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U.S. Department of Labor Compliance Evaluation Results in Agreement With Humana to Pay $2.5 Million in Back Wages and Interest To 753 Women to Resolve Alleged Pay Discrimination
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following news release:

After a routine compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Humana Inc. has agreed to pay $2.5 million in back wages and interest as part of a conciliation agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve allegations of pay discrimination against 753 women at the health insurance company's headquarters in Louisville.

OFCCP asserts that, in 2011-2012, Humana paid women in consulting, project manager, and manager positions less than similarly ... Show Full Article

Scientists Have a New Way to Gauge the Growth of Nanowires
ARGONNE, Illinois, March 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release:

In a new study, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories observed the formation of two kinds of defects in individual nanowires, which are smaller in diameter than a human hair.

These nanowires, made of indium gallium arsenide, could be useful for a wide range of applications in a field scientists have termed optoelectronics, which encompasses devices that work by converting light energy into electrical impulses. ... Show Full Article

Resumption of Combined Exercises
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news release:

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and the Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo have agreed to resume the annual combined exercises including Foal Eagle and Key Resolve which were deconflicted with the schedule of the Olympic Games.

The exercises are expected to resume April 1, 2018, at a scale similar to that of the previous years.

The United Nations Command has notified the Korean People's Army on the schedule as well as the defensive nature of the annual exercises.

Randallstown Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl
BALTIMORE, Maryland, March 19 -- The Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Stephen M. Schenning, issued the following news release:

Anthony Renard Wynn, age 47, of Randallstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Andre Watson of the ICE Homeland Security Investigations; Colonel Woodrow Jones of the Maryland Transportation ... Show Full Article

MARFORRES Hosts Operational Stress Control, Readiness Train-the-Trainer Course
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, March 19 -- The U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve issued the following news:

By Pfc. Samantha Schwoch

Public Affairs

OSCAR, Operational Stress Control and Readiness, is an official Marine Corps program that provides Marines and sailors with knowledge to identify, support and advise service members with combat and operational stress reactions.

Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, hosted an OSCAR train-the-trainer course from March 12-16, 2018. The OSCAR train-the-trainer course is a program that supports the Combat and Operational Stress Control program requirement and ... Show Full Article

FERC Issues Notice Involving Rockies Express Pipeline in Colorado
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following notice (No. CP18-103-000) involving Rockies Express Pipeline:


On March 5, 2018, Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (Rockies Express), 370 Van Gordon Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80228, filed an application pursuant to section7(c) of the Natural Gas Act(NGA) and Part 157 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) regulations requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the construction and operation of certain booster compression ... Show Full Article

Berkeley Lab Aims for Big Breakthroughs in Water Technology
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory issued the following news release:

Recognizing that the issues of water and energy are critically interdependent, the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is launching a new research institute to focus resources on its growing portfolio of projects for water innovation.

Building on a decades-long tradition of "team science," Berkeley Lab's Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute (WERRI) will house a gamut of research, from nano-engineered desalination solutions ... Show Full Article