Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring July 4, 2019, as Independence Day in the State of California.

Guam - For many Sailors in the Navy, ranking up to the next pay grade is a goal to strive for. Some are fortunate enough to achieve it within a few tries, but for others it can take some time. In the case of Senior Chief Quartermaster Kevin Oliver, aboard the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), it took 11 years of hard work, dedication and patience.

Norfolk, Virginia - The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) left from Naval Station Norfolk, June 14, to begin its deployment to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Sacramento, California - John Michael Herron II, 38, of Stockton, was sentenced last Tuesday by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez to six years and three months in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and identity theft, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Miami, Florida - At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, tens of thousands of consumers who bought medical discount plans from Simple Health Plans LLC that were deceptively marketed as comprehensive health insurance, and who are still currently paying monthly fees, will be notified that they do not currently have comprehensive health insurance, but can enroll in a comprehensive plan during a special enrollment period.

Los Angeles, California - A New York man has been sentenced to 144 months in federal prison for being a high-level promoter of a fraudulent company that solicited more than $200 million for a business that purported to market online children’s educational courses, but was in fact nothing more than a pyramid scheme.