Home Depot Foundation Awards Grant To Redding Veterans Home

Redding, CA–The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) begins enhancing the outdoor living space at the Redding Veterans Home thanks to a Celebration of Service grant from The Home Depot Foundation. The $12,000 grant, along with the assistance of The Home Depot volunteers, installs seating, a bird aviary, and therapeutic garden beds with irrigation. “We […]

Video: NASA News Conference On Flight Mishap

Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft

NASA held a news conference on Tuesday following the mishap that occurred at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. Briefing participants were, Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Frank Culbertson, […]

Peruvian Cultural Treasures Returned To The Government Of Peru


WASHINGTON–Four separate investigations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led to the seizure of several looted Peruvian artifacts smuggled into the United States during the last several years. The artifacts were returned Wednesday to the Peruvian Consuls during simultaneous repatriation ceremonies in San Antonio, Denver and Boston. Items returned included […]

Man Sentenced In Alabama For His Role In Identity Theft Scheme

WASHINGTON–A man was sentenced to serve 70 months in prison for his involvement in a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme that used prisoner names and a corrupt U.S. Postal Service employee, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Larry Wszalek for the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George Beck Jr. for the Middle District […]

National Nurses Co-President To Testify At Congressional Hearing On Ebola Preparedness

NEW YORK–In the wake of news a doctor in New York City, recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea in West Africa, has now tested positive for Ebola, a leader of the nation’s largest nurses organization, National Nurses United (NNU), will step up the call for much higher preparedness for the Ebola threat in […]

EPA Requiring BMW to Correct Fuel Economy Labels for Four Mini Cooper Vehicles

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising estimates for four 2014 BMW Mini Cooper vehicles to ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values. The EPA performed a fuel economy audit on the BMW Mini Cooper and obtained values that differed from those BMW submitted to EPA for certification. With EPA oversight, BMW conducted […]

Five Northern California Real Estate Investors Indicted For Bid Rigging, Fraud At Public Foreclosure Auctions

SAN FRANCISCO–A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an eight-count indictment against five real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice says. The indictment, filed today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, California, […]

Bay Area Man Linked To Oregon Teen’s Kidnapping Charged Federally

Blake Johnston

OAKLAND–A Bay Area man suspected of transporting a teenage girl from Oregon to northern California to engage in sex made his initial appearance in federal court last Friday morning as law enforcement officials appealed for the public’s help to identify additional underage victims. Blake Robert Johnston, 41, of Martinez, is charged in a federal criminal […]

CPUC Issues Proposals Sanctioning PG&E For Ex Parte Communications

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Ruling and an alternate Commissioner proposal regarding sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for ex parte violations concerning the assignment of a particular ALJ to the utility’s gas transmission and storage rate proceeding. The Ruling by ALJ Hallie Yacknin […]

Former Corrections Officer Convicted Of Possessing Child Pornography

Jacksonville, FL–A former Jacksonville corrections officer was found guilty last Wednesday of four counts of possession of child pornography. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s. Leon Perry Brooks Sr., 40, of Jacksonville, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal […]