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Toyota Breaks Ground for 'Woven City'

Toyota Breaks Ground for 'Woven City'

× -- OR -- Toyota City, Japan, Feb 23, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. (Woven Planet), the Toyota Group company responsible for a wide range of mobility development projects, anchored in software, held a groundbreaking ceremony (Jichinsai) for the construction of Woven City at 11:00 a.m. on February 23 at the old vehicle yard adjacent to the former Higashi-Fuji Plant site of Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc. (TMEJ).Along with Governor Heita Kawakatsu of Shizuoka Prefecture, Mayor Kenji Takamura of Susono City, and other guests...

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President Biden Makes an Announcement Related to Small Businesses

President Biden Makes an Announcement Related to Small Businesses

× -- OR -- Source: South Court AuditoriumEisenhower Executive Office Building12:29 P.M. EST     THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  I just had an opportunity to catch up with two small-business owners I met on the road in the last couple weeks.  And the first was a very entrepreneurial woman named Pilar Guzman Zavala, and she’s in Florida, Miami.  And Tim Eichinger, who is in Wisconsin.  They have different businesses and live in different places, but both shared the same message with me when I spoke to them on the road, and that was American small businesses are hurting and hurting badly, and...

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Retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer And Former Mayor Of Brooksville Charged With Child Exploitation Offenses

Retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer And Former Mayor Of Brooksville Charged With Child Exploitation Offenses

× -- OR -- Tampa, Florida – Kevin Hohn (65, Brooksville) has been arrested and charged by federal criminal complaint with possession and distribution of images depicting the sexual abuse of children. If convicted, he faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, and up to 20 years, in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervised release.According to the criminal complaint, in September and December 2020, investigators identified a certain internet protocol address as having distributed images and a video depicting child pornography. Further investigation traced the IP address...

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Feb 20
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Former Florida Prepaid College Program Contractor Sentenced To 33 Months In Prison For Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, And Aggravated Identity Theft

Former Florida Prepaid College Program Contractor Sentenced To 33 Months In Prison For Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, And Aggravated Identity Theft

× -- OR -- TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Jamilla Ciar Hall of Tallahassee, Florida, has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft arising out of her work with the Florida Prepaid College Program. Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the sentence, which was handed down on Tuesday following Hall’s guilty plea last September.“This woman abused her position of trust to rob money from the Florida Prepaid program – but worse, she robbed from...

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Feb 19
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Public Contractor Sentenced To Prison For Bribing A San Francisco Public Official And Making False Statements To Federal Law Enforcement Agents

Public Contractor Sentenced To Prison For Bribing A San Francisco Public Official And Making False Statements To Federal Law Enforcement Agents

× -- OR -- SAN FRANCISCO – Florence Kong was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay a $95,000 fine for bribery of a public official and making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable William H. Orrick, United States District Judge.“The sentence handed down today recognizes the seriousness of Florence Kong’s offenses,” said U.S. Attorney Anderson.  “Both corrupt officials...

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Judge sentences former Centralia police officer caught in sting trying to have sex with teen

Judge sentences former Centralia police officer caught in sting trying to have sex with teen

× -- OR -- ST. LOUIS – United States District Judge Stephen R. Clark sentenced Clint Patrick Baer to 96 months in prison today. The 42-year-old Centralia, Missouri resident pleaded guilty, in October, to using interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.Baer contacted an individual, in March 2019, he believed was the mother of a 14-year-old girl through a social networking site.  Over the course of several months, Baer exchanged sexually detailed and explicit text messages and phone calls, via social media, with her.  In Baer’s sexually explicit...

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Feb 10
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Maine Man Charged in Federal Court for Assaulting and Impeding Law Enforcement Officers during U.S. Capitol Breach

Maine Man Charged in Federal Court for Assaulting and Impeding Law Enforcement Officers during U.S. Capitol Breach

× -- OR -- PORTLAND, Maine: A Maine man appeared yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine on charges stemming from his assault on local law enforcement officers, as well as other crimes, during the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 that disrupted a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress in the process of affirming Presidential election results.Michael R. Sherwin, the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Halsey B. Frank, United States Attorney for the District of Maine, announced the charges.Kyle Fitzsimons, 37, of Lebanon, Maine, was charged...

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Feb 7
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Texas hospice CEO sentenced for $150M health care fraud and money laundering scheme

Texas hospice CEO sentenced for $150M health care fraud and money laundering scheme

× -- OR -- McALLEN, Texas – A 50-year-old executive is headed to prison for falsely telling patients they had mere months to live and increasing revenue by enrolling them in hospice programs for which they were not qualified nor needed.A federal jury in Brownsville of one count each of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, obstruction of justice as well as six counts of health care fraud.Today, U.S. District Judge Rolanda Olvera ordered him to serve a total of 15 years in federal prison.McInnis’s co-conspirator and owner of the hospice and home...

