Important Press Releases

Durable Medical Equipment Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty in Miami for Role in $11 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

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The former owner of a defunct durable medical equipment (DME) clinic based in Miami pleaded guilty today for his role in an $11 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Two Executives Indicted for Roles in Fixing Priceson Automobile Parts Sold to Toyotato Be Installed in U.S. Cars

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A Cleveland federal grand jury returned an indictment against two executives of a Japanese automotive supplier for their roles in an international conspiracy to fix prices of automotive anti-vibration rubber parts sold to Toyota and installed in U.S. cars, the Department of Justice announced today.

Superseding Indictment Returned Charging Father and Son with Sex Trafficking Offenses

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Both men are charged with conspiracy to engage in the sex trafficking and forced labor of a minor and sex trafficking of a minor.  David Moore is also charged with soliciting his son to engage in sex trafficking.  Najee Moore is charged with an additional conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking and forced labor, two counts of sex trafficking of an adult, attempted sex trafficking of a minor, attempted forced labor, evidence tampering and attempted witness tampering.  The previous indictment in the case, returned on June 18, 2013, charged only Najee Moore with sex trafficking, attempted forced labor and related offenses.

VA and HUD Announce Twenty-Four Percent Reduction in Veterans’ Homelessness since 2010

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that a new national report shows a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among Veterans since 2010.

Pakistan and United States Discuss Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation Issues

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Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and Additional Secretary for United Nations and Economic Coordination Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry co-chaired the sixth round of the Pakistan–U.S. Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation (SSS&NP) Working Group in Islamabad on November 21.

Ethiopia : Arrest of journalists highlights continued crackdown on independent media in Ethiopia

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First Female Marines Graduate Infantry Training

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Pfcs. Katie Gorz, Julia Carroll, Christina Fuentes Montenegro have become the first entry-level enlisted women to complete infantry training as part of the Marine Corps’ research effort toward integrating women into previously closed ground-combat assignments. A graduation ceremony Nov. 21, 2013 for the 224 students of Delta Company at the School of Infantry East, Camp Geiger, N.C., marked the occasion.

Farm Credit Donates $175,000 To South Dakota Rancher Relief

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DENVER, Nov. 21, 2013 – The Farm Credit System,  a national network of cooperatives that provides financing and related services to agricultural producers, agribusinesses, and rural infrastructure providers, today announced a $175,000 donation to the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund. Five Farm Credit entities have partnered to assist the relief efforts including AgriBank (St.

SEC Charges Another Tipper in Galleon Insider Trading Scheme

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former employee at a Silicon Valley-based semiconductor company for his role tipping nonpublic information used in connection with Raj Rajaratnam’s massive insider trading scheme.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Three New Members of the National Council on the Arts

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Washington, DC -- Three new members have been confirmed by the Senate and appointed by the President to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts. These individuals will bring their varied experience -- ranging from contemporary art curatorship, to classical Indian dance, and creative placemaking -- to help the NEA advance its mission to support artistic excellence, creativity and innovation in communities across the country. The National Council on the Arts advises the chairman on agency policies and programs.

GAO Again Makes Washingtonian's "Great Places to Work" List

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 21, 2013) Washingtonian Magazine has again named the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as one of its 50 Great Places to Work in the Washington, D.C., region. The 2013 list, which includes both private employers and government agencies, will appear in the magazines December issue.

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward in New Mexico Pipe Bomb Investigation

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Bernard J. Zapor today announced an award up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for placing two pipe bombs outside a New Mexico state probation and parole office on Thursday, Nov.

Michael Ashline Appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Boy Scouts of America

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IRVING, Texas (November 21, 2013) — The Boy Scouts of America has appointed Michael Ashline to serve as chief financial officer of the organization effective January 1, 2014. Ashline is the current national director of the Boy Scouts of America's Supply Group. In his new role, he will oversee the controller department, treasury department, Supply Group, and enterprise risk management.

