San Diego, California - The San Diego Zoo is welcoming a new resident this month, after okapi mom Mbaya gave birth to her first calf, adding one more individual to a population that is in steady decline worldwide. Only a few zoos in the United States house the endangered okapi, and 3-week-old Mosi, standing on wobbly legs and with an evident sense of curiosity, became the first okapi to be born at the San Diego Zoo in four years.

Washington, DC - As an additional measure in the fight against Zika virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has made available a panel of human plasma samples to aid in the regulatory evaluation of serological tests to detect recent Zika virus infection.

South China Sea - The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore today.

El Centro, California - Today, Ralph Cordova, Jr., Imperial County’s Executive Officer, announced that he will retire from Imperial County after twenty five years of dedicated service. Cordova has served as the County Executive Officer (CEO) for the last nine years.  During his tenure with the County, Cordova also served in several leadership positions as both the County Counsel and the Assistant District Attorney.

Washington, DC - A team of civilian researchers led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has announced they have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the launch of the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge in partnership with the Alliance for Green Heat (AGH). Teams from around the world will compete for up to $25,000 in prizes to design the next generation of residential biomass heaters capable of generating enough electricity to power everything from a cell phone to an entire home. The teams and exhibitors will also have a chance to showcase their revolutionary wood stove technology on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 9–14, 2018.