Imperial Valley News
Sixteen Named in Racketeering Indictment Alleging Money Laundering Schemes Orchestrated by Former President of Orange County Bank
Los Angeles, California - Federal authorities Thursday, arrested 11 defendants named in a sweeping racketeering indictment alleging a series of money laundering schemes that revolved around the former head of Saigon National Bank, based in Westminster, California, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California. Four other defendants, who are named in separate indictments, were also arrested today.
Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday, announced the availability of $17.6 million in funding to support research and outreach activities that will help growers, producers, and processors find innovative ways to improve organic agriculture. The grants are being funded through the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), a program that is administered by USDA's National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Paris, France - Secretary of State John Kerry's Remarks at COP21 Plenary:
Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns ISIL’s multiple suicide attacks in the town of Tel Tamer in Hasaka Province, which targeted and killed scores of Syrian civilians, including at a hospital and marketplace. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this barbaric act of mass murder.
Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday, the release of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and new commitments to support personalized professional learning for district leaders across the country working to improve teaching and student achievement through the effective use of technology.
Department of Energy Announces 12 New Projects to Accelerate Technologies that Improve the Efficiency and Reliability of the U.S. Electric Grid
Washington, DC - The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $33 million in funding for 12 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program. NODES project teams will develop technologies that coordinate load and generation on the electric grid to create a virtual energy storage system.