Washington, DC - New research is providing a more detailed view into the structure of the human cannabinoid (CB1) receptor. These findings provide key insights into how natural and synthetic cannabinoids including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) a primary chemical in marijuana bind at the CB1 receptor to produce their effects. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Washington, DC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has increased by $44.25 million the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreements for all-hazards preparedness efforts in 2016 and 2017. The funds will go to a total of 62 jurisdictions, including US states, cities, and territories.

Washington, DC - On October 12, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Quito participated in a regional investigative and analytical working group on forestry crime in the Andean region through INTERPOL’s Project Leaf (Law Enforcement Assistance for Forests).

Washington, DC - Since the beginning of his Administration, President Obama has focused on creating an economy that works for every American. Under his leadership, our businesses have added 15.3 million jobs since early 2010, and the economy has seen the longest streak of job creation on record. However, more work needs to be done to make sure the benefits of the recovery are broadly shared. We must continue to adapt to forces of globalization and technology that deliver tremendous benefits but also pose challenges, including through increasing investment in effective job training. The jobs available today, and the jobs of the future, are higher-skill jobs that require more education and advanced skills.

Washington, DC - Following a review by a special task force jointly commissioned by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller and the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP), the Navy announced today in NAVADMIN 235/16 that a number of actions have been identified that will help improve the quality of pay and personnel services provided to Sailors.

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $7.6 million in grants to support projects that will grow opportunity in rural America through job training and economic development. The grants will support communities in at least 24 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, with several projects spanning communities in multiple states. This investment marks the latest effort at USDA to support the rural economy, which the latest Census data shows is rebounding.