Washington, DC - Vincent Ramos, the chief executive of Canada-based Phantom Secure, and four of his associates were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges that they knowingly and intentionally participated in a criminal enterprise that facilitated the transnational importation and distribution of narcotics through the sale and service of encrypted communications.

Washington, DC - Toyobo Co. Ltd. of Japan and its American subsidiary, Toyobo U.S.A. Inc., f/k/a Toyobo America Inc. (collectively, Toyobo), have agreed to pay $66 million to resolve claims under the False Claims Act that they sold defective Zylon fiber used in bullet proof vests that the United States purchased for federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, the Justice Department announced today.

San Diego, California - A limited amount of tickets for Sunday's NCAA Tournament second round games at Viejas Arena are still available.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Washington, DC - John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State: "As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I would like to recognize Ireland’s remarkable contributions to the United States and reaffirm the strong bonds of friendship between our two nations and people.

Washington, DC - There is no such thing as buying someone's silence. Silence really doesn't exist. If people want to tell the world it's easy to do. Tell one other person in the world and if the information is grimy enough it will be retold a thousand or a million times. Bad news travels fast. Sordid news for some reason always rises to the top. Regardless of how hard you try to cover it, you can't. Blogs, news media, social media and the massive ability to communicate around the globe sends bad news out faster than a Texas tornado.