Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The PDP summary confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and do not pose a safety concern.

Washington, DC - Opponents of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger announced today that they have submitted just under 600,000 public comments to the Federal Communications Commission in recent months urging it to reject the proposed deal.  The announcement was made just days before the FCC’s December 23rd deadline for submitting reply comments on the merger.

Washington, DC - Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today filed reply comments at the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of CU and Common Cause in opposition to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

Birmingham, Alabama - An Alabama woman was sentenced today to serve 70 months in prison for her involvement in a stolen identity tax refund fraud (SIRF) scheme, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Larry J. Wszalek for the Justice Department's Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama announced.

Washington, DC - "It took the Soviet Union nearly 75 years to prove that Communism doesn't work; it's taken the United States only six years to demonstrate that Socialism is a failed political system as well," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Miami, Florida - A Miami woman charged with running an operation that threatened and defrauded Spanish-speaking consumers was sentenced today in federal district court in Miami, the Department of Justice and U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) announced.