National Cooperative Bank Provides $6 Million Loan to Limited-Equity Cooperative in Hermosa Beach, CA

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Arlington, VA (November 21, 2013)—National Cooperative Bank (NCB), as part of its commitment to serving low- and moderate-income communities and promoting cooperative development, arranged a $6 million loan for Marineland Community Association, Inc.

New White House Rural Council Report Highlights the Economic Importance of Passing a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill

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. In June of 2010, the Obama Administration began providing input to Congress regarding the prospective features and policy of contents for a reauthorized farm bill.

USDA Announces Projects Using Local Food to Address Hunger and Increase Access to Healthy Food

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Community Food Project (CFP) awards. These awards support organizations using local food to develop community-based solutions to address food insecurity and increase access to healthy food in low income communities.

National Archives Remembers President Kennedy with Musical Tribute December 3

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Washington, DC…The National Archives honors President and Mrs. Kennedy’s commitment to the arts with a musical tribute and discussion, "Camelot in Tune: Music in the Kennedy White House," on Tuesday, December 3, at 7 PM, in the William G. McGowan Theater.

Researchers identify genomic variant associated with sun sensitivity, freckles

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Researchers have identified a genomic variant strongly associated with sensitivity to the sun, brown hair, blue eyes – and freckles. In the study of Icelanders the researchers uncovered an intricate pathway involving the interspersed DNA sequence, or non-coding region, of a gene that is among a few dozen that are associated with human pigmentation traits.  The study by an international team including researchers from the National Institutes of Health was reported in the Nov.

Comment Deadline Nears on Scope of TVA Energy Plan

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is accepting public comments through Friday, Nov.

Switching to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is a Breeze

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TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery offers low-cost, convenient prescriptions delivered right to you. Switching to Home Delivery is easy, and beneficiaries can choose from several simple options to move their prescriptions. Home Delivery, operated by Express Scripts, works for “maintenance medications,” which are prescriptions you take on a regular basis for chronic health conditions (high cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.).


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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released its latest national estimate of homelessness in the U.S., noting reductions in every major category or subpopulation since 2010, the year the federal government established "Opening Doors," a strategic plan to end homelessness. HUD's 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress finds significant and measureable progress to reduce the scale of long-term or 'chronic' homelessness as well as homelessness experienced by Veterans and families.

Perceptive Software’s Records Manager Gains Department of Defense 5015.2 Certification

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Perceptive Software announces that Perceptive Software’s Records Manager product is certified against Chapters 2 and 5 of the Department of Defense (DoD) 5015.2 standard for records management.

Report urges stronger legal protections for women and girls affected by HIV in health care settings

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Bangkok – A report from four Asian countries reveals serious gaps in the legal means of protection of the rights of HIV-affected women and girls in health care settings. Human rights violations include discriminatory treatment by medical workers, breaches of confidentiality, forced sterilization and abortions, denial of services and care, and misinformation on standards of care.


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WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission today issued an advisory opinion, discussed and voted on two other advisory opinion requests and discussed a draft interpretive rule.

GAIN and BioAnalyt sign new global agreement to improve quality of nutritious foods

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November 2013. GAIN is pleased to announce a new global partnership with German analytics company, BioAnalyt. Through this new arrangement GAIN becomes BioAnalyt’s primary distributor of validated, portable and easy-to-use test kits called iChecks for the analysis of micronutrients in foods.

Drought likely to persist or develop in the Southwest, Southeastern U.S. this winter

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Winter is likely to offer little relief to the drought-stricken U.S. Southwest, and drought is likely to develop across parts of the Southeast as below-average precipitation is favored in these areas of the country, according to NOAA’s annual Winter Outlook announced today.

WFP Marks 50 Years Of Fighting Hunger In Sudan

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KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today marks 50 years of providing crucial food assistance to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in Sudan.

Tivicay® (dolutegravir) receives positive CHMP opinion in Europe for the treatment of HIV

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ViiV Healthcare today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a positive opinion recommending marketing authorisation for Tivicay® (dolutegravir) for use in combination with other antiretroviral medicinal products for the treatment of HIV-infected adults and adolescents above 12 years of age.

NIH mouse study finds gut microorganisms may determine cancer treatment outcome

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An intact population of microorganisms that derive food and benefit from other organisms living in the intestine is required for optimal response to cancer therapy, according to a mouse study by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and their collaborators.

Time running out to help rice farmers in areas of the Philippines devastated by typhoon Haiyan

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Millions of people in the Philippines will go hungry in the coming months if rice farmers don’t receive urgent assistance after typhoon Haiyan wiped out a third of the countries rice growing areas, Oxfam warns today.

Treasury Announces Updated Timing on Exit of GM Investment

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Treasury’s investment in the American auto industry was part of President Obama’s broader response to the financial crisis, and it helped save more than one million jobs,” said Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary Tim Bowler.

UPS Ofrece A Sus Clientes Una Mejor Experiencia De Envíos

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UPS (NYSE: UPS) anuncia la apertura de diez nuevos centros UPS Express®, ubicados en zonas estratégicas que incluyen Monterrey, Tijuana, Chihuahua, Veracruz, León y Distrito Federal. Con la apertura de estos nuevos centros de servicio, UPS aumentara su presencia entre las pequeñas y medianas empresas (PyMEs) y el sector minorista.

UPS Offers Mexican Customers A Better Shipping Experience

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UPS® (NYSE: UPS) has announced the opening of ten new UPS Express® centers, located in strategic zones of Mexico including Monterrey, Tijuana, Chihuahua, Veracruz, León and Distrito Federal. With the opening of these new centers, UPS will increase its presence among Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the retail sector.

EPA issues proposed rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard

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On November 15, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The RFS program, established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and later expanded by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA07), requires EPA to set annual requirements for the renewable content of liquid fuels that may differ from a set of targets specified by law. The U.S. Energy Information Administration is required by the RFS provisions in EISA07 to provide EPA with information related to the projected use of motor gasoline and diesel fuel and the supply of various categories of biofuels in the month prior to issuance of EPA's final RFS rulemaking for each program year.

Deloitte Survey: Executives Need More Resources, Education to Implement Enterprise Fraud and Misuse Management

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NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2013 — Nearly one-half (41 percent) of business executives lack sufficient resources and critical skills to implement enterprise fraud and misuse management (EFM) in their organization, despite the competitive advantage that a fraud risk management program can provide, according to a new Deloitte survey.

Heifer International Board Member Racing to End Hunger and Poverty

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 21, 2013) – Heifer International Board Member Francine Anthony is taking her cause to the streets of Oakland and San Francisco by running in not one, but three, races for Heifer this holiday season.

The $460 Billion + Opportunity: More Than 60 Percent of U.S. Tech-Savvy Shoppers Will Choose Stores Based on Ability to Offer Online Services

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More than 60 percent of tech-savvy shoppers said that they would be more likely to visit or shop at a store that offers smartphone apps and other in-store online services.  And these shoppers have the money to spend.  Nearly 30 percent of tech-savvy shoppers live in households that earned more than $100,000 per year – more than double the rate of all other shoppers.

Applications Outpacing BYOD as Top IT Mobility Priority, Global Study Reveals

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New York, N.Y., November  21, 2013 – Successful enterprise mobility deployment goes beyond supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and requires specific strategies targeted at balanced servicing of customer, IT and employee needs, according to a new global study, TechInsights Report: Enterprise Mobility–It’s All About the Apps, from Vanson Bourne that was commissioned by CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA).

Mobile Crammers Settle FTC Charges of Unauthorized Billing

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The operators of an Atlanta-based company have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they crammed charges on consumers’ cell phone bills without their consent, causing more than $10 million in consumer injury.

AVG and Doro Collaborate

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AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO – 21 November, 2013 – AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the provider of Internet and mobile security, privacy and optimization to 172 million active users, today announced that Doro AB (DORO.SS) will pre-load its new easy-to-use smartphone with AVG AntiVirus PRO v3.3 for Android™ to offer Doro users increased peace of mind.