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MARS attacks!

Washington, DC - Sci-fi fans will remember the 1996 movie "Mars Attacks!" where Americans banded together to fight off Martian invaders. (As it happens, the most effective tool against the enemy was a recording of Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call.") 

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President Announces New AmeriCorps Partnerships to Expand Opportunities to Youth

Washington, DC - As part of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, President Obama announced new AmeriCorps partnerships with federal agencies and the private sector to connect young people to mentoring, support networks and job skills to help them reach their full potential.

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Secretary Johnson announces 192 criminal arrests in ongoing ICE operation to crack down on human smuggling to the Rio Grande Valley

Washington, DC - As part of the U.S. Government's aggressive campaign to respond to the recent rise in illegal migration into South Texas, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Winkowski, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Operations Division Deputy Chief Jaime Salazar, today announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the United States Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.

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USDA Reminds Farmers of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026). The Farm Bill relinked highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation compliance with eligibility for premium support paid under the federal crop insurance program.

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U.S. Department of Education Expands Innovation in Higher Education through the Experimental Sites Initiative

Washington, DC - As part of the President and Vice President’s new actions to provide more Americans with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need for in-demand jobs, today, the Department is announcing a new round of “experimental sites” (ex-sites) that will test certain innovative practices aimed at providing better, faster and more flexible paths to academic and career success.

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President Obama to Award 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

Washington, DC - On Monday afternoon,  President Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend.

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Sara Lee Recalls Sausage Products

Washington, DC - A facility doing business as Sara Lee Foodservice in New London, Wisconsin, is recalling approximately 82,440 pounds of smoked sausage due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

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Scammer Settles FTC Charges He Sent Consumers Millions of Unwanted Texts

Houston, Texas - A text message spammer and his company have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they were responsible for sending millions of unwanted messages to consumers across the country, which contained false promises of “free” $1,000 gift cards for major retailers like Walmart, Target and Best Buy.

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