Washington, DC - Today the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se, met in New York to ensure that the three countries remain in close coordination in the wake of North Korea’s second nuclear test in eight months and a series of other, ballistic missile-related North Korean provocations over the past six months, and to expand our collaboration.

San Diego, California - Two rare reptile species native to two delicate island ecosystems—the black tree monitor, native to the Aru Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea; and the mossy leaf-tailed gecko, native to Madagascar—are now thriving at the San Diego Zoo. The latest milestones in a long history of successful reptile breeding, the new arrivals offer hope for two little-known, yet important species.

San Diego, California - The Navy completed a Manual of the Judge Advocate General (JAGMAN) investigation Wednesday, into the cause of the June 02, 2016 crash of Blue Angel #6 in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Gaithersburg, Maryland - With the addition of four new reference materials (RMs) to a growing collection of “measuring sticks” for gene sequencing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can now provide laboratories with even more capability to accurately “map” DNA for genetic testing, medical diagnoses and future customized drug therapies. The new tools feature sequenced genes from individuals in two genetically diverse groups, Asians and Ashkenazic Jews; a father-mother-child trio set from Ashkenazic Jews; and four microbes commonly used in research.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Mexico as you celebrate the 206th anniversary of your nation’s independence.

Sacramento, California - First annual Farm Tank Summit in Sacramento, which is just one week away. On September 22, real debate and dialogue with some of the most influential experts in food and agriculture. Then, on September 23, participants will have exclusive hands-on opportunities to be immersed in California agriculture with visits to farms, food banks, food businesses, school gardens, and conservation projects.