Baltimore, Maryland - When crime lab chemists handle evidence that contains illegal drugs, trace amounts of those drugs are inevitably released into the laboratory environment. When chemists scoop a bit of powder to test it, for instance, microscopic particles can become airborne and later settle on nearby surfaces. Particles can also be spread by touch. To some degree, this is an unavoidable byproduct of the testing process, and it can result in detectable background levels of drugs in the lab.

Washington, DC - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $31 million for fundamental quantum research that will enable the United States to lead a new quantum technology revolution. The awards are announced as NSF joins other federal agencies and private partners at a White House summit on quantum information science today.

New York - On the heels of the Global Climate Action Summit, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today called for accelerated climate action at all levels and sectors of society in remarks at the opening of Climate Week NYC, where he was joined by UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and heads of state including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, Peru President Martín Vizcarra and Republic of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse.

New York - Remarks by President Trump at “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” Event:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - On Monday, September 3, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, joined with Vietnam Customs Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department (ASID) and multiple brand representatives to witness the destruction of 13.2 tons of counterfeit items which had previously been seized by Vietnamese authorities at ports of entry. The items included counterfeit footwear, garments, handbags and mobile phone accessories.

Kansas City, Missouri - A former elected county executive for Jackson County, Missouri and his chief of staff were sentenced to 27 months and six months in prison, respectively, for engaging in a scheme to steal campaign contributions, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.