Washington, DC - This week, 50 international women leaders in science and technology arrived in the United States for the third-annual Hidden No More International Visitor Leadership Program.  Inspired by screenings of the award-winning film Hidden Figures at more than 120 U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, this exchange program began in 2017 to highlight and develop the important contributions of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Participants and alumni are “hidden talent” in their home countries who explore and advance policies that champion the interests of women in STEM.

Moscow, Russia - The Special Representatives of Russia, China, and the United States of America held their fourth consultation on the Afghan peace process in Moscow on October 25, 2019.  Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan also held the second round of four-party consultations.  Respectful of the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, participants discussed ways to support the Afghan people’s desire for a lasting peace.  

Jackson, Mississippi - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at the Port of Vicksburg/Jackson recently seized more than $4K worth of counterfeit Nike Air Max, Nike Air Jordan’s, and Balenciaga shoes from Hong Kong.

Los Angeles, California - Halloween can be spooky, with more tricks than treats for homeowners. Mercury Insurance experts want to help policyholders keep themselves, their families and their belongings safe on the days surrounding All Hallows’ Eve.

Riverside, California - Six men have been arrested on federal charges alleging they committed a spree of armed robberies this year at Southern California cellphone stores, holding store employees at gunpoint, sometimes zip-tying them, then stealing a total of nearly $200,000 worth of electronic devices and cellular telephones.

Sacramento, California - Two defendants pleaded guilty Tuesday to their participation in a massive fraud scheme involving a solar energy company in Benicia, that defrauded investors of approximately $1 billion, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Those losses resulted from investment transactions in solar energy hardware valued at approximately $2.5 billion.