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Washington, DC - Four members of an international computer hacking ring have been charged with breaking into computer networks of prominent technology companies and the U.S. Army and stealing more than $100 million in intellectual property and other proprietary data. Two of the charged members have already pleaded guilty.
Ottawa, Canada - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson concluded a two-day trip to Ottawa, Canada, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin, where he met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Canadian counterparts to discuss engagement through the Beyond the Border initiative.
Houston, Texas - A Honduran fugitive wanted in his native country for murder was deported Monday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Toronto, Canada - In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.
Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels.
Orem, Utah - The Grocery Manufacturers Association of America (GMA), consisting of members like Monsanto, Coca-Cola, and General Mills, is making a greater effort to end any GMO labeling laws in the United States by supporting a congressional bill titled the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014.”
Tucson, Arizona - Darkcoin is a revolutionary new cryptocurrency which offers privacy and fast transaction speed. Four years ago, the mysterious and brilliant Satoshi Nakamoto developed a revolutionary piece of software called Bitcoin. In doing so, Satoshi created both a digital currency (so-called "cryptocurrencies" are decentralized and secured by cryptography, rather than by a government) and an inexpensive payment network. Bitcoin uses a decentralized financial ledger called a "blockchain" to keep track of everybody's balances and to transfer money from one bitcoin address to another.
Washington, DC - The United States and India believe that the empowerment of women and girls is essential for sustained prosperity, peace, and progress in society. The two countries partner on a range of programs and joint initiatives to strengthen women’s economic and political participation; to prevent and respond to gender-based violence; and through a new focus on adolescent girls, the two countries will work together to enable young women to lead lives as healthy and productive citizens.