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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.

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U.S. Embassy Kabul Issues Statement on Eid-al-Fitr
KABUL, Afghanistan, June 25 -- The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan issued the following statement by Kabul Special Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

"On behalf of my wife Lisett, our Embassy family, the American people and the U.S. government, I would like to extend my best wishes to the people of Afghanistan on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Tonight marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and Afghans throughout this great nation - and indeed the world - are now gathering with friends and families in celebration. Ramadan is an important time of devotion ... Show Full Article

Youngstown Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Selling Heroin That Resulted in Overdose Death
CLEVELAND, June 24 -- U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, David A. Sierleja, issued the following news release:

A Youngstown man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling heroin that resulted in a fatal overdose, said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cleveland Office.

Shayne Mascarella, 23, distributed heroin that directly resulted in the July 19, 2015 death in Youngstown of a person identified in the court documents as L.Z.

"Heroin has caused an unprecedented wave of death, pain and destruction in Ohio," ... Show Full Article

Vice President Engages Troops at Schriever Air Force Base
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's American Forces Press Service issued the following news:

By Terri Moon Cronk

Defense Media Activity

The service members at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, evolve the force, drive innovation and master space, Vice President Mike Pence said in a troop talk there yesterday.

The vice president told service members at the Air Force Space Command base that his visit was intended to pay a debt of honor and gratitude on behalf of the American people for their service to the nation.

"This Air Force base has really ... Show Full Article

NASA Awards Contract for Institutional Support Services
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA has awarded the Kennedy Space Center Institutional Support Services IV (KISS IV) contract to Apache-Logical Joint Venture of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

KISS IV begins Aug. 1 with a 14-month base period, followed by three one-year options and a five-month option. If all options are exercised, the maximum potential value for the indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery contract is $65 million.

Apache-Logical will provide services at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in areas such as clerical support, financial management ... Show Full Article

Maxi Canada, Inc. Recalls Breaded Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued the following news release:

Maxi Canada, Inc., a Quebec, Canada establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of breaded chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products may contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The frozen breaded chicken items were produced on various dates between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017. The following ... Show Full Article

Man Charged with Passport Fraud
PHILADELPHIA, June 24 -- The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Louis D. Lappen, has charged Leuk Kwan Chau, 21, of East Hampton, N.Y., with mail fraud, passport fraud and aiding and abetting.

In a news release, the U.S. Attorney's office said the indictment indicated that beginning about November 2016, the defendant engaged in a scheme to defraud the Educational Testing Service (ETS) by having an imposter take a standardized entrance exam, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), on his behalf. As part of the scheme, a counterfeit Chinese passport made ... Show Full Article

Guatemalan Indicted for Illegally Reentering the U.S.
CLEVELAND, June 24 -- U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, David A. Sierleja, issued the following news release:

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Arelio Martinez-Perez, 37, of Guatemala, for re-entering the United States illegally after being deported, said David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Martinez-Perez has been deported on two previous occasions. He was last deported to Guatemala in February 2015. Martinez-Perez later reentered the country and was recently found in New Philadelphia, Ohio, according to the indictment.

Assistant ... Show Full Article