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11 men from throughout the US receive lengthy prison sentences following an international child exploitation investigation

Missoula, Montana - Eleven men have been sentenced for their roles in an international child pornography network which was targeted by investigators and prosecutors participating in "Operation Kingdom Conqueror." The multi-agency, multi-national effort targeted online bulletin board advertising and exchanging images of child pornography.

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USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

Grapevine, Texas - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until December 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin - the difference between the price of milk and feed costs - falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

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NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

Wallops Island, Virginia - The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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White House Announces Summit on Early Education

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, December 10, President Obama will host a White House Summit on Early Education. The Summit will bring together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, advocacy and elected leaders, as well as other stakeholders who are committed to expanding access to high-quality early education. 

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Company licenses innovation that could detect radiation, thwart nuclear terrorism

Marrero, Louisiana - A Purdue innovation that could help thwart terrorist attacks from radiological "dirty bombs" and nuclear weapons by tracking potential attacks through smartphones and other devices has been licensed to a Marrero, Louisiana-based startup.

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Climate Groups Mobilize to Remember the Impacts of Climate Change Since Superstorm Sandy

Washington, DC - Today, people are coming together all across the country in a digital day of action, in communities large and small, to remember the undeniable impacts of climate change pollution, share their stories, and speak up for action on climate change.

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President Obama Announces New Actions to Further Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing

Washington, DC - U.S. manufacturing is central to the foundation of our economy, and the U.S. manufacturing sector is as competitive as it has been in decades for new jobs and investment.  Since February 2010, U.S. manufacturing has added more than 700,000 jobs, the fastest pace of job growth since the 1990s.

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Marketers Agree to Settle FTC Charges They Deceived Small Businesses Into Buying Credit/Debit Card Processing Services

Washington, DC - A company that sold credit and debit card payment processing services to small businesses has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deception and unsubstantiated claims when signing businesses up for its services and processing equipment. The defendants also agreed to settle similar charges the Washington Attorney General’s Office filed in state court.

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