Washington, DC - Thursday the Department of Justice launched its new redesign of FOIA.gov and the first iteration of the National FOIA Portal, a government-wide FOIA request portal that allows the public to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to any agency from a single place.

San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found 9 pounds (4.25 kilos) of liquid cocaine concealed inside a loose cargo consignment of shampoo bottles. The estimated value of the seized narcotics is $106,250.

Washington, DC - Today the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced nearly $4 million for the University of Connecticut at Storrs and the Georgia Tech Research Corporation to lead a traineeship program that will address workforce training needs in the early-stage technology area of advanced materials and process technologies in energy-related manufacturing. These U.S.-based institutions of higher education will implement masters-level training programs designed to train a new generation of advanced manufacturing engineers to fill workforce needs across industry, national labs, and universities.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) provided assistance to a commercial vessel in distress off the coast of Florida yesterday.

Residents of the territory of Puerto Rico are still struggling to recover from the devastation of this year's massive hurricanes and more than 350 American Red Cross disaster workers are there, supporting relief efforts on the island.

West Lafayette, Indiana - Balancing the need to provide an affordable, accessible education with a commitment to transforming students' lives and preparing them for the future is an ongoing challenge in higher education. New research from economists at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management finds that task-based goal setting can help on both fronts as a low-cost and logistically simple approach to improving students' course performance.

Dallas, Texas - The American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, has named attorney M. Lewis Kinard as executive vice president, general counsel and assistant corporate secretary for the organization at its international headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Kinard succeeds Lynne M. Darrouzet, who previously announced plans to retire and who moves into a special project role - of counsel - to Association executive management.

Washington, DC - When something negative keeps reappearing, the old saying goes that it "turns up like a bad penny". According to an FTC lawsuit against a North Carolina outfit, those "bad pennies" in this case, phantom debts the FTC says people didn't owe cost consumers way more than pennies.