Saving ʻAkikiki from Extinction Team Receives Recovery Champion Award

San Diego, California - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has presented a 2018 Recovery Champion Award to a team of conservationists who have been working to save a critically endangered Hawaiian bird. The Saving ‘Akikiki from Extinction Team—which includes members from San Diego Zoo Global, the Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and USWFS—was recognized for their leadership in conservation of the ʻakikiki, a small bird also known as the Kauaʻi creeper.

Albino panda makes headlines

Wolong National Nature Reserve, China - Pandas are an endangered species. With fewer than 2,000 of them known to be living in the wild in the mountains of China, they are at risk of extinction. 

On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the United States Department of State, I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr.

History Matters

Washington, DC - In 1870, voting rights were granted to African Americans by the 15th Amendment of the Constitution. Two years later, on June 6, 1872, a group of pioneering women’s rights activists, led by Susan B. Anthony, voted illegally in a Rochester, NY election. She was arrested and fined $100. It was reported that Anthony made this statement:

Chief Executive of Communications Company Sentenced to Prison for Providing Encryption Services and Devices to Criminal Organizations

San Diego, California - Vincent Ramos, the chief executive of Canada-based Phantom Secure, was sentenced to nine years in prison for leading a criminal enterprise that facilitated the transnational importation and distribution of narcotics through the sale of encrypted communication devices and services.  The Court also ordered Ramos to forfeit $80 million as proceeds of the crime, as well as specifically identified assets, including international bank accounts, real estate, cryptocurrency accounts, and gold coins.

Co-Owners of Chicago-Area Home Health Agency Plead Guilty to Kickbacks Conspiracy Charges

Chicago, Illinois - Husband and wife co-owners of a Chicago-area home health agency pleaded guilty Friday for their roles in a scheme to obtain millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursements through the payment of kickbacks for patient referrals.