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Feb 4
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Houston man ordered to prison for more than 40 years for multiple Christmas week robberies

Houston man ordered to prison for more than 40 years for multiple Christmas week robberies

× -- OR -- HOUSTON – A 43-year-old local man has been sentenced to nearly 42 years for the robberies of multiple phone and others stores during Christmas week in 2017, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.A Houston federal jury deliberated for two hours before returning guilty verdicts against Robert Charles Wooten following a two-day trial. He was convicted of five counts of interference with commerce by robbery and five related charges of using, carrying or brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.Today, U.S. District Lynn H. Hughes handed Wooten a combined...

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Feb 3
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Former Mayor of Yona, Guam Sentenced to Prison for Extortion

Former Mayor of Yona, Guam Sentenced to Prison for Extortion

× -- OR -- Hagatña, Guam – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant Jesse Mendiola Blas, age 58, from Yona, Guam, was sentenced in the United States District Court of Guam to 37 months imprisonment for Extortion Under Color of Official Right, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951.  The Court also ordered three years of supervised release following imprisonment, one hundred hours of community service, a mandatory $100 special assessment fee, and a forfeiture money judgment of $11,700.Beginning in November 2018,...

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Texas Man Arrested and Charged With Making Threats Regarding Events at the U.S. Capitol

Texas Man Arrested and Charged With Making Threats Regarding Events at the U.S. Capitol

× -- OR --             WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Texas man was charged yesterday and arrested today in Texas in connection with making threats regarding the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.            Troy Anthony Smocks, 58, of Dallas, Texas, was charged by criminal complaint with knowingly and willfully transmitting threats in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(c).  He will make an initial appearance this afternoon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.            The affidavit in support of criminal complaint...

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Jan 16
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U.S. Attorneys Warn: Don't Mess With Texas

U.S. Attorneys Warn: Don't Mess With Texas

× -- OR -- The U.S. Attorneys representing the four districts in Texas have announced their intent to prosecute any crimes committed at the State Capitol or elsewhere in violation of federal law ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration.“During this time of polarized political discord, freedom of speech is an important right that must be safeguarded, but those who threaten to harm others, commit acts of violence, destroy property or attack law enforcement must be held accountable for their criminal behavior,” said U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer.  “Now, more than ever, we must respect...

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FDA Takes Additional Action in Fight Against COVID-19 By Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for Second COVID-19 Vaccine

FDA Takes Additional Action in Fight Against COVID-19 By Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for Second COVID-19 Vaccine

× -- OR -- For Immediate Release:December 18, 2020Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the second vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The emergency use authorization allows the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.“With the availability of two vaccines now for the prevention of COVID-19, the FDA has taken another crucial step in the fight against this global pandemic...

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Dec 19
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Owner of Texas chain of hospice companies sentenced for $150 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme

Owner of Texas chain of hospice companies sentenced for $150 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme

× -- OR -- BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A corporate executive has been ordered to prison after his conviction related to falsely telling thousands of patients with long-term incurable diseases, such as Alzheimers and dementia, they had less than six months to live and subsequently enrolling them in hospice programs.  A federal jury in McAllen convicted Rodney Mesquias, 48, San Antonio. The one-month trial in November 2019 was one of the first criminal hospice fraud prosecutions the Department of Justice has presented to a federal jury.   Today, U.S. District Court Judge Rolando Olvera ordered...

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FDA Approves First-of-its-Kind Intentional Genomic Alteration in Line of Domestic Pigs for Both Human Food, Potential Therapeutic Uses

FDA Approves First-of-its-Kind Intentional Genomic Alteration in Line of Domestic Pigs for Both Human Food, Potential Therapeutic Uses

× -- OR -- For Immediate Release:December 14, 2020Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a first-of-its-kind intentional genomic alteration (IGA) in a line of domestic pigs, referred to as GalSafe pigs, which may be used for food or human therapeutics. This is the first IGA in an animal that the FDA has approved for both human food consumption and as a source for potential therapeutic uses. The IGA in GalSafe pigs is intended to eliminate alpha-gal sugar on the surface of the pigs’ cells. People with Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS) may have mild to severe allergic reactions to...

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Dec 15
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Department of Justice Reaches Major Olmstead Settlement Agreement with North Dakota

Department of Justice Reaches Major Olmstead Settlement Agreement with North Dakota

× -- OR -- WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced a settlement agreement with the State of North Dakota under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreement resolves complaints alleging that North Dakota unnecessarily institutionalizes individuals with disabilities in nursing facilities, instead of providing them the services they need to live in the community. “Today’s settlement is a great victory for the people of North Dakota and its government.  The settlement agreement will ensure that individuals with disabilities are no longer unnecessarily institutionalized...

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Dec 15
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FDA Takes Key Action in Fight Against COVID-19 By Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for First COVID-19 Vaccine

FDA Takes Key Action in Fight Against COVID-19 By Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for First COVID-19 Vaccine

× -- OR -- For Immediate Release:December 11, 2020Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S.“The FDA’s authorization for emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine is a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic that has affected so...

