CPUC Takes Action In Response To Inappropriate PG&E Contact With Agency Officials

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today announced that it has taken a number of steps in response to inappropriate email exchanges between a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) official and the CPUC related to the utility’s Gas Transmission and Storage proceeding. The CPUC will determine possible penalties against PG&E for its inappropriate […]

Former Sheriff’s Investigator Sentenced To Prison For Assaulting Handcuffed Man At Jail

WASHINGTON—A former criminal investigator with the Macon County, Alabama, Sheriff’s Office, was sentenced by Judge Myron Thompson to serve 36 months in prison and two years of supervised release for assaulting a handcuffed man at the county jail, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama said on Tuesday. […]

Three Men Arrested In Bakersfield For Cocaine Smuggling

FRESNO– A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against three men charging them with conspiring to import, distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Montoya was also charged with re-entering the United States following deportation. Indicted were Jimmy Gil, 34, of Shafter, Jose Luis Montoya-Salazar, 42, of Mexico City, Mexico and Luis Ricardo […]

Worker Fatally Injured At Behr Iron And Steel Recycling Plant

South Beloit, IL–Following the death of a worker at Behr Iron and Steel Inc.’s recycling facility in South Beloit, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company for seven willful and one serious safety violations. The company operates under the name Behr Iron and Metal. The victim, a 37-year […]

Soldier Missing From WWII Identified

WASHINGTON–The remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors,  the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office said today. Army Pfc. Bernard Gavrin, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be buried on Sep. 12, in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, […]

Illinois Middle School Teacher Arrested On Federal Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

CHICAGO–A middle school teacher in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove, Illinois, was arrested early Thursday morning on federal charges for allegedly receiving child pornography and persuading a minor to produce pornographic images of himself. John C. Vastis, aka “Pete,” 51, of Lakemoor, Illinois, which straddles Lake and McHenry counties, was arrested at his home Aug. 28 […]

Former Arthrocare Executives Sentenced For Orchestrating $750 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON–The former chief executive officer (CEO) of ArthroCare Corporation was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, and the former chief financial officer (CFO) was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison today for their leading roles in a $750 million securities fraud scheme. Two other former senior vice presidents of ArthroCare were also sentenced to […]

New Research Links Tornado Strength, Frequency To Climate Change

James Elsner. Photo: Bill Lax/Florida State Photography Services

Tallahassee, FL–(Newswise)–New research by a Florida State University geography professor shows that climate change may be playing a key role in the strength and frequency of tornadoes hitting the United States. Published Wednesday in the journal Climate Dynamics, Professor James Elsner writes that though tornadoes are forming fewer days per year, they are forming at a […]

Ferguson City Officials Hold Keys To Reconciliation and Racial Healing – But Are They Willing To Share Power?

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, Bob McCulloch, holds decisive power whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed Michael Brown.

By Danny R. Johnson – With Reporting by Jeanne McDonough and Samuel Price in St. Louis/Ferguson, MO ST. LOUIS – At Tom’s liquor store, one of the first businesses looted in the Ferguson, MO riots, the Lebanese-American owner keeps a watchful eye on the angry and jobless men loitering outside. The same crowd frightens Shondell […]

Manufacturer Agrees To Pay $52.1 Million Criminal Fine In Fix Pricing, Bid Rigging

WASHINGTON–NGK Spark Plug Co. Ltd., an automotive parts manufacturer based in Nagoya, Japan, has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $52.1 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors, and air fuel ratio sensors installed in cars sold to automobile […]