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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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The Employment Situation - November 2017
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics issued the following news release:

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 228,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care.

Click here to view the graph: (https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf)

Household Survey Data

The unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent in November, and the number of unemployed persons was essentially ... Show Full Article

Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The National Transportation Safety Board issued the following news release:

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro.

The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crewmembers aboard the ship perished in the accident.

The NTSB launched an investigation as soon as the sinking was confirmed and with assistance from the U.S. Navy and U.S. ... Show Full Article

SEC Issues Administrative Proceeding on Ameriprise Financial Services
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following administrative proceeding (File No. 3-18301) involving Ameriprise Financial Services on failure to adopt and implement written compliance policies and procedures of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940:

In the Matter of

AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.,

Respondent.

ORDER INSTITUTING ADMINISTRATIVE AND CEASE-AND- DESIST PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(b) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 AND SECTIONS 203(e) AND 203(k) OF THE INVESTMENT ADVISERS ACT OF 1940, MAKING FINDINGS, AND IMPOSING REMEDIAL SANCTIONS ... Show Full Article

My Vision For Our Wireless Future
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Transportation Command issued the following news release:

Air Force General Darren W. McDew

Public Affairs

For nearly two decades, our primary interface with the networked world has remained unchanged. In fact, desktop computers tethered to a wall almost define what we know as the office environment. This perception has been so pervasive that eight years ago when our then newly elected president said he was going to use a portable electronic device in office, his staff and many others thought he was dreaming about the impossible.

Today, ... Show Full Article

Midland Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Over $1.5M From Employer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, Richard L. Durbin Jr., issued the following news release:

In Midland today, 47-year-old bookkeeper Mary Elisa "Lisa" Salazar pleaded guilty to stealing over $1.5 million from her employer, an oil well leasing company in Midland, announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Troy Caldron; and, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr., El Paso Division.

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge ... Show Full Article

Lathrop Man Pleads Guilty to $1.7 Million Fraud Scheme
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Dec. 8 -- The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tom Larson, issued the following news release:

Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Lathrop, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a $1.7 million fraud scheme related to the sale of his business.

Todd Edwin Rood, 46, of Lathrop, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, to a federal information that charges him with one count of loan application ... Show Full Article

EPA Prioritizes Cleanup of Anaconda Copper Mine
LOS ANGELES, California, Dec. 8 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the list of Superfund sites that Administrator Pruitt has targeted for immediate and intense attention. The 21 sites on the list - from across the United States - are in direct response to the Superfund Task Force Recommendations (https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-superfund-task-force-recommendations), issued this summer, calling for this list. The Anaconda Copper Mine, located approximately 65 miles southeast of Reno, has ... Show Full Article