Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "President Obama’s decision to begin normalizing relations with Cuba will advance United States’ interests and those of the Cuban people. The 11 million people of this island nation have waited far too long - over half a century - to fulfill their democratic aspirations and build closer ties with the rest of the world in the 21st century. Our new U.S. policy on Cuba reflects the reality that past policies - although well-intentioned - no longer suit today’s situation.

Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Department of the Interior’s regional Climate Science Centers and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center are awarding nearly $6 million to universities and other partners for 50 new research projects to better prepare communities for impacts of climate change.

Washington, DC - In this week’s address, the President reflected on the significant progress made by this country in 2014, and in the nearly six years since he took office. This past year has been the strongest for job growth since the 1990s, contributing to the nearly 11 million jobs added by our businesses over a 57-month streak.  

Cheyenne, Wyoming - PacifiCorp Energy, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, based in Portland, Oregon, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wyoming today to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in connection with the deaths of protected birds, including golden eagles, at two of the company’s wind projects in Wyoming.

Washington, DC - Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Hubbert for the Justice Department’s Tax Division Civil Trial Matters, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York, Commissioner John Koskinen of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Los Angeles Field Division announced that U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick entered an order yesterday authorizing the IRS to issue summonses requiring Federal Express Corporation, doing business as FedEx Express, FedEx Ground Package System Inc., aka FedEx Ground, DHL Express (DHL), United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), Western Union Financial Services Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (the FRBNY), Clearing House Payments Company LLC, and HSBC Bank USA National Association (HSBC USA) to produce information about U.S. taxpayers who may be evading or have evaded federal taxes by using the services of Sovereign Management & Legal Ltd. (Sovereign) to establish, maintain or conceal foreign accounts, assets and entities.

Washington, DC - Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the number of persons under the supervision of adult correctional systems in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 2003.  This finding is highlighted in a study to be released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.