Important Press Releases

U.S. Postal Service to Issue New Global Forever and 3-cent Stamps this Spring

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will issue two new stamps this spring — a $1.15 Global Forever international rate stamp and a 3-cent stamp.

KPU students reaping the benefits of open textbooks

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The open textbook project provides free online and interactive textbooks, as well as low-cost print textbooks for students. In 2012, BCcampus launched the B.C. open textbook project so students wouldn’t have to choose between groceries and paying for required course materials.

DACOWITS Releases FY16 Annual Report

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Today, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) released its annual report on matters relating to women serving in the Armed Forces of the United States for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. DACOWITS provides the Department of Defense (DoD) with advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, treatment, employment, integration and well-being of highly-qualified professional women in the armed forces.

Illegal Alien Attempts to Abduct Woman

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CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents and Dimmit County Sheriff’s deputies, working in conjunction, apprehended a man suspected of kidnapping.

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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This week, Washington showed the people of this nation a disgusting display of government at its worst.

AASL introduces the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

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CHICAGO – Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to support public, middle or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The grant also provides funding to schools impacted by an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.

Georgia Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Bank Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

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A Georgia real estate investor pleaded guilty today for his role in a bid-rigging conspiracy and fraud scheme related to public real estate foreclosure auctions in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the Department of Justice announced.

A showcase of nuclear science and engineering at MIT

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Nuclear Science and Engineering Expo provides an opportunity for prospective grad students and the MIT community to learn about department research.

Why Tillersons Interim Zone of Stability in Syria Is a Half-Baked Idea

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But Tillerson’s interim zones of stability implies something short-term that falls short of Trump’s “big beautiful safe zone.” Tillerson’s reference to these zones coming about “through ceasefires” also suggests all parties to the Syrian conflict would first agree to demilitarized areas. Given the short duration of Syria’s ceasefires to date, as well as the unpredictability of parties to the Syrian conflict, it is hard to see how Tillerson’s formulation means anything at all.

Alleged Latin Kings Gang Members Charged with Federal Drug Trafficking

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In 2006, an investigation into the Latin Kings resulted in the state and federal prosecution of 37 members and associates in the New Bedford area, significantly disrupting the gang for several years. In 2012, law enforcement began to see a resurgence of street-level drug sales and violence in areas of the city that the Latin Kings were known to occupy.  An investigation resulted in the arrest and prosecution in state and federal courts of 46 Latin Kings gang members.

California Man Pleads Guilty to Filing False Corporate Return

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A Dublin, California man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California to filing a false tax return, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch for the Northern District of California.

TrumpCare fails, but Republicans were ready to put Texas lives in danger

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Austin, TX -- While every Texas Democrat was ready to stop this tax giveaway for the wealthy that puts Texans’ lives at risk, Texas Republicans were all in for TrumpCare.

Hydrogen fuel cell bus makes maiden voyage on campus

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A bright blue bus is making its way around the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. The bus is more than a way for students to get around campus; it’s a research platform that could lead to a cleaner campus of the future.

Dowagiac Honored with First Better Streets, Better Michigan Award

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LANSING, Michigan — The small Cass County community of Dowagiac received a statewide award Wednesday for its creative downtown gateway project that involved multiple components that make the city a more welcoming and pedestrian-friendly community.

Incoming UH Law School students for Fall 2017 already active in social justice fields

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Incoming UH Law School students tour the campus as part of events during Admitted Students Day.

Doctoral student receives fellowship to further understanding of African Diaspora

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Ruth Simms Hamilton’s scholarship challenged our understanding of the linkages between the past and contemporary experiences of African people globally,” Mock said.  “My project builds on Dr.

Touch Money Gang Member Convicted In Two Murders; Also: Guilty Pleas From Two Involved in Wilmington Daylight Shooting

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One of 13 members of the Touch Money Gang indicted in 2015 for a long list of murders, shootings and other crimes has been convicted in Superior Court. John Brisco, 19, of Wilmington was found guilty of two counts of Murder First Degree, three counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, three counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, three counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Juvenile, Possession of Ammunition By a Person Prohibited, Gang Participation, Attempted Robbery First Degree, Conspiracy First Degree, and Conspiracy Second Degree. In January 2015, Brisco shot William Rollins, Jr. multiple times near the intersection of West 21st and North Washington Streets in Wilmington.

Lebanese Businessman Tied to Hizballah Arrested for Violating IEEPA and Defrauding the U.S. Government

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Kassim Tajideen, a prominent financial supporter of the Hizballah terror organization, has been arrested and charged with evading U.S. sanctions imposed on him because of his financial support of Hizballah.

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea And Jail Time For Manhattan Restaurant Owner Who Committed Wage Theft; Restitution For Dozens Of Workers

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NEW YORK -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the guilty plea of Konstantinos Aronis, owner of K.M.S. Restaurant Corp. (“K.M.S.”) who operated a business under the name Nations Café. Aronis and K.M.S. faced these criminal charges for failure to pay restaurant staff for hours worked and for filing false documents with New York State in order to hide underpayments and avoid paying unemployment insurance.

Sen. Schumer Joins ASPCA in Urging USDA to Restore Public Access to Animal Welfare Data

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NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was joined by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City today to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to restore public access to the animal inspection reports and enforcement actions that the agency abruptly removed from its website on February 3rd. Sen. Schumer spoke with Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO, in a , where the ASPCA unveiled the results of a new national survey* that shows an overwhelming majority (92 percent) of Americans believe information about the treatment of animals in federally regulated facilities should be made available to the public.

Anonymous Call Leads Nearly 80 Lbs. of Marijuana

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station received an anonymous call Wednesday regarding suspicious activity near Naco, Arizona, which led to the arrest of one illegal alien and a seizure of almost 80 pounds of marijuana.

