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Man Accused of Threatening Senator Joseph Manchin is Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

Charleston, West Virginia - A 49-year-old man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Charleston for threatening to murder United States Senator Joseph Manchin, III. According to the four-count indictment, Steven Anthony Major, of Barboursville, West Virginia, is alleged to have made four separate threats to murder Senator Manchin from March 17 through March 20, 2014.

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Two Lawyers and Office Worker Convicted of Immigration Fraud Offenses Following Jury Trial

Manhattan, New York - Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Feng Ling Liu, Vanessa Bandrich, and Rui Yang were found guilty yesterday in Manhattan federal court of one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. Liu, Bandrich, and Yang, who were initially charged in December 2012, were convicted following a 19-day jury trial presided over by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams.

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Attorney General Holder Urges Congress to Approve $15 Million to Train Law Enforcement Officers for 'Active Shooter' Situations

Washington, DC - Following the recent tragedies at a Jewish Community Center outside of Kansas City and at Ft. Hood, Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress Tuesday to approve $15 million in funding for active shooter training for law enforcement officers to ensure they have the tools they need to effectively respond to threats, protect themselves, and save innocent lives.

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Sign-Up Begins Today for USDA Disaster Assistance Programs Restored by Farm Bill

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting today, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Treasury Department Releases Semi-Annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the Semi-Annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies that is required under Section 3005 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988.

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Statement on One Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "I was thousands of miles from home when the bombs went off at the Boston marathon, but even from the glow of the television screen it was a sickening kick to the gut to see those familiar streets turned into a war zone in an instant.

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FTC Approves Toys “R” Us Petition to Reopen and Modify 1998 Final Commission Order

Washington, DC - Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a petition submitted by Toys “R” Us, Inc. (TRU) to reopen and modify a final Commission order issued in 1998. That order followed a Commission determination, affirmed by the Seventh Circuit, Toys 'R' Us, Inc. v. FTC, 221 F.3d 928 (7th Cir. 2000) holding that, among other things, TRU had used its significant market power to orchestrate a “hub and spoke” conspiracy among its suppliers to restrict the supply of toys to certain warehouse clubs that would otherwise have competed against TRU.

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Government Intervenes in Lawsuit Against Medical Equipment Supplier Orbit Medical Inc. and Former Vice President Jake Kilgore

Salt Lake City, Utah - The government has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit against Orbit Medical Inc. and Jake Kilgore alleging that Orbit Medical’s sales representatives boosted power wheelchair and accessory sales by altering and forging physician prescriptions and supporting documentation, the Justice Department announced today. Orbit Medical is a durable medical equipment supplier based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jake Kilgore is the former vice president and sales manager at Orbit Medical for the Western region of the United States.

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