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Dec 13
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U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow Statement On The Passing Of Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez

U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow Statement On The Passing Of Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez

× -- OR -- United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow released the following statement regarding the passing of The Honorable Juan M. Pérez-Giménez, United States Court, District of Puerto Rico:On behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, we mourn the loss of Senior Judge Pérez-Giménez.  We honor the life and legacy of The Honorable Juan Pérez-Giménez for his many years of dedicated public service. He was an advocate before the Court, an incisive questioner, a clear and careful writer, and a model of dignity and civility.I extend our deepest condolences to his...

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40 Charged in Largest Federal Racketeering Conspiracy in South Carolina History

40 Charged in Largest Federal Racketeering Conspiracy in South Carolina History

× -- OR -- Columbia, South Carolina --- United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a 147-count superseding indictment against 40 defendants across South Carolina in the largest federal racketeering conspiracy in South Carolina history. The indictment alleges a sprawling criminal enterprise whereby inmates with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), often by means of contraband cell phones, orchestrated murder, kidnapping, firearms distribution, and an international drug operation.Specifically, the grand jury charged 17 of...

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Dec 11
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Federal Jury Convicts Illinois Man For Bombing The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center

Federal Jury Convicts Illinois Man For Bombing The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center

× -- OR -- Today, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against MICHAEL HARI, 49, for his role in the bombing of the Dar al-Farooq (“DAF”) Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on August 5, 2017. The announcement was made by United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota Erica H. MacDonald, Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Minneapolis field office Michael Paul. Following a five week trial, the jury convicted HARI on all five counts of the indictment, including Intentionally...

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Dec 10
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San Francisco Substitute Teacher Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

San Francisco Substitute Teacher Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

× -- OR -- SAN FRANCISCO – Marc Nunez made an initial appearance today in federal court on a criminal complaint for possession of child pornography, announced David L. Anderson and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Tatum King.  Nunez made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler.According to the complaint filed December 1, 2020, and unsealed today, on August 27, 2019, agents from HSI served a federal search warrant at a residence in San Francisco and seized, among other things, a cell phone containing communications between the person...

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Pfizer and BioNTech Achieve First Authorization in the World for a Vaccine to Combat COVID-19

Pfizer and BioNTech Achieve First Authorization in the World for a Vaccine to Combat COVID-19

× -- OR -- Dec. 2, 2020 07:05 UTC NEW YORK & MAINZ, Germany--()-- (NYSE: PFE) and (Nasdaq: BNTX) announced today that the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the U.K. has granted a temporary authorization for emergency use for their COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (BNT162b2), against COVID-19. This constitutes the first Emergency Use Authorization following a worldwide Phase 3 trial of a vaccine to help fight the pandemic. Pfizer and BioNTech are anticipating further regulatory decisions across the globe in the coming days and weeks and are ready to deliver vaccine doses...

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Dec 2
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Local man who attempted to orchestrate $51 million fraud scheme sent to prison

Local man who attempted to orchestrate $51 million fraud scheme sent to prison

× -- OR -- HOUSTON – A 47-year-old Houstonian is now behind bars for his conviction of wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.John Wesley Sarpy pleaded guilty Dec. 17, 2018.Today, U.S. District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore ordered him to serve a 135-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. At the hearing, the court noted that not only did he attempt to commit fraud while out on bond, he also obstructed justice when he cut off his GPS ankle monitor prior to sentencing. In handing down the sentence,...

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General Manager Of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Charged With Honest Services Wire Fraud For Taking Bribes In Public Bidding Process

General Manager Of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Charged With Honest Services Wire Fraud For Taking Bribes In Public Bidding Process

× -- OR -- SAN FRANCISCO – Harlan Kelly, the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SF PUC), has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with honest services wire fraud, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair. The complaint alleges that Kelly, 58, of San Francisco, engaged in a long-running bribery scheme and corrupt partnership with Walter Wong, a San Francisco construction company executive and permit expediting consultant who ran or controlled multiple entities doing...

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Regeneron's REGEN-COV2 is First Antibody Cocktail for COVID-19 to Receive FDA Emergency Use Authorization

Regeneron's REGEN-COV2 is First Antibody Cocktail for COVID-19 to Receive FDA Emergency Use Authorization

× -- OR --  [21-November-2020] , /PRNewswire/ --First treatment of any kind to have prospectively confirmed and statistically significant anti-viral activity against SARS-CoV-2Authorized for recently diagnosed, mild to moderate COVID-19 in high-risk patientsInitial doses of REGEN-COV2 will be made available to approximately 300,000 patients, with no medication out-of-pocket costs, under U.S. government allocation program Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) today announced that the antibody cocktail casirivimab and imdevimab administered together (also known as REGN-COV2 or...

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