Tuesday - August 22, 2017
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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.

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Wayne County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Oxycodone Charge
HUNTINGTON, W.Va., Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Carol A. Casto, issued the following news release:

A Wayne County man who assisted others in distributing oxycodone in the Fort Gay area in 2015 and 2016 pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Dennis Ransbottom, Jr., 32, entered his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

Between November 2015 and November 2016, Ransbottom participated in the conspiracy with others, including an oxycodone source from Detroit. During the conspiracy, the source ... Show Full Article

SEC Issues Administrative Proceeding on Laurence I. Balte
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following administrative proceeding (File No. 3-17614) involving Laurence I. Balte on an order appointing tax administrator:

In the Matter of

LAURENCE I. BALTER d/b/a

ORACLE INVESTMENT RESEARCH,

Respondent.

ORDER APPOINTING TAX ADMINISTRATOR

By order dated June 30, 2017, the Commission issued the "Omnibus Order Directing the Appointment of Tax Administrator in Administrative Proceedings that Establish Distribution Funds" ("Omnibus Order"),1 authorizing the Secretary to issue orders beginning June 2017 and for calendar ... Show Full Article

NSWC Crane's Radar Division Saves Navy $27.65 Million
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following news:

The Radar Systems Division at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) recently led an effort that resulted in a projected Navy-wide cost savings of $27.65 million, while also ensuring critical products were delivered on time.

Due to Department of Energy (DoE) conservation standards, the U.S. Navy faced a potential challenge in providing electric motors to support production of the AN/SPQ-9B radar system. The Navy did not have a viable path forward to meet their contractual obligations, and failure ... Show Full Article

MQ-1 Predator Crashed in Southeast Turkey
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Air Force's Incirlik Air Base (39th Air Base Wing) issued the following news:

U.S. emergency responders and local police are on scene where a U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft crashed in a field approximately 200 miles east of Adana, Turkey.

The aircraft departed Incirlik Air Base, and subsequently crashed at approximately 11:50 a.m., local time, Aug. 21, 2017.

"U.S. Air Force and Turkish personnel are working hand in hand to keep local citizens safe and to recover the aircraft," said Col. Michael Rimsky, 39th Air Base Wing ... Show Full Article

Justin E. Herdman Sworn in as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio
CLEVELAND, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Justin E. Herdman, issued the following news release:

Justin E. Herdman has taken the oath of office to become the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Herdman was nominated by President Donald Trump on June 12 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 3. He took the oath of office from U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Gaughan.

"I am humbled and honored to be returning to an office that I love," Herdman said. "I am excited to work with the men and women of the U.S. Attorney's Office to seek justice ... Show Full Article

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Conviction and Sentence of Pinellas County Man for Terrorist Plot
TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 21 -- The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, W. Stephen Muldrow, issued the following news release:

Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has affirmed the conviction and sentence of Sami Osmakac (30, Pinellas Park) for attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and possession of a fully automatic firearm. A federal jury found him guilty in June 2014. In November 2014, U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven sentenced Osmakac to 40 years' imprisonment.

According to testimony ... Show Full Article

EPA Spokesperson Issues Statement on New York Times Article on Chlorpyrifos
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following statement by spokesperson Amy Graham:

"Good Morning

"After a monumental mistake where the New York Times (http://usenvironmentalprotectionagency.cmail20.com/t/d-i-ulgjut-l-r/) was caught peddling false information, they're at it again.

"Last night, the New York Times' Eric Lipton and Roni Rabin reported on false facts about the EPA's decision not to ban the pesticide Chlorpyrifos and the decision to continue the review regarding the pesticide.

"Specifically speaking, they left out that the EPA's decision was upheld ... Show Full Article