MSU’s new Spartans Transition to Excellence Program, or STEP, provided the support she needed to have a successful freshman year.

Survivor finds new home with help from disability adviser

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Austin, Texas – Last August, Lenora Long awoke to furniture floating across her apartment. A 73-year-old with serious medical issues and limited mobility, she was forced out of her apartment when Hurricane Harvey moved in.

Carnegie Council Launches globalethicsday.org for Fifth Global Ethics Day

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To celebrate the fifth Global Ethics Day on October 17, 2018, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs has launched a new website especially for this annual event: globalethicsday.org.

Sudan: Pro-government militia open deadly fire on IDP camp in Central Darfur

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Amnesty International has called for an immediate investigation into a deadly attack by a pro-government militia on an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Central Darfur, in which one woman was shot dead and at least 10 people injured.