Washington, DC - "Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has been briefed on the apparent act of terrorism that occurred this evening in New York City. The Department is closely monitoring the situation and working with our federal, state and local partners in responding to and investigating this tragedy. We are referring all questions about the investigation to the FBI and the New York Police Department.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that salads with chicken meat products produced by Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods, a Vallejo, California establishment, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Washington, DC - NIST guidelines on approved public key key-establishments schemes are specified in the NIST SP 800-56 series of publications.  While legacy key establishment schemes have been programmatically allowed for use by agencies in FIPS 140-validated modules, NIST SP 800-131A Rev. 1, Transitioning the Use of Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Lengths, specifies that only schemes specified in the SP 800-56 series will be allowed after 2017.  However, there are widely used key-establishment schemes in protocols and applications that are not included in the current revisions of the SP 800-56 series publications. 

Washington, DC - In an Initial Decision announced today, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell upheld a Federal Trade Commission complaint against 1-800 Contacts, ruling that the agency has proved that the nation’s largest online retailer of contact lenses unlawfully orchestrated a web of anticompetitive agreements with rival online contact lens sellers.

San Diego, California - Go wild this holiday season at the San Diego Zoo’s annual celebration, Jungle Bells presented by California Coast Credit Union. The holiday festivities start December 8, 2017, and run through January 1, 2018. Jungle Bells guests will be treated to seasonal decorations, animal experiences, costumed characters, live entertainment and more.

Rochester, Minnesota - A new study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine sheds light on where in the medical setting people are being prescribed opioids. Dr. Molly Jeffery, lead author and scientific director of the Mayo Clinic Division of Emergency Medicine Research, says many people think emergency departments (ED) tend to over prescribe opioids for people suffering from acute pain. The study found that's not true.