Washington, DC - Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State - "Today, we mark precisely two years to the day since the Nicaraguan people rose up peacefully to call for freedom and democracy, demanding change from the corrupt and repressive rule of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.  Unfortunately, the people’s calls for freedom and democracy were met with bullets.  At least 325 innocent people have been killed, many by Ortega/Murillo regime snipers.

Bridgeport, Connecticut - Langan Insulation LLC and its co-owner pleaded guilty Monday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for their roles in schemes to rig bids in violation of the antitrust laws and engage in criminal fraud on insulation contracts, bringing the total to five convictions in this ongoing investigation, the Department of Justice announced.

New Orleans, Louisiana - Debra Becnel, a former correctional officer, pleaded guilty to making false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001, in connection with the federal investigation into the death of Nimali Henry, an inmate at the St. Bernard Parish Prison. Ms. Henry died in custody on April 1, 2014, after she failed to receive medical treatment for her serious medical needs during her ten-day incarceration.

Washington, DC - On the occasion of the 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum and the East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, the U.S. Department of State is pleased to release a progress report on the implementation of the U.S. whole-of-government strategy for the Indo-Pacific region. “A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Advancing a Shared Vision” details two years of diplomatic, economic, governance, and security initiatives that show the United States’ continuing commitment to the Indo-Pacific and how we have strengthened people-to-people and bilateral ties.

Burlington, Vermont - It happened on Christmas Eve in South Burlington. A beloved pet, Cayenne the cat, took a stroll in the yard and decided to climb a tree. His distraught owner hastily decided to attempted a rescue on his own. But, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens, he wound up stuck with the cat in the tall branches. 

Wilmington, Delaware - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a stolen 2018 Cadillac Escalade, valued at more than $57,000 at the Port of Wilmington, September 25.