A.G. Schneiderman Statement On District Court Decision In UPS Cigarette Case

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New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement, responding to today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in his lawsuit against United Parcel Service, Inc.

Libraries Name 2017 Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award Winners

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The four, all juniors, will share a $1,000 scholarship.

GE and Sarawak Energy Sign Multiyear Deal in Malaysia for Tanjung Kidurong Power Station, Bintulu

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KUCHING, MALAYSIA—March 24, 2017—GE’s Power Services (NYSE: GE) has signed a multiyear service agreement (MYA) with Malaysian state government-owned utility and energy development company Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) for eight years of operations and maintenance (O&M) support at the Tanjung Kidurong Power Station in Bintulu, Sarawak. The MYA includes training of O&M employees, technical support, major spare parts and predictivity solutions for power generation assets from GE’s Monitoring and Diagnostics (M&D) Center in Kuala Lumpur.

State Fire Marshal: Think Fire Safety when Conducting Spring Cleaning

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NASHVILLE – With temperatures on the rise and flowers in bloom, many Tennessee households will begin gearing up for a thorough round of spring cleaning.

ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center Prepares Last Group of Canine Graduates in New Jersey for Adoption

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Madison, N.J.—As the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) approaches the four-year anniversary of its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center pilot program, staff members prepare seven dogs – the last group of canine “graduates” – who have successfully completed the rehabilitation program for adoption with rescue groups and shelters in New Jersey and New York. Based at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J., the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center is the first-ever facility dedicated solely to the rehabilitation and study of canine victims of cruelty and neglect—primarily those rescued from puppy mills, hoarding situations and dog fighting rings—who suffer from severe fear and anxiety that prevent their adoption. The ASPCA will be relocating and expanding its behavior rehabilitation program to a permanent facility in Weaverville, N.C.—scheduled to open later this year—where it will provide research-based training for shelters around the country, as well as greater capacity and more resources to help traumatized dogs.

CBP arrests 2 previously removed felons in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agents arrested Wednesday 2 citizens of the Dominican Republic, during two separate incidents in Puerto Rico.

New workshop: Building Great Programs for Seniors

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CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Building Great Programs for Seniors with Amy Alessio. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

IFAW strongly opposed to sealers demands for early start to seal slaughter

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare condemns any early opening of the commercial harp seal hunt. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) are considering suspending the annual closure of the hunt in mid-March. This is one of the few protections in place for harp seals.

Governor Cuomo Announces Danfoss to Establish New Manufacturing Operations in Utica

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Danfoss, one of the world's leading suppliers of power electronics, HVAC and mobile hydraulic solutions, will establish packaging operations in the Computer Chip Commercialization Center in Utica. This project is expected to create at least 300 new jobs. The State continues to invest in completing and fitting out the packaging facility at QUAD-C. Danfoss is expected to be operational and serving its customers, including General Electric, in the Mohawk Valley by early 2018.

Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment on the American Canyon Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project - Water and Energy Efficiency Grant

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FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment for an advanced meter system in the City of American Canyon. Reclamation proposes to provide the City with CALFED Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funds to install an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) tower, launch a centralized meter management system, design and launch a website and app for water users to monitor use, and retrofit 3,500 water meters with AMI transponders to integrate older meters into the system. The proposed project would conserve 254 acre-feet per year of water by reducing losses from leaks through early detection and help water users manage their consumption.

NCL applauds 6-2 Supreme Court decision favoring workers

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Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL) is welcoming the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corporation, in which the Court ruled that a bankruptcy settlement that effectively wiped out employee claims against a trucking company while paying off more junior creditors impermissibly sidestepped the U.S. Bankruptcy Code’s creditor priority.

Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District Advanced Metering Infrastructure System

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to disclose potential environmental effects associated with granting the South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District $297,606 for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure System through a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant.

San Diego Border Patrol Agents Assaulted in Multiple Incidents

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OTAY MESA, Calif.—During a three-hour period, Border Patrol agents faced three hazardous incidents Wednesday evening. Two involved Mexican nationals for illegal entry and one involved a U.S. citizen who rammed an agent’s patrol vehicle twice.

CAIR Decries Trump Administrations Deafening Silence on Series of Anti-Muslim Incidents Nationwide

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WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/24/2017) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried what it termed the Trump administration’s “deafening silence” on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent days.

Fort Worth Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Federal Prison after Pleading Guilty to Felony Offense Stemming from a $5 Million Dollar Cattle Scheme

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FORT WORTH — Tony Eugene Lyon, 52, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to serve 120 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2016 to a felony offense stemming from a $5 million dollar cattle scheme he orchestrated, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

CAIR to Appeal Virginia Judges Ruling on Trumps Muslim Ban 2.0

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WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/24/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said it will appeal a ruling by Judge Anthony Trenga in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, Va., on the Muslim civil rights organization’s request for injunction blocking the entirety of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order.

VCSAF: Potential year-long continuing resolution would force $1.3B cuts.

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A pilot with the 18th Aggressor Squadron, based out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, prepares for taxi in his F-16 Fighting Falcon at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, during Exercise Diamond Shield 2017 in New South Wales, Australia, March 21, 2017.

Science on a Sphere arrives at KAFB, first in DOD

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Lt. Col. Elizabeth Aptekar, 335th Training Squadron commander; Col. Michele Edmondson, 81st Training Wing commander; Col. Scott Solomon, 81st Training Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt.

USTDA Connects U.S. Industry to Business Opportunities in Ghana

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Accra, Ghana – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant today to the Ghanaian company, Buipe Solar Limited, in support of a feasibility study for a 20 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in northern Ghana.