Former New Mexico Detective Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Police Department Intern

WASHINGTON–A 38 year-old former detective with the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was sentenced today for violating the civil rights of an LCPD student intern. Michael Garcia was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. He also was ordered to forfeit his law enforcement certification and […]

OSHA To Retailers: Keep Workers Safe During Major Sale Events


WASHINGTON–As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is encouraging retail employers to implement safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday. OSHA says tragic consequences and risk to workers can occur if the proper safety procedures are ignored. In 2008, a retail […]

Homeland Security, CDC To Begin Enhance Screenings For Travelers To The U.S. From Mali

WASHINGTON–Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) added Mali to the list of Ebola-affected nations for which enhanced screening and monitoring measures will be taken. There are no direct flights from Mali to the United States. However, each day, a small number of travelers, averaging 15-20, […]

Reps. Cicilline, Bass Introduce Congressional Resolution To Honor Ebola Health Workers

  WASHINGTON, DC–Following a House Foreign Affairs committee hearing entitled “Combatting Ebola in West Africa: The International Response” with top administration officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Karen Bass (D-CA) today introduced a congressional resolution to acknowledge […]

Workers Face Millions In Unpaid Wages In Southern California Garment Industry

LOS ANGELES– Widespread labor violations by employers in the Southern California garment industry are costing workers millions of dollars a year in unpaid wages, according to the U.S. Labor Department. During fiscal year 2014, the department’s Wage and Hour Division conducted 221 investigations of employers in this industry, almost all in and around Los Angeles, and […]

International Probe Bust Operators Of Black Market Website

NEW YORK–Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the FBI arrested the administrator of a black market website designed to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods over the Internet. The arrest is the result of an international investigation by HSI, FBI and the European Police […]

OSHA: Ringling Bros. And Barnum And Bailey Circus Cited For Safety Violation

Providence, R.I.–A “Hair Hang Act” performance during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show on May 4 in Providence took a disastrous turn when the apparatus the performers were hanging from suddenly fell to the ground. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has determined this incident […]

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 […]