Detroit, Michigan - The crew of USS Detroit (LCS 7) brought its ship to life before a crowd of nearly 6,500 in front of the iconic General Motors building at the Port of Detroit.

Washington, DC - Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein will travel to Indonesia and Malaysia, from October 24 to November 3, to discuss religious freedom with government officials, civil society representatives, and a range of leaders representing both majority and minority religious communities.

San Diego, California - The Registrar of Voters is reminding mail ballot voters to use ballpoint pens when marking their ballots for the Nov. 8 Presidential General Election. Instructions tell voters to use a pen with dark ink to mark their ballots and specifically mention to avoid the color red.  Concerns have come up over the use of felt-tip markers to fill in the ovals next to the various contests. Some markers have ink that bleeds through to the other side of the ballot.

San Diego, California - You have only a few more days to register to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential general election.

Coronado, California - A Sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 based in Coronado, California, died Oct. 20 after sustaining injuries while deployed to Iraq.

Washington, DC - The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, Detroit (LCS 7), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, October 22 on Detroit's waterfront.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.