Detroit, Michigan - A Western Michigan man was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison for his role in a dog fighting conspiracy based in the surrounding counties of Grand Rapids. His sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.

Washington, DC - Older consumers who report losing money to fraud are reporting a disturbing trend: Scammers claiming to be a loved one in trouble are getting people 70 and over to send thousands of dollars in cash.

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.

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.

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 - 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.