Sacramento, California - Following a collaborative 18-month planning process involving over 100 public meetings with government leaders, community members and data experts, California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System is now entering its next phase of development with the hiring of its first director, Mary Ann Bates. Governor Gavin Newsom championed the unprecedented collaboration to move California from one of only eight states without such a system to building the nation’s most robust system to date.

Washington, DC - Library of Congress innovation specialists examining the role of human expertise and experience in developing machine-powered research tools Tuesday released a report detailing their findings. The “Humans in the Loop” recommendation report from LC Labs details the potential and responsibility of the Library of Congress in its ongoing work to deepen access to its vast collections and share knowledge with other institutions.

Los Angeles, California - A former doctor and his company were found guilty Thursday by a federal jury of scheming to defraud private insurance companies and the Tricare health care program for military service members by fraudulently submitting an estimated $355 million in claims related to the 1-800-GET-THIN Lap-Band surgery business.

Los Angeles, California - A train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal criminal charge for running a locomotive at full speed off the end of railroad tracks near a United States Navy hospital ship that was deployed to provide medical relief during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Los Angeles, California - A resident of the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding more than 100 investors out of approximately $8.3 million through a scheme that sold “ancient slag,” a mining waste byproduct that supposedly contained precious metals.

Sacramento, California - Hunter Daniel Secrest, 27, formerly of San Francisco, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.