Wednesday - December 13, 2017
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USAID Counselor Thomas H. Staal Visits Iraq
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following news release:

USAID Counselor Thomas H. Staal, a former USAID Iraq Mission Director and now one of the agency's top officials, returned to Iraq December 5-10 to advance U.S. efforts to help Iraq's most vulnerable communities following the defeat of ISIS.

While in Baghdad, Staal met with government officials including Dr. Mahdi al-Allaq, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, to discuss how Iraq can strengthen its support for minority communities. Staal also met with United Nations representatives ... Show Full Article

Twenty-One Defendants Plead Guilty to Drug, Firearms Charges
ABINGDON, Virginia, Dec. 12 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Rick A. Mountcastle, issued the following news release:

United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced today that Operation Rolling Thunder, an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and local law enforcement, has resulted in twenty-one defendants entering guilty pleas related to the distribution of methamphetamine and firearms possession in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina.

According to evidence presented at numerous hearings by Assistant United States ... Show Full Article

Tucker County Residents Admit to Illegal Firearms Charges
ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA, Dec. 12 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, Bill Powell, issued the following news release:

A Parsons, West Virginia man and woman have admitted to firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Jamie Huffman, age 35, pled guilty to two counts of "Theft of Firearm from Federal Firearm Licensee." Huffman admitted to stealing several firearms from B.F. Long & Co, a Federal Firearm Licensee, including a .38 caliber revolver, and a 40 caliber Glock pistol, and a 9mm pistol. The crimes occurred in July and August 2016 in Tucker County.

Christopher ... Show Full Article

SEC Issues Administrative Proceeding on Provectus Biopharmaceuticals
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following administrative proceeding (File No. 3-18306) involving Provectus Biopharmaceuticals:

In the Matter of




I. The Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission") deems it appropriate that cease-and-desist proceedings be, and hereby are, instituted pursuant to Section 21C of the Securities Exchange Act ... Show Full Article

Department of State Issues Statement at Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum: "Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond":

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you so much, Stephen, for that warm welcome. And we've known each other for a long time as well, and in my old life would often share perspectives on what I was seeing around the world and try to get some advice on whether I was leaning the correct way to the left or the right. And the advice was always sound and very appreciated. ... Show Full Article

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity
PASADENA, California, Dec. 12 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news:

If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions. These exceptions are the hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images Dawn has returned. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these reflective areas formed and changed over time -- processes indicative of an active, evolving world.

"The mysterious bright spots on Ceres, which have captivated both the Dawn science team and the public, reveal evidence ... Show Full Article

Ambassador Pyatt Issues Remarks at Capital Link Conference
ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 12 -- The U.S. Embassy in Greece issued the following remarks by Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt at the Capital Link conference:

"It's terrific to follow such an optimistic presentation. I'm not a finance guy - I'm a diplomat and usually the optimist in the room. But it's a very encouraging message we just heard.

"I want to thank Nicolas, Olga, and Capital Link for organizing this conference today. It provides a perfect venue to advance the discussions we started when Prime Minister Tsipras visited Chicago and Washington in October.

"My presence in New York today reflects the ... Show Full Article