Washington, DC - It has been 27 years since the Chinese government violently suppressed peaceful protests in and around Tiananmen Square. The United States government continues to call for a full public accounting of those killed, detained, or missing and for an end to censorship of discussions about the events of June 4, 1989, as well as an end to harassment and detention of those who wish to peacefully commemorate the anniversary.

Washington, DC - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The Italian Job. The Lords of the Rings. The quest for gold is a common theme in action films. But for many consumers who sent money to Encino, California-based Discount Gold Brokers, a lawsuit filed by the FTC alleges that the adventure has turned into a horror movie.

Washington, DC - President Obama’s leadership has helped catalyze the largest investment in clean energy in U.S. history and has expanded that progress globally, providing the opportunity to advance low-carbon economies, create jobs, and establish entirely new industries that will drive global wealth and prosperity. We are already starting to see progress. Last year, the world set two new records –global investment in renewable energy was the highest ever, and, for the first time, more than half of the world’s new electric capacity came from clean sources.

Washington, DC - I’m a physicist, and as anyone who watches the popular TV series “The Big Bang Theory” knows, it’s a commonly held conception that there is a strong connection between being a scientist and being enthralled with all things science fiction, fantasy, and superheroes. Anyone who walks into my office at NIST and notices the TARDIS, Enterprise-D, and Admiral “It’s a trap!” Ackbar mug on my bookshelf could draw the same conclusion about me. And if there was any doubt remaining, the picture of me at Comic-Con absolutely confirms the hypothesis.

Smyrna, Tennessee - A U.S. Navy F/A-18 aircraft assigned to the Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, crashed today during the beginning stages of an afternoon practice at the Smyrna, Tenn., Airport, at approximately 3:01 p.m., CDT.

Los Angeles, California - Two men died this morning in an apparent murder-suicide in the Engineering IV building at UCLA. The shootings caused a campus-wide lockdown and resulted in canceled classes and evening activities.