Feds Seize More Than $19.5 Million In Fake NFL Merchandise

PHOENIX–Federal officials teamed with the National Football League (NFL) Thursday to announce the results of a nationwide law enforcement effort aimed at combating counterfeit sports merchandise. Speaking at a NFL news conference, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Field Operations William K. Brooks, […]

CA Assemblywoman Gonzalez Proposes Bill To Provide Sports Cheerleaders With Employee Rights

SACRAMENTO–California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 202 today to treat cheerleaders of professional sports teams as employees under California law, a move that will better protect cheer athletes in the state from workplace abuses and bring equity to the multibillion-dollar professional sports landscape. Recent attention to the issue from lawsuits brought […]

CPUC Issue Citations To PG&E, SoCalGas For Safety Violations

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued citations to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) for natural gas-related violations found during the course of CPUC safety audits. The CPUC’s safety and enforcement staff issued a $430,000 citation to PG&E for three violations that deal with specific federal requirements […]

EPA: Three Shell Oil Company Affiliates Settle Over Violations

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with three companies affiliated with Shell Oil Company to resolve Clean Air Act violations, including selling gasoline and diesel fuel that did not conform to federal standards. The EPA said the violations resulted in excess emissions of harmful air pollutants from motor vehicles, which pose […]

Fourteen Charged In Connection With Lewiston Drug Arrests

WASHINGTON–A federal grand jury in Portland indicted fourteen people in connection with Lewiston drug arrests, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II said on Friday. Tasheem Carter, 29, of Far Rockaway, New York, and Lewiston, Maine was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and oxycodone, and Christian Dent, 31, of Far Rockaway and Lewiston, was charged […]

Two CA Men Arraigned For Selling Counterfeit iPhones And iPads

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Westminister, CA–Two men were arraigned Friday in Orange County on money laundering and conspiracy charges for selling counterfeit electronic goods valued at nearly $3 million, including counterfeit iPhones and iPads, following a probe by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Fountain Valley Police Department (FVPD). Rateb Said Najjar, […]

Dept. Of Defense Releases 2013 Annual Report On Suicide‏

WASHINGTON–Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2013 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members. The DoDSER also includes detailed assessments of demographic information, behavioral health history, and deployment history for each suicide event. This comprehensive information informs DoD senior leaders as […]

Gov. Brown Proposes 2015-16 State Budget

SACRAMENTO–Governor Jerry Brown Friday proposed a carefully balanced budget that injects billions of dollars more into schools and health care coverage, holds college tuition flat and delivers on Propositions 1 and 2 by investing in long overdue water projects and saving money, while continuing to chip away at the state’s other long-term liabilities – debt, […]

EPA Proposes Rule To Protect Consumers From Harmful Chemicals Found In Homes, Schools

WASHINGTON–The EPA is taking action to protect consumers from new uses and imports of the harmful chemicals Toluene Diisocyanates (TDI). These chemicals are currently widely used in residual amounts in the production of polyurethanes and consumer products, such as coatings, elastomers, adhesives, and sealants and can be found in products used in and around homes […]

Louisiana Man Gets 17 Years For Child Pornography Production

Monroe, LA–A Quitman man was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison Monday after previously pleading guilty to one count of producing child pornography following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Shreveport (HSI), the Louisiana State Police and the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Nixon, 23, was […]