Imperial, California - The thrill of shopping on the Black Friday weekend may have lost its’ luster, more than half of Americans say they won’t be shopping at all, and three-quarters of people skipping stores say it’s because of crowds, according to Consumer Reports latest Black Friday Holiday Poll.

Washington, DC - A Danish citizen today pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia and was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000 for advertising and selling StealthGenie, a spyware application (app) that could remotely monitor calls, texts, videos and other communications on mobile phones without detection.  This marks the first-ever criminal conviction concerning the advertisement and sale of a mobile device spyware app. 

Washington, DC - Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Today, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Over the next two weeks, U.S. embassies and missions around the world will all be working to raise awareness of the irreparable harm caused by gender-based violence.

Washington, DC - Congressman Juan Vargas, serving on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittees on the Middle East and North Africa, and on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, issued the following statement on the extension of Iran nuclear negotiations:

West Lafayette, Indiana - Most people who responded to a Purdue University survey expected to spend about the same or more on holiday meals, gifts and travel this year compared with last year.