Phoenix, Arizona - The Federal Trade Commission has filed charges against two operators of online “high schools” that claim to be legitimate but are alleged to be little more than diploma mills charging anywhere from $135 to $349 for a worthless certificate.

San Diego, California - A pink flatworm-like animal known by a single species found in waters off Sweden has puzzled biologists for nearly six decades. New discoveries half a world away by a team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Western Australian Museum, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have helped properly identify these elusive creatures through genetic analysis.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order blocking enforcement of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan:

Washington, DC - Under the President’s leadership, we have turned our economy around and created 14 million jobs. Our unemployment rate is below five percent for the first time in almost eight years. Nearly 18 million people have gained health coverage as the Affordable Care Act has taken effect. And we have dramatically cut our deficits by almost three-quarters and set our Nation on a more sustainable fiscal path.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State and its implementing partner, IREX, have selected 36 colleges and universities across the United States to host the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders this summer. These outstanding institutions have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire, and empower 1,000 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have proven records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, and communities.

Los Angeles, California - A UCLA-led study examining whether plant species in California have shifted to higher elevations, possibly in response to climate change, discovered that non-native plants are moving fastest, altering and potentially damaging ecosystems.