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IPR Center, partners honored at 2014 Intellectual Property Champions Awards

Washington, DC - The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the FBI were honored at the second annual IP Champions Conference in Washington, D.C., today.

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Scientific Breakthroughs from USDA in 2013

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. Innovations included in the report range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling, efforts to protect U.S. troops in Iraq from diseases carried by sand flies, new processes for turning grass clippings and raked leaves into bioenergy, and many more.

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2014 Investing in Innovation Competition Continues with Invitation for Scale-Up and Validation Applications

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Education today announced the start of the 2014 grant competition for the Investing in Innovation (i3) program's Scale-up and Validation categories. This competition will continue the Department's investments in promising strategies that can help close achievement gaps and improve educational outcomes for our neediest students.

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New COPPA FAQs can help schools make the grade

Washington, DC - In a lot of schools, kids are more likely to be looking at screens than at blackboards.  One advantage:  fewer annoying chalk squeaks.  Of course, the benefits of the connected classroom go far beyond that.  But educators, administrators, and parents have been asking an important question:  How do the protections of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the accompanying FTC rule apply in the school setting?

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Exchange Participants From Kosovo and Serbia Explore Ways To Grow Economies Through Tourism

Washington, DC - Business, government, and media representatives from Kosovo and Serbia are visiting the United States looking at ways to expand their economies through tourism. The Governments of Serbia and Kosovo have identified the tourism sector as an area for growth, and the participants will build networks with each other and American businesses. This exchange contributes to the U.S. Government goal of promoting global trade and strengthening world economies.

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American Red Cross Transforming to Better Deliver its Humanitarian Mission

Washington, DC - The American Red Cross has undergone a transformation of its operations over the past six years to better deliver its humanitarian mission, improve efficiency and continue to make the best use of donor dollars, Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern told the Economic Club of Indiana today.

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Former Accounting Assistant Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in $144,000 Theft from Non-Profit

Washington, DC - Tabitha Harley-Williams, 34, pled guilty today to a federal charge stemming from the theft of more than $144,000 from a non-profit organization where she worked as an accounting assistant, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. and Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

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Homeland Security Secretary Johnson’s Meeting With Key Immigration Stakeholders

Washington, DC - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with leaders from business, law enforcement, and faith communities to discuss a wide range of immigration issues, including the need for commonsense immigration reform.

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