Richwood, Louisiana - The Justice Department Wednesday announced that former Richwood Correctional Center officer Demario Shaffer pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to cover up the physical assault of five inmates by himself and other correctional officers in violation of the Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  Shaffer, 33, of Delhi, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to conspiring to falsify documents with the intent to obstruct and influence a matter within federal jurisdiction. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana David C. Joseph made the announcement.

Sacramento, California - Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) leads the California State Assembly delegation of legislators to the inauguration of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The California State Assembly holds a productive working relationship with its southern neighbor and hopes this trip will enhance these ties and build a successful partnership with the incoming administration which will maintain power for the next six years.

Washington, DC - "Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah.

Democratic Republic of the Congo - An international research team has begun patient enrollment in a clinical trial testing multiple investigational Ebola therapies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The randomized, controlled trial is enrolling patients of any age with confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) at a treatment unit in the city of Beni operated by ALIMA (link is external) (The Alliance for International Medical Action), a medical humanitarian organization.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a warning letter to Electric Lotus LLC for selling nicotine-containing e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with labeling and/or advertising that cause them to resemble kid-friendly food products, such as cereal, candy and peanut butter and jelly. The action is part of the agency’s ongoing effort to protect kids from tobacco products.

Washington, DC - Tuesday, in advance of World AIDS Day 2018, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the latest results achieved by American leadership and partnerships through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has now saved more than 17 million lives.