Important Press Releases

Nurse Practitioner Pleads Guilty in Compounding Pharmacy Fraud Scheme

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A Mississippi-based nurse practitioner pleaded guilty for her role in a scheme to defraud health care benefit programs including TRICARE, the health care benefit program serving U.S. military, veterans and their respective family members.

EIA expects Brent crude prices will average $71 per barrel in 2018, $68 per barrel in 2019

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In the June 2018 update of its Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts Brent crude oil prices will average $71 per barrel (b) in 2018 and $68/b in 2019. The updated 2019 forecast price is $2/b higher than in the May STEO. Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $77/b in May, an increase of $5/b from April and the highest monthly average price since November 2014. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices are forecast to average almost $7/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and $6/b lower in 2019.

Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions Family Fact Sheet

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The risks of crossing the Rio Grande and desert terrain, or hiding in stash houses or tractor trailers, are high for adults and even more deeply concerning for children.  Individuals who seek to enter the United States should do so at ports of entry.


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The Manitoba government is encouraging students and youth to gain employment skills and experience this summer at one of 38 Manitoba Youth Job Centres (MYJC) in communities throughout the province, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced today.

Devolved powers could help make cities healthier

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Metro mayors and other city leaders should be empowered to take greater responsibility for improving the health of the nation’s cities, a new report by The King’s Fund argues.

Vietnam: Investigate Police Response to Mass Protests

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New York) – Vietnam should halt unwarranted arrests and use of force against demonstrators who turned out throughout the country to protest long-term leases in special economic zones, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should release those detained for peacefully expressing their views and investigate excessive police response.

AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation award $100,000 in grants to two Houston schools

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CHICAGO - Two Houston schools extensively damaged by Hurricane Harvey are the recipients of the 2018 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund. Thompson Intermediate School and Moore Elementary School both suffered devastating losses to the school libraries in the hurricane and its aftermath.

Purdue trustees approve named professorships, posthumous degrees

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (June 15) approved the appointment of three named faculty, awarded four posthumous degrees and issued resolutions of appreciation for two outgoing deans and the institution’s top donors.

HOT BLADE 2018 improved joint and combined helicopter training

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Helicopter training exercise HOT BLADE 2018, organised in May under the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) and hosted by the Portuguese Air Force at Beja airbase, was officially closed on 23 May by the Director of the Portuguese Air Operations, Brigadier General Rui de Freitas and José Pablo Romera, EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing.

JAK Inhibitors Associated with Aggressive Lymphoma

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WASHINGTON, June 15, 2018) — Austrian researchers have discovered that a small number of patients taking targeted drugs known as Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors to treat myelofibrosis may develop aggressive lymphomas.

Global recognition for Commonwealths countering violent extremism efforts

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The Commonwealth has pledged to work with member countries to identify best practices and tools to counter violent extremism. These include making it more difficult to use the internet for terrorist purposes and challenging hate speech online with positive narratives.

Reward Reaches Up to $8,000 in Dog Abuse Case

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Princeton, W. Va. – On Sunday, May 27, an injured dog named Lexi was found in the Lilly Grove subdivision of Princeton. She had a stab wound on her side, a tooth and claws missing, and road rash all over her body. While taking her to the animal shelter, a Mercer County animal advocate found another dog’s body, also with road rash, on Thornton Avenue.

National Right to Work Foundation Releases Statement on Hawaii Workers' Victory at D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

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Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2018) – Today a unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the Obama National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) opinion that union officials’ forced dues threats did not violate the rights of Hawaii hotel workers.

MIT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas receives the 2018 Kyoto Prize

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Artist and scholar cited for her “immeasurable impact” in pioneering the integration of performance art and new media.

Three Arrested for Conning Seniors Out of More Than $150,000

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.––Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of two individuals, and the arrest warrant for a third person, for involvement in an organized fraud scheme targeting mostly older Hispanic citizens. The two defendants in custody, Jhon Figueroa, 52, of Orlando, and Siomara Jimenez, 48, of Kissimmee, are charged with 35 combined charges. The third defendant, Marino Jimenez Quintana, 48, of Kissimmee, has an active warrant for arrest on 13 separate charges.

Australian Unis Deliver Cookie Cutter Degrees

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Everything you need to know about about the condition of humanities teaching in Australia’s universities is summed up in what happened last week at the University of Sydney.

Trustees add five initiatives to Purdue strategic plan

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (June 15) reaffirmed Purdue Moves as the university’s current strategic plan and added five initiatives to the plan to reflect several strategic updates.

New engineering center to develop scientific and engineering principles of resilient systems

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – What causes some systems — computing, cyber physical, or large-scale engineered systems — to be resilient to disruptions of various kinds? And what causes some systems to bounce back from a failure quickly?

CALENDRIER du 18 juin au 24 juin 2018

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President Jean-Claude Juncker in Wittlich, Germany: receives the Georg Meistermann Prize awarded by the Stiftung Stadt Wittlich; and delivers the keynote speech.

CBP Gulfport Agent Provides LifeSaving Care

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — A New Orleans Gulfport Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agent provided lifesaving care after witnessing a three-vehicle crash that injured two people on Interstate -10 near Diamondhead, MS.  Supervisor Marine Interdiction Agent (SMIA) Russell Smith, an Emergency Medical Technician, quickly jumped in action on the morning of June 7, treating injured motorists who suffered injuries that included serious lacerations and uncontrolled bleeding.

