Washington, DC - In a previous professional incarnation as a health fellow in the office of U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., I had the honor of “staffing” — as they say on the Hill — Loretta Jay, co-founder of B Stigma-Free when she visited the Senator’s office to share her work addressing stigma in mental health. I recall being inspired by Jay’s leadership at B Stigma-Free and her mission of “reducing stigma, bias and prejudice…and fostering understanding and respect of people perceived as having a difference.” B Stigma-Free accomplished this goal by helping existing networks share and spread similar messages to create synergies between organizations.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of the Holiday Fire, which has destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure and caused power outages and the evacuation of residents.

Bethesda, Maryland - Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are accelerating the capabilities and possibilities for a range of industries, including biomedical research and healthcare delivery. Current and potential applications of AI/ML to scientific research are anticipated to speed clinical diagnosis, treatment, and therapies. To explore these opportunities, the National Institutes of Health is hosting a full-day public workshop, Harnessing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Advance Biomedical Research.

Washington, DC - Yesterday, Mexican authorities extradited Sinaloa Cartel leader Damaso Lopez Nuñez, also known as “El Licenciado,” to the United States to face drug trafficking charges filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Madison, Wisconsin - A manufacturer and exporter of wind turbines based in the People’s Republic of China was sentenced Thursday for stealing trade secrets from AMSC, a U.S.-based company formerly known as American Superconductor Inc., announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Scott C. Blader for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Chicago, Illinois - The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit seeking to revoke the naturalized U.S. citizenship of an individual convicted of providing material support to terrorists by, among other means, traveling abroad with the intent to murder or maim U.S. military forces in Iraq or Afghanistan. According to the civil complaint filed in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois, the individual allegedly concealed this conduct and other actions during his naturalization proceedings.