Cupertino, California - Apple® announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store℠ with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history.

San Diego, California - The use of animal translocations as a means to mitigate construction projects and other human developments is a widespread animal-management tool.  A paper published today, produced through collaboration of conservationists from San Diego Zoo Global, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Kent UK, University of Newcastle and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, reviews the success rates associated with these moves from a species-conservation standpoint.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "What’s surprising is that anyone is surprised that 2014 was the hottest year on record. The science has been screaming at us for a long, long time. We’ve seen thirteen of the warmest years on record since 2000. Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are at an all-time high, which we know leads to a warming planet. We’re seeing higher than ever occurrences of extreme weather events like catastrophic droughts, storm surges and torrential rain.

Yokosuka, Japan - The Heritage Committee aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) hosted a ceremony to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, influence and achievements on the ship's mess deck.

Imperial, California - National columnist Glenn Mollette authors his eleventh book. His recent endeavor is titled, "Grandpa's Store, A Reflection of My Childhood,"  Published by Johnny House Press, an imprint of Liberty Torch Press in Newburgh, Indiana.

Washington, DC - Recently on cable news a little boy appeared to execute two men in Syria. Beside him a thug chants something that is probably related to the Muslim religion.  Days before this, men arrogantly stood in the streets in Paris France shouting Islamic religious rhetoric.