Hindu and Muslim children show unexpected religious tolerance

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In a region of India with a long history of tension between Hindus and Muslims, children of different faiths are showing unexpected tolerance for one another’s religious beliefs and customs, according to a new study led by UC Berkeley psychologist Mahesh Srinivasan.

Video: Elephants Jabbed During Garden Bros. Circus Show

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Loveland, Colo. – As Garden Bros. Circus prepares to perform at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland on Monday, PETA shared new video footage this morning from a recent Garden Bros.

San Luis CBP Officers Seize $290K in Meth

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TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen Thursday, in connection to an unsuccessful Methamphetamine smuggling attempt resulting in the seizure of nearly 97 pounds at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.

Fact Sheet: Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions - Families

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The risks of crossing the Rio Grande and desert terrain, or hiding in stash houses or tractor trailers, are high for adults and even more deeply concerning for children.  Individuals who seek to enter the United States should do so at ports of entry.

USS Oak Hill Completes BALTOPS 2018

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KIEL, Germany (NNS) -- Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 came to a close June 15 after two weeks of successful training as the participants arrive in Kiel, Germany, for Kiel Week 2018.

Barbara Ward 2018: Gro Harlem Brundtland

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Dr Brundtland will be speaking on her engagement with sustainable development over the last three decades, her assessment of the current situation and what measures need to be taken to ensure the success of the Sustainable Development Goals and the wider development agenda in the coming years.

APU Voted Best University in the San Gabriel Valley

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Azusa Pacific University is the Best University in the San Gabriel Valley, according to a recent poll conducted by the Southern California News Group.

TOMORROW: Human Rights Campaign to Endorse Susan Wild for Congress

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BETHLEHEM, PA -- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, will formally endorse Susan Wild for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania 7th Congressional District, at an event on Saturday, June 16th at 10:00am at Wild’s Campaign Office at 2285 Schoenersville Road, Suite 2359, Bethlehem PA. HRC President Chad Griffin and Susan Wild will be joined by community leader Adrian Shanker and Alisa Bowman, parent to a transgender child and the East Pennsylvania School Board President.

U.S. Chambers Donohue Statement on New Tariffs against China

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Imposing tariffs places the cost of China’s unfair trade practices squarely on the shoulders of American consumers, manufacturers, farmers, and ranchers.

Dateline Rice for June 15, 2018

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Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article examining Saudi Arabia’s multibillion-dollar push into world soccer governance.

Attorney General Bondi Announces Settlement with Citibank for Manipulating Interest Rate Benchmarks

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced a multistate settlement with Citibank. Based upon the business they conducted with Citibank, Florida governmental entities and nonprofits will receive approximately five million dollars from the settlement, which resolves allegations of unlawful conduct involving the U.S. Dollar LIBOR. The LIBOR is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers financial transactions.

New session: How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems Workshop

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CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

GB Women's World Championship Squad Announced

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British Wheelchair Basketball has announced the GB women’s squad for the 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which take place in Hamburg, Germany from 16-26 August.

Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on EPA Sending Revised WOTUS Rule to OMB

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Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that a revised Waters of the U.S. rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

UMass Amherst Lauds $47 Million in Capital Authorization For New Biotechnology and Precision Manufacturing Initiative

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AMHERST, Mass. – Legislation signed today by Governor Charlie Baker will provide nearly $463 million in capital and reauthorize a tax incentive program to continue to grow Massachusetts’ life sciences industry. Included in the capital authorizations is $47 million for UMass Amherst to build and equip a Biotechnology and Precision Manufacturing (BPM) research and training facility.

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA names winner of 2018 Switzer Prize

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Dr. David Sabatini, an MIT biologist and associate director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, will be the 2018 recipient of the Switzer Prize awarded by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Sabatini’s pioneering discoveries of mechanisms that regulate cell growth are propelling research into potential treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Baker Institute experts: Lifting of Saudi Arabias ban on women driving poses policy challenges

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This month Saudi Arabia will put an end to its ban on women driving, opening the way for millions of new drivers to navigate a country three times bigger than Texas. While the policy shift provides relief to women who lacked freedom of mobility, the long-term effects of ending the ban are far from clear and will present the Saudi government with several policy challenges, according to an issue brief by experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

New compound shown to be as effective as FDA-approved drugs against life-threatening infections; tests indicate it is less susceptible to resistance

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This group of researchers worked with Purdue chemistry professor Herman Sintim to identify a new compound that in preliminary testing has shown itself to be as effective as antibiotics approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat life-threatening infections while also appearing to be less susceptible to bacterial resistance. Pictured are Nader Shawky Abutaleb, a graduate student in the Saleem Research Group, Haroon Mohammad, a postdoctoral fellow in the Saleem Research Group, Neetu Dayal, postdoctoral fellow in the Sintim Research Group and Clement Opoku-Temeng, graduate student in the Sintim Research Group.

M/V Twin Capes, retired Lewes-to-Cape May ferry, sunk to become part of Delawares artificial reef system

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ATLANTIC OCEAN 38°30.90’N, 074° 30.90’W – The M/V Twin Capes, a ferry christened 43 years ago on the Delaware Bay and retired after thousands of runs between her namesakes Cape Henlopen, Del.

Joint statement by Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Gabriel on the one year anniversary of the end of roaming charges in Europe

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We are happy to see that people use their mobile phones more and more freely when travelling abroad in the EU, especially when it comes to mobile data. Frequent travellers and European youth, in particular, recognise the benefits of roaming without